The 2017 Toyota Yaris SE is a unique proposition in the subcompact segment, combining some of the industry’s most popular safety technologies with some surprisingly dated—albeit still effective—powertrain options. As a result, it’s in a unique position for Toyota.
Consider: Last year, the Toyota Camry midsize sedan was the best-selling car in the country, and the Toyota Corolla—including the Corolla iM—led the compact segment. Meanwhile, in the subcompact segment, the Yaris hatchback represented less than one-tenth the sales of that category’s No. 1 choice, the Nissan Versa. An upcoming all-new Yaris is expected to turn things around in the 2018 model year, but until that time let's take a look at the current model with its spacious cabin (for people and cargo) and standard driver-assistance measures.