The 2016 Toyota Yaris Hatchback brings about a set of decent improvements, including a facelift and several new features. That said, it’s still not quite good enough to match its competitors, lacking a proper performance model or a wide range of engines (there is only one). This means that it only has two truly appealing qualities – its low price and reputation for reliability.
The 2016 Toyota Yaris Hatchback is not the greatest vehicle around, but it is one of the cheapest, starting at $15,775. The unfortunate truth is that the low price is one of the subcompact’s biggest perks, with the other one being its famed reliability. Otherwise, there’s really not much else to it – even in spite of its recent facelift and addition of new features. What’s worse is that none of its perks are exclusive since there are plenty of other vehicles that are reliable yet relatively cheap, such as the Honda Fit, Kia Rio and Ford Fiesta.
When looking at the Yaris, the first thing you are most likely to notice is its big open-mouth grille (some might call it the “mustache” grille) – it’s that vast piece of plastic at the front of the vehicle, in case it wasn’t clear… Its backside is uncompromisingly hefty as well, which definitely allows the vehicle to stand out. We are not sure if the redesign is an improvement, but we do like the idea of a vehicle that stands out, which the Yaris certainly does. The SE is arguably the most distinctive of them all, sporting aluminum-alloy wheels, fog lights and rear spoiler.
Inside, the new Toyota Yaris has features a plenty of soft-touch surfaces, which make the whole thing feel borderline luxurious (sort of). The overall dash design is also very neat, particularly when it comes to the way it integrates Toyota’s Entune touchscreen infotainment system. While the cabin is without a doubt the Yaris’ best aspect, not everything here is rainbows and sunshine. Firstly, there is no telescoping steering wheel, which can make driving this hatchback a little uncomfortable for some. Secondly, the rear seats are a little too, even for a subcompact, thoroughly lacking in legroom. That said, the cargo area is relatively spacious at 15.3 cubic feet, though it doesn’t have the Fit’s level of flexibility.
Under the hood, the 2016 Yaris has a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine that can produce 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. You can choose to connect to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately, both transmissions feel outdated. Most vehicles today offer either six-speed automatic or continuously variable transmissions, making the four-speed offering here feel laughable. The manual transmission doesn’t shift as smoothly as many currently available alternatives. The engine itself doesn’t the weight either, being only suitable for regular roads since it struggles on highways.
So, is the 2016 Toyota Yaris Hatchback worth the money? Since it doesn’t cost much to begin with, we would say yes. However, it is a very flawed vehicle, so keep that in mind when considering it.
2016 Toyota Yaris Hatchback
Reviewed by Unhaggle on .
Rating: 7.5 / 10
|Trim / Style||MSRP||Est. Monthly Payment||Average Price||Invoice Price|
|CE 3-DR 4AT||$15,775||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|CE 3-DR 5MT||$14,775||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|LE 5-DR 4AT||$17,195||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|LE 5-DR 5MT||$16,195||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|SE 5-DR 4AT||$18,945||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|SE 5-DR 5MT||$17,945||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Number of Doors||3|
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
|Power and Performance:|
The 2016 Yaris from Toyota uses a simple 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) that's good for 106 horsepower. Sending that power to the front wheels is either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic. For around town, the engine is fine, but on the highway, it becomes the little engine that barely can, especially if you're trying to pass on a 2-lane highway. The transmissions both feel antiquated as well. The manual's shift action isn't particularly smooth, and the 4-speed automatic is outclassed by competitors offering 6-speeds or continuously variable automatic transmissions. Fuel economy is pretty good though, and the little engine requires only regular-grade gasoline.
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|Interiors and Special Features:|
Inside the 2016 Yaris, the cabin is straightforward and intuitive. It's a vast improvement on the center-instrument oddity of previous Yaris generations. The dash has horizontal, shelf-like lines and the controls are simple, cheerful, and easy to understand. It comes with lots of built-in storage spaces, in the form of trays, cupholders, bins, and the like—including a long tray at the bottom of the dash for the passenger. The instrument panel has soft-touch surfaces, metallic and chrome accent trim is used throughout.
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Now in its fourth model year, the 2016 Toyota Yaris is not one of the better picks for safety. Its ratings are mixed, and there are no electronic safety features offered beyond now-mandated systems.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the five-door hatchback as Good (the highest rating) in four of its five categories--moderate-overlap front crash, side crash, roof crush, and head-restraint/seats tests. But the Yaris doesn't do well in the new and tougher small-overlap frontal impact test, where it received only a 'Marginal' rating, one notch above the lowest 'Poor' rating. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave it a four-star Overall rating, with four stars for frontal crash and rollover safety, but five stars is side crash.
