The 2015 Toyota Yaris is an example of an ideology. The idea is reliability and dependability. When you have a mechanical formula that works – why change it? One the other hand, you cannot expect to sell a car that looks the same way for close to 15 years in an environment where fresh design are frequent and are rewarded with sales.
The Yaris gets a new exterior and updated interior for 2015. The Yaris nameplate has been around since the 2007 model year, but it can draw its roots in the United States at least to the 2000 Toyota Echo. The roots are the 1.5-liter four cylinder engine with 106 horsepower and 103 lb-ft of torque with a choice of a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic.
The car still gets 30 MPG city, 37 MPG highway, and 33 MPG combined. More importantly, it’s still one of the more affordable cars at a starting price of $14,845 for the three-door hatchback. The five-door is only $1,100 more.
One the inside you get an updated Yaris Entune audio system with all the latest connectivity options. The dash resembles the latest Corolla design, which is a good thing.
Watch this TFLcar first drive video of the 2015 Toyota Yaris.
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been a contributor at TFL since 2011.