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2017 Toyota Yaris Review

The Yaris is Toyota’s most affordable vehicle, a 3 – 5 door hatchback which places a priority on low cost ownership, as well as driving manners which are efficient and easy, if not all that enthusiastic. Still new off a revamp 2 years ago, Toyota’s Yaris gets a newsworthy update for this year with its Safety Sense technology. Standard on every model, this advanced safety feature suite includes pre-collision warning that has lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking. In itself, that assists the Yaris in standing out against sub-compact competition such as the Nissan Versa, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, and Honda Fit and will ease the minds of younger drivers and parents. Two years of free maintenance, solid resale value, as well as overall practicality will make the Toyota Yaris all the more compelling.

You Will Like This Vehicle If…

If you want an inexpensive, small, easy-to-drive, and efficient compact vehicle which touts advanced safety features, Toyota’s Yaris checks all of the right boxes. The hatchback design will mean extra cargo room and practicality, while solid records of resale value and reliability further its appeal.

You Might Not Like This Vehicle If…

The Toyota Yaris is not exactly a barn-burner; therefore, if you are searching for a small vehicle that has a kick, you would do better in the performance-associated Ford Fiesta ST or even the turbocharged Chevrolet Sonic. Meanwhile, the Honda Fit has even more cargo space and better interior flexibility because of its flip-and-fold seats in the rear.

What is New for 2017?

The Toyota Yaris for 2017 gets an impressive upgrade with its Safety Sense C active feature suite aimed to prevent and warn of an accident. Yaris’ hatchback should not be confused with a Yaris iA, a sub-compact sedan previously referred to merely as the iA from the brand’s now-defunct Scion.

Impressions on Driving

As a better suspension and stiffer body came with its revamp 2 years ago, the overall driving feeling of the compact Toyota hatchback still is pretty mundane. With just 106-hp, the engine of the Yaris is not all that powerful. Acceleration is acceptable for day-to-day activities, yet do not expect a lot in reserve for merging or passing, particularly as other people are along for the ride. Its antiquated four-speed automatic transmission does not help matters all that much, and its five-speed manual – usually a feature we like – feels vague and rubbery. Many competitors, like the Honda Fit and Chevy Spark, provide a CVT automatic or more gears that improve both fuel economy and performance. Of the 3 Yaris trims, the SE will have the most attitude, providing a sport-tuned suspension, more styling, and up to 36 miles per gallon with its manual transmission.

Safety Sense-C Technology

Each 2017 Yaris, with this new system, is able to warn motorists of a frontal collision or if they are drifting over lanes, and even can automatically apply the brakes. It was groundbreaking news a couple of years ago, as it was only available in luxury vehicles.


Even the cheapest Yaris hatchback is available with Toyota’s Entune center, boasting a 6.1” touch screen, USB port that has iPod connectivity, voice control, and Bluetooth hands free phone compatibility.


Yaris’ five-passenger interior is maybe its most attractive part of the vehicle. There are an abundance of soft touch surfaces, providing this affordable Toyota a somewhat more premium feel. One other plus is its overall dash design that integrates Toyota’s Entune touch screen infotainment center. Here’s the bad news. There isn’t any telescoping steering wheel — restricting driver comfort – and passengers in the rear seat will discover themselves with restricted legroom. Whether you choose a 3- or 5-door model, interior space is almost the same, which includes a decent amount of cargo space behind its rear seats. Extra space may be created by folding its 60/40-split seating.


Both Toyota Yaris for 2017 variants possess identical exterior measurements, although versions that have just one door on every side have a more coupe-like appearance. If you’re prepared to routinely bring passengers in the rear seat along for the ride, we would advise paying the small additional charge for a five-door model so you don’t have to consistently slide the front seating forward so you can accommodate strangers, family, or friends if you’re using the vehicle for your ride-sharing service.