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2015 Toyota Yaris overshadowed by better subcompacts

The 4-speed automatic transmission might be the most curious part of the redesigned 2015 Toyota Yaris. A 5-speed manual is standard, but Americans prefer automatics to manuals as much as they do gas to diesel.

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