From styling to performance, it was all downhill for the Yaris but there is light at the end of the tunnel, to end the current generation Yaris’ misery, as Scion is moving to become Toyota by next year, the Mazda 2-based Scion iA will be the new Toyota Yaris 2017 or Yaris iA; but for now, let’s talk about how bad the 2016 Toyota Yaris 1.5 Automatic is.
The 2016 Toyota Yaris 1.5 Automatic is Being Left Out of Technology
Toyota did its best to make the 2016 Toyota Yaris 1.5 Automatic appealing. The gaping mouth it has up front is a bit too big compared to how small the Yaris is, the front is busy with vents and chrome trim that the side is left plain with just a subtle contours but compared to the iA, it’s just plain. The rear end is swept to the front to reducing the overall rear hatch space. Under the hood is a 1.5 Liter four cylinder mated to a very old four speed automatic with some refinements to keep gearshifts smooth but still is outdated when compared to its contemporaries sporting faster, and smoother not to mention more efficient six speed automatics.
On the inside, the 2016 Toyota Yaris 1.5 is meant to be a budget vehicle and the interior reflects this very clearly. Cloth seats that are thinly padded, hard plastics on the dash, and cheap materials all over the place. Despite Toyota’s best efforts, engine droning noise still seeps through the cabin. On the good side, there’s excellent visibility, a decent 6.1 inch touch screen interface with Bluetooth and USB as standard, and that’s pretty much it. Loading capacity falls short of the competition especially against the Honda Fit’s versatile seats.
Driving the 2016 Toyota Yaris 1.5 Automatic is sub-par against the competition and the stock all season economy tires it comes with just adds salt on the wound. The 106hp engine despite the fairly small size of the Yaris is encumbered by the slow four speed automatic. Understeer is very prominent due to the tires lacking grip and stopping distance is also affected by this. Overall, the Yaris is better suited to be a city car than a vehicle to drive enthusiastically or on long trips.
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