2018 Toyota Yaris

2018 Toyota Yaris
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2018 Toyota Yaris
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Pros

  • Appealing roster of standard convenience and safety features
  • Rear legroom is surprisingly generous

Cons

  • Less cargo capacity than some rivals
  • Tilt-only steering wheel makes it hard to get an ideal driving position
  • Outdated four-speed automatic transmission


Which Yaris does Edmunds recommend?

While the base Yaris L's price tag is very attractive, it's worth spending a little more. Consider springing for the SE. The SE includes nicer upholstery, a leather-wrapped shifter and steering wheel, larger wheels and tires, and four-wheel disc brakes. The last two items give the Yaris an air of sportiness that the standard version lacks.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

5.9 / 10

Available in two- or four-door body styles, Toyota's 2018 Yaris hatchback is ideal if you're looking for a reliable vehicle with easy-to-park dimensions and a very affordable price. But for that price, you do have to make some sacrifices.

On the positive side, the Yaris' small overhangs and standard rearview camera make maneuvering in parking lots and parallel parking a breeze. It's also one of the few cars in its class to offer the latest in advanced driver safety aids, including lane departure warning, automatic high-beam activation, and forward collision warning and mitigation. All reinforce the Yaris' already good safety scores. Of course, the Yaris is also a hatchback, so you can fit more cargo than you could otherwise in a sedan.

And though the Yaris is functional, it's not particularly enjoyable to drive. The lack of a telescoping steering wheel means it's hard to find a comfortable driving position. The Yaris, with its 106-horsepower engine and four-speed automatic transmission lag, behind the competition, which offer more powerful engines and smoother-shifting six-speed transmissions. And while a touchscreen comes standard, you might be also dismayed at the lack of comprehensive smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Overall, the Yaris is a perfectly usable subcompact. But with as much variety as there is in this segment, you may find there are better choices in the class if you want something more than basic transportation.

2018 Toyota Yaris configurations

The 2018 Toyota Yaris is a compact hatchback that is available in two body styles, with just one engine and two transmissions. The Yaris L and LE are offered with two or four doors; the SE trim is offered only as a four-door. The two-door L and four-door SE are offered with a five-speed manual transmission, while a four-speed automatic is optional on those trims and standard on everything else. A 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine (106 horsepower, 103 pound-feet of torque) is standard across all trims and body styles.

Standard features on the L includes 15-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights and high-beam control, power door locks and windows, air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-only steering wheel, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, Bluetooth, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD radio and a USB port. Lane departure warning and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking are also standard.

The LE adds or substitutes 15-inch alloy wheels, power side mirrors, remote locking and unlocking, cruise control and enhanced interior trim.

For a more premium Yaris, go with the SE trim. It's only available as a four-door, and you'll get 16-inch alloy wheels, projector-beam headlights, LED running lights, foglights, special exterior styling elements, four-wheel disc brakes, a larger 7-inch touchscreen, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and upgraded cloth upholstery.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2015 Toyota Yaris SE Four-Door Hatchback (1.5L inline-4 | 5-speed manual | FWD).

Driving

6.5
The Yaris' acceleration, braking, steering, and handling behavior would land it slightly above most of its competitors, but then there's the outdated four-speed automatic. This gearbox magnifies an already low engine output, and its clumsy shifts add needless jolts to the commute.

Acceleration

6.0
While many subcompacts have meager engine output, the Yaris' four-speed transmission means acceleration requires patience. It takes 18 seconds to reach freeway speeds under the best circumstances, which translates to stress on short on-ramps and difficult passing maneuvers on two-lane roads.

Braking

7.5
The pedal is light and easy to modulate, making braking applications smooth and predictable. In simulated-emergency tests, the Yaris emitted a buzzing noise that might make a real evasive action more alarming, though overall performance remained adequate over multiple full ABS stops.

Steering

7.5
The wheel feels accurate so that you rarely have to correct steering inputs. This precision also helps mitigate the nervousness that sometimes afflicts small vehicles at freeway speeds. Some other steering systems relay more feel and enjoyment, but this one gets the job done.

Handling

7.5
The small size makes it easy to park and fit in small openings, and it imbues the Yaris with lightness and nimbleness without ever feeling skittish. Reasonable tires and accurate steering make for an adept driving experience that's better than most, though more engaging alternatives exist.

Drivability

5.0
The four-speed automatic is outdated by the segment standards. It frequently changes between gears when climbing a hill at a constant speed, shocking the interior with each shift. Cruise control holds speed when traveling downhill by downshifting, but the shifts again jolt the interior.

Comfort

6.0
You'll find yourself needing to adjust the seat as the drive goes on, and the absence of center armrests will be a source of annoyance. The prevalent engine, wind, tire, and road noise is tiring on the freeway, though the climate control system isn't too loud on its lowest settings.

Seat comfort

5.5
Larger occupants might need to change their position frequently since the seat can create pressure points on longer drives. Recline, height and fore/aft manual adjustments provide decent range. The doors have padded armrests, but there is no center armrest in either row.

