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2013 Toyota Yaris SE

2013 Toyota Yaris Review

(0 Stars)  Subcompact no longer means substandard.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
The Yaris is pretty much unchanged after a full 2012 redesign.
Overview
The Yaris, redesigned last year, is a worthy contender in a segment that’s become much tougher. Its new sheetmetal has evolved from a too-cute jellybean into a more-upscale hatchback. (Toyota dropped the sedan with the 2012 makeover.) The interior leaves behind awkward attempts at cheap chic—no one ever liked that center speedometer—and instead adopts a traditional look and more standard features, including power windows and iPod connectivity. The only powertrain is the same 106-hp, 1.5-liter four-cylinder, but the SE complements it with a beefier suspension, quicker-ratio steering, and four-wheel disc brakes (rear drums are standard). Despite these changes, the Yaris remains behind the subcompact curve in some areas. It retains a four-speed automatic transmission at a time when many of its competitors offer six-speeds, and it fails to achieve the now almost obligatory 40 mpg on the highway. The Yaris suffers from disconnected, overboosted electric power steering. It’s also no bargain. The two-door Yaris starts at about the same price as choices like the Ford Fiesta that have a more premium feel and are more efficient. At the same time, it’s not as versatile and commodious as its nearest Japanese competitor, the Honda Fit.

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2013 Yaris SE Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.5L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 30 MPG city, 36 MPG highway, 32 MPG combined and 355 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
11.1gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 106 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 103 ft lb of torque @ 4,200 rpm

'13 Toyota SE Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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