The 2011 Toyota Yaris is the least expensive model in the extensive Toyota lineup, and this three-door hatchback provides a feature not often see in cheap compact cars: standard air conditioning. A stereo system is absent from the list of provided gear, but the base Yaris does offer a folding rear seat that helps to increase the available cargo space inside the vehicle to 26 cubic feet.
The 2011 Toyota Yaris features the smallest engine on our list of compact cars, coming in at only 1.5-liters of four-cylinder power, but it manages to match its competitors in terms of output (106 horses, 103 lb-ft of torque). It also bests most of the other vehicles in this article when it comes to fuel economy thanks to solid numbers of 29-mpg in city driving and 36-mpg on the highway. The base Toyota Yaris comes exclusively with a five-speed manual transmission.