The Yaris started off well enough, but as the segment became more popular, its plain looks and econobox feel made it a sales laggard in the category.
For 2012, Yaris gets a delightful makeover that restores its luster, giving it good looks and better driving quality.
The Yaris retains its 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes a gutsy little 106 horsepower.
The sedan version of the Yaris previously offered is a goner; now you get either a two- or four-door hatchback. There are three trim levels: L, LE and SE.
The base L has pretty much everything that we take for granted on a car (remember that Nissan Versa from a few years back that had no radio?). But it does have crank windows. Step up to the LE and you get power windows and some other stuff that is optional on some higher end cars.
The SE has a few more bells and whistles but still cloth seats, although a higher grade of cloth.