2017 Toyota Yaris iA Overview
While the Toyota Yaris is familiar to most drivers, the 2017 Yaris iA is a new model that comes as a result of Toyota absorbing the Scion lineup for the current model year. This means that there is a single trim level available, but it should have enough for any driver in search of a compact, budget-friendly sedan. More or less, the Yaris iA is the sedan version of the Yaris, but with a few unique features that help it stand out.
The 2017 Yaris iA is a compact sedan that comes standard with a set of 16-inch split 5-spoke alloy wheels that stand out from the crowd. They maximize style as well as performance at all times. This compact also comes with power exterior mirrors complete with LED turn signal indicators so everyone is able to see when you indicate that you are changing lanes. The LED nature of the lights also adds style and efficiency to their design. The power adjustment lets you stay within the comfort of your vehicle and move the mirrors around with the help of a convenient button. The Toyota Yaris iA also comes standard with daytime running lights as a way to enhance its profile and your visibility. These lights ensure you can see on clear days, rainy days, or any other weather conditions. The Yaris iA’s sporty vibe is enhanced by its standard chrome-tipped exhaust that shines brightly and gives you an idea of the fun this sedan delivers. For added convenience, the Yaris iA comes standard with a rear window defogger and variable intermittent front windshield wipers.
The interior of the 2017 Toyota Yaris iA is comfortable and packed with features, even with its budget-friendly pricing. This sedan comes standard with both remote keyless entry and Push-Button Start. Use the key fob to lock or unlock your sedan with the relevant buttons. Put your fob safely in your pocket or purse once you get inside and turn on the Toyota with Push-Button Start. It is easy to find a comfortable position thanks to the sport-contoured front seats in the Yaris iA. The seats have clear inspiration from high-performance vehicles and are incredibly supportive to increase comfort and reduce fatigue.
Like its hatchback counterpart, the Toyota Yaris iA offers an incredible amount of interior space. In addition to the 13.5 cubic feet of room in the trunk, you get 60/40 rear seats as standard to fit longer objects or simply extend the cargo area. Other noteworthy interior features include the air conditioning system, power windows with automatic up/down and jam protection for the driver, power locks, a trip meter, a digital clock, cruise control, and the tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The front bucket seats are trimmed in fabric, and the driver gets 6-way adjustment plus height adjustment while the passenger gets 4-way adjustment.
Toyota continues its tradition of offering the latest technology on a budget with the 2017 Yaris iA. That is why you get a 7-inch touchscreen for the display audio system as standard. It is easy to control using the touchscreen with intuitive motions, or you can use the traditional method and take advantage of the control knob right between the front seats. There are also audio controls right on the steering wheel so you never have to take your hands away to change your music. Bluetooth wireless technology is also standard, letting you easily access music, contacts, and more. In addition to streaming music wirelessly to through Bluetooth, you can connect your smartphone through the two USB ports that have iPod compatibility or the auxiliary audio jack. There is also, of course, AM/FM radio functionality, AM/FM HD Radio Technology with the Connected Services Suite, voice recognition, and Pandora.
A rearview camera comes standard on the Yaris iA so you can easily watch out for objects behind you when parking or reversing. The Yaris has a standard advanced Active Safety System with the most important features, like Brake Assist, Brake Override System, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Antilock Brake System, Dynamic Stability Control, and Traction Control System. Because Toyota wants the latest safety technology at your fingertips, the 2017 Yaris iA also comes standard with a Low-Speed Pre-Collision System that constantly scans the road in front of you for a potential collision. If it detects a likely frontal collision, it will give you visual and audio alerts and automatically activate braking assistance. If you don’t respond in time, the system can even apply the brakes automatically for you and avoid the collision or reduce its impact. The Yaris iA also comes standard with an advanced Tire Pressure Monitor System, the LATCH system for the rear seat, three-point and ELR seatbelts, and a first aid kit. In the event of a collision, the front passenger and driver airbag system, front passenger and driver seat-mounted side airbags, and rear and front side-curtain airbags will protect you and your passengers.
Expect excellent fuel economy from this entry-level sedan thanks to the Variable Valve Timing with intelligence in the 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. This engine produces 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet, more than enough to move the Yaris iA easily and give you some extra. At the same time, it helps take you 32 miles on each gallon in the city or 40 per gallon on the highway. The Yaris iA comes with an available Sport Mode button for those who want to make their driving experience more thrilling. It is conveniently located on the center console. When activated, the Sport Mode will create a sportier feel by adjusting the shift points and engine control unit. Even if you choose to configure your Yaris iA with the 6-speed automatic transmission, you get a manual shift mode. Simply put your gear selector in the right spot, pull it back to upshift, or push it forward to downshift as you would in a racecar. Thanks to this mode, you can have all of the control you need. Alternatively, you can just stick to the standard 6-speed manual transmission if you prefer.
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