Bring the Swagger, Sportiness

Sienna, Yaris enhancements high on style, safety
by Karen Nielsen
May/June 2017
Bring the Swagger, Sportiness
A Sienna with even more swagger? A sportier Yaris?
 
Yes, it’s all true. The newly freshened 2018 Sienna and 2018 subcompact Yaris hatchback were introduced in April at the New York International Auto Show.
 
One year after the 2017 Sienna ushered in a powerful and efficient new powertrain, the 2018 Sienna adds even more technological, safety and convenience features and an extra dash of sass.
 
The Yaris hatchback is easy on the budget, but still comes equipped with many standard safety and convenience features you’d expect in a pricier model.
 
Let’s see what’s new.
 
Swaggier Wagon
 
Exterior styling is updated with a redesigned front fascia that includes a larger, lower grille and a larger fog light compartment to convey a stronger presence. 

For 2018, Toyota Safety Sense-P will come standard on all Sienna models, offering cutting-edge active safety technologies including:
 
  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
Sienna drivers will enjoy enhanced connectivity and entertainment through the new Toyota Entune 3.0 multimedia system. The Sienna is assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana. The 2018 model will reach dealerships in the fall of 2017.


  
Yaris: Premiums in a Petite Package
 


The Yaris builds on its European styling to add a sportier and more dynamic look for 2018. The updates start with new bold front fascia with a new grille and chrome accents. The refined new front is complemented by a modern restyled rear to help provide a wider look and stance. The rear design includes wider, horizontal tail lamps integrated into the rear door, new rear bumper with styling more in harmony with the rear door design, and a new lower bumper garnish with side reflectors to help portray a broader stance.
 
The Yaris comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense-C and offers both three-door and five-door body styles in two grades, L and LE, in addition to the five-door Sporty SE.

Inside, the 2018 Yaris receives substantial audio and convenience updates that start with the L grade upgrading to a standard tilt, three-spoke steering wheel with audio controls. Both the L and LE will now receive the same Sport analog instrumentation currently on the SE grade. 
 
The 2018 Yaris will arrive at dealerships this summer.


 


 
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