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2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback: First Look

  • The 2020 Yaris Hatchback is a rebadged Mazda2, and was recently displayed at the New York Auto.

  • The Yaris Hatchback has a very impressive list of standard equipment including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and modern safety tech.

  • This subcompact Toyota is promising to be an excellent value in city cars.

Until now, the Toyota Yaris was a little bit of a mystery. There was a Yaris sedan and a Yaris Liftback and despite sharing a name, the two cars didn’t have all that much in common. Now the little Yaris lineup is much more cohesive with the introduction of the all-new 2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback, which is clearly a hatchback version of the Yaris sedan.

A Mazda in Disguise

If the Yaris Hatchback looks a little unlike the rest of the Toyota lineup, that’s because it’s a rebadged Mazda2. The Mazda2 is a subcompact that isn’t sold in the U.S. by Mazda, but you can get one here in the form of the Yaris. It’s a good subcompact car that’s fun to drive in classic Mazda fashion and in the form of the Yaris Hatchback, it’s looking to be an excellent value in small city cars.

High Standards

One of the strong suits of the new Yaris Hatchback is its long list of impressive standard features. Buying an entry-level subcompact car is far from a punishment anymore thanks to cars like this. Standard features include 16-in alloy wheels, a 7-in infotainment system with Bluetooth, 6-speaker audio, two USB ports, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, a low-speed pre-collision safety system, push-button start, fog lamps and more. Upgrading from the base LE to the fancier XLE model gives you leatherette seats, rain-sensing wipers, LED headlights and automatic climate control. "Premium" isn’t the right word, but this is a really nice little car.

Fun to Drive

We haven’t been behind the wheel of the Toyota Yaris Hatchback yet, but it sounds like it will be a blast to drive. Its powered by a 1.5-liter inline-four engine that only produces 106 horsepower, but thanks to the diminutive size of this hatchback, that’s more than enough muscle. It’s linked to a 6-speed automatic as the only transmission option plus a sport mode, which is uncommon for cars in this class. Combine that with MacPherson front suspension and torsion-beam rear suspension that’s tuned for agility and it makes for a car that should be pretty satisfying to drive.

We don’t know the specifics yet of the pricing or availability of the 2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback, but we’re expecting pricing to start around the $15,000 mark and we’re hoping it will arrive in dealers by the end of 2020. If you’re looking for an affordable, entry-level subcompact hatch with a ton of standard features, keep an eye out for the new Yaris Hatchback. Find a Toyota Yaris for sale

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