Used 2015 Toyota Yaris Hatchback
Toyota Yaris Hatchback
Toyota's littlest model, the Yaris hatchback, gets a new look inside and out, plus a handful of other upgrades to its equipment lists.
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The 2015 Toyota Yaris hatchback looks dramatically different from last year's model. The grille is bigger, the tail sharper, and the new Yaris interior is nicer. It's all part of Toyota's effort to counter the onslaught of superior subcompacts like the Kia Rio, Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic. However, while the upgrades this year are worthwhile, little was done to fix the fundamental problem facing the Toyota Yaris, namely, that it's sort of a shrug to drive. The engine and transmission are the same, and despite structural changes, the car behaves pretty much the same from behind the wheel. Impeccable Toyota reliability, improved creature comforts, and undeniably better looks are strong selling points, but for those looking for more pizazz, there are more appealing cars.
You'll Like This Car If...
Reputation counts for a lot, and Toyota's reputation for quality and longevity certainly merits attention. Combined that with the low price and high resale value, and it makes a good long-term financial proposition.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Despite being a sound vehicular investment, the 2015 Toyota Yaris isn't particularly engaging to drive. Think that's too tall an order? Then check out the Honda Fit, Mazda2 or Ford Fiesta, for starters. It's also handily outpaced on fuel economy by many other competitors.
What's New for 2015
For 2015, the Toyota Yaris gets new front- and rear-end styling, along with an upgraded interior. The new Yaris looks more aggressive than before, and the new interior offers more soft-touch surfaces and more modern technology.
The 2015 Toyota Yaris boasts a stiffer body than last year's model, but the reality is that there's not much difference felt from behind the wheel of this little hatchback. The small 4-cylinder engine offers adequate acceleration under most conditions, but pushing your foot to the floor results in more noise than additional acceleration. It doesn't help that the automatic transmission is an antiquated 4-speed, which pales next to the 6-speeds and continuously variable automatics available in the competition. While there's a 5-speed manual available, it's not much of an improvement thanks to its vague and rubbery feel. The Yaris SE offers up slightly better driving dynamics, and fuel economy is pretty good with the manual, which offers up to 37 mpg on the highway. Still, other cars offer better fuel economy (Nissan Versa), a better driving experience (Ford Fiesta), or both (Honda Fit).
Every new Toyota Yaris gets Toyota's Entune audio system with a 6.1-inch touch-screen interface. It includes HD radio, iTunes tagging, a USB port, voice recognition, and Bluetooth wireless music streaming, a pretty sophisticated suite of technology for such an inexpensive car.
The 2015 Toyota Yaris boasts a total of nine airbags, a total large enough that we wonder how they'd all fit in the tiny car were they to all inflate at once. Add this to the standard stability and traction control, and you have a surprisingly safe little car.
The much-needed upgrades added two major things to the new Toyota Yaris interior. First, there are more soft-touch surfaces, giving this least-expensive Toyota a slightly more premium feel. Don't get too excited, however, this is still a budget-priced economy car, not a Lexus. The other addition is the new dash design integrating Toyota's Entune touch-screen infotainment system. However, that's about it. There's no telescoping steering wheel – limiting driver comfort – and rear-seat passengers will find themselves with limited legroom. There's decent cargo space behind the folding rear seats, although the Yaris lacks the Honda Fit's cargo flexibility.
Toyota has fit its big-mouth grille to the new Yaris, as if somehow the vast expanse of black plastic on the front of the car had somehow failed to grab your attention. That, plus less dramatic changes to the rear, gives the 2015 Yaris an unmistakable appearance in a crowded market. We're not sure we're 100 percent behind the new look, but it's certainly distinctive, especially the SE model with its aluminum-alloy wheels, fog lights and rear spoiler. The Yaris's small size makes it easy to park and maneuver in traffic.
Notable Standard Equipment
You can get the 2015 Toyota Yaris in two hatchback body styles, with two or four doors. The base L model gets the Entune touch-screen infotainment system standard that includes USB and Bluetooth, along with a 60/40-split folding rear seatback, tilt steering, power windows, and air conditioning. The more premium LE model adds cruise control, a steering wheel with audio controls, and remote keyless entry. SE models include a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, and better instruments, as well as 4-wheel disc brakes. The Yaris also comes with ToyotaCare scheduled maintenance and roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles.
Notable Optional Equipment
About the only noteworthy standalone option is actually an accessory: an $800 or so navigation system that's available as an add-on to Entune. The rest of the options are divided firmly into the model levels – if you want cruise control, you have to get an LE or SE, since it's not available with the L at all.
Under the Hood
The new Toyota Yaris uses the same engine as the old Toyota Yaris, namely, a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) that's good for 106 horsepower. Sending that power to the front wheel is either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic. For around town, the engine is fine, but on the highway, it becomes the little engine that barely can, especially if you're trying to pass on a 2-lane highway. The transmissions both feel antiquated as well. The manual's shift action isn't particularly smooth, and the 4-speed automatic is outclassed by competitors offering 6-speeds or continuously variable automatic transmissions. Fuel economy is pretty good though, and the little engine only requires regular-grade gasoline.
106 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
103 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 30/37 mpg (manual), 30/36 mpg (automatic)
The least expensive 2015 Toyota Yaris you can buy is the 3-door hatchback L model, which starts at about $15,500 when you include the $825 destination charge. At the other end of the price spectrum is the $18,400 Yaris SE 5-door. In between is the LE, which starts at about $16,500 depending on which model you choose. While that's low, it's not the lowest priced subcompact you can buy – the Nissan Versa Note and Kia Rio 5-door both undercut the Yaris. Of course, you can pay quite a bit more than the Yaris's peak price, with the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and many others coming in closer to $20,000 when all is said and done. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying. Over time, the Yaris should hold its value, but not quite as well as the Honda Fit.
Toyota Yaris Consumer Reviews
April 21, 2018
MY FAMILY LOVES OUR YARIS L
January 02, 2018
Sweet little car, big bang for buck. RELIABLE!
Gr8 car, big enough for family, pets, sports equipment and gr8 on mileage! Always reliable in four years owned! Attractive and...
November 09, 2017
The 2 door LE is the best car on the market.
I bought my Blue 2015 LE in Dec. 2016 with 44,000 miles for 9400. I thought I was hooked on a Prius C, but all that space age looking...
January 11, 2017
Really a fun car all around!
I sold my 2005 Toyota Tacoma Access cab after 12 years. Didn't need a truck anymore and the mileage was bad. I tried all the Toyotas...
October 14, 2016
July 28, 2016
Great long term car!
My Yaris has been a great car. It is a simple, honest car and in my opinion a much better car for the long term than most of its...
May 16, 2016
Best car for the money
Mine is a 2012 L 2 door 5 speed. I bought it new in 2011.Runs and drives tight. I got 74,000 miles out of the first set of tires. The...
March 04, 2016
Likable bodystyle, cheap maintenance and great MPG
The best car I have owned so far. It has a roomy cabin and the hatchback aspect makes it even more practical. The steering radius is...
January 31, 2016
Good quality for the price
Very reliable car. Good quality for the price and size of car
December 30, 2015
nice little car
Why do you pass misinformation that this car does not come in a sedan model? I know for a fact that it does, as we bought a 2012 Yaris 4...