In 2007, Toyota replaced the Echo with the exceptionally-better Toyota Yaris. Although previously available and highly popular in Europe, 2007 marks the first year the Yaris is available to Americans. The Yaris comes in two variations: the hatchback and the four-door sedan. With its sleek look and modern body style, its main market is intended for young professionals and budget conscious consumers. Although built to attract the younger generation, the Yaris proves to appeal to a wider range of age groups.
The two Yaris body styles differ greatly. The hatchback has less legroom but makes up for it with an adjustable back seat, while the sedan is longer by almost 20 inches and offers more leg space for back seat passengers. Both versions do, however, have the same 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, the same engine that is used in the Scion xA and the Scion xB.
Body Styles: Hatchback, Sedan
Engines: 1.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Yaris Base hatchback, Yaris Base sedan, Yaris S sedan
The Toyota Yaris is completely new for the 2007 model year. It is available in a sedan or hatchback, replacing Toyota’s Echo model as the least expensive Toyota vehicle.
The 2007 Toyota Yaris is a subcompact vehicle that is available in two body styles: the two-door hatchback and four-door sedan. The standard wheels are 14 inches, and the S adds the 15-inch wheels as well as a ground-effects kit. Additional upgrades include the rear spoiler, alloy wheels, foglamps, and keyless entry, as well as many exterior body colors. The Yaris sports a cute, little, compact body style that appeals to the younger and older generation alike.
Standard equipment on the Toyota Yaris includes a tilt steering wheel and air-conditioning. The S level includes a MP3/CD player and auxiliary input jack with optional power windows and locks.
Inside of the Yaris, the dashboard of the hatchback has a notably different instrument panel than the sedan. There are three glove boxes inside and a very narrow center stack that makes the hatchback look unique. The sedan is more conservative looking with the exterior styling. The Yaris hatchback is the only one to have reclining and sliding rear seats.
Performance & Handling
Both Toyota Yaris models come standard with front-wheel drive. Both are powered by a fair-sized 1.5-liter four-cylinder, which generates 106 horsepower with 103 lb-ft torque. There are two transmissions that are available on the models: a manual five-speed transmission and an automatic four-speed transmission.
Driving the compact sedan is fun and exciting on curvy roads with the stiffened suspension. The engine with only 106 hp might not sound like it would give much power, but in fact, the Yaris feels quite peppy in acceleration, due to its small size and light weight.
Some optional safety features for the Toyota Yaris are front side airbags, curtain airbags for head protection, and anti-lock brakes. When the NHTSA conducted crash tests, the Toyota Yaris sedan was awarded four out of five stars for occupant protection in front crashes. It received three stars for side crash protection without the optional package of side airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Yaris: 29/36 mpg city/highway
- Efficient fuel economy
- Comfortable ride
- Reclining and sliding back seats available
- Sharp handling
You Won't Like
- Sluggish accelerations with the four-speed automatic
More comfortable, with a better appearance than the previous year’s Echo.
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