Toyota Yaris iA

#4 in Subcompact Cars Overall Score: 8.3 / 10
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2017 Toyota Yaris iA Overview

The 2017 Toyota Yaris iA ranks 4 out of 16 Subcompact Cars.

The Toyota Yaris iA has pleasant handling, a suave interior, ample standard features, and superb safety ratings.











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Pros & Cons

  • Great fuel economy
  • Upscale interior
  • Lots of standard features
  • Sluggish acceleration

Notable for 2017

  • Previously known as Scion iA

Toyota Yaris iA Rankings and Research

The 2017 Toyota Yaris iA ranking is based on its score within the Subcompact Cars category. Currently the Toyota Yaris iA has a score of 8.3 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 22 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.


Overall: 8.3
Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.9
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 4_0


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2017 Toyota Yaris iA Review

By Zach Doell June 22, 2017

The Toyota Yaris iA has pleasant handling, a suave interior, ample standard features, and superb safety ratings.

Is the Toyota Yaris iA a Good Car?

The 2017 Toyota Yaris iA sedan is a great subcompact car, and it’s a prime example of when small-in-size doesn’t translate to small-in-value – or small-in-fun. The Yaris iA comes loaded with standard features, including a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, and even a low-speed forward collision warning system. The iA is very agreeable to drive, thanks to its athletic handling and comfy ride.

Part of that athletic ability has to do with the iA’s origins. While it may wear a Toyota badge, beneath the skin the Yaris iA is actually a Mazda2. That relationship pays more dividends as well. The iA’s cabin looks and feels very upscale, and its frugal 1.5-liter engine returns excellent fuel economy. Factor in the Yaris’ solid crash test safety scores and above-average reliability, and you’ve got the recipe for a great, affordable car.

Should I Buy the Toyota Yaris iA?

For sure, the Yaris iA’s mix of value and refinement make it an excellent pick in this class. That said, it’s not the only good option. If you’re looking to haul around a lot of gear, you’ll want to check out the Honda Fit and Kia Rio hatchbacks. Both are similarly priced and offer a sizable amount of cargo room that the sedan-only iA can’t match. Further, if you’re looking for a bit more muscle, give the Chevrolet Sonic a spin. Otherwise, there’s a lot to love about the iA.

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We Did the Research for You: 22 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We’ve researched 22 data points to help you make the best buying decision possible. This data includes reliability scores, crash test results, expert reviews, and EPA fuel economy estimates.

The Toyota Yaris iA was previously known as the Scion iA, which debuted for 2016. Toyota changed the name for the 2017 model year following the discontinuation of the Scion brand. No other changes have been made for 2017. As a result, this overview uses applicable research from the 2016 and 2017 model years.

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How Much Does the Toyota Yaris iA Cost?

The 2017 Toyota Yaris iA costs $15,950, and it’s available in one trim level. By comparison, the Chevrolet Sonic and Honda Fit offer similar starting prices of $15,145 and $16,090, respectively. Lower-priced rivals in this class include the Ford Fiesta ($13,660) and Kia Rio ($14,165). For information about the Yaris iA’s features, check out the “Which Toyota Yaris iA Model Is Right for Me?” section below.

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Toyota Yaris iA Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota Yaris iA or Honda Fit?

When it comes to the subcompact car class, the Honda Fit is top dog thanks to its superb practicality. The Fit boasts a huge cargo space with flexible storage options. You can flip its rear seats up to haul taller items – like a flat-screen TV or your aunt’s ficus tree – or you can fold them flat for SUV-like storage room. And when you’re not moving stuff, the Fit’s rear seats offer great passenger space. Like the Yaris iA, the Fit scores well in crash test safety and fuel economy.

Though the iA can’t beat the fit on practicality, it can on price. You’ll have to spring for one of the Fit’s higher (and pricier) trim levels if you want a touch screen, and going for the optional navigation system puts its price tag north of $20,000. By comparison, the iA is less expensive to start, and its navigation costs just $399. All in all, if you’re planning to haul lots of stuff, the Fit is the best option. But if you desire lots of gadgets for a not-so-steep price, the Toyota Yaris iA is truly a bargain.

