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Refreshing or Revolting: 2015 Toyota Yaris

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/15/2014 Jason Udy

Much of Toyota’s lineup has gotten mid-cycle refreshes for the 2014 and 2015 model years including its subcompact hatchback. Like the updates to the rest of the automaker’s lineup, the 2015 Toyota Yaris hatchback gains more aggressive styling. But does that make it better? Below, we take a look at the changes to the 2015 Yaris hatchback.

Up front, the 2015 Toyota Yaris features a more aggressive fascia that integrates the upper grille with the lower intake with its black bumper insert. The large opening features a chrome outline on LE models and is framed in black on SE models. Both models feature a chrome stripe that bisects the headlight unit and dips below the front Toyota emblem. The headlights also feature a scalloped shape where it meets the lower bumper.

From the side, the 2015 Toyota Yaris is nearly identical to the 2014 model. Around back, the taillights gain new lenses with updated detailing, while the reverse indicator lights are now center-mounted below the revised rear bumper.

Inside, the most noticeable change is the dashboard insert that now frames the instrument cluster and appears as one piece rather than broken by up by the gauges. The changes to the dashboard also change the shape of the driver’s side vent and the pair of center vents.

2015 Toyota Yaris© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Toyota Yaris

While the 2015 Toyota Yaris gains a mid-cycle update rather than a full redesign, the subcompact hatch now has some semblance to the rest of Toyota’s recently refreshed lineup.

Last week, we took a look at the updated 2015 Chevrolet Cruze and asked whether it was refreshing or revolting. Most commenters weren't a fan of the compact Chevy sedan’s new looks.

Mark Hilliard called it “Revolting, I know looking at the 2016 model that buying this car would be a great mistake; it just looks a little more immature. Adding chrome for the sake of adding chrome...”Bill_Lumberg echoed the opinion saying, “Ah I see what they did here. They restyled the part that looked good and made it look horrible to match the rear. Good job, Chevy.”

ThreePedal435 was the only one with kind words for the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze: “Refreshing. The updated front and rear ends definitely make the car look more expensive overall and, in my opinion, slightly sportier. It would be nice if a more powerful engine were also offered as an option.”


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