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2018 Toyota Yaris Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 6.9

The 2018 Toyota Yaris has a nice cabin, with soft-touch materials covering most surfaces. Still, many competitors feel more upscale inside and have nicer fit and finish. The Yaris' seats offer few adjustments up front and limited space in the back. The Yaris has numerous high-tech standard features that are easy to use. Cargo space is above average for a subcompact car but a bit low for a hatchback.

  • "Toyota has worked hard to keep the Yaris from feeling cheap, and it is most evident inside. The door tops and other surfaces have a soft-touch finish, and the simple dash design cleanly integrates Toyota's touch-screen infotainment." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The Yaris' interior build quality and generally unappealing interior design are its primary detriments. We don't expect Lexus-like materials in this price class, but the Yaris is particularly melancholy." -- Edmunds
  • "Most notable are the subtle new metallic and chrome accents along the dash and around several of the controls, which visually break up the expansive areas of plastic. The dash has been slightly resculpted, with a new lower storage tray, and it is now formed from soft-touch material." -- Autoblog (2015)

Seating

The five-seat Yaris comes standard with a tilting steering wheel and cloth upholstery. No other comfort features are available. It can be difficult for tall drivers to get comfortable because the front seats have limited adjustments, and the steering wheel doesn't telescope.

When it's just the driver up front, the cabin feels spacious, but with a passenger in the next seat, things feel a bit more confined. The back seats don't offer much room, and the seats in both rows aren't especially comfortable. For installing child safety seats, the Yaris has full sets of LATCH connectors on the outboard rear seats, with an additional upper tether anchor on the middle seat.

  • "There's no telescoping steering wheel available, making it hard to get comfortable. Rear-seat passengers are going to feel cramped, and that's whether you pick the 3-door or 5-door Yaris." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • As an urban runabout, the Toyota Yaris is acceptable. But if frequent highway travel is in the cards, the uncomfortable seats and ride quality become liabilities." -- Edmunds 
  • The six-way adjustable driver's seat is supportive, and it effortlessly accommodates my six-foot, two-inch frame. There is plenty of head, leg and shoulder room when driving solo, but I would prefer the tilt-only steering wheel to telescope a few inches rearward to maximize arm comfort. Adding an adult front passenger turns the cabin from 'roomy' to 'intimate,' as there is only about five inches separating shoulders, but on the plus side, having a conversation with someone next to you is effortless." -- Autoblog (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2018 Toyota Yaris include a six-speaker stereo, a 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a USB port, Bluetooth, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, and a rearview camera. Cruise control, remote keyless entry, and navigation are available.

The Yaris is very well equipped for the class, with all models featuring advanced safety systems that are not even available in some subcompact competitors. The Entune infotainment system is easy to use, though it lacks advanced smartphone integration like you can get in many rivals. The stereo's audio quality is subpar.

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  • The Yaris comes standard with basic tech features, including a user-friendly touchscreen interface, Bluetooth with streaming audio capability and a USB input, but you won't find support for Android Auto or Apple CarPlay." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "Its feature content is a strength by subcompact standards." -- Autotrader (2014)

Cargo

There's 15.3 cubic feet of cargo room in three-door Yaris models and 15.6 cubic feet in five-door models. That's above average for a subcompact car but smaller than the cargo capacity of most hatchbacks. All models come standard with a 60/40-split-folding rear seatback.

  • "Behind the seats is some decent cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Cargo space isn't exactly abundant in the subcompact hatch class, but even the Yaris stumbles. Most competitors offer more cubic feet, and even the Ford Fiesta, which has less space on paper, is more useful because the tall rear seatbacks are more effective at concealing luggage." -- Edmunds
  • "I most like its packaging, with room for five passengers and a wide, easy-to-load 15.6 cubic feet of cargo area left for luggage." -- Autoblog (2015)

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