Ride comfort

6.5
As in many vehicles in this segment, you'll notice most bumps and other road imperfections, but they are seldom hard enough to make you complain. Rather the frequency of the impacts can become tiring. Some competitors provide more supple experiences.

Noise & vibration

5.5
The engine makes an unpleasing rattle at idle and can grow loud when you're on the gas, which you have to do often to keep up with traffic. Some wind, road and tire noise is expected, but it can be fatiguing if your commute involves extended freeway use.

Climate control

6.0
It's easy to position the air vents and control the flow. Like its competitors, the Yaris doesn't have an automatic setting, but the dials and buttons couldn't be simpler. The fan is quiet on the lower settings relative to the wind and engine noise, but it blows loudly on the higher settings.

Interior

6.5
The Yaris earns points for its large and easy-to-access doors, big windows and simple physical controls. The absence of a telescoping adjustment on the steering wheel puts average-size drivers in an awkward position. Those with long legs or short arms will struggle to find a place for their knees.

Ease of use

7.5
The simple nature of the Yaris translates into an easily understandable interior. We appreciate the prevalence of physical controls that are easy to locate, and you can figure out all functions without having to refer to the owner's manual.

Getting in/getting out

8.0
A tall roof and big doors make for a large opening that's easy to climb through. You only have to duck down slightly to avoid the roof. The same goes for the rear seat, where the legroom makes it easy for occupants of most sizes to slide in.

Driving position

5.5
Instrumentation falls easily into view, and the seat adjustments should satisfy most body types. Alas, the steering wheel tilts but does not telescope, limiting the fit and comfort. Drivers with long legs might find their knees in constant contact with the dash and driver's door.

Roominess

6.0
The front seats have plenty of headroom, but the driver's knees may not have enough room. On the other hand, rear headroom is tight even for average-size adults, but the flat floor gives the impression of extra space. The middle rear seat is useless if you need to put two adults back there.

Visibility

7.0
The rear-seat headrests encroach on rear visibility, but not enough to obstruct your view. Since it's a small car with a tall roof and consequently big windows, visibility is not a problem. The windshield pillars can occasionally block taillights and turn signals of vehicles in the adjacent lane.

Quality

5.5
The Yaris is disappointing, even among inexpensive subcompacts. Mismatched interior plastics, a panel gap directly ahead of the passenger seat, and the tinny, hollow sound the roof makes when you flip the visor up give this vehicle a decidedly cheap feeling. Most competitors do better.

Utility

6.0
The tall ceiling makes for cargo capacity that looks good on paper, though a small grocery store haul will consume much of the floor space. Interior storage options are lacking, consisting of just pockets on the front doors, three cupholders, and a cubby for a phone or two.

Small-item storage

6.5
The absence of a center console limits your options. The door pockets accommodate water bottles, while the front cupholders are too small for sports bottles. A cubby in the front can hold a phone or two. Rear passengers have zero storage outside of a single oversize cupholder.

Cargo space

6.0
At 15.6 cubic feet, the Yaris' trunk is among the smallest of its class. Much of that space is vertical, due to the tall roof. There's still enough room to handle the weekly haul from the grocery store for a two-person family. A cargo cover comes standard.

Child safety seat accommodation

6.0
You have to dig to access the lower LATCH anchors, but not too far. Reaching for the seatback tether anchors requires removing the cargo cover, which can be a nuisance. The wide door openings mean there's plenty of space for loading or unloading. The narrow width prohibits three car seats.

Technology

5.0
Though the entertainment system's simple and easy to operate, its features pale in comparison to most offerings in the segment. Phone integration is similarly disappointing. We appreciate the inclusion of driver aids such as collision mitigation, but blind-spot monitoring is not available.

Audio & navigation

3.5
The screen has a logical layout and reacts quickly to inputs, though it locks out some controls when moving, which can be annoying. Even worse: Not only does the screen disappear in direct sunlight, but it also reflects light into your eyes, so you sometimes have to cover it with your hand.

Smartphone integration

5.0
You have one USB port and Bluetooth. Toyota touts support for one navigation phone app, but it doesn't work as well as what you can get from competitors. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are not available. Ultimately, you're better off connecting via Bluetooth and mounting your phone on the dash.

Driver aids

6.0
Though the Yaris features a rearview camera with guidance lines, lane keeping alert, collision alert and mitigation, and auto high beams, it is not available with blind-spot monitoring or proximity sensors, which you can find on many of its competitors.

