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    2019 Honda Fit

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    2018 Kia Rio

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    2018 Toyota Yaris iA

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2018 Toyota Yaris iA Review

With superb safety scores, agile handling, a near-perfect predicted reliability rating, and a feature-filled cabin, the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA earns a spot near the top of our subcompact car rankings.

Pros & Cons

 

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

 

  • Poor acceleration

Is the Toyota Yaris iA a Good Car?

Yes, the Toyota Yaris iA is a good subcompact car. It has athletic handling, a comfortable ride, and excellent fuel economy. It also comes standard with desirable features like a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, and a low-speed forward collision warning system. Its interior is more sophisticated than you’d expect for a vehicle at this price point. Its good value and quality made the Yaris a finalist for our 2018 Best Subcompact Car for the Money award.

Should I Buy the Toyota Yaris iA?

The Yaris iA should be on your short list for this class. Its generous standard features list, solid handling, excellent safety scores, and great gas mileage estimates make it a well-rounded vehicle. Its affordable price is just icing on the cake. Still, its engine is a little sluggish, and larger adults will feel cramped in the tight rear seat. Alternatives include the Ford Fiesta, which offers quicker acceleration, and the Honda Fit, which has more space for adults in the back row.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Toyota Yaris iA?

This model was launched under the now-defunct Scion brand as the 2016 Scion iA. For 2017, the car was renamed the Toyota Yaris iA. Otherwise, there have been no major changes since its debut. If you’re fine with Scion branding, you may want to consider shopping for a virtually identical 2016 iA to save some money.

If you find that a used model is the right fit for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 28 Reviews Analyzed

Instead of basing our reviews on our personal opinions, we analyze the findings of the automotive press alongside data like reliability ratings and safety scores to help you pick the right new car for you. This 2018 Toyota Yaris iA review includes relevant research from the 2016 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Toyota Yaris iA Cost?

The 2018 Toyota Yaris iA starts at $15,950, which is a reasonable price for the class. The Honda Fit ($16,190) and Chevrolet Sonic ($15,295) sit near the top of the class and have similar prices. Lower-priced alternatives include the Ford Fiesta and Kia Rio, which start at $14,205 and $13,900, respectively. The Yaris iA only comes in one trim level. The optional automatic transmission adds $1,100 to the price tag.

For an in-depth look at the features list, see 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?

If you're looking for a subcompact car that will comfortably carry four adults, the Honda Fit might be the right vehicle for you. The Fit also provides more cargo space than the Yaris iA, thanks to its hatchback body style. You’ll get more standard features with the Toyota than the Honda, including voice recognition and a 7-inch touch screen. However, the Fit offers features that you can't get in the Yaris iA, such as a moonroof, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The Fit is a better car if you're willing to choose one of the upper trims or live without as many standard features, but the Yaris iA is still a great value.

Which Is Better: Toyota Yaris iA or Ford Fiesta?

The Ford Fiesta is another top performer in the subcompact car class. While the Yaris iA only has one lackluster engine available, the Fiesta offers a more powerful option as well. The Fiesta’s base four-cylinder also delivers better acceleration from a stop. If you stick with a Fiesta sedan model, you'll get less cargo space than in the iA. However, for $300 more, you can get a hatchback Fiesta with more cargo space. By choosing the Yaris iA, you'll get a vehicle with more standard features than the Fiesta – but at a price. It will cost you an extra $1,745. The Fiesta is the better option if don’t mind its limited standard features list – and would like to keep a little extra money in your pockets.

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Yaris iA Interior

How Many People Does the Yaris iA Seat?

The Toyota Yaris iA seats five people on cloth seats. The manually adjustable front seats should be comfortable for most people, though it might take some time for taller drivers to find a relaxed seating position because the tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel has a short extension point. The rear seats are best left for kids or smaller adults.

Yaris iA and Car Seats

The 2018 Yaris iA has two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the outer second-row seats. The middle seat has an upper tether. The upper tethers are easy to operate, but it can be challenging to use the lower anchors since they're set deep in the seats.

Yaris iA Interior Quality

The Yaris iA’s interior quality doesn't match its affordable price tag. The attractively styled cabin is made up of soft-touch materials and logically arranged controls, but the lack of a center armrest might be a turn off for some drivers.

