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STYLING | 7 out of 10
It kind of looks like a sedan was squeezed lengthwise in a vise and the pressure popped the hood up and left two bulbous saddlebags in place of the rear quarters.
Car and Driver
With its heroic square jaw and lower stance (0.6 inch shorter than its predecessor), the 2012 Toyota Yaris speaks a design language that's more forceful than that of the previous generation
The styling is evolutionary; it still looks like the last-generation Yaris but with a more butch attitude.
interior is fresh and modern, though its plastics don’t feel quite as nice as the ones in Hyundai’s new Accent
you could do a lot worse than this stylish-looking Yaris
The 2014 Toyota Yaris is hardly a striking design from the outside. It can be viewed as a close-to-generic small hatchback, with a family resemblance to other Toyotas and tidy, serviceable lines. The front air dam has a slightly aggressive appearance, and this generation looks brawnier and more chiseled, with a pronounced side crease, large door handles, and taillamps that flare out from the body. The sporty SE model has a chunky rear bumper shield that gives it a rally-car look.
Inside, however, the cabin is far more stylish and practical than previous Yaris generations. The model has finally acquired an instrument cluster behind the steering wheel, where it should be. (Yaris models through 2011 had their instruments in a pod mounted centrally on the dashboard, which proved both distracting and confusing.)
The dash has horizontal, shelf-like lines and the controls are simple, cheerful, and easy to understand. There’s also a large cohort of built-in storage spaces, in the form of trays, cupholders, bins, and the like—including a long tray at the bottom of the dash on the passenger side.
The 2013 Toyota Yaris fades into small-car anonymity on the outside, but the interior is straightforward, even stylish.