The Toyota Yaris is one of the smallest and cheapest cars in Toyota's lineup, but it doesn't feel like anything else in a Toyota's car factory. This is mainly because it is based on the Mazda design rather than Toyota's, using Mazda 2's engine, technology and most of its interior and exterior design, which is no longer sold in the United States. It sounds like an identity crisis, but the end product is a delicate and interesting (if underpowered) compact at a relatively low price.
The only real change from last year's model is the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to Mazda's infotainment system. That's not a bad thing, because we're still a little shaken by the Yaris' standard features, impressive fuel economy, attractive interior and distinct drive. Cargo and interior space are limited, but if you want more utility, Toyota can offer the Yaris or Corolla hatchback. In a word, the 2020 Yaris is a pleasant urban express that should be a good choice for shoppers on a limited budget.
The Toyota Yaris is a sturdy sedan with excellent handling and chip removal, a nice interior and a usable trunk. This provides some comfort for performance, but it lacks some of the features offered by its competitors. This is an interesting city speedboat with high value.
The Toyota Yaris is your greatest choice among slow cars. Its main advantages are excellent entertainment and excellent transmission performance. During the dynamic driving, we also enjoy the reflexes and agility of steering. What the Yaris could not provide was linear velocity. Its 1.5-liter engine has just 106 horsepower, which keeps you on the gas pedal to reach highway speeds. We measured its top speed at 60mph in 10 seconds with a ticking sound. Even in economy class, it's slow.
Also, its low-grip tires are fun when you want to turn a corner, but they can't stop the Yaris as quickly as other tires.
Designing comfort in such a small vehicle is a daunting task, and the Yaris is no exception. The seats provide above-average lateral support to keep you stable when you turn, but they lack waist support during your daily commute. Ride comfort takes a back seat to handle, which means you'll feel more bumps and road textures than you'd expect.
We found the single-zone climate control system easy to use and, despite the lack of rear vents, quite effective at keeping the cabin cool. It has a constant stream of noise, including wind and road noise.But there is no vibration or creaking, which is admirable for an economy car.
Simplicity has its benefits. Yaris follows this philosophy and all controls are easy to learn and use. The driver's seat is well adjustable and can accommodate all sizes, although don't expect anyone over 6 feet tall to sit in the back. Like other vehicles in its class, space is at a premium, and the Yaris's cabin doesn't have much. Nor did Yaris try to make space feel bigger than it really is.
Getting in and out of the front row is usually easy, but the rear seats require a degree of curvature that most people don't want to deal with every day. In the Yaris, visibility is no better or worse than other vehicles in its class, which means there are no major problems.
Value and ownership
The small subcompact category continues to gain more and more competitiveness, which is a good choice for shoppers looking for high value purchases. The Yaris feels good at this price because of its rugged manufacturing quality and relatively upscale appearance, even if it lacks some of the features offered by competitors.
The ownership includes two years or 25,000 miles of free maintenance (oil and filter replacements, tire rotations, multi-point inspections, rehydration) at factory recommended intervals.No one is offering this. You can also get 24/7 roadside assistance (battery runout, emergency fuel delivery, tire service, etc.) for a period of two years, although most competitors offer five years.