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2014 Toyota Yaris

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/28/2014 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2014

For 2014, the Yaris remains mostly unchanged except for the addition of now-standard daytime running lights for all models.

Vehicle Summary

The Yaris is Toyota's subcompact car, slotting under the Corolla compact sedan. It is sold in L, LE, and SE grades and as a two- or four-door hatchback depending on the trim level.


Despite the more aggressive styling, the 2014 Yaris remains a fuel-efficient commuter car. A 1.5-liter I-4 producing 105 hp and 103 lb-ft torque is the only engine available and is paired to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The SE model is equipped with a sport-tuned suspension, a quicker steering ratio, rear disc brakes, and larger 16-inch wheels, giving it better handling than L and LE trims. On the road, the Yaris is highly maneuverable, particularly in the city, due to its size. However, acceleration remains lackluster due to the 1.5-liter I-4's tendency to "find itself overworked in a hurry." Fuel economy is a Yaris strong point, delivering 30/37 city/highway with the manual and 30/36 with the automatic.

Interior quality and tech features are lacking in the 2014 Yaris, with only a USB and auxiliary port available in addition to the standard radio and Bluetooth connectivity. LE and SE models have higher-quality plastics but the presence of hard plastics, particularly in the dash, cheapen the cabin. Passenger space is ample in the Yaris with a large back seat that can accommodate adults and folded down to expand the generous 15.6 cubic foot rear cargo area (or 15.3 cubic feet for the two-door model).

The Yaris has a four-star safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) but is not considered a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS due to its marginal rating in the small overlap front category (good is the highest possible score). Still, the Yaris earned a good rating in the other four tests.

What We Think

The 2014 Yaris is an ideal car for price-conscious consumers looking for a fuel-efficient and dependable commuter car. In a 2012 First Test review we said that the improvements made gave it "a bit more respectability in the subcompact crowd." Additionally, the SE trim has made it a more responsive car through steering improvements, though it also increases the car's turning radius. The biggest detraction from the Yaris is the lack of available tech features when compared to its competitors. Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, and an auxiliary jack are available but an upgraded infotainment system with a touch screen, navigation system, or premium audio is not available.

You'll Like

  • Fuel efficiency
  • Practical hatchback body style
  • Small size

You Won't Like

  • Lack of tech features
  • Dated powertrain
  • Low-quality cabin materials

Key Competitors


3 star The cheapest way into the revered Toyota range.


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