What's New for 2014:
- Carryover, no changes for 2014 model year
The 2014 Toyota Yaris is a subcompact car with a hatchback and 2 or 4 side doors. It was formerly called the Echo, in some markets, in some model years in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It's now in its third generation. It competes with other subcompacts, such as the Nissan Versa and the Ford Fiesta. The 2014 model is a carryover from 2013.
Models and Features
The 2014 Toyota Yaris is offered in L, LE, and SE trim levels, in a choice of white, silver, grey, black, red, aquamarine, blue-grey, or bright blue. The Yaris SE is only available in the 5-door body style (4 doors plus a hatchback) while the two lower trim levels offer the option of a 3-door design. Standard equipment for the Yaris L includes 15-in. steel wheels with plastic wheel covers, single-arm intermittent front wiper, rear windshield wiper, and a rear defogger. The Yaris L includes standard air conditioning, power door locks, trip computer, and an outside temperature indicator. A 6-speaker stereo with a CD/MP3 player, auxiliary audio input jack, USB port, an iPod connection, HD Radio, satellite radio preparation, and Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming are also included on the Yaris L. This version of the Yaris is also equipped with cloth seats, tilt steering wheel, sun visor extensions, cargo cover, cargo area light, and a single-piece folding rear seatback. The LE trim level steps up to power windows, and adds cruise control and remote keyless entry. The driver's seat is adjustable; the rear seat upgrades to a 60/40 split fold. Audio controls are added to the steering wheel. The ST trim level of the 2014 Yaris upgrades to 16-in. alloy wheels with premium tires and distinctive bumper and grille treatment, plus all-wheel disc brakes, fog lamps, leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshift knob, and a more luxurious cloth upholstery.
Options and Packages
Accessories for the 2014 Yaris include body side moldings, mudguards, paint protection film, rear bumper protector, all-weather or carpeted floor mats, ashtray cup, cargo net, cargo tray, cargo mat, emergency assistance kit, and first aid kit.
Under the Hood
The 2014 Toyota Yaris is equipped with a 1.5-liter, 106-horsepower 4-cylinder engine that generates 103 lb.-ft. of torque. The L and SE trim levels have a standard 5-speed manual gearbox. A 4-speed automatic transmission is optional on the L and SE and standard on the Yaris LE.
The 2014 Toyota Yaris with manual transmission gets 30 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway, and 33 mpg combined, according to the EPA. With automatic transmission, it returns 30/36/32 mpg.
Safety Ratings and Technology
The 2014 Toyota Yaris is equipped with 9 air bags, including seat-cushion air bags, as well as traction control, stability control, daytime running lights, and anti-lock brakes with brake assist. Smart Stop technology is designed to make it impossible to accelerate if the brake pedal is depressed.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the 2014 Toyota Yaris 4 stars (out of a possible 5) for front crash protection; 5 stars for side crash protection, and 4 stars for rollover protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the 2014 Toyota Yaris a \"Marginal\" rating for small overlap front protection, but a \"Good\" rating (its highest) for moderate overlap front protection, side protection, roof strength, and head restraints and seats.