The Toyota Yaris is one of Toyota’s shining lights when it comes to its cars, and the announcement of 2014 Toyota Yaris and Yaris Hybrid versions merely emphasizes the priority that Toyota have for customer value.
The 2014 Yaris
There is now a four-grade structure for the Toyota Yaris 2014: Active, Icon, Icon Plus and Trend, where Active and Icon replace the previous T2 and TR designations, Icon Plus offers extra styling elements and more specification, and Trend becomes the new top-of-the-range model.
With the Yaris Active, key features include a six-speaker audio system with aux-in and USB connection (controlled via the steering wheel buttons), electric front windows, seven airbags, height-adjustable driver’s seat and Vehicle Stability Control and traction control; and this is the base from which all other grades start and add on their own specifications, until we build up to the Yaris Trend at the top of the pile.
The Yaris Icon adds in 15” alloy wheels, body-coloured doorhandles and door mirrors (that are also electric and heated), a Toyota Touch multimedia system with Bluetooth , rear-view camera, tachometer, air conditioning, leather gearshift and leather steering wheel trim.
All the above plus more gives us the Yaris Icon Plus, which boasts (and occasionally upgrades to) Selena 15” alloy wheels, front fog lights and dusk-sensing headlamps, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, LED rear lights and raised centre console (on most models), automatic dual zone climate control, electric rear windows, and cruise control with a speed limiter.
So much in one car, but so much more when you look at the Yaris Trend; 16” machined-face alloy wheels, exterior chrome trim details, side sills and chrome-finished door mirrors, rear privacy glass, matt black C-pillar decal, leather handbrake and steering wheel trim with yellow contrast stitching, and Trend interior trim with white dashboard inserts.
Picking up on the 1.4 D-4D diesel-powered engine, you’ll find it easier on the wallet (It has a 72.4mpg combined cycle economy) and on the environment too with its official CO2emissions figure down from 104g/km to 99g/km (meaning that a car such as the 2014 Yaris 1.4 D-4D Icon Plus model falls into Band A for road tax (Vehicle Excise Duty), with no annual charge.)
The 2014 Yaris Hybrid
Following the new 2014 Toyota Yaris, the 2014 Yaris Hybrid also has a new grade structure, with Active and Icon Plus grades replacing the previous T3 and T4, and Trend once again taking top dog slot – this time replacing the T Spirit.
So, no Icon – but the specifications are similar – although changes that take into consideration customer feedback such as the introduction of the C-pillar decal to create a floating roof look, have also been made.
As a starter for 10, the Yaris Hybrid Active sets the standards with LED daytime running lights, Automatic climate control, Electric front windows, six-speaker audio system with aux-in and USB connection, height adjustable driver’s seat, seven airbags and Vehicle Stability Control and traction control
The Icon Plus adds in 15” alloy wheels, LED rear combination lights, cruise control, front fog lamps, Toyota Touch multimedia system with Bluetooth, Rear-view camera, rear privacy glass, leather steering wheel and gear selector trim, chrome tailgate trim and electric, heated, body-coloured door mirrors.
And finally, the Toyota Yaris Hybrid Trend sees it all falling into place with 16” Trend alloy wheels, C-pillar decal, part-leather seat upholstery, rear spoiler, keyless entry and push-button start, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, electric rear windows, dusk-sensing headlights and rain-sensing wipers.
Looks 2014 is going to be another good year for the Totota Yaris then!