2017 Toyota Yaris Review

The 2017 Toyota Yaris is a budget car with an attractive cabin and many features that you won’t find in other subcompact cars. It comes as front-wheel drive only and a 4-cylinder engine that generates 106 horsepower.

The upscale cabin is a good plus for this car but the seating is uncomfortable and cramped. There’s enough space for the driver and front passenger but the car does lack an armrest which may make driving for longer periods arduous. The rear seats will feel cramped for anyone of average height or above.

The Yaris is relatively the same for the 2017 model year although the iA trim has been rebranded and the Yaris now comes with Safety Sense-C as standard.

Performance

The 2017 Toyota Yaris comes with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers a mediocre 106 horsepower. It’s fine for driving around the city but once you hit the highway you might struggle to build up speed or overtake other motorists.

“With only 106 horsepower, the Yaris’ engine isn’t very powerful. Acceleration is acceptable for everyday duties, but don’t expect much in reserve for passing or merging, especially when others are along for the ride.” – Kelley Blue Book.

The Yaris responds well to the fine movements of the steering wheel and feels composed around corners. It’s small size makes it more agile than other cars but it’s not as sports as some other rivals. The Yaris has fuel economy of 30 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

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Interior

The 2017 Toyota Yaris has seating for 5 people and while the front seats are decent there isn’t much room in the back. Taller people will struggle to find a comfortable seating position.

The Yaris is a budget car so don’t expect a luxury interior. Even so it comes with a nice fitout with lots of soft-touch materials. The Yaris comes with a 6.1-inch touch-screen and voice recognition software.

As for cargo space the 3-door Yaris has 15.3 cu.ft. of cargo space and the 5-door Yaris has slightly more at 15.6 cu.ft. This is average for the subcompact car class.

Price

The 2017 Toyota Yaris has a MSRP of between $15,250 and $18,000. This is average for the class. Upgrading to the 5-Door Yaris SE will increase the starting price to $17,200.

Alternatives

The 2017 Toyota Yaris is well-priced and has good quality cabin materials. The performance is quite low and for this reason is outranked by many other subcompact cars. Other options include the 2017 Honda Fit, the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic or the 2017 Ford Fiesta.