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2013 Toyota Yaris Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Toyota Yaris was new.


Interior: 7.2

Reviewers aren’t impressed with the Yaris’ interior quality. They like its cabin design, but several writers think the plastics are cheap. The 2013 Yaris has comfortable seats, according to most reviewers, but it has less cargo space than much of the competition.

  • The 2013 Toyota Yaris' interior design is clean and modern but the materials seem rather low-budget, with lots of muted gray and black plastic bits and generic seat fabric." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Though materials quality isn't particularly ambitious, there are some nicely grained plastics in evidence. And while the cabin design is simple and its control layout is familiar, it's all executed with a modern flair that catches the eye." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "The Yaris’s interior is fresh and modern, though its plastics don’t feel quite as nice as the ones in Hyundai’s … Accent. Still, it’s a pleasant place to spend time." -- Popular Mechanics (2012)


Overall, most auto writers are impressed with the amount of interior space the five-seat Yaris offers. Several report that both the front and rear seats are comfortable and have good head- and legroom. They even say that adults will be comfortable in the rear seats, though three across will be a tight fit.

  • "On the plus side, the Yaris' interior is pretty roomy for such a small car, with good headroom front and rear." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Front seats in the … Toyota Yaris are well-padded and supportive, and perched high to afford clear views of the road ahead. Backseat accommodations are generous, with ample leg- and toe room." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "Seats are comfy, front and back, and the car feels much roomier than its specs suggest. Front especially, because there's no fat console or towering center stack of controls. And the rear has unexpected knee and toe space. That wide-open feel means adults can be happy inside." -- USA Today (2012)
  • The front ‘sport’ buckets on SE models get more aggressive side bolsters, although lumbar support is lacking in any and all Yaris front seats. The rear seats, however flat the cushions might be, have reasonably good seating positioning and nice, theater-style views ahead." -- Car and Driver (2012)
  • Filling all five seatbelts causes hip-to-hip seating across the rear bench for all but the skinniest passengers." -- Autoblog (2012)

Interior Features

The 2013 Toyota Yaris comes with a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, a USB port, an auxiliary audio jack and Bluetooth. Compared with other small cars like the Kia Rio, the Yaris doesn’t offer many optional features. A navigation system and a rearview camera, for example, are not available.

Reviewers like the Yaris’ dashboard, which is angled toward the driver and has controls that are easy to use. One reviewer says the stereo is fine, but thinks it isn’t as good as the base stereo Hyundai offers.

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  • "The climate controls protrude from under the radio head unit in their own pod and are an easy reach for the driver." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
  • "Meanwhile, the climate control system uses a trio of knob-like dials that keeps heating and cooling tasks blissfully simple and straightforward." -- Autoblog (2012)
  • And although the stereo isn't nearly as good as, for example, Hyundai's base system, it's probably good enough for most economy car buyers." -- CNET (2012)


The two-door Toyota Yaris offers 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, while the four-door Yaris has 15.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats. Reviewers say that the 2013 Yaris’ hatchback body style makes loading cargo an easy process, and they think the cabin has good interior storage.

  • "The hatchback design allows for easy loading of cargo." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There's plenty of storage space with its spacious hatch and fold-flat rear seat." -- CNET (2012)
  • "Available only as a hatchback, the Yaris is now large enough to be considered a trunkless alternative to the Corolla (available only with a traditional boot)." -- Autoblog (2012)

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