Toyota Yaris Review

Looking for an inexpensive, entry-level new car at a Toyota dealership? In years past, you would've likely walked right by the Yaris' oddly proportioned predecessor, the Echo, and opted to shop for one of its worthy subcompact competitors. Thankfully, the Toyota Yaris is a better vehicle in just about every way.

Still, the first-generation of the Yaris was passable at best in what has become an increasingly competitive subcompact segment, as rivals offered more refinement, greater utility and a more enjoyable drive. But the latest version of Toyota's entry-level car boasts improvements in those key areas that, although still not making it a class leader, at least put it in the hunt. Further bolstered by Toyota's solid reputation for low ownership costs and stellar long-term reliability, the latest Yaris should prove appealing to those looking for practical and economical transportation.

Current Toyota Yaris
Toyota offers the subcompact Yaris as either a two- or four-door hatchback. There is no sedan version. Base L and uplevel LE trims are offered in either body style, while a sporty SE trim is offered only on the four-door. Standard highlights on the L include power door locks, air-conditioning, four-way-adjustable front seats, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a CD player, USB/iPod connectivity and satellite radio. The LE adds power windows, remote keyless entry, a six-way-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split fold-down rear seat and an upgraded sound system. The SE trim gets a sport-tuned suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels, four-wheel disc brakes, a unique grille, foglamps, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and upgraded cloth upholstery.

For power, the Yaris comes with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine good for 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is optional. Fuel economy, while not class-leading, is still very frugal.

In reviews, we've found the new Yaris easy to like. Although its four-speed automatic would seem to be a major downside alongside some rivals' six-speed units, it manages not to feel archaic. With its timely gearchanges it makes the most of the available power while merging onto fast-moving freeways or dicing with city traffic. Handling is also respectable, with a reassuringly composed demeanor when tackling a twisty road. The SE provides a sporty feel with its quicker steering and additional grip. However, its ride quality isn't as good, and its turning circle is noticeably wider as well.

Used Toyota Yaris Model
The current second-generation Toyota Yaris debuted in the 2012 model year. Compared to the first-generation model, the latest Yaris is about 3 inches longer, and that stretch has been utilized to provide more luggage space. With this Yaris you also get a restyled interior, improved driving feel and additional convenience and safety features. Since that 2012 debut, only minor changes to feature content have taken place.

The first-generation (U.S. market) Toyota Yaris was sold from 2007-'11. It came as a two-door hatchback, a four-door hatchback or a four-door sedan. Toyota made a serious effort to differentiate the sedan from the hatchbacks. As such, it features a different instrument panel, was almost 20 inches longer and has a longer wheelbase. This meant more room for rear passengers, though the hatchbacks did offer an optional adjustable rear seat, which slid fore and aft to increase passenger or cargo space as needed.

All these Yaris models were powered by a 1.5-liter, 106-hp four-cylinder engine that drove the front wheels through either a five-speed manual or an optional four-speed automatic. Either way, the Yaris delivered excellent fuel economy. Apart from air-conditioning, standard equipment was fairly sparse. Option highlights included a Sport package that added styling tweaks, 15-inch wheels, foglights, iPod integration and sport seats.

These Yaris models offered an adequate driving experience. The steering was light for easy parking maneuvers, and the turning circle was tight. The engine was peppy enough, though off-the-line acceleration can be sluggish with the automatic transmission.

Changes throughout the years were very minimal in terms of styling, features and powertrains. But anyone considering a used Yaris should note that models prior to '09 may not feature side curtain airbags and antilock brakes, as they were optional for the first two years. For 2010, stability control became standard and the S trim level was eliminated in favor of the optional Sport package.

First Look

2018 Toyota Yaris First Look

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.

Toyota Yaris Cars for Sale

2018 Toyota Yaris SE
NEW 2018 Toyota Yaris SE
MSRP$21,020
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2-TONE PAINT APPLICATION,SPECIAL COLOR - RUBY FLARE PRL W/BLK SAND PRL ROOF,CARPET MAT PACKAGE,50 STATE EMISSIONS,BLACK/GRAY; SPORT FABRIC-TRIMMED FRONT SEATS,RUBY FLARE PEARL W/BLACK SAND PEARL ROOF,SPORT EDITION

2017 Toyota Yaris LE
NEW 2017 Toyota Yaris LE
MSRP$18,330
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2018 Toyota Yaris LE
NEW 2018 Toyota Yaris LE
MSRP$18,794
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2017 Toyota Yaris LE
NEW 2017 Toyota Yaris LE
MSRP$18,723
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You may qualify for other college graduate or military rebates. Prices exclude tax, tags, and $200 processing charge. We try to confirm the accuracy of each listing. However, please call to confirm vehicle availability, equipment and price. *DARCARS is not responsible for errors in listings.

