The Yaris is offered in two body styles: 3-door and 5-door liftback. All 2015 Toyota Yaris models come with a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine making 106 hp and 103 ft-lb of torque. With variable valve timing, the engine is quite flexible and responsive and works quite well with the available 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic. EPA fuel economy ratings are 30 mpg city, 35 mpg highway with the automatic, or 30 mpg city / 38 mpg highway with the manual.
Standard features on all Yaris models include daytime running lights, intermittent wipers, a 4-speaker CD/MP3 player with iPod input, tilt steering wheel, power locks, air conditioning, anti-lock brakes and stability control. Nine air bags, including front-seat, side-curtain and a driver's knee airbag, are also included. An efficiency-enhancing trip computer is included in the instrumentation that will show instant fuel economy and an "ECO driving indicator" to show the driver how well they're doing. The 5-door model gets a rear wiper standard as well.
The Yaris may be diminutive, but it doesn't sacrifice comfort or interior space. Its 85 cubic-feet of passenger volume and 15 cubic-feet of cargo space mean it's comfortable enough for up to 5 passengers and their stuff. The short 99-inch wheelbase means a tight turning circle of just 31 feet. Suspension is a MacPherson strut-type front suspension and torsion-beam rear setup tuned for good ride comfort, while electric-assist power steering maximizes efficiency as well as improving parking-lot maneuverability.
In addition to the standard equipment, the LE model adds on power-adjustable mirrors, an upgraded 6-speaker stereo with HD radio and Bluetooth. Upgraded front seats, a split-folding rear seat, and steering wheel audio controls are also included, as is remote keyless.
The SE model gets 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, fog lamps, a mesh grille, cruise control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter.
The Yaris gets a substantial refresh for 2015, with much more extroverted styling as well as additional chassis enhancements to improve the driving experience. The biggest changes however, were made to the interior, where the 2015 Yaris receives new soft touch materials to go along with a redesigned dashboard and improved seats. The improved interior should help make the 2015 Yaris quieter, both around town and on the highway. Additional welds along the chassis help improve stiffness, while an uprated Entune stereo system is now standard across all trim levels. In addition, the Yaris' suspension has been recalibrated to provide a smoother ride.