Standard accident-avoidance tech; good overall fuel economy; surprisingly accommodating back seat; rare 2-door hatchback body style
Outdated 4-speed automatic transmission; underpowered and noisy engine; steering wheel doesn't telescope; small cargo area, even for a subcompact
The Yaris hatchback gets revised styling for 2018. The SE trim also now comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen interface, HD Radio, satellite radio and a variety of smartphone connectivity apps.See the 2018Toyota Yaris models for sale near you
Actually, we'd get the Yaris iA. But if a hatchback is must, we don't think we could live without the keyless entry, cruise control and power mirrors gained by opting for the LE trim.Find a Toyota Yaris for sale
The 2018 Toyota Yaris is available as a 3- or 5-door hatchback. Both body styles are offered in L and LE trim levels, while the 5-door adds the SE. There's also a Yaris iA sedan that, despite its name, is actually a completely different car that we review separately.
The base Yaris L ($15,600, 3-door; $16,800, 5-door) is well-equipped with 15-in steel wheels, forward-collision warning and automatic braking, lane-departure warning, automatic high beams, a backup camera, air conditioning, power locks and windows, a tilt-only steering wheel (a telescoping function is unavailable), a 60/40-split folding back seat, a 6.1-in touchscreen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a 6-speaker stereo with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and a media player interface.
The Yaris LE ($17,300 3-door; $17,700 5-door) adds 15-in alloy wheels, different exterior trim, power mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control, a 60/40-split folding back seat and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls.
The Yaris SE ($18,300) tacks on 16-in alloy wheels, bigger rear brakes, upgraded headlights, LED running lights, unique exterior styling cues, upgraded headlights, LED running/accent lights, a height-adjustable driver's seat, upgraded fabric upholstery, a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, HD Radio, satellite radio, a 7-in touchscreen and Toyota Entune smartphone-connectivity apps.
The Yaris comes with more standard safety features than any subcompact car. Besides the usual items of antilock brakes (front disc, rear drum), traction and stability control, front side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags, the Yaris includes a driver knee airbag, a special front passenger under-cushion airbag, forward-collision warning and automatic braking, and a lane-departure warning system.
In government crash-testing, the Yaris hatchback got an overall rating of four stars out of five, including four stars for frontal impacts, five stars for side impacts and four stars for rollover safety. The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Yaris its top rating of Good in every crash-test category except for the difficult new small front-overlap test, where it received a second-worst Marginal score.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||2 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/25,000 Miles|
2018 Toyota Yaris iA -- This is an odd duck, to be sure. Previously the Scion iA and actually known as the Mazda2 in other markets, this Mazda-made sedan has nothing in common with the regular Yaris but its badge. We think it's probably better, though.
2018 Honda Fit -- The Fit is arguably your best hatchback choice in the subcompact segment. It's refined, well-equipped, fuel efficient and surprisingly quick, plus it offers a huge, versatile cargo area that rivals some small SUVs.
2018 Kia Rio -- The Rio is all-new for 2018 and impresses with its grown-up styling, high-quality cabin and comparatively sophisticated driving experience. Kia's excellent value and warranty sweeten the deal.
Used Toyota Prius C -- The Prius c is based on the Yaris, but its fuel economy pushes 50 mpg. It also offers an improved interior and more modern exterior styling. Prices are higher, though, so you may have to consider a used model.