Thursday, September 17, 2015

2016 Toyota Yaris Info

The 2016 models are right around the corner, and in Toyota's case, the subcompact Yaris will get a few minor changes. The biggest change will be the availability of Crushed Ice and Barcelona Red with a Black Sand Pearl Roof, as witnessed in the photos above. While these photos are of European-spec Yaris models, we expect to get the same treatment here on this side of the ocean.

Other than the new black-top versions, the French-made Yaris will continue to offer 106 hp and 103 ft/lbs of torque from its 1NZ-FE 1.5-liter DOHC engine. Available transmission choices remain the trusty (read: old) five-speed manual and four-speed automatic. Proven? Yes. Old technology? Ditto.

The car is available in L, LE, and SE trim levels, the latter getting the "sport" treatment with a sport-tuned suspension and steering. You can see our 2015 Toyota Yaris SE review from a few months ago and get our impressions.

And yes, we own a 2007


Fred said...

My wife and I also own a 2007 Yaris hatchback. Base model 3-door with an automatic. We bought it brand new and it now has 83,000 miles on it. It is an extremely boring car, but it does provide basic transportation, and gets 45 mpg on the highway if I keep its speed under 60 mph. It is the most trouble-free vehicle we have owned in the last 50 years. All it has ever needed so far is tire replacements (we're on our 3rd set of four), the rear muffler and tailpipe replaced (the original lasted six years in salted winter Pennsylvania), a new battery (the original lasted about 5 years), and a half dozen or so wiper blade replacements so far. Since brand new the car has always surged up and down in speed very slightly when cruising at a steady speed of around 45 mph. It almost feels like someone is applying the brakes ever so slightly on and off. I asked the Toyota dealer about this problem back when the car was newer and under factory warranty, and they told me at that time that it is normal for the car to do that. It was fully paid for years ago, and we'll probably keep driving it until the wheels fall off - or much more likely when it turns into a rust bomb. If ELIO Motors "ever" makes the Elio we have reserved, that we our next new and probably final vehicle we'll buy in our lifetime. If we never get an Elio, and unless something more efficient and cheaper comes along in the meantime, some day when we need our next car (we're a one-car retired family), we'll probably buy a used 2014 or 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage with a manual transmission.

Anonymous said...

I test drove a Mirage.

My base 3 door 2009 Yaris is a high tech wonder with a performance pedigree.

Just sayin

Barry Traylor said...

I really dislike the gaping maws they have stuck on Toyotas lately.