2013 Toyota Yaris Styling

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The Toyota Yaris was redesigned last year, and while its exterior became if anything a little more anonymous than before, its cabin design is more stylish and practical than before. Overall, we find the look of the current Yaris to be a step back in design from the version that ran up until last year; the new car simply lacks the exterior charm of the previous model, which has a Euro-hip design that has aged gracefully.

On the outside, the 2013 Yaris has a design that attempts to be edgy, with somewhat aggressive air dams and a more chiseled look to the corners. The bodywork serves to make the Yaris look longer and lower than before (it's only slightly longer), and the big door handles, flared-out taillamps, and pronounced side crease all help to give the Yaris more of a somewhat brawnier, Subaru-like look. Most of note is the chunky rear fascia, which stands out most in the sporty SE model and gives it a rally-racer-ish look.

The 2013 Toyota Yaris has a refreshingly straightforward, stylish interior, but it fades into small-car anonymity on the outside.

Inside, the Yaris has a well-styled and generaly well-designed interior, even if the layout doesn't make the most of available space. The centrally mounted oddity of the former instrument panel is gone, replaced by straightforward, cheerful controls--with a more horizontal, shelf-like orientation to the dash as a whole. In a way, we see echoes of the dash design from the Scion FR-S, but it's more upright and has all sorts of built-in practical goodness and storage spots, like a long tray at the bottom of the dash on the passenger side.

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