2018 Toyota Yaris First Look | Edmunds

2018 Toyota Yaris First Look

A Fresh Face and New Features

While Toyota made a big splash at the 2017 New York International Auto Show with the FT-4X concept, the economical Yaris quietly slipped under the radar with a midcycle refresh. The biggest change for the Yaris is its revised styling up front and a few nips and tucks out back. The new look cleans up the nose by eliminating the previous model's silver trim that surrounded the Toyota badge, and new horizontal taillights give the hatchback a slightly wider appearance.

2018 Toyota Yaris

In terms of engine, transmission and chassis components, the Yaris continues unchanged. There are some minor changes inside, however. The base L trim receives the same steering wheel with audio controls from the LE and both trims get the upgraded instruments from the range-topping SE. Toyota's Entune audio system will also be standard across the lineup and the SE gets a significant upgrade with a larger screen, a navigation system, and satellite and HD radio all as standard equipment.

These upgrades will give the 2018 Toyota Yaris some added appeal; but among other economical hatchbacks, it remains a midpack choice. The outdated four-speed transmission, mediocre interior quality and lack of a rearview camera continue to keep it from challenging the class leaders. It does, however, ride high on Toyota's reputation for reliability and a generous amount of rear-seat legroom. Look for the refreshed three- or five-door Yaris in showrooms this summer.

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