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Overall

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Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 7.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 8.7
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2016 Toyota Yaris Review

The 2016 Toyota Yaris has great reliability and user-friendly features. However, it ranks near the back of its class due to its limited cargo space, awkward driving position, and underpowered engine.

Pros & Cons

  • Stylish interior
  • User-friendly controls
  • Roomy seating space
  • Weak passing power
  • Limited cargo room

2016 Toyota Yaris Overview

Is the 2016 Toyota Yaris a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Toyota Yaris is a decent option if you’re shopping for an inexpensive used car. The Yaris has a reputation for great reliability. It provides roomy seating space and has easy-to-use features, respectable fuel economy, and a rather pleasant ride. It’s not very brisk though, and it offers less cargo room than a number of top competitors. Ultimately, there are more compelling options in this class that venture beyond basic transportation, including the practical Honda Fit, the zippy Chevrolet Sonic, and the Yaris’ own corporate cousin – the refined Scion iA.

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How Much Is the 2016 Toyota Yaris?

You can expect to pay between $9,000 and $14,000 for a used 2016 Yaris. These figures are based on over 200 listings for the 2016 Toyota Yaris on our site. The average price is $11,200. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Toyota Yaris Cost to Own?

Over five years, you can expect to pay about $21,800 on gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance for a 2016 Yaris – or about $4,400 per year. This is about average for a subcompact car. In comparison, the 2016 Toyota Prius c has lower projected ownership costs of around $19,700. These lower costs mostly stem from fuel savings.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Yaris?

The 2018 Yaris starts at $15,635, making it Toyota’s least expensive new car. Still, it’s pricier than the average used 2016 model – by more than $4,000. You can surely save money by shopping used, especially if you want a base model. However, there is one major benefit to buying new. Beginning in 2017, Toyota began equipping all Yaris models with its Safety Sense C package. This means all 2017 and 2018 models will have forward collision warning and lane departure warning as standard. If these are must-haves, you’ll want to opt for a newer model.

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You may also want to consider the 2018 Chevrolet Spark hatchback, which starts at $13,050 – just a few thousand dollars more than the average 2016 Yaris. The Spark is a champ at maneuvering in tight city streets. Its petite engine offers great fuel economy, and it’s surprisingly well-equipped for its price.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Toyota Yaris?

The Yaris has great reliability, earning a score of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Toyota Yaris Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2016 Yaris.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Yaris Is Best?

The current Toyota Yaris generation arrived for the 2012 model year, and there have been incremental changes over the years. The 2015 model received the first big update – a redesigned interior and exterior, a retuned suspension, and the addition of a touch-screen infotainment system. The next big update came in 2017, when Toyota added forward collision and lane departure warning as standard. Since there were no changes for 2016, you can find the same standard features in the 2015 Yaris for less money. However, the 2017 and 2018 models are better bets overall, thanks to their advanced safety features.

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Which Used Yaris Model Is Right for Me?

Toyota offers the 2016 Yaris hatchback in three-door and five-door body styles, as well as three trim levels: L, LE, and SE. The Toyota Yaris L trim has a 6.1-inch touch screen, a CD player, six speakers, a USB input, Bluetooth, power windows and door locks, and air conditioning. The Toyota Yaris LE trim adds remote keyless entry, cruise control, and alloy wheels. The Yaris SE trim (five-door only) adds a leather-trimmed steering wheel, fog lights, and a sport-tuned suspension. A navigation system is available (dealer-installed).

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Certified Pre-Owned Toyota Yaris Warranty

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 or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program. 

Toyota has one of the better certified pre-owned programs available, along with Chevrolet and Honda.

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How Safe Is the Yaris?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 Yaris a Marginal score – the second lowest – for its small overlap front crash testing, but a top score of Good in all other areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Yaris a perfect five-star rating for side impact safety, as well as four stars in overall, front, and rollover safety.

Regardless of the trim level, the 2016 Toyota Yaris offers no advanced safety features. By comparison, a number of competitors offer at least a rearview camera.

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2016 Toyota Yaris Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota Yaris or 2016 Honda Fit?

The 2016 Honda Fit outclasses the Yaris. While both cars have welcoming interiors and pleasant handling, the Fit goes the extra mile with superior fuel economy (up to 33/40 mpg city/highway), far roomier seating and cargo space, and higher crash test ratings. The Fit also has extra convenience features that the Yaris lacks, like heated seats and a rearview camera. The Honda’s transmission choices are more refined, including a six-speed manual and a CVT automatic. We named the Honda Fit our 2016 Best Subcompact Car and Best Hatchback for the Money.

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota Yaris or 2016 Ford Fiesta?

The Ford Fiesta is available as a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. The Fiesta offers sharp handling and peppy engine performance, but it’s not a great buy. This Ford has cramped rear seats and the lowest reliability rating in its class. Stick with the Toyota.

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2016 Yaris Performance

How Does the 2016 Toyota Yaris Drive?

The 2016 Yaris has a 106-horsepower four-cylinder engine. A five-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; a four-speed automatic transmission is available. The engine provides adequate pep around town, allowing the Yaris to keep pace with traffic. However, it feels out of breath at highway speeds and offers minimal passing power. The four-speed automatic is partly to blame; it must up- and downshift frequently between third and fourth gear to keep the Yaris at speed. The five-speed manual makes better use of this limited power.

The Yaris gets somewhat of a reprieve, thanks to its pleasant driving dynamics. The car remains stable around turns, and its suspension soaks up most road bumps and dips nicely. The steering is rather responsive as well, and a tight turning radius makes the Yaris a breeze to park. The Yaris SE has a stiffer sport-tuned suspension, but it doesn’t feel noticeably sportier than other trims.

Does the 2016 Toyota Yaris Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Yaris gets an EPA-rated 30 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway when equipped with its manual transmission, which is about average for a subcompact car. The four-speed automatic drops fuel economy by 1 mpg, to 30/35 mpg city/highway.

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2016 Yaris Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Yaris Seat?

The Toyota Yaris seats five. The front seats are roomy, fairly supportive, and provide great forward visibility. That said, they are minimally padded, which reduces long-haul comfort. The steering wheel doesn’t telescope, which can make the driving position awkward for taller adults. On the plus side, the rear seats offer generous head- and legroom, which isn’t always the case in this class. Average-size adults should find these seats reasonably comfortable.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Toyota Yaris?

The Yaris has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats.

2016 Toyota Yaris Features

All models come standard with a 6.1-inch touch screen, a CD player, Bluetooth, and a USB input. Available features include keyless entry and a navigation system. The Yaris’ audio and climate controls are about as simple as you’ll find in any modern car. Three knobs control all of the heating and air conditioning functions. The audio buttons are arranged conveniently on both sides of the touch screen, which is also very user-friendly. Overall, the cabin has an upscale appearance and crisp styling. A number of interior plastics feel soft to the touch, though just as many are rather hard and cheap.

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2016 Toyota Yaris Dimensions

Toyota Yaris Cargo Space

The Yaris has 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its 60/40-split-folding rear seats for three-door models, and 15.6 cubic feet of cargo space for five-door models. These figures are about average for a subcompact car.

2016 Yaris Length and Weight

The 2016 Yaris is 12.9 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 2,315 to 2,335 pounds, depending on the trim.

Where Was the 2016 Toyota Yaris Built?

The 2016 Yaris was built in Onnaing, France, at Toyota Motor Manufacturing France.

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