2008 Toyota Yaris


$3,401 - $4,304

2008 Toyota Yaris Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2008 Toyota Yaris was new.


Interior: 6.3

The Yaris' interior is bare bones in design and features, resulting in a mediocre interior score. U.S. News' Rick Newman says "the base model is truly a bare-bones vehicle," but came back with, "the interior, spare as it is, is well designed and practical."


There is little difference in layout between the Toyota Yaris liftback and the sedan -- the hatchback's front seats are adjustable in four ways, while the sedan's will adjust in six and the hatchback's seats fold down while the sedan's do not. Regardless of which model they tried, reviewers paid special attention to the Yaris' interior and had plenty to say.

All reviewers mentioned how the 2008 Toyota Yaris was short on space in the backseat, and although the Sacramento Bee complained that the area suited three basketballs better than three persons, all reviewers also noted that the Yaris' rear passengers space was not much different from other cars in its class.

Interior Features

The instrument panel, which is located in the center of the dashboard on all Yaris models, disappoints most reviewers. The Austin American-Statesman is not pleased with the layout, writing, "The most irritating feature was the Yaris' center-mounted instrument pod, which isn't difficult to read, just awkwardly positioned and pointless." Newsday saw it differently. "While it's a nuisance, it shouldn't be a deal killer; one does get used to it pretty quickly," they write.

Luckily, those trying to adjust to the relationship between driver and instruments will find that the steering wheel tilts. The Yaris liftback features a black-face Optitron speedometer, LCD odometer, twin tripmeters and a driver's-side glove compartment as well as passenger-side dual glove compartments. Yaris sedans come standard with frosted-illumination for the instrument panel.

Stereo and Entertainment

The Toyota Yaris' liftback and sedan have an available option for an AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, four speakers and auxiliary audio jack, while the top-of-the-line S Sedan receives the system standard. The player also features an LCD display screen. Music lovers will be pleased to know the reviewers enjoy the sound quality in the 2008 Yaris, which CNET thought had to do with the speakers' position. "The seating position is high and the four speakers are set near floor level. This arrangement keeps any one seat from being blasted by one speaker, with the sound welling up from below."

Like many subcompacts, Toyota Yaris does not offer a standard or optional navigation system. But this convenience is being added to some of its peers, like the '09 Suzuki SX4. Check out our GPS reviews and buying guide if you're looking for the perfect portable navigation system to complement a small car.


While short on people space, reviewers felt the Yaris was long on places to store other stuff. As Autofieldguide.com says, "Thanks to its myriad of cubby holes and storage bins -- it's almost as if this car was designed with pack rats in mind." The San Antonio Express-News felt the "hatchback area will be easier to access and will accommodate bulkier cargo than the sedan's trunk," while Consumer Guide noticed the Toyota Yaris sedan's trunk had jutting-out hinges and an "aperture too small to easily accept bulky items." However Consumer Guide also noticed extra space for storage in the spare-tire well.

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