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FEATURES | 7 out of 10
One tech feature you won't find in the 2012 Toyota Yaris is a factory-installed navigation system.
LE and SE models get a more advanced six-speaker system that also includes HD radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity and music streaming, an iPod interface, steering-wheel-mounted controls, and an infuriatingly confusing rotary controller with a directional pad.
You don’t get much in terms of power accessories
Road & Track
The 2012 Toyota Yaris makes few advances in comfort-oriented features--and you still won't find a navigation system, heated seats, or leather upholstery on the options list--but this redesigned model gets new audio systems with well-integrated Bluetooth connectivity as well as USB and auxiliary inputs for the entire model line.
Of note is the large single-wiper system, which worked great—seeming more effective with the washer than dual-arm systems. But on the other hand, the Yaris was one of the few vehicles we've been in as of late that didn't, from what we observed, automatically turn on the A/C when you turn the dial to defog.
The Yaris SE we tested—along with Yaris LE models—included an all-new Toyota-branded head unit with HD radio, six-speakers, and built-in Bluetooth hands-free calling and Bluetooth music streaming. Pairing the phone was an absolute cinch—done in about 30 seconds following text prompts—and the microphone for the system dealt well with any road noise. The system was also one of the better-sounding systems we’ve heard in HD mode, which can sound compressed and dithered in some situations—although we did notice that HD reception was quite limited.
Don't expect a lot of frills; although audio and connectivity are impressive, the feature list for the 2012 Toyota Yaris is still that of a budget-priced commuter.