A lot of Mazda's design ethos shines through in the interior of the Yaris as well. While the cabin does exude a budget-friendly impression, it's nevertheless a significant improvement over the interiors of the old Yaris and other Toyota products. The build quality from the outside-in is good: panel gaps are even, fixtures and fittings are firmly attached, and both the fabric and leatherette upholstery feel soft to the touch, yet adequately durable. The cabin is ergonomically presented too, the seats are nicely positioned at moderate seating heights and in-line with the door side armrests, but there are no center armrests for front and rear passengers. Another benefit of the Mazda platform is a surprisingly spacious interior where even adults up of six feet tall will find ample head and legroom in both the front and rear seats. Cargo volume is naturally affected by the hatchback design.
There is seating for up to five passengers in the Yaris Hatchback, but because of the Yaris's rather narrow structure, shoulder room in the cabin is limited, meaning the center rear seat may be uncomfortably tight with both rear outboard seats occupied. The seats are reasonably comfortable, though; they're well cushioned and contoured for support, the steering wheel features tilt and telescoping adjustability, and both front seats are six-way manually-adjustable. A suitable driving position should be easy for most people to find. Outward visibility from the driver's seat remains unhindered all-round, the controls are all in easy reach of the driver. Ingress and egress are no effort at all thanks to the moderate step-in height and roomy interior.
|Toyota Yaris Hatchback Trims||LE||XLE|
|Headroom Front Seat||38.2 in.||38.2 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||37.2 in.||37.2 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||41.9 in.||41.9 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||34.4 in.||34.4 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||53.2 in.||53.2 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||50 in.||50 in.|
The interior color and material schemes for the Yaris Hatchback are rather simplistic, with standard gray fabric-upholstered seats complemented by gray cloth upper door trim and a gray center dash strip in the LE. Blue Black fabric-upholstered seats are optional for the LE (thankfully) which are complemented by black cloth upper door trim and a dark gray center dash strip. The seats in the XLE can be upholstered in either gray or black leatherette upholstery. A polyurethane steering wheel is standard in the LE, with a leather-wrapped steering wheel featured only in the XLE; both models get chrome door handles and chrome gear lever console trim.
There's 15.9 cubic feet of cargo room in the hatch of the Yaris Hatchback - that's half a cube more cargo room than the old Yaris Hatchback, and relatively close to the Honda Fits class-leading 16.6 cu.-ft. The Fit still has its famous rear magic seats over the Yaris though, offering unprecedented levels of passenger and cargo-carrying versatility. Nevertheless, the Yaris's 15.9 cu.-ft. hatch is good for about a week's worth of grocery shopping for the mid-size family. There is some versatility offered in the 60/40 split-folding rear seats, which can be folded down to expand cargo room. However, the shape of the cargo bay is a little impractical, meaning that the figure you see isn't always the figure you can use.
There's not much in terms of in-cabin storage. For front passengers, there are door side pockets with thin bottle slots, a tiny small-items tray ahead of the gearstick, two cupholders, and a medium-sized passenger-side glovebox compartment. There is only a single seatback map pocket behind the front passenger's seat, while in the rear of the center console is a small open cubby for loose change.
The Yaris LE, as a traditionally mid-spec model, comes standard with a decent selection of features as standard; there's a whole lot of value here considering the Yaris is a budget-friendly vehicle. As standard, you'll find a Smartkey system with remote keyless access and push-button start, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, six-way manually-adjustable front seats, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats. Power doors and windows with driver-side one-touch up/down functionality are also standard, and there's a day/night rearview mirror and manual air conditioning. In terms of standard driver-assist features, the LE and XLE both come equipped with an integrated rearview camera, cruise control, and a low-speed pre-collision system. All the XLE gets over the LE is a leather-wrapped steering wheel with added multi-function controls, a leather-wrapped shift knob and handbrake, automatic climate control, auto on/off headlights, and rain-sensing wipers.
Both Yaris models are fitted with the same infotainment setup, a seven-inch touchscreen display that's linked up to an AM/FM, HD, and SiriusXM radio compatible stereo with a six-speaker audio layout. The SiriusXM radio connectivity comes with a three-month trial, and other standard functionalities include Bluetooth wireless audio streaming and hands-free smart device operation, voice recognition, and Stitcher and Aha application connectivity. Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard as well. The media hub in the lower front console comprises two smart-charging USB ports and a single auxiliary input jack and 12-volt power outlet. An integrated navigation system is available for installation to both models.