The Toyota Yaris 3- and 5-door are getting a thorough refresh for the 2012 model year, with Toyota making numerous improvements for the sake of fuel economy, style, and overall livability.
Toyota lowered the 2012 Toyota Yaris Hatchback to improve fuel economy and give the little compact a more sporty appearance. Now longer and more spacious inside, the Yaris hatchback has up to 68 percent more cargo space than the previous model. Inside, Toyota also shifted the instrument cluster from its previous location in the middle of the dash to a more traditional position in front of the driver.
The 2012 Toyota Yaris Hatchback is now offered three flavors: L, LE, and the sporty SE. Available only as a 5-door, Toyota says the Yaris SE has a sport-tuned suspension, sharper steering, and larger disc brakes. Other features include 16-inch wheels, spoiler, and chrome exhaust tip. Inside, leather-trimmed steering wheel and sport fabric trim over the seats bolster the Yaris’ sporty pretentions.
One area that didn’t change is the 106-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that powers all Yaris models, which is carryover from last year. The 2012 Yaris will also be offered with the same choice of standard five-speed manual (L and SE models) or optional four-speed automatic transmissions. The 2012 Toyota Yaris with a manual transmission gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city/38 mpg highway while the automatic gets 30 mpg city/35 mpg highway. A new safety feature called Advanced Whiplash Injury-Lessening (WIL) is standard all on 2012 Yaris models.
Pricing starts at $14,115 for the base Yaris L while the 2012 Toyota Yaris Hatchback SE with automatic transmission start at $17,200. The pricing does not include destination and handling fees. No word yet on specs for the Yaris compact sedan.