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2011 Toyota Yaris Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Toyota Yaris was new.


Interior: 6.9

The 2011 Toyota Yaris has few standard amenities. For example, buyers have to pay extra for power doors and locks, which are basic features for many cars in this class. While reviewers like the Yaris’ comfortable front seats and overall design, they complain about its awkward driving position, lack of rear-seat room and cheap tilt steering wheel.

  • "The interior has an unusual design, though it mostly remains functional." -- Cars.com
  • "Long-legged drivers may want more rearward seat travel, and some testers say the steering wheel is mounted too far away, with the pedals being too close for best comfort." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Overall, the interior is comfy, the trim and upholstery appear classy, and the controls are intuitive. There would be no shame in taking the boss out to lunch or your mother-in-law to the opera in a Yaris." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The interior is not without its foibles. Those center-mounted instruments pull your eyes away from the road, while tall drivers will find the driving position akin to sitting atop a stool. Also, the tilt steering wheel cheaply drops like an anchor when its lever is released." -- Edmunds


While reviewers agree that the front seats in the Yaris are generally comfortable, a few complain the driving position is awkward because the front controls are center-mounted, and the driver has to go out of his or her way to access them. Also, the driver’s seat isn’t height adjustable and the steering wheel tilts, but doesn’t telescope, making it even more uncomfortable. 

Most compact cars are not known for spacious or comfortable back seats. The 2011 Yaris is no exception. If a roomy rear cabin is important to you, consider the Kia Forte sedan. It has a roomier back seat.

  • "The front seats have supportive, deeply dished backs; but the bottom cushions are flat and short, so long-legged drivers may not enjoy optimum comfort and lower-body support." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "All Yaris models feature a center-mounted instrument panel that has drawn many complaints from our editors over the years. These gauges require a glance away from the road in order to read them, and legibility is further hampered by the fact that the faces are not angled toward the driver. Other faults include the lack of a telescoping steering wheel and driver seat height adjustment." -- Edmunds
  • "In any Yaris, the driving position tends to be arms-out/legs-in by virtue of a steering wheel mounted far ahead and pedals situated well back. There's just no getting past these cars' short wheelbase, however. The long of leg can't really stretch-out anywhere, and few adults will have enough knee room in back unless the front passengers slide well forward." -- Iguida.com
  • "Spacious for the car's compact exterior dimensions, though taller riders will want more headroom and legroom. Three people will fit in the back, but the cabin is too narrow for long trips." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The automotive press agrees that the 2011 Toyota Yaris’ interior quality is expected for the class. Like many other companies, Toyota fitted the Yaris with plastics that are cheap but don't look too cheap.

The interior’s main drawback is its meager list of standard features. The Yaris comes with air conditioning and a tilt steering wheel, but other features, like power windows and locks and a stereo are available with packages. These features cause the Yaris’s base price to skyrocket, making feature-laden competitors more affordable options. 

Testers also dislike the Yaris' awkward dashboard layout. The meters and controls are mounted above the center stack, which makes it hard for the driver to access them. 

  • "Yaris' upholstery is oddly synthetic, and most interior panels are made of hollow plastic. Nothing looks cheap, though, lending an air of impressive substance at this price level." -- Consumer Guide
  • "No Yaris offers USB connectivity for iPods or other digital devices, though an auxiliary jack is available. Sunroof? No luck. Heated seats or leather upholstery? You're kidding." -- Iguida.com
  • "Both vehicles have the center-stacked ‘waterfall' type gauges borrowed from the Lexus design philosophy. The disconcerting aspect is that at night there are no gauges or little lights in front of you, causing you to have to turn your head slightly to the right to look at, for example, the speedometer." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The interior has an unusual design, though it mostly remains functional. The sedan and hatch have slightly different layouts, with the sedan being the more conservative of the two." -- Cars.com


Cargo space in the Toyota Yaris pales in comparison to the competition. Reviewers are pleased, however, that both the Yaris sedan and hatchback models have plenty of interior storage cubbies for small items. The hatchback provides 9.32 cubic feet of space with the seats up, and 25.7 cubic feet with the seats folded down. 

By comparison, the sedan offers 12.9 cubic feet and 13.7 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded. Some reviewers complain that the sedan’s narrow trunk opening makes it difficult to load bulky items. 

  • "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

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