2018 Toyota Yaris 1.5 S CVT

You will only realize how many other bright green cars there are on the road till you start driving a bright green one yourself!

Hatchbacks have always been great fun with utility on a budget. You can cheat your cargo limitations by using the whole interior as cargo space after you’ve folded down the seats. Not all hatchbacks are the “hot” or sporty version, but it still never fails to give you a sense of fun when you’re throwing them about the twists of the road. When I first saw the 2018 Toyota Yaris 1.5 S CVT in the lot of Toyota Motors Philippines (TMP), it seemed like it was giving me a huge grin. I couldn’t help myself, but to smile right back.

With a Twist of Lime

Let’s state the obvious. It’s Bright Green. A color, which Toyota calls Citrus Mica Metallic. Correct they are for calling it “Citrus” because even if it is a face lifted version of the previous generation Yaris, this definitely will give you a fresh face. Fresh starts with the exterior, having similar styling cues from its brother the Vios, the 2018 Toyota Yaris, especially in this 1.5 S variant has a sportier look. The side mirrors, above the front lip, the rear hatch, and even the halogen headlamps are accented in Red. The grille is in this sporty, Lexus like style, finished in polished black trim. Also included in this variant of the 2018 Toyota Yaris are Daytime Running Lights (DRL) in the form of LED lights in the middle of the front fascia. Aggressive doesn’t only stop with the front of the Yaris, but also in the back. The 2018 Toyota Yaris 1.5 S has LED taillights with guide lines, to really give it that aggressive look, even at stand still.

Why change something that already works? Subtle changes come to the interior of the 2018 Toyota Yaris from the previous year. Added silver garnishing around the corner air vents, and also the center stack down to the gear shifter. The center stack for 2018, houses a 7” Touch screen display with Bluetooth, CD/MP3, and Weblink functionalities, which can actually be found across the range. Unique to the 2018 1.5 S is the automatic Air conditioning controls, foregoing the rotary knobs of lower variants. In addition to that, special to the 1.5 S variant is the red accented interior. Start with the leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, stitched in red. The seats with special red pattern inserts are too stitched in red, and even the arm rests have the same red accent stitching. Toyota has really given the interior of the 2018 Toyota Yaris 1.5 S CVT a premium feel, though the vehicle is in a lower price category.

The Fizz

The “S” badging doesn’t come as aesthetic features only. This variant of the 2018 Toyota Yaris comes with a 1.5L engine producing 106Horsepower. Some might say a 1.5L engine is small for any fun, but weighing 1,095kg only, the 1.5L engine is more than enough. Put it into Sports Mode, and flick down a few gears using the paddle shifters on the steering wheel, and off it goes. Doing this on open roads, made me feel like Jari Matti Latvala in his Yaris WRC car, racing through the streets of a Special Stage. Not only can it go, but it can also stay green. Pun intended. Green can be carried from the exterior, into the engine. With a noticeable Eco Mode, which keeps you in the band of 1,500 to 2,500 RPM, giving you enough to swiftly move. Unlike other Eco Modes, the 2018 Toyota Yaris 1.5 S CVT doesn’t make you feel like it’s limiting you. It keeps climbing in speed, but still stays in the programmed RPM band.

The Red Accented Bottom Line

A Toyota will always be a Toyota. There is a reason why they are the chosen fleet vehicles of most companies, and transportation companies. They will always work. Though, when they don’t, it won’t cost an arm, and a leg to mend it back together, especially with Toyota’s 3 Year, 100,000km Warranty. This 2018 Toyota Yaris 1.5 S CVT is a little on the higher bracket in terms of price in its segment. Coming in at PHP 1,040,000 (as of date tested), it will make you think about the complete package. This is a vehicle with sporty looks, agility, and won’t ruin your weekend budget at the pump. It’s packed with features like Automatic Lighting, and Climate, Push to Start, and an overall cool demeanour. You’ll never lose it in the parking lots, especially in this Citrus Mica Metallic color, and you’ll have a vehicle unique to the roads of Manila.

With premium styling for the interior, and exterior, along with a healthy package of features, the 2018 Toyota Yaris 1.5 S CVT is more than capable of putting that extra Zest into mundane everyday commutes.