2018 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

City mpg:
30
Highway mpg:
36

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Overview

The standard features of the Toyota Yaris L include 1.5L I-4 106hp engine, 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 15" steel wheels, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability, power windows.

2018 Toyota
Yaris Hatchback

Starting at: $15,635

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 6.1"
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 24 months/ unlimited distance
  • Maintenance warranty - 24 months/25,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Engine displacement - 1.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 106hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Engine torque - 103 lb.-ft. @ 4,200RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 76.0mm x 82.6mm (2.99" x 3.25")
  • Compression ratio - 10.54 to 1
  • Exterior length - 3,950mm (155.5")
  • Exterior body width - 1,694mm (66.7")
  • Exterior height - 1,509mm (59.4")
  • Wheelbase - 2,510mm (98.8")
  • Turning radius - 4.8m (15.8')
  • Front legroom - 1,031mm (40.6")
  • Rear legroom - 846mm (33.3")
  • Front headroom - 998mm (39.3")
  • Rear headroom - 955mm (37.6")
  • Front hiproom - 1,270mm (50.0")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,265mm (49.8")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,334mm (52.5")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,316mm (51.8")
  • Passenger volume - 2,390L (84.4 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 433 L (15 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 1.5
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 106hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Torque - 103 lb.-ft. @ 4,200RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 5 speed manual
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 33mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 11.1gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 30mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 36mpg
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Front tires - 175/65HR15.0
  • Rear tires - 175/65HR15.0
  • Wheel size - 15"
  • Auto high-beam headlights
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Lane departure - Lane Departure Alert (LDA) warning
  • Forward collision - Toyota Safety Sense C mitigation
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
3-Door L 2018 Toyota Yaris Hatchback 3-Door L Search New $15,635   106-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  30 / 36  
3-Door L 2018 Toyota Yaris Hatchback 3-Door L Search New $16,385   106-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  4-spd auto  30 / 35  
5-Door L 2018 Toyota Yaris Hatchback 5-Door L Search New $16,760   106-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  4-spd auto  30 / 35  
3-Door LE 2018 Toyota Yaris Hatchback 3-Door LE Search New $17,285   106-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  4-spd auto  30 / 35  
5-Door LE 2018 Toyota Yaris Hatchback 5-Door LE Search New $17,660   106-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  4-spd auto  30 / 35  
5-Door SE 2018 Toyota Yaris Hatchback 5-Door SE Search New $18,260   106-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  30 / 36  
5-Door SE 2018 Toyota Yaris Hatchback 5-Door SE Search New $19,060   106-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  4-spd auto  30 / 35  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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Appreciation for the Yaris depends on the body style, but both tend to be slow as well as loud. The Yaris iA sedan can be pleasant and even fun to drive.

The Yaris hatchbacks are harder to like. Continued use of a 4-speed automatic, in this era of 6- and 8-speed units, inevitably restricts performance. Undeniably, the hatchback serves as a best-forgotten reminder of the old econobox era, when frugality handily outranked performance.

Both versions deserve credit for keeping a manual transmission available, even though most buyers prefer automatics. With the Yaris iA sedan, the manual gearbox is almost a necessity, to extract every last bit of horsepower from the overmatched engine. The manual is even more essential for the Yaris hatchbacks, compared to the widely spaced gear ratios in its outmoded 4-speed automatic.

At least, the iA compensates for its shortage of power with precise, well-weighted steering and generally satisfying suspension. Ride comfort and handling qualities are reasonably good.

The Yaris hatchback has its merits, too. Relatively soft springs help keep it steady when rolling over bumps and traversing harsher pavement. Handling from the Yaris SE hatchback benefits a bit from a stiffer suspension, but it isn’t sporty.

Fuel economy, as expected, is a plus. With automatic, the Yaris iA sedan is EPA-rated at 32/40 mpg City/Highway, or 35 mpg Combined. Manual shift drops the estimate to 30/39/34 mpg. Hatchbacks are EPA-rated at 30/35 mpg City/Highway, or 32 mpg Combined, with the 4-speed automatic. With 5-speed manual, the hatchback is just a tad thriftier, EPA-rated at 30/36/33 mpg.

Walk Around

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Revisions to the hatchback body for 2018 may be comparatively minor, but every step helps in improving appearance. Several hatchback design details appear to be borrowed from Toyota’s Prius, including the pointed front bumper. Hatchback bodies are rather slab-sided, though the five-door comes across as more appealing.

Toyota hasn’t tried hard to conceal the iA sedan’s inception as a Mazda model. Overall, the iA conveys a tidy look, but with few distinguishing details. Except for the front end, little evidence of corporate Toyota influence can be seen.

Interior Overview

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Front occupants in either version of the Yaris won’t face a shortage of space for adult legs or heads. Not much difference is evident between body styles, except for wide frames and supportive cushions in the hatchback. Tall drivers might have a hard time achieving a comfortable position in the hatchback, because seats don’t adjust much.

Unfortunately, those two are the only passengers who can expect comfort. Although the hatchback’s wheelbase is comparable to that of Honda’s Fit, the latter provides 6 more inches of rear-seat legroom. Seats in the Yaris SE are a bit more sporty.

The Yaris iA is only slightly better in back-seat space, though a tad more ergonomic in design.

Split-folding rear seats fold forward to increase cargo space, but the hatchback’s load floor isn’t totally flat. With seatbacks upright, the hatchback provides 15.6 cubic feet of cargo volume (15.3 in the three-door). For its class, those are respectable figures. The iA sedan’s trunk holds 13.5 cubic feet.

Neither Yaris version is particularly quiet, though acoustic windows in upper trim levels can stifle some engine thrumming.

Cabins of each Yaris are rather plain and ordinary. Both include touchscreens (6.1 inches in hatchback, 7.0-inch for iA sedan). However, neither Yaris includes Apple CarPlay or Android Auto connectivity.

Summary

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Plenty of smaller cars are available to budget-stretching buyers, promising dependable transportation and reasonably well-equipped. The Yaris hatchback feels built with economy uppermost in mind, and is hard to recommend with either transmission. The Yaris iA sedan promises greater value, along with a higher level of driving delight.

Driving impressions by The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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Toyota Yaris 3-Door L hatch comes with a 5-speed manual ($15,635) or 4-speed automatic transmission ($16,385), cloth seats, 15-inch steel wheels, tilt steering wheel, 6.1-inch touchscreen, daytime running lights, and 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $895 destination charge.)

Yaris 5-Door L ($16,760) comes only with automatic.

Yaris 3-Door LE ($17,285) and 5-Door LE ($17,660) come with 4-speed automatic, plus 15-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and keyless entry.

Yaris 5-Door SE ($18,260) includes 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, black mesh grille, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Scout navigation app, and all-disc brakes. Manual gearbox is standard, automatic is available ($19,060).

Yaris iA sedan or automatic comes with 6-speed manual ($15,950) or 6-speed automatic transmission ($17,050), 16-inch alloy wheels, rearview camera, remote keyless entry, pushbutton start, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth, and 7.0-inch touchscreen.

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