2017 Toyota Yaris ZR Review

2017 Toyota Yaris Road Test and Review…

So you checked out our Mazda2 v Toyota Yaris comparison last week? Now comes a look at the top-spec Toyota Yaris ZR.

Priced from $22,470, the 2017 Toyota Yaris ZR has to be on your test-drive list if a light car is on your agenda.

Why? Because it’s just such a well thought-out and enjoyable little thing.

Featuring the larger 1.5 litre petrol engine - the ZR gives you 80kW/141Nm to play with.

What does that mean? Well, around town you get zippy performance, especially in the crucial 1250-2000 rpm range (where you spend most of your driving time).

Sure, it could do with another ratio in the four-speed auto transmission, however for most applications that the ‘average’ Yaris owner is going to find themselves in, well its adequate enough.

Surprisingly roomy interior, nice thick leather wrapped steering wheel and really clear gauges are some of the cabin highlights.

It’s also got a stack of handy little storage compartments on the centre console, dash and door trims.

As is the case with just about every model in this class you might find a lack of a centre armrest affects comfort, I know I certainly do.

Reiterating what I found in the comparison with the Mazda - the Toyota has quite nice seats and those in the ZR are even better with added side bolstering to keep you snug.

Very good visibility, a five-star safety score and a long list of convenience and safety features are the icing on the cake.

Oh, and I really like the single front wiper arm!

As I say, the Toyota Yaris is a car you have to check out, I’ve been a fan for years and the latest update by Toyota has only served to make this clever little car even more likable.

NUTS and BOLTS - 2017 Toyota Yaris ZR

Engine: 1.5 litre petrol producing 80kW/141Nm

Transmission: Four-speed auto (only)

Safety: Five stars

Warranty: 3yrs/100,000km

Origin: Japan

Price: from $22,470


  1. Thank you for this review which confirms our reasoning for a recent purchase of a 2017 SX Yaris. We had originally planned on replacing our ageing Corolla with a Barina but have since decided to stick with manufactures that manufacture their own cars.
    We love our Yaris. The 1.5 litre with auto trans is very nippy and great on fuel. It’s steering is superb in the shopping centres and around suburban streets although a little fidgety at higher speeds.
    Surprisingly roomy inside and the rear seat passengers have good legroom.
    Yes, I miss the centre console armrest !!
    Our main family car is a Commodore Sportswagon which is now used solely for work travel as we use the Yaris for family outings on the weekend thus saving even more fuel.
    Well done Toyota.

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