2017 Toyota Yaris Overview
The 2017 Toyota Yaris is the perfect vehicle for those who don’t need much room and are on a budget. Thanks to its small size, it is affordable and has great fuel economy, yet the hatchback styling of this model means you get more cargo space than you would expect based on its footprint. There is also the choice of three trim levels and either a three-door or a five-door model so you can easily customize your Yaris to meet your needs.
The 2017 Toyota Yaris may be small, but it is packed with style. This hatchback stands out from the crowd with its European-inspired styling with plenty of sleekness and curves in key areas. You can enjoy projector-beam headlights and LED daytime running lights featuring an accent light bar. There is extra attitude from the oversized blacked-out grille. Going with the Yaris SE takes the exterior to the next level with 16-inch machined alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and integrated fog lights. Think about how you plan to use your Yaris and then decide if you want three or five doors. This subcompact sits five passengers easily, and if you plan to use the rear seats, five doors make life easier. If, however, you will mostly be using the rear seats for cargo or don’t mind getting out of the car to let a rear-seat passenger in, you can save money with the three-door model. Regardless of how you configure your 2017 Yaris, the hatchback door will open up wide so you can easily access the entire cargo area. There are also conveniences like available remote keyless entry.
The interior of the Yaris is just as stylish, complete with a sporty vibe. You can get attention-getting white stitching for the seats or add piano-black accents on the steering wheel and gearshift surround to create an upscale feel. The Yaris is also available with leather trim on the shift lever and steering wheel for comfort, style, and elegance. Drivers will appreciate the excellent visibility in the Yaris thanks to the large windows that give you a 360-degree view.
Thanks to its hatchback design, the cargo area of the Yaris is truly spacious. Behind the rear seats, you get 15.6 cubic feet of room complete with a cargo area light. Take advantage of the standard 60/40 rear seats to expand this area when you need even more room. Even if you have passengers in the rear seats, you will get extra storage from the numerous nooks and crannies throughout the Yaris. There is a spacious glove compartment, a storage compartment in the center console, a side foot-well pocket for the passenger, and door pockets.
Don’t be fooled by the budget-friendly pricing of the Toyota Yaris; it is packed with technology in all configurations. The Entune Audio system comes standard and has a 6.1-inch touchscreen, HD radio, auxiliary audio and USB inputs, Bluetooth music streaming and hands-free phone, and six speakers. With so many input options, you can listen to music from any device and enjoy crisp audio without paying extra. There are even available audio controls on the steering wheel to make it easy to switch songs and stay safe while driving.
The instrumentation on the Yaris includes analog versions of the fuel gauge, tachometer, and speedometer but an LCD display for the trip meters, clock, exterior temperature, odometer, distance to empty, average speed, and current and average fuel economy. Most models even have an ECO Driving Indicator so you can maximize efficiency while driving your Toyota.
Toyota hopes to have the Safety Sense suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive features standard across the lineup in the near future, and it is already standard on the 2017 Yaris. Even with the lowest starting price in the Toyota lineup, the Yaris gets the latest safety. The standard Safety Sense C system includes a Pre-Collision System, Automatic High Beams, and Lane Departure Alert. The first of these has a camera and forward-facing laser radar that scan the road ahead. If they detect a potential collision, the system alerts you via visual and audible warnings and automatically activates brake assistance. If you don’t react in time, the system can apply the brakes for you. The Yaris is one of the few models on the market that costs less than $15,300 and has this feature as standard.
In addition to the standard Toyota Safety Sense C system, the 2017 Toyota Yaris gives you nine airbags, including an Advanced Airbag System for the front passenger and driver, seat-cushion airbags and seat-mounted side airbags in front, a driver knee airbag, and front and rear side-curtain airbags. You also get the Star Safety System as standard, complete with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Brake Assist, Smart Stop Technology, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, and the Antilock Brake System. Child safety seat restraints, a tire pressure monitor system, and whiplash-injury-lessening front seats round out the standard safety features.
The Yaris truly excels when it comes to fuel economy because of its small size and efficient powertrain. Driving this hatchback gives you 30 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway so you will feel like your trips to the gas station are incredibly infrequent. Even so, the 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet from the 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine are more than enough to power a vehicle the size of the Yaris. This subcompact always comes with front-wheel drive. You can choose from a 5-speed manual transmission and a 4-speed electronically controlled automatic with intelligence.
Thanks to the small size of the Toyota Yaris, maneuvering it around town is a breeze. Driving is responsive and powerful so you can easily merge and make maneuvers in traffic. The available sport-tuned suspension truly creates a fun driving experience. Of course, the small size also makes the Yaris a dream to park in nearly any spot. To help with your driving experience, the 2017 Yaris comes standard with sport-tuned electric power steering and an independent MacPherson strut front suspension featuring a stabilizer bar.
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