The Toyota Yaris, the company's impressively fuel-efficient and least expensive car, falls short of making the cut as a CR-recommended model. Even in the realm of subcompacts and modest expectations the Yaris is too flawed.
For 2015, Toyota has made several revisions to freshen the Yaris and address some critical shortcomings. The most visible changes are the revamped grille and some interior enhancements, but beneath the sheetmetal, the suspension has been retuned to improve the ride and more sound isolation has been fitted. What hasn't changed is the basic powertrain. The Yaris is propelled by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 106 horsepower and hooked up to either a five-speed manual or vastly outdated four-speed automatic.