Toyota Yaris

2014 Toyota Yaris 5-Door

Pros: Penny-pinching base prices; great close-quarters maneuverability; decent selection of available features, useful cargo area

Cons: Weak acceleration; high noise levels; not as fun to drive as most subcompact-class rivals, limited front-row space for larger occupants

CG Says: On its own, the Yaris is a pleasant subcompact that will more than meet the needs of shoppers in this class. It’s decently roomy and pretty reasonably priced given the fact that you can get some unusual features, such as an HD Radio receiver. Unfortunately, when you put the Yaris up against its contemporaries, it falls a bit flat. Rival subcompacts best the 2014 Yaris in a variety of areas, from passenger and cargo flexibility to noise suppression and overall refinement. Don’t discount this Toyota entirely, but be sure to test drive the competition first. Note that traditionally strong Toyota resale value should play a role when making your final decision.

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2014 Toyota Yaris 3-Door