2018 Toyota Yaris LE
NEW 2018 Toyota Yaris LE
MSRP$18,794
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2017 Toyota Yaris LE
NEW 2017 Toyota Yaris LE
MSRP$18,389
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Dealer Notes

Talk about a deal! Switch to Heritage Toyota Owings Mills! Be the talk of the town when you roll down the street in this gas-saving 2017 Toyota Yaris. This car is nicely equipped. This Yaris will allow you to dominate the road with style, and get great fuel economy while you're at it. *Your additional costs are sales tax, tag and title fees for the state in which the vehicle will be registered, any dealer-installed options (if applicable) and a dealer processing fee ($299 Maryland); ($135 Pennsylvania). Prices are subject to change, and prior sales are excluded from these offers. While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Please verify any information in question with the dealer. Every Internet Price includes current applicable manufacturer rebates and incentives. You may also qualify for additional manufacturer incentive programs (e.g., college graduate, owner loyalty, and military). See dealer for more details about these programs. The applicable manufacturer rebates and incentives on this vehicle are: $1,000 - TMS Customer Cash - Cannot be combined with other offers - Exp. 10/31/2017

2018 Toyota Yaris LE
NEW 2018 Toyota Yaris LE
MSRP$18,794
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Dealer Notes

2018 Toyota Yaris Magnetic Gray Metallic LE 35/30 Highway/City MPG 30/35mpg

2017 Toyota Yaris LE
NEW 2017 Toyota Yaris LE
MSRP$18,804
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Dealer Notes

Don't miss this great Toyota! Demonstrating that economical transportation does not require the sacrifice of comfort or safety! Toyota prioritized fit and finish as evidenced by: tilt steering wheel, power door mirrors, and more. Smooth gearshifts are achieved thanks to the efficient 4 cylinder engine, and for added security, dynamic Stability Control supplements the drivetrain. Both high fuel economy and flexible performance are assured by the 4 speed automatic transmission. Our sales reps are extremely helpful knowledgeable. We'd be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Come on in and take a test drive!

2018 Toyota Yaris LE
NEW 2018 Toyota Yaris LE
MSRP$18,794
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Dealer Notes

Prices include all applicable manufacturer rebates. Excludes taxes, tags, and $300 dealer processing fee (not required by law). Prices do not include available College Graduate Rebate or Military Rebate available through TFS. These rebates are available if qualifications are met. While every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of the data displayed, the Dealership is not responsible for any errors or omissions. Due to market conditions, prices are subject to change at any time without notification. Must finance through TFS. If you have any questions regarding our pricing please email mattb@jerrysautogroup.com.

2017 Toyota Yaris LE
NEW 2017 Toyota Yaris LE
MSRP$18,389
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** BLUETOOTH **, ** FUEL SAVER **, ** LIFETIME FREE STATE INSPECTIONS **, ** TOYOTA CARE / 2 YEARS COMPLIMENTARY MAINTENANCE **, ** BACK UP CAMERA **. Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! 35/30 Highway/City MPG 2017 Toyota Yaris LE Classic Silver Metallic Price includes: *Additional Manufacturer Rebates may be available to reduce your price further! Please contact the dealer for additional manufacturer rebates that may be available that could reduce your price further! Steven's Savings include current rebates and incentives from the manufacturer, some of which may require financing through the manufacturer and are therefore subject to credit approval. Additional factory rebates from certain manufacturers, such as first time buyers, recent college graduates, veterans and/or active members of the military, owners of competitive makes, loyalty rebates etc, may be available. Steven pricing may not be compatible with special factory financing. Steven prices are valid based on manufacturer incentive program time periods. We make every effort to provide accurate information, but please verify options and price before purchasing. All vehicles are subject to prior sale. All prices are special internet prices only. All financing is subject to approved credit. Exp. 10/31/2017