Yaris sedan (New for 2016)
Overall: Never mind the awkward nose; the Yaris Sedan is a pretty decent sub-compact sedan that shows up fully dressed and ready to play.
Drivetrain: A 1.5-litre four-cylinder delivers 106 horsepower to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic.
You don’t get much car that’s priced in the vicinity of $20,000 these days. That’s generally the rule, but it definitely doesn’t apply to the Mazda-designed, Mexico-built Yaris Sedan (it’s the Scion iA in the United States) that gives you plenty for your personal transportation dollar. Adding the sedan to the existing mix of Toyota models was a relatively painless proposition; Mazda’s new plant in Mexico where it builds the Mazda2 sub-compact for other countries had plenty of excess capacity. And with Toyota needing a small, youth-focused car to bolster its stable, the deal was done. All that was required was a more Toyota-definitive front clip and, well, it can truly be said there’s nothing quite like it on the road today. But before rushing to judgment, consider all the Sedan’s other virtues. For a small car, there’s plenty of room inside for two front-seat passengers and at least adequate space for two more (three in a pinch) in back. The dashboard, control and interior trim are first-rate and substantially better than what you’ll find in other entry-level cars. The Yaris Sedan buyer will find a 106-horsepower Mazda-built 1.5-litre four-cylinder under the hood. It can be matched to a six-speed manual transmission or available six-speed automatic (also both from Mazda). Either combo delivers stellar fuel economy. Base Yaris models come with air conditioning, remote keyless entry with pushbutton start, six-speaker audio system (with Bluetooth connectivity) and a split-folding back seat. The optional Premium trim adds cruise control, seven-inch touch-screen display, rear-view backup camera, heated front seats, fog lames and 16-inch alloy wheels (16-inch steelies come standard). Other than perhaps a dealer-installed navigation system, there’s really nothing more to add. All of this content for such an attractive price renders whether you like or dislike the Yaris Sedan’s looks irrelevant.
Base price (incl. destination): $18,700
Type: Four-door sedan
Engine (hp): 1.5-litre DOHC I4 (106)
Layout: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Transmissions: Six-speed manual; six-speed automatic (opt.)
l/100 km (city/highway): 7.6/5.7 (MT)
Weight (kg): 1,080
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