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2009 Toyota Yaris Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 Toyota Yaris was new.


Interior: 6.8

The Yaris has comfortable seating for the front row, but its bare-bones design and hard to reach pedals do not sit well with reviewers.

  • "Hatchback has nearly 1 inch more headroom than sedan, but both body styles have plenty of clearance for all but the very tall." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Yaris is a marvel of space efficiency with clever cockpit packaging. Its relatively long wheelbase ... makes the Yaris cockpit feel quite spacious, especially in the liftback with its tall extended roofline. Legroom isn't quite as generous as headroom, though six-footers can occupy every seat except the center rear without complaint." -- New Car Test Drive

Front Seats

Many say the 2009 Yaris' front seats are comfortable, but find the gas and brake pedal hard to reach from some positions. 

  • "The seats are not generously sized but provide good support." -- Consumer Guide
  • "I couldn't get as far as desired from the pedals without getting too far from the steering wheel. Not all drivers are 6 feet tall, but I haven't had that problem in other subcompacts -- even though none have a telescope adjustment for the steering wheel." -- Cars.com
  • "Fairly roomy front seats provide good support in curves, and a large windshield and wide outside mirrors help allow good driver visibility." -- MSN
  • "Overall, however, the interiors of both the Sedan and Liftback seem roomier than you'd expect for the sizes of the vehicles." -- Kelley Blue Book

Rear Seats

The Yaris' back seats are not especially roomy, but reviewers note that this as not uncommon for compact vehicles. 

  • "Spacious for the car's compact exterior dimensions, though taller riders will want more headroom and legroom. Three people will fit in back, but the cabin is too narrow for long trips." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The hatchbacks offer optional sliding and reclining rear seats that add versatility and help compensate for their more restrictive backseat space." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The Yaris' unorthodox location for its instrument panel still upsets most reviewers, who otherwise find the controls easy to use and the quality up to the standards of the class.

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.

  • "The interior is not without its foibles. Those center-mounted instruments pull your eyes away from the road. ... Also, the tilt steering wheel cheaply drops like an anchor when its level is released." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior (with plastic fixtures inspired by a Super Soaker) is modern and easy to use. The upholstery is nice." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "Climate controls are large, and, though smaller, sound-system controls are easy to work." -- Chicago Sun-Times


The Yaris might be short on passenger space, but there are plenty of places to store other stuff.

  • "The sedan's trunk is relatively roomy, has low liftover, and added storage in the spare-tire well. The lid opens wide, but its hinges intrude and its opening is too small to easily accept bulky items. Hatchback has more useful cargo space, helped by fold-flat rear seatbacks." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Thanks to its myriad of cubby holes and storage bins -- it's almost as if this car was designed with pack rats in mind." -- Autofieldguide.com

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