Yaris iA Cargo Space

There is 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space in the Yaris iA sedan, which is average for the class. Getting items in and out of the trunk should be quick and easy thanks to a low liftover height. There’s plenty of room for a weekly grocery trip; roughly 10 grocery bags fit in the trunk. The back seats also fold down for additional cargo space. However, you won’t find a lot of small-item storage space. If you’re looking for a little more room, the Honda Fit is a great alternative. Its hatchback design adds an extra 3.1 cubic feet of trunk room.

Yaris iA Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Yaris iA has a good amount of technology in its cabin. All models come with hands-free Bluetooth, a rearview camera, voice recognition, two USB ports, HD Radio, and an easy-to-operate 7-inch touch screen with crisp graphics. Physical knobs for the stereo and climate control system are within arm's reach.

The Yaris iA doesn’t come with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Both features are available in rivals like the Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic. For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Yaris iA Performance

Yaris iA Engine: Gets the Job Done

A 106-horsepower four-cylinder engine powers the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA. It’s adequate for your daily commute, but you’ll notice its lethargic acceleration during passing maneuvers – especially on the highway.

The six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions do a good job using the little power that the Yaris iA has. The Mazda-designed manual transmission provides quick and precise shifts. Although the manual creates a more connected drive, most buyers will prefer the just-as-capable automatic transmission. The automatic also comes with a Sport mode for enhanced acceleration.

Yaris iA Gas Mileage: Fuel-Sipping Subcompact

The Yaris iA makes up for its lackadaisical acceleration with exceptional fuel economy ratings. With the manual transmission, it gets 30 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. Fuel economy improves to 32 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway with the automatic transmission. With a rating of 33/40 mpg, the Honda Fit is one of the few cars in the class with better estimates than the Yaris iA.

Yaris iA Ride and Handling: Composed Yet Communicative

True to its Mazda roots, the Yaris iA has an athletic ride, with well-weighted steering and sharp handling that make it fun to drive. Despite the iA's sporty handling, passengers still enjoy a smooth, hushed ride.

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Yaris iA Reliability

Is the Toyota Yaris iA Reliable?

The 2018 Yaris iA has one of the highest J.D. Power predicted reliability ratings in the class: 4.5 out of five.

Toyota Yaris iA Warranty

The 2018 Toyota Yaris iA comes with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. This is typical for the class, though the Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent offer lengthy 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranties.

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Yaris iA Safety

Yaris iA Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awards the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA the highest rating of Good in five crash safety tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Yaris iA a perfect five-star overall rating, with four stars in rollover tests and five stars in front and side crash tests.

Yaris iA Safety Features

The Yaris iA comes standard with more safety technology than many subcompact rivals. All iA models have a rearview camera and a low-speed forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking. This system operates at speeds of 18 mph or less, can sense objects in front of you, and automatically stops the car if it senses an imminent collision.

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Which Toyota Yaris iA Model Is Right for Me?

You don’t have many options when it comes to the Toyota Yaris iA. It comes in one trim level, with few available features. However, this Toyota is equipped with more standard features than the average subcompact car. You can add an automatic transmission for $1,100.

Toyota Yaris iA

The front-wheel-drive Yaris iA ($15,950) comes with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Standard features include a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, a four-way manually adjustable passenger seat, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, 16-inch alloy wheels, 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.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Toyota dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Toyota deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Toyota Yaris iA gives many subcompact cars a run for their money. It has more standard features than most competitors and it’s fun to drive. It also has excellent safety scores and an almost perfect predicted reliability rating. You won’t cringe at the gas pump thanks to its excellent fuel economy. Competitors like the Chevrolet Sonic and Ford Fiesta have stronger engines, but the Yaris iA is a definite contender.

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

  • “Returning to its small-car roots, Toyota borrows the global Mazda2 platform in a joint venture that results in the very sporty, very stylish and very economical 2018 Toyota Yaris iA subcompact sedan.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “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 (2017)
  • “The Yaris iA positively shames the other bargain-basement entries once you step inside, with a genuinely high-quality feel to the plastics and the cloth upholstery.” -- Car and Driver (2017)

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