Which Is Better: Toyota Yaris iA or Chevrolet Sonic?

The Chevrolet Sonic and Yaris iA have a similar appeal: they’re both fun-to-drive small cars that deliver heavily on features. Step into the Sonic and you’ll find a crisp cabin with a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both score well for safety, too.

The differences become known when you press the gas pedal. The Sonic feels peppier, especially with its optional turbocharged engine. It’s also a bit more practical, as it’s available in both sedan and hatchback styles. All things considered, the Yaris iA is a very good car, but the versatile, well-equipped, zippy Sonic is the better pick.

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Yaris iA Interior

How Many People Does the Yaris iA Seat?

The Toyota Yaris iA sedan seats five and comes equipped with cloth upholstery as standard. Neither leather nor additional fabric colors are available. The iA’s front seats are comfortable and offer rather impressive lateral support, thanks to large side bolsters. Most average-sized drivers will find ample space and a good seating position; however, taller drivers may not be so comfy. Oddly, the iA doesn’t come standard with a center armrest, though one is available as an option.

Generous rear-seat space is not a tenet of the subcompact car class, and the Yaris iA doesn’t buck that trend. Smaller adults and children will find sufficient head- and legroom in the rear, but larger adults will not. For a truly spacious back seat in this class, you can’t beat the Honda Fit.

Yaris iA and Car Seats

The Toyota Yaris iA’s LATCH car-seat system includes two sets of lower anchors and three sets of upper tether anchors. This equipment is suitable for fitting two car seats. Getting to some of the lower anchors can be tough due to their position deep within the seat cushions.

Yaris iA Interior Quality

The Yaris iA may sport a low price tag, but there’s nothing low-budget about its interior; it feels downright upscale. The dashboard’s clean design is a lesson in simplicity. All of its control knobs and buttons are well-arranged and within easy reach of the driver. The 7-inch touch screen is parked at an ideal height on the dash, and you’ll find soft-touch materials in most directions. The cabin is also pretty quiet when cruising around; only minimal road and wind noise makes its way through.

Yaris iA Cargo Space

The 2017 Yaris iA sedan offers 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space, which is on par with a number of other subcompact sedans. That’s enough room to pile in a large haul of shopping bags, and the iA’s rear seats fold flat if you need to make space for the occasional large item.

However, if you plan to regularly haul a lot of stuff, you’ll want to go with one of the segment’s hatchbacks instead. For instance, the Honda Fit and Kia Rio 5-Door can pack away 52.7 and 49.8 cubic feet of cargo, respectively, with their rear seats folded.

Yaris iA Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

If convenience features are what you’re after, you’re going to love the Yaris iA’s standard tech. All models pack a 7-inch touch screen, voice recognition, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, six speakers, two USB ports, and support for internet radio apps like Aha, Pandora, and Stitcher. Satellite navigation is a $399 option.

Given the iA’s Mazda origins, it’s no surprise that the touch screen is a Mazda unit. That’s a good thing. Its graphics are crisp and its simple menu structure makes it very easy to use. And if you don’t want to reach for that screen all the time, you’re in luck: The infotainment system also has a redundant control knob on the center console for quick access.

If you’re looking for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, you won’t find either. The Chevrolet Sonic and Ford Fiesta are two of the few cars in this class that support these systems.

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Yaris iA Performance

Yaris iA Engine: Just Enough

The 2017 Toyota Yaris iA comes outfitted with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 106 horsepower – not a lot. The iA is peppy enough when driving around town, but it feels rather sluggish when getting up to highway speeds. Overtaking a slower car may take some careful planning and a firm right foot.

The good news is that the iA’s transmission choices are excellent and make the best use of its limited power. A standard six-speed manual earns good marks for its rewarding, smooth action. An available six-speed automatic shifts cleanly and comes with a Sport button, which adjusts the transmission’s shift points for better acceleration. Front-wheel drive is standard.

