2016 Toyota Yaris

2016 Toyota Yaris
2016 Toyota Yaris

2016 Toyota Yaris


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 30 mpg City, 36 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.5 L Regular Unleaded I-4, 106 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 2

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The Yaris has a lot of appeal for those who value practicality, fuel efficiency and reliability. The Toyota Yaris is one of the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid models available in the U.S., as well as one of the lowest-priced new cars. With the Yaris' enviable reputation for resale value, reliability and longevity, it's a great pick for those who want to buy new and keep their vehicle for a long time.

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What's New For 2016

The Yaris carries over mostly unchanged for 2016.


  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 2 Years / Unlimited Miles

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Specifications for 2016 Toyota Yaris

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver Knee Airbag, Driver And Passenger Cushion Front Airbag
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Radio Data System
    • Radio: Entune Audio -inc: 6.1" touch-screen, AM/FM/CD player w/MP3/WMA playback capability, 6 speakers, HD Radio w/iTunes tagging, auxiliary audio jack, USB port w/iPod connectivity and control, hands-free phone capability, voice recognition and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 5.5J x 15" Black Steel w/Full Wheel Covers
    • Tires: P175/65HR15 All Season
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Manual Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper, Heated Wiper Park and Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Fixed Interval Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Black Grille
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way adjustable driver's seat, and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat w/seatback pocket
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Includes Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
    • Manual Tilt Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Fixed Rear Windows
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Vinyl Door Trim Insert
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Fabric Seat Trim
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
    • Full Floor Console w/Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Rigid Cargo Cover
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Instrument Panel Bin, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Down
    • Power Door Locks
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist
    • Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • 11.1 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Electric Power-Assist Steering
    • Front Anti-Roll Bar
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 4.237 Axle Ratio
    • Transmission: Electronic 4-Speed Automatic w/OD -inc: 4.237 Axle Ratio
    • Engine: 1.5L I-4 DOHC 16-Valve VVT-i

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 7.9
    • Drum - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) - 7.9
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 15.3
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 1.5 L/91
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 106 @ 6000
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 103 @ 4200
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 98.8
    • Length, Overall (in) - 155.5
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 66.7
    • Height, Overall (in) - 59.4
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 58.5
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 57.9
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.5
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 11.1
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 84.4
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.3
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 40.6
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 52.5
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 50
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.6
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 33.3
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 51.8
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 49.8
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 32
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 30
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 36
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 31.5
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Toyota Yaris
    • Body Style - Liftback
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Torsion Beam
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Torsion Beam
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P175/65HR15
    • Rear Tire Size - P175/65HR15
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 4
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.85
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.55
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 0.70
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 2.34
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.24
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Compact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 5.5
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2335
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 5.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 5.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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The Toyota Yaris, last redesigned four years ago, is a traditional subcompact hatchback and is Toyota’s least expensive U.S. model. Smaller than the compact Corolla, which sells far better, the Yaris is reminiscent of old, basic econoboxes, and it does not stand out. Little has changed for the 2016 model year.

The 2016 Toyota Yaris comes in three-door and five-door hatchback versions, all with the same engine and a choice of automatic or manual transmissions. Yaris is front-wheel drive.

A couple of decades ago, a small engine, low price, and agile maneuverability were sufficient to satisfy budget-conscious commuters. Nowadays, the French-made Yaris goes against strong competitors in the small-car segment, led by the Nissan Versa Note.

Straightforward in shape, the Yaris comes as either a three-door or five-door hatchback. Buyers benefit from Toyota’s reputation for reliability, but in several ways the Yaris lags its rivals. First off, an underpowered engine and outmoded drivetrain make the Yaris noisy and sluggish. Fuel economy isn’t as frugal as expected, for such a light car. Still, the Toyota has nicer seats than the Nissan, and the Yaris is smooth and quiet. It’s functional and convenient as an around-town errand runabout.

The 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine issues a puny 106 horsepower. With the standard 5-speed manual gearbox, performance is generally tepid, though peppier at urban speeds, as long as you shift gears properly.

Worse yet is the optional 4-speed automatic transmission, an anachronism at a time when nearly all subcompact automatics have at least five speeds. Because the gear ratios are widely spaced, each downshift is loud and dramatic. Passing at highway speeds is a leisurely undertaking with either transmission.

Ride comfort is good, and the Yaris is comparatively quiet on the highway, apart from engine noise. Tire and wind sounds are muted.

Front seats are comfortable, suitably sized and supportive, with plenty of headroom. Not so in back, where seats are smaller than in its competitors, including the Nissan Versa Note. Honda Fit, the class leader, also beats the Yaris for cargo space.

