The Hatchback version of the sporty-looking subcompact 2007 Toyota Yaris increases cargo room while reducing passenger comfort slightly. Although it offers a few inches more headroom, front legroom decreases to just over 40 inches, and rear legroom drops to 34 inches. The cargo area holds 12.8 cubic feet, with split-folding rear seats that expand storage options. Employing an independent Macpherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension, the 2007 Yaris Hatchback uses a 16-valve, 1.5-liter DOHC inline-four engine and a choice of 5-speed manual or automatic to put out 106 hp and 103 ft-lbs of torque at 4,200 RPM. Gas mileage averages 34/40 mpg.
Daytime running lights are standard only on the hatchback. They join the dual front airbags, front stabilizer bar, seatbelt pretensioners, child seat anchors, front disc and rear drum brakes, and 14-inch steel wheels with all-season tires. Options such as front-side and side curtain airbags, foglights, ABS brakes, 15-inch wheels, and a first aid kit cost extra. A radio and CD player are also optional.
Standard features are kept to a minimum and include air conditioning, intermittent wipers, a front power outlet, cloth seats, tilt and power steering, and a tachometer. Rear defrost costs extra. Power windows, locks, and mirrors are available add-ons, along with cruise control and remote entry. Optional alloy wheels and a rear spoiler spruce up the exterior.