The 2016 Toyota Yaris ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Hatchbacks category. Currently the Toyota Yaris has a score of 7.8 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 40 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.
The 2016 Yaris has a spacious interior for the subcompact car class, but filling the cabin with people negates its acceleration. The Yaris also lacks a telescoping steering wheel and an armrest for the driver’s seat, which may make it difficult to find a comfortable driving position. Still, the Yaris is an OK choice for childless couples driving in the city.
Toyota Yaris Performance and Interior
The 2016 Toyota Yaris has a 106-horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to a standard five-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic is available. The motor delivers adequate acceleration around town, but there’s little power for merging or highway passing. The Toyota Yaris feels fairly controlled around corners, but it’s neither as engaging to drive as the 2016 Ford Fiesta nor as smooth as the 2016 Nissan Versa. There is a sport-tuned Yaris SE, but it doesn’t feel notably sportier than other trims. According to the EPA, the base Yaris earns 30 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which is on par with most cars in the subcompact car class.
The 2016 Toyota Yaris seats five. Its front seats are comfortable and have good space for tall occupants. The driver’s high riding position provides a good road view. The Yaris’ back seats have plenty of legroom and a good amount of headroom. The outboard rear seats have complete LATCH systems for attaching car seats, and there’s a tether anchor for the middle seat.
The Yaris has a fairly generous number of tech features with easy-to-use dashboard and touch-screen audio controls. Standard features include a six-speaker stereo, a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, and voice recognition. Navigation, cruise control, remote keyless entry, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls are available.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2016 Toyota Yaris the top score of Good in all crash tests but the small overlap front test, in which the Yaris earned the second-lowest score of Marginal. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Yaris four out of five stars overall and five stars in the side impact crash test. Regardless of trim level, the Toyota Yaris offers no advanced safety features.