The new 2017 Toyota Yaris iA could be an ideal choice if you're hoping to find a subcompact sedan that's fun to drive and packs in a lot of features for an agreeable price.
If the Yaris iA name is familiar, it's because this car originally debuted as a Scion, Toyota's now defunct youth-oriented brand. Rather than just let it die with Scion, though, Toyota has kept it going for 2017, just with a Toyota badge. Other than the badging, little else about this economical and well-appointed subcompact has changed.
Toyota offers the Yaris iA in one feature-packed trim level only. But you get a good amount of standard safety and technology features. Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a rearview camera, keyless ignition and entry, and a 7-inch touchscreen display are all standard. One surprise standard safety feature is a low-speed forward collision warning system with automatic braking. Such a feature is rare in the subcompact class, especially as standard equipment. One of the few available options for the Yaris iA is a navigation system.
The Yaris iA is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 106 horsepower. You'll be putting the go-pedal to the floor to get up to highway speeds quickly, but this is to be expected within the economical subcompact segment.
You have your choice of either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Either version gets you very good fuel economy. The Yaris iA is also light and nimble, and we think it's as fun to drive as any other vehicle in its class.
The interior is really where the Yaris iA begins to best its competition. There's greater refinement and quality here. The dash controls and infotainment system are well configured, and it has above-average cargo space in the trunk, low liftover height and an easy-to-use 60/40-folding rear seat. Downsides include limited rear passenger room and a driving position that won't appeal to taller drivers.
Overall, though, the 2017 Yaris iA is a solid, well-rounded performer that betters class rivals in many areas. If you're in the market for an economical subcompact sedan, let Edmunds help you find the perfect 2017 Toyota Yaris iA.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.