The Toyota Yaris is a subcompact hatchback that was recently designed in order to offer a higher level of interior fit and finish as well as more cargo room, a better ride and more responsive handling. Available in either two-door or four-door body styles, the Toyota Yaris provides five passenger seating and also makes 15.6 cubic feet of space available between the rear seatback and the hatch. Nine airbags are standard with the Toyota Yaris, and all versions of the car come with electronic stability control and traction control.

The Toyota Yaris L (MSRP $14,115) represents the base model of the inexpensive subcompact, and it offers steel wheels, air conditioning, power door locks, tilt steering, a CD player and satellite radio. Stepping up to the Yaris LE trim (MSRP $15,625) adds keyless entry, steering wheel controls for the vehicle's stereo system (which is more powerful than the entry-level unit and comes with HD radio), as well as power windows and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Toyota Yaris L and LE trim levels can be ordered on both the two-door and four-door editions of the hatchback. The four-door Yaris is also available in SE trim, which is intended to provide a sportier driving experience as well as a more aggressive look. The Yaris SE (MSRP $16,400) features 16-inch alloy rims wrapped in stickier rubber than other versions of the automobile, cruise control, slick exterior trim, a stiffer suspension system and disc brakes at all four corners.

A list of cars similar to the Yaris includes the 2012 Honda Fit, 2012 Hyundai Accent and 2012 Ford Fiesta.

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