Every small car fills a niche, whether it’s in styling, functionality, or its fun factor. We set out on a recent QuickSpin in this 2015 Toyota Yaris to remind ourselves of the revised role it now plays on the subcompact stage.

On the looks side of things, the Yaris is one of the more interesting small cars out there. After all, it was styled in France. Its large wide open front end, angled lights, with sculpted fenders and hood grab your attention.

But, there’s nothing startling under the hood, as its 106 horsepower 1.5 liter 4, with either 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmissions, are all behind the times. Still, the new Yaris equates itself well on two lane roads, as you would expect from any European sourced model. Ride is quite smooth and well isolated compared to rivals.

Fuel economy, a big point for subcompacts, rates well at 32 Combined. We did even better than that. 

Inside, things are basic, though numerous cosmetic changes keep it fresh. In both 3 and 5 door models, we found ample commuter room, and with a standard split rear bench, a versatile cargo bay.

Price, in this segment, is also a big factor, and a starting point of $15,000 for the Yaris, will help. It’s on sale now and no passport is required.


  • Engine: 1.5 liter
  • Horsepower: 106
  • Price: Starting around $15,000