Yaris iA Gas Mileage: Painless at the Pump

The Toyota Yaris iA makes up for its ho-hum acceleration with great fuel economy. Models with the automatic transmission can return up to 32 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Stick with the manual, and you can expect 30 mpg in the city and 39 on the highway. That’s right up there with the Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta, which deliver 33/40 mpg city/highway and 31/41 mpg city/highway, respectively. The iA tops rivals like the Chevrolet Sonic (28/38 mpg) and Kia Rio (27/36 mpg).

Yaris iA Ride and Handling: Frugality Meets Fun

The Toyota Yaris iA certainly isn’t a sport sedan, but it is one of the more fun-to-drive cars in its class. The iA feels light and maneuverable, and its body responds quickly to steering changes. It also supplies a rather comfortable, soft ride. The same can’t be said of many of its subcompact car rivals, which often feel jittery across broken pavement.

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Yaris iA Reliability

Is the Toyota Yaris iA Reliable?

The 2017 Toyota Yaris iA scores four out of five circles in reliability from J.D. Power and Associates. This rating means it is one of the most reliable cars on the road, beating out rivals like the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic and Kia Rio

Toyota Yaris iA Warranty

The 2017 Toyota Yaris iA is covered by a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. This warranty length is about average for the segment. Outliers include the Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent, which offer long 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranties.

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Yaris iA Safety

Yaris iA Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Yaris iA an impressive five out of five stars for its overall, front, and side impact safety. The iA earns four stars in rollover crash testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety names the Yaris iA a 2017 Top Safety Pick and gives it a Good rating (the highest score possible) in all five crash tests.

Other safe bets in this class include the Honda Fit and Chevrolet Sonic, which score the same as the iA in NHTSA crash testing.

Yaris iA Safety Features

The subcompact car class isn’t known for its advanced safety features, but the Yaris iA is certainly one of the better-equipped options. All iA models feature a rearview camera and a low-speed forward collision warning system with brake assist. This system operates at speeds of 18 mph or below and can alert the driver if a front-end collision looks likely. If the driver fails to step on the brakes, the system can automatically apply them.

The forward collision warning system will definitely come in handy if you live in a city or often find yourself in stop-and-go traffic. That said, it’s not the best option in this class. The Yaris iA’s siblings – the Toyota Yaris hatchback and Toyota Prius c – have more robust systems that operate at higher speeds.

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Which Toyota Yaris iA Model Is Right for Me?

That’s a pretty easy choice, as Toyota offers the Yaris iA in one trim level. The only options pertain to exterior color, a few accessory pieces, a six-speed automatic transmission (an extra $1,100), and a dealer-installed satellite navigation system ($399).

Toyota Yaris iA

The Toyota Yaris iA costs $15,950 and comes equipped with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual transmission, and front-wheel drive. Standard features include low-speed forward collision warning with brake assist, a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, voice recognition, a rearview camera, AM/FM radio, six speakers, two USB ports, air conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry, power doors and windows, power-adjustable side mirrors, cloth upholstery, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, a four-way adjustable front passenger seat, and 60/40 split folding rear seats.

Who Makes the Toyota Yaris iA?

The Toyota Yaris iA is built by Mazda at its assembly plant in Salamanca, Mexico.

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The Final Call

The 2017 Toyota Yaris iA ticks nearly every box on the small car shopping list. It’s affordable, well-equipped, comfortable, fun to drive, safe, and reliable. Still, there are more practical hatchbacks in this class, like the Honda Fit and Chevrolet Sonic. Even so, there’s a lot to love about the pleasant iA.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "It's pretty easy to find a subcompact sedan that's affordable and fuel-efficient. But what if you want one that's also packed with features and surprisingly engaging to drive? The new 2017 Toyota Yaris iA could be an ideal car for you." -- Edmunds
  • "If you don't mind a subcompact car's size and limited power, the 2017 Toyota Yaris iA sedan makes a great choice. Its feature-rich standard-equipment list, excellent fuel economy, upscale interior, big trunk, standard pre-collision warning system and sub-$17,000 price tag make it a no-brainer." -- Kelley Blue Book

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