Voice control

6.0
You'll need to use specific prompts with some variation to adjust the stereo or make a call, which is about all you can get done with the limited set of features. The system had no difficulty understanding commands, even without going through the lengthy calibration process.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Toyota Yaris.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

GLAD I BOUGHT IT
Linda P,09/17/2018
The Yaris is a wonderful car. There is a bit of tire sound and it is not a smooth ride like a larger car but I love it. I rally miss my XM radio. This car did not come equipt for xm. Not sure why not? P.S. At the top the first question was about the type and model of the car I bought! Well the only option for me to chose was a hatchback and I do NOT have the hatchback ????? Hmmm Maybe someone could look at that glitch!
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$18,260
MPG
30 city / 36 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
106 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$19,060
MPG
30 city / 35 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
106 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$17,660
MPG
30 city / 35 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
106 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$16,385
MPG
30 city / 35 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
106 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Yaris safety features:

Pre-Collision System
Detects if a forward collision is imminent and, if so, automatically applies the brakes to lessen or avoid the impact.
Lane Departure Alert
Sensors read lane lines and sound an alert if the Yaris is moving outside its lane. This feature is standard.
Auto High Beams
Automatically turns on the high-beam headlights when other vehicles are not present.

2018 Toyota Yaris for Sale

Toyota Yaris 2018 L 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A)
New 2018
Toyota Yaris
L
(3)
AutoNation Toyota Leesburg
5.5 mi away
Edmunds Suggested Price$16,629
Est.Loan: $324/mo
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Dealer Notes
SPECIAL COLOR - RUBY FLARE PEARL,ALL-WEATHER FLOOR LINER PACKAGE,BODY SIDE MOLDINGS,DOOR EDGE GUARDS,REAR BUMPER APPLIQUE,Bluetooth Connection,50 STATE EMISSIONS,BLACK/GRAY; FABRIC SEAT TRIM,RUBY FLARE PEARL

MSRP: $18,717

Toyota Yaris 2018 LE 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A)
New 2018
Toyota Yaris
LE
(18)
Fitzgerald Toyota Gaithersburg
16.8 mi away
Edmunds Suggested Price$17,205
Est.Loan: $334/mo
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Dealer Notes

MSRP: $19,339

Toyota Yaris 2018 LE 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A)
New 2018
Toyota Yaris
LE
(111)
Jim Coleman Toyota
18.3 mi away
Edmunds Suggested Price$17,966
Est.Loan: $344/mo
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Dealer Notes
2pn 2018 Toyota Yaris LE FWD 4-Speed Automatic with Overdrive 1.5L I4 DOHC VVT-i 16V 30/35 City/Highway MPG Price includes: $750 - TMS Customer Cash - CAT. Exp. 12/03/2018

MSRP: $19,904

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More about the 2018 Toyota Yaris

The 2018 Toyota Yaris is an inexpensive hatchback that can seat up to five. Designed to maximize efficiency, the Yaris is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. It drives the front wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission or a five-speed manual.

The Yaris is Toyota's entry-level vehicle, and the selection process is as easy as can be. The Yaris L, for example, comes with 15-inch steel wheels and a 6.1-inch Entune infotainment system that features six speakers, USB and Bluetooth connectivity. It can be had in either two-door or four-door configurations. The LE gets a few premium features that make day-to-day driving easier. Additionally, the LE gets 15-inch alloy wheels and power-adjustable side mirrors. Like the L, the LE is also available in both body styles.

Finally, the SE features a larger 16-inch wheels and a 7-inch touchscreen multimedia display with navigation capability. This system also provides voice recognition for hands-free audio and phone control and satellite and HD radio. The SE also features disc brakes at all four corners versus front discs and rear drums on the L and LE. The SE is only available in the four-door body style, so the only real selection to make is either the five-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic.

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2018 Toyota Yaris Overview

The 2018 Toyota Yaris is offered in the following submodels: Yaris Hatchback. Available styles include LE 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A), L 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A), L 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 5M), L 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A), SE 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 5M), LE 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A), and SE 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A).

What do people think of the 2018 Toyota Yaris?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Toyota Yaris and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Yaris 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Yaris.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Toyota Yaris and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Yaris featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Edmunds Scorecard

Overall5.9 / 10

Driving

6.5 / 10

Acceleration6.0 / 10
Braking7.5 / 10
Steering7.5 / 10
Handling7.5 / 10
Drivability5.0 / 10

Comfort

6.0 / 10

Seat comfort5.5 / 10
Ride comfort6.5 / 10
Noise & vibration5.5 / 10
Climate control6.0 / 10

Interior

6.5 / 10

Ease of use7.5 / 10
Getting in/getting out8.0 / 10
Driving position5.5 / 10
Roominess6.0 / 10
Visibility7.0 / 10
Quality5.5 / 10

Utility

6.0 / 10

Small-item storage6.5 / 10
Cargo space6.0 / 10

Technology

5.0 / 10

Audio & navigation3.5 / 10
Smartphone integration5.0 / 10
Driver aids6.0 / 10
Voice control6.0 / 10
Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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2018 Toyota Yaris LE 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A)

The 2018 Toyota Yaris LE 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $19,519. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota Yaris LE 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A) is trending $1,130 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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2018 Toyota Yaris L 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A)

The 2018 Toyota Yaris L 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $18,717. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota Yaris L 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A) is trending $1,286 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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