Yaris is not among the top choices for safety, with only basic safety features installed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives Yaris a four-star rating overall, but five stars for side-impact crashes. Except for a Marginal score on the small-overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated Yaris as Good.


The 2016 Toyota Yaris 3-door L manual ($14,895), or automatic ($15,620), includes power windows, locks, and mirrors; air conditioning; rear-window wiper; height-adjustable driver’s seat; split-folding rear seat; and plastic-covered 15-inch steel wheels. A six-speaker Entune Audio system has a 6.1-inch touchscreen. Yaris 3-door LE automatic ($16,555) adds 15-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, keyless ignition, and steering-wheel audio controls.

Yaris 5-door comes in similarly equipped L automatic ($15,995) and LE automatic ($16,930) trim levels.

Yaris 5-door SE manual ($16,870), or automatic ($17,670), is the sporty edition, with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lamps, black grille, rear spoiler, and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift lever. Most important, Yaris SE upgrades to four-wheel disc brakes. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Nine airbags are standard on all 2016 Yaris models, and a rearview camera is available.


Even though the overall Yaris hatchback profile is restrained, if not outright bland, the front end ranks as unusually bold, indeed, flamboyant. Added for 2015, the oversize trapezoidal, black-mesh grille almost looks as if it belongs on a different car.

Most of the Yaris design was developed in France, where the cars are manufactured. Three- and five-door hatchbacks are available, but no sedans. Offering a three-door keeps the base price low, but entering the back seat can be a challenge. SE models get a more aggressive appearance, including foglamps up front and a diffuser panel at the rear.


An intuitive, practical cockpit layout puts gauges ahead of the driver. Controls are easy to understand on the horizontally oriented dashboard. Soft-touch surfaces are evident, and the front passenger benefits from a long tray at the dashboard bottom.

Yaris SE models have a more comprehensive instrument cluster.

Front seats provide plenty of space, and feel more comfortable than seats in the Nissan Versa Note. Bottom cushions are sufficiently long. They’re also wide enough to accommodate American-size physiques. Upgraded seats in SE models provide greater side support.

Because seat adjustment is restricted, establishing a comfortable driving position isn’t so easy for taller folks. Yet, headroom is generous.

For adults, the back seat is cramped. Even though rear seatbacks fold forward, the cargo floor is a tad tall and not totally flat. Still, cargo volume totals a respectable 15.3 cubic feet.

Driving Impressions

Compared to most subcompacts, the Yaris comes up short on performance and handling, as well as overall drive quality. Only if you pick the top-rung SE, with manual shift, can you expect a taste of driving exhilaration.

Small-car buyers don’t necessarily crave roadgoing excitement, of course. Still, the Yaris provides a rather old-fashioned experience, yielding plenty of noise but not so much action. The low-powered, low-tech engine must be revved high to reach its peak torque output; and when it does, that engine is roaring.

Performance is best with the manual gearbox; but again, you have to keep engine revs high in order to elicit useful responses in around-town driving.

As for the obsolete 4-speed automatic, it’s poorly matched to the ineffectual engine. Push the gas pedal to elicit more power, and you’re likely to get loud, dramatic downshifts.

On the plus side, the electric power steering feels better than comparable units in other Toyota models. Steering effort eases at higher speeds, just as it should, and the Yaris stays on-center for confident control on the highway. Easy to park, a Yaris maneuvers smartly in urban traffic.

Rather soft spring rates limit the impact of pavement bumps and ripply roads. Roadholding improves with the stiffer suspension of the SE model, without impairing ride comfort appreciably. Brakes behave well, with less pedal mushiness than some rivals.

Expect comparatively good ride comfort for a car in this class. Bobbing up/down motions, common to short-wheelbase small cars, are minimal in the Yaris.

Fuel economy isn’t as appealing as expected, EPA-rated at 30/37 mpg City/Highway or 33 mpg Combined, with manual shift. With automatic, as most Yaris’s are equipped, the EPA Highway figure dips to 36 mpg.


Engine noise and lack of power in highway driving might be forgiven if the Yaris got better gas mileage. Among the competition, the Nissan Versa has more back-seat space, and Honda’s Fit offers greater cabin flexibility. All three beat Yaris in fuel economy. For far greater thriftiness, Toyota’s subcompact Prius C is worth considering. On the plus side, Yaris is less expensive than Fit, has more comfortable seats than Versa, is smooth and quiet, and is convenient for running errands.

Driving impressions by John Voelcker, The Car Connection. NCTD editor Mitch McCullough and correspondent James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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