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2015 Toyota Yaris Review

The 2015 Toyota Yaris places in the middle of our subcompact car rankings. While it has an excellent reliability rating, it’s merely adequate on all other fronts.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent reliability rating
  • Roomy interior
  • Good fuel economy  
  • Meager engine power
  • Dated automatic transmission

New for 2015

  • Midgeneration refresh
  • Standard infotainment system
  • Retuned suspension
  • Updated interior and exterior design




Critics' Rating: 5.8
Performance: 4.9
Interior: 6.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 8.7
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2015 Toyota Yaris Overview

Is the 2015 Toyota Yaris a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Yaris is a decent subcompact car with a respectable amount of space, a fuel-efficient engine, a smooth ride, and composed handling. Available in two- and four-door body styles, this hatchback also has an impressive reliability rating. However, the Yaris has a weak engine that struggles when merging onto the highway and overtaking slower-moving cars. Its less-than-refined transmissions don’t help.

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To give you a complete overview of the 2015 Yaris – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 37 Toyota Yaris reviews alongside reliability ratings, safety scores, and more.

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How Much Is the 2015 Toyota Yaris?

Based on nearly 80 listings for the 2015 Toyota Yaris on our site, the average list price is roughly $11,100, which is below average for the class. Prices range from about $8,500 to $13,900 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Toyota Yaris Cost to Own?

The 2015 Yaris' five-year projected costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are around $22,420, or $4,480 per year. This is slightly below average for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Yaris?

The 2019 Yaris starts at $15,450. It has a refreshed interior, and comes with a long list of standard advanced safety features, including a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning. These features are not available in the 2015 model. You’ll pay a bit more for the 2018, but these features make it worth the extra cost.

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You won’t find any new subcompact cars for the average price of a used 2015 Toyota Yaris.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Yaris Is Best?

The 2015 Yaris is part of a generation that debuted for the 2012 model year. There were few changes to the 2013 and 2014 models. We recommend starting with the 2015 model. It has a standard infotainment system, a retuned suspension, and updated interior and exterior styling. The 2016 Yaris model received no significant changes, but Toyota added a host of driver assistance features to the 2017 Yaris, including automatic high beams, lane departure alert, and automatic emergency pre-collision braking.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Toyota Yaris?

The 2015 Yaris has a reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power. This rating is well above average in the class.

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2015 Toyota Yaris Recalls

The 2015 Yaris has four open recalls. Two address a possibly faulty strut rod and improperly tightened axle bolts. The third involves the roof headliner, and the fourth concerns issues with improperly deploying air bags in some models. Make sure a Toyota dealer has addressed these recalls before purchasing a 2015 Yaris.

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Which Used Toyota Yaris Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Yaris comes in three trims: L, LE, and SE. The base L trim has enough features to please many shoppers. It comes with an infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, and voice recognition. The LE trim adds remote keyless entry, cruise control, and power mirrors. The sport-tuned SE trim is geared towards people who want a sportier look and feel. It has sporty styling, alloy wheels, and a sport suspension. All trims are available in a two-door or four-door configuration. 

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Mazda, Hyundai, and Honda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Yaris?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the four-door 2015 Yaris the highest rating of Good in five crash tests, as well as the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Yaris an overall rating of four out of five stars, with four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash test.

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2015 Toyota Yaris Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Yaris or 2015 Honda Fit?

The Yaris has a better reliability rating than the 2015 Honda Fit, but the Fit is a better vehicle. The Honda has a peppy engine, a responsive transmission, nimble handling, and an excellent safety score. It offers a more upscale cabin than the Yaris, with more passenger and cargo space, and it comes with the versatile Magic Seat, which is a rear seat that can fold in several ways to fit various kinds of cargo. The highly ranked Honda Fit is the way to go.

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Yaris or 2015 Ford Fiesta?

If your top priority when shopping for a subcompact car is driving dynamics, go with the 2015 Ford Fiesta. The Fiesta boasts some of the sharpest handling in the class, and all three of its available engines deliver quick acceleration. The cabin is constructed with premium materials. However, there are two major issues with the Fiesta. It has the lowest possible reliability rating, and it has a low safety score for the class.

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2015 Yaris Performance

How Does the 2015 Toyota Yaris Drive?

The Yaris delivers a smooth ride and composed handling. It comes standard with a 106-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a five-speed manual transmission, and front-wheel drive. A four-speed automatic is available, but neither transmission is refined. The Yaris feels taxed when accelerating to highway speeds, making this hatchback more suitable for city driving.

Does the 2015 Toyota Yaris Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 Yaris delivers 30 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission. The automatic delivers 1 less mpg on the highway. These are good fuel economy estimates for the class.

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2015 Yaris Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Yaris Seat?

There's seating for five people in the Yaris, and adults should feel comfortable sitting in either row. Cloth upholstery and manually adjustable front seats are standard. Some models have front sport seats, or a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Toyota Yaris?

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat of the Yaris.

2015 Toyota Yaris Features

The standard infotainment system features a 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, HD Radio, voice recognition, and a USB port. Because technology standards change, test out your mobile device with the Bluetooth system in the Yaris.

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2015 Toyota Yaris Dimensions

Toyota Yaris Cargo Space

There's 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space in the two-door Yaris and 15.6 cubic feet in the four-door Yaris. These numbers are below average even for a subcompact car, but the wide cargo opening makes good use of the provided space. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat is standard.

2015 Yaris Length and Weight

The 2015 Yaris is nearly 13 feet long. Its curb weight is between 2,300 to 2,340 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Toyota Yaris Built?

Toyota built the 2015 Yaris in France.


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