2018 Toyota Yaris Review
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
- Appealing roster of standard convenience and safety features
- Rear legroom is surprisingly generous
- Less cargo capacity than some rivals
- Tilt-only steering wheel makes it hard to get an ideal driving position
- Outdated four-speed automatic transmission
|Overall||5.9 / 10|
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braking, steering, and handling behavior would land it slightly above most of its competitors, but then there's the outdated four-speed automatic.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most helpful consumer reviews
LE 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A)
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!
L 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A)
It’s a small car but perfect for me! It handles well and easy to drive. I love it!
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Yaris models:
- 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.