Posh & Petite | 2015 Toyota Yaris SE Review

Posh & Petite | 2015 Toyota Yaris SE Review

Looking for a reliable compact car without all the fuss?

Meet the 2015 Toyota Yaris SE.

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OK – yes, that really is a Toyota Yaris pictured above.

I spent a week in this car and absolutely loved it. Although a small hatchback, it didn’t feel uncomfortably cramped inside, which is surprising considering some cars much larger than Yaris feel cramped.

Outside, the body appears to have adopted some Toyota Matrix-esque features, adding some edge and fierceness to the look of the Yaris. Just because it’s got an itsy-bitsy 1.5 liter four-cylinder DOHC engine doesn’t mean it should look dinky–and Toyota’s well aware of this. Check out that grille and the alloy wheels, not to mention the sporty detail of the rear spoiler.

The Yaris’ body style surely has come a long way over the past few years. Pictured below side-by-side are a 2009 Yaris and a 2015 Yaris.

Goodbye round, eggy shape. Hello sleek, edgy beauty.

2009 Toyota Yaris | Photo Credit: Toyota USA

2009 Toyota Yaris | Photo Credit: Toyota USA

2015 Toyota Yaris L | Photo Credit: Toyota USA

2015 Toyota Yaris L | Photo Credit: Toyota USA

How safe is the new Yaris?

Such a small car would probably not fare well in a collision, right? Wrong. The Yaris SE received an overall vehicle score of four stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), with a four-star frontal crash rating, a five-star (yep, 5) side crash rating and a four-star rollover rating.

2015 Toyota Yaris Crash Safety Ratings | Photo Credit: NHTSA

2015 Toyota Yaris Crash Safety Ratings | Photo Credit: NHTSA

What about fuel economy?

The Yaris’ incredible fuel economy is envied by many. With an average of 32 MPG (36 highway & 30 city), you could tote around town all week before having to hit up the gas station again. I kept staring at the fuel gauge to see if it would ever move. Granted with the small engine, you’re not getting a ton of horsepower with the Yaris but it’s got quite a bit of pick up as long as you demand it ;).

Who is the Yaris for?

The ideal Yaris driver is an individual who prefers fuel economy and an essential amount of tech (Touch screen AM/FM/CD, HD Radio, Bluetooth, etc.) to a decked out car with all the bells and whistles. This reliable and fun car would also make for a great graduation present or first car for your teenager. The 2015 Toyota Yaris, with its freshened, edgier comes with room for a few passengers, back seats that fold down to accommodate sports equipment, dorm room goodies (aka disassembled Ikea furniture) or maybe even a puppy crate.

What’s It Gonna Cost Me?

The Yaris we tested was the 5-door SE trim, which starts at $16,820 for a manual transmission and $17,620 for an automatic. There are several trims to choose from with the most economical model being the 3-door L trim, which starts at $14,845. You can build your very own Yaris here.

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Whitney (Gonzalez) Ramirez has admired high-performing cars from a young age since her father is an automotive mechanic and racecar driver. She is intrigued by new developments in the automotive industry and is particularly interested in European cars and racing. Read more about Whitney here.

There are 3 comments for this article
  1. Meghan R at 7:30 PM

    I have a Versa Note (in pretty much the same color) which is very similar and I love it. Best part about a hatchback? Somewhere for my 70 pound dog to ride!

  2. Melanie Batenchuk at 7:40 PM

    Thanks for sharing, Meghan! I’m a big fan of the versatility (no pun intended with regards to your Nissan) and functionality of hatchbacks and wagons. That’s pretty awesome you can fit such a big dog in the back!

    Thanks for stopping by,
    Melanie