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2018 Toyota Yaris iA Review

The 2018 Toyota Yaris iA ranks near the top of the subcompact car class. It has a good predicted reliability rating, one of the nicest cabins in the segment, and an impressive standard features list.

Pros & Cons

  • Ample standard features
  • Outstanding fuel economy
  • High-quality interior
  • Poor acceleration

Rankings & Awards

The 2018 Toyota Yaris iA's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Subcompact Cars category. It was a finalist for our 2018 Best Subcompact Car for the Money award. Currently the Toyota Yaris iA has a score of 8.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 24 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.8
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2018 Toyota Yaris iA Overview

Is the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2018 Yaris iA is a good used subcompact car. It’s an excellent value for shoppers seeking a reliable, affordable, and well-equipped vehicle.

The 2018 Yaris iA has several strengths:

  • Lots of standard features
  • Attractive cabin
  • Intuitive infotainment and climate controls
  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • Low average list price for the class
  • Quick-shifting transmissions
  • Great gas mileage

It also has a few weaknesses:

  • Cramped rear seats
  • Weak acceleration
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Toyota Yaris iA review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 28 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety ratings, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA?

Based on listings for the 2018 Yaris and Yaris iA on our site, the average price is $13,900, which is below average for the class. Prices range from $12,200 to $17,600 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA Cost to Own?

The 2018 Toyota Yaris’ five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $19,700, or $3,940 per year. That’s below average for a subcompact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Yaris iA?

Toyota dropped iA from the Yaris name for 2019. The new 2019 Toyota Yaris (starting MSRP: $15,600) comes in three trims, up from one in 2018 models, and is available with several features that were previously unavailable, including fog lights, synthetic leather upholstery, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and automatic climate control. A used 2018 Yaris iA will likely cost less, but give the new Yaris a try first.

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The Yaris has gone through several name changes. It launched for 2016 as the Scion iA, was renamed the Toyota Yaris iA for 2017 when the Scion brand was scuttled, and was renamed again for 2019 as the Toyota Yaris sedan. There are few differences between the 2016 through 2018 models, which are available in only one trim.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA?

The 2018 Yaris iA has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Toyota Yaris iA Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA.

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Which Used Toyota Yaris iA Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Toyota Yaris iA is available in one well-equipped trim. The Yaris iA comes with push-button start, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touch screen, HD Radio, voice recognition, a rearview camera, and a low-speed forward collision warning system with brake assist.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Hyundai and Kia both have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Yaris iA?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2018 Yaris iA the top rating of Good in five crash tests. It received the second-highest rating of Advanced for its front crash prevention system, and its headlights received the lowest rating of Poor for how well they illuminate the road ahead.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Yaris iA an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. It received five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover evaluation.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • low-speed forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking

Available advanced safety features

  • none

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2018 Toyota Yaris iA Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota Yaris iA or 2018 Honda Fit?

The 2018 Honda Fit is the ideal subcompact car for shoppers who need maximum space in a small package, and it’s one of the few subcompacts that can comfortably seat four adults. The Fit is a hatchback, so it also has much more cargo space than the Yaris iA. With its back seats folded, the Honda has 39.2 more cubic feet of room than the Toyota. Additionally, its "magic seats" allow you to configure the cargo area to accommodate long or awkwardly shaped items. You’ll get more standard features with the Toyota than the Honda, including voice recognition and a 7-inch touch screen. But the Fit comes with more available features, including a moonroof, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, none of which can be found in the Yaris iA. Both are good cars. Pick the one that best suits your needs.

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota Yaris iA or 2018 Ford Fiesta?

If the Yaris iA’s modest engine gives you pause, the 2018 Ford Fiesta may be a better option. Even the Fiesta’s base four-cylinder engine produces quick acceleration from a stop, and stronger turbocharged engines and a sport-tuned suspension are available. While the Fiesta is a top performer in the class, the Yaris iA comes with more standard features, including a touch screen and USB ports.

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2018 Yaris iA Performance

How Does the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA Drive?

The iA doesn’t have a lot of horses under the hood, but this light car doesn’t need them. There’s enough juice to move the Yaris iA around town and on the highway. Just don’t expect quick acceleration off the line, and the engine can feel sluggish when you’re at speed. Both transmissions work well, delivering swift, accurate shifts, and the automatic has a Sport mode that improves acceleration slightly. The Yaris iA has good handling, fairly communicative steering, and an overall comfortable ride.

  • Engine: 106-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard six-speed manual; available six-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the automatic transmission, the Yaris iA gets some of the best fuel economy estimates in the subcompact car class. The manual transmission also delivers good fuel economy.

  • With manual: 30/39 mpg city/highway
  • With automatic: 32/40 mpg

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2018 Yaris iA Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Yaris iA Seat?

The 2018 Yaris iA seats five people in two rows. The front seats are fairly comfortable and supportive, but adults should avoid the cramped back seats. The cabin looks surprisingly upscale, with soft-touch materials covering most surfaces.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat
  • four-way manually adjustable passenger seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

Available seating features

  • none
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA?

The 2018 Yaris iA has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. For ease of use, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-lowest rating of Marginal because the lower anchors are set deep in the seats.

2018 Toyota Yaris iA Features

The infotainment system is straightforward, and climate controls are logically arranged. Toyota placed a knob controller on the center console as an alternative to using the touch screen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available.

  • Standard infotainment features: two USB ports, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touch screen, HD Radio, and voice recognition
  • Other standard features: push-button start

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2018 Toyota Yaris iA Dimensions

Toyota Yaris iA Cargo Space

The Yaris iA has 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for the subcompact car class. The wide trunk opening makes it easy to load cargo.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Toyota Yaris iA Length and Weight
  • Length: 14 feet, 3 inches
  • Curb weight: 2,385 pounds to 2,416 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA Built?

Toyota built the 2018 Yaris iA in Mexico.


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