Toyota Yaris is an agile handler for the budget-conscious buyer. During a week-long test drive of the 5-door Yaris, the subcompact hatchback showcased great exterior visibility, firm/supportive seats, ample cabin roominess, and easy-to-reach interior controls. Yaris underwent a significant reworking in the 2015 model year and is offered in 3-door L and LE trims as well as a 5-door version in L, LE, and SE trims. The vehicle’s nine airbags include side curtain and driver’s knee airbags. Antilock brakes, traction control, and vehicle stability control systems are among the car’s standard safety fittings.

Powering the 98.8-inch wheelbase Yaris is 1.5-liter 4-cylinder that produces 106 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 103 pounds-feet of peak torque at 4200 rpm. Engine mates to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The front wheel drive car’s sport-tuned electric power steering nicely compliments an independent MacPherson strut front suspension and torsion beam rear suspension. Behind the 5-door vehicle’s rear seats is 15.6 cubic feet of stow space. Yaris 5- door LE with automatic transmission collects estimated miles per gallon of 30 city/36 highway and carries a base MSRP of $16,930.