The Toyota Yaris is now one of the oldest in the small-car market, yet its design was well ahead of its time in some respects and it still looks stylish compared to some other models in this class. The two body styles of this model clearly cater to two different classes. While the sedan is slightly more conservative in its trims and interior treatment—and looking the most dated at this point, the three- and five-door Liftback models are more flamboyant, with a more pert, aerodynamic look; European design influences; and a rear roof spoiler atop the hatch. In short, we think the Yaris sedan is trying a little too hard to appear as a mini-Camry.
Those who want to make the package appear a little more dressed up and buff might consider the Sport Package, which adds sport seats, larger wheels, a mild body kit, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, all resulting in a different look for this econocar. A line of TRD accessories can also help the Yaris get over the economy-car hump.
Inside, the Yaris has a very unconventional look, with a center-mounted gauge cluster and Liftback models offering large storage areas behind a slim center stack of controls. The interior is a contrast of elements good and bad, desirable and tacky, as Toyota obviously is trying to make a fashionable cabin while watching its price very carefully.
The 2011 Toyota Yaris Liftback models still have an eye-catching urban look, while the sedan looks its age.