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|Audio system with AM/FM radio, digital radio, CD player (reads MP3 format), touch screen and colour screen|
|Audio Connectivity: includes input AUX jack front and USB front|
|Front and rear mud flaps|
|2 disc brakes (2 ventilated)|
|Brake assist system|
|Electronic brake distribution|
|Front and rear bumpers|
|Cargo area cover|
|Load restraint: hooks|
|Delivery/freight charge: $ 1,565.00|
|1 12V in front|
|Driver and passenger vanity mirror|
|Bluetooth ; includes phone connection and includes music streaming|
|Cargo area light|
|Front reading lights|
|2 passenger assist handles|
|Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 998, rear headroom (mm): 954, front hip room (mm): 1,270, rear hip room (mm): 1,265, front leg room (mm): 1,032, rear leg room (mm): 847, front shoulder room (mm): 1,334, rear shoulder room (mm): 1,334 and interior volume (litres): 2,390|
|External dimensions: overall length (mm): 3,950, overall width (mm): 1,695, overall height (mm): 1,510, wheelbase (mm): 2,510, front track (mm): 1,485, rear track (mm): 1,470 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 9,600|
|Cargo capacity(in litres): all seats in place: 286|
|Doors: driver and passenger : front hinged|
|Rear door: lifting gate|
|Body colour exterior door handles|
|Emissions data: CO2: 3,398 kg/yr|
|Engine: 1.5L in-line four-cylinder VVT-i with VVT|
|Power: 106 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 103 ft lb of torque @ 4,200 rpm|
|Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 7.7 ; highway= 6.3 ; combined= 7.1 ;|
|Fuel tank: 42 litre capacity|
|Fuel: unleaded ( 87 octane)|
|Fuel system: multi-point injection|
|Multi-function display screen 6.1, touch screen and 1|
|Trip computer: includes avg speed, avg fuel econ, current fuel econ and fuel range|
|Main dashboard display|
|Floor covering: none|
|Luxury trim: alloy look on dashboard and none|
|Headlights: halogen with complex surface lens halogen|
|Daytime running lights|
|Internal button power locks|
|2 height adjustable head restraints for front seats, 3 height adjustable head restraints for rear seats|
|Front side airbags|
|Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag|
|Driver knee airbags|
|Front to rear curtain airbags|
|Rear seat belts for driver, rear seat belts for passenger, 3-point rear seat belts for centre|
|Front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger|
|Rear seats: split-folding bench with seating for three|
|Front driver seat : bucket ; details: manual height, front passenger seat : bucket|
|Seat upholstery: cloth|
|Seating: 5 passengers|
|Main service 192,000 and 144|
|Intermediate service 8,000 and 6|
|Steering wheel ; includes height adjustment|
|Power steering type|
|Dashboard console with open storage, full floor console with open storage|
|Cupholders in front row and rear seats|
|Independent front strut suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension with coil springs|
|Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) stability control|
|Transmission: 5-speed manual ; incl. shifter on floor|
|Electronic traction control|
|3.722:1 axle ratio|
|Ventilation system with cabin filter|
|Powertrain type : combustion|
|Trim level: CE|
|Version information 05 Jan 2016|
|Rear view mirror|
|Zone tinted windshield|
|Rear window with defroster and fixed-speed wiper|
|Windshield wipers with fixed intermittent wipe|
|Front power windows with 1 express|
|Driver and passenger door mirror: body colour, externally adjustable|
|Anti-corrosion warranty: 60 months/ Unlimited km|
|Warranty powertrain - OEM 60 months/ 100,000 km|
|Warranty whole vehicle - Total: 36 months/ 60,000 km|
|Warranty powertrain - Total: 60 months/ 100,000 km|
|Paint warranty: 36 months/ 60,000 km|
|Roadside assistance warranty: 36 months/ 60,000 km|
|Warranty whole vehicle - OEM: 36 months/ 60,000 km|
|Weights: published curb weight (kg): 1,030 and Manufacturer’s own|
|Front and rear all-season tires 175/65/H|
|Front and rear steel wheels: 15"x 6.0"|
|Spare wheel: spacesaver with steel rim|