The Toyota Yaris entered the global market back in 1999. Since then, the Yaris has been one of the most important subcompact cars of the new millennium, arriving to satiate North American demand in 2003. The platform of this sporty and efficient vehicle sought to capitalize on the trend towards cost-cutting compact cars that simultaneously improved quality, environmental performance, and longevity. The Yaris delivered and continues to do so year after year. Not one to rest on laurels, Toyota gave North America's favorite subcompact car a redesign in 2015, with additional enhancements for 2016. Let's take a look at these exciting new developments.
The 2015 Yaris has most noticeably distinguished itself from its predecessors by giving the front end a makeover. The Yaris now comes with a completely updated grill, a new bumper, and sleek projector-beam headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) that shine a spotlight on the fact that this is a redesign for the future. Enthusiasts can't help but notice that Toyota delivered a front end similar to Yaris' groundbreaking Hybrid R concept car. The base L vehicle is available with 15-inch steel wheels, the LE with 15-inch alloy, and the SE with 16-inch alloy wheels, providing each with an even sportier look. Rear end options have not been neglected, with a spoiler on the SE and optional for the L and LE. With the successful redesign delivered in 2015, the year ahead only needed to add a few small things. Fog lights have been implemented into the front bumper while higher trim levels come with chrome details on the exterior. Overall, the 2015 and 2016 Yaris has a definite euro feel to it, letting the public know that this subcompact is a car for fashion forward drivers.
Take a look inside the new Yaris and you'll find a new dashboard design that perfectly complements that comfortable cabin that the Yaris is known for. The vehicle has repositioned its switchgear and vents for greater efficiency, while the LE interior is accented by metallics, chrome interior door handles, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. The SE adds a stylish leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob in addition to upgraded cloth upholstery. It's the small details that can make a big impact and the Yaris' interior redesign knows this well.
The 2015/16 Yaris maintains its solid fuel economy. The vehicle has kept its 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine in tact along with the 106 horsepower and 103 lb-ft of torque, delivered in a standard 5-speed manual or an optional 4-speed automatic. This equals an EPA-estimated 37 mpg highway and 30 mpg city. Even with the 2015/16 enhancements the Yaris fuel economy that you've come to know (and love) remains.
Whether driving the new base L or LE (both available in two and four door hatchback) or the even sportier LE trim (four door) you'll find that the behind-the-wheel experience is better than ever. The new Yaris offers Standard Independent MacPherson strut front suspension, a stiffened chassis, a wide wheelbase, and quicker steering and a minimum turning radius with predictable braking and optimal visibility. The smooth handling found in the Yaris redesign will keep you safe while out there on the road, but the construction adds another layer of security. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given the 2015 Yaris the highest possible scores for moderate overlap front, side protection, roof strength, and head restraints & seats. Simply put, the 2015/16 Yaris provides a more fun, safe, and superior driving experience compared to that of its subcompact rivals.
Are you not entertained? You will be when seated inside of the 2015/16 Yaris. But before you step in, you'll love taking advantage of the enhanced remote keyless entry that allows you to hop in and out of your Yaris without hassle. Once in, note the brand new and glowing 6.1 inch touch-screen audio system with a USB port, iPod/Phone (w/iTunes tagging) connectivity, HD Radio and voice recognition. The new Yaris comes with an improved hands-free smartphone capability that also includes music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology. All of this is accentuated by the superior JBL 6-speaker system. With the availability (optional dealer-installation) of an enhanced navigation system you'll be able to enjoy these features without worrying about arriving at your destination on schedule. The 2015/16 Yaris is an industry leader when it comes to subcompact car technology and auto-infotainment.
While we touched on the major components of the redesign, we're not done. Not if you're looking to get even more out of the "Yaris experience". The 2016 Yaris Sedan arrived in Canada this season, taking the subcompact concept to another level. Just as agile but more chiseled than the hatchback the sedan is downright striking and with a 6 speed manual transmission it drives even sportier. It includes steering wheel mounted controls, push button start, and all of the technology (including voice recognition controls and a back-up camera) and auto-infotainment of the L, LE and SE but with a seven-inch touchscreen. Behold the redesigned 2016 Yaris Sedan here and schedule an appointment (Greater Vancouver residents) to test drive a Yaris today.