2014 Toyota Yaris

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The 2014 Toyota Yaris carries over unchanged from last year’s model. It still offers the same pros and cons, just like any other econobox on the market. It’s affordable and reliable yet short on cargo space and horsepower under the hood. Nevertheless it’s the perfect vehicle for running daily errands and it is surprisingly agile.

All models are equipped with a 106 horsepower 1.5L 4-cylinder engine, which hasn’t changed from previous years’. The range topping SE is outfitted with a beefier suspension, quicker steering, 4-wheel disc brakes, and a rear spoiler.

The 2014 Toyota Yaris is offered in three trim levels- L, LE and SE. The 3-door L and 5-door SE are available with a 5-speed manual transmission while the 5-Door L and LE models are limited to a 4-speed automatic transmission only.

Standard equipment on the L includes 15-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, a fold-down rear seatback, power door locks, Bluetooth® and a 6-speaker audio system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port with iPod® connectivity.

Stepping up to the LE will get you keyless entry, power mirrors, power windows, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, cruise control and an LCD driver multi-information display.

The top-of-the-line SE tacks on 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, sporty exterior accents, sport fabric-trimmed seating surfaces and a leather-trimmed sport steering wheel.

Standard safety features across the board include 9 airbags, antilock brakes, brake assist, electronic traction control, electronic brake force distribution, seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters and front height adjustment, a tire pressure monitoring system, and much, much more.

Prices for the 2014 Toyota Yaris start at just $14,430 and top out around $18,150 for a fully loaded SE.

 Plenty of interior space- even for taller passengers; attractive interior styling; affordable price

 Anemic engine and slow throttle response; fuel economy trails behind its competition

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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