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Rankings & Research

The 2018 Toyota Yaris ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Subcompact Cars category. Currently the Toyota Yaris has a score of 8.0 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 44 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

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Overall

Scorecard

Overall: 8.0
Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 6.4
Interior: 6.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 8.7
Reliability:
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2018 Toyota Yaris Review

The 2018 Toyota Yaris hatchback has more standard tech features and driver aids than most rivals, but its tight cabin, unrefined transmissions, and sluggish acceleration relegate it to the bottom half of our subcompact car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Stellar predicted reliability rating
  • Straightforward infotainment controls
  • Lots of safety features
  • Some cheap cabin materials
  • Cramped cabin
  • Slow acceleration

Is the 2018 Toyota Yaris a Good Used Car?

Despite its ranking, the 2018 Toyota Yaris is an OK subcompact car. It’s not particularly engaging to drive, but it's a decent car for city dwellers and those seeking an easy-to-drive small car. We review the Toyota Yaris iA sedan separately.

The 2018 Yaris has many strengths:

  • Above-average cargo room
  • Lot of standard tech and safety features
  • Highly maneuverable in small areas
  • Great predicted reliability rating

Some of this vehicle’s drawbacks include:

  • Leisurely acceleration
  • Outdated transmission options
  • Cramped cabin
  • Lack of a telescopic steering wheel can make it hard to find a comfortable driving position
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Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive Toyota Yaris review. It combines concrete data (like predicted reliability ratings, crash test results, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 44 automotive sources.

We’ve been reviewing cars since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive experience. We also award the Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands on an annual basis. To ensure our impartiality, a third party handles our advertising, and we don't accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Is the 2018 Toyota Yaris?

Based on listings for the 2018 Toyota Yaris on our site, its average price is $13,900. That’s well 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 Cost to Own?

The 2018 Yaris’ five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $21,550 or $4,310 per year. That’s slightly below average for the subcompact car class.  

Is It Better to Buy a Used or Yaris?

Toyota discontinued the Yaris hatchback body type for the 2019 model year. Known as the Yaris iA for 2018-and-older models, the sedan version dropped the iA suffix for 2019 and became the only available version of the car. Otherwise, the 2019 Yaris is largely unchanged. Outside of a new car warranty, there’s little reason to buy a new Yaris over a 2018 model.

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Toyota redesigned the Yaris hatchback for the 2012 model year. Many shoppers will want to stick with 2017-or-newer models. For 2017, Toyota made a suite of safety features standard, including lane departure warning, brake assist, and forward collision warning. For 2018, Toyota refreshed the Yaris' interior and exterior styling. If the new aesthetics aren't important to you, consider a 2017 model. It’s very similar, and it should be less expensive.

Shoppers interested in a used sedan version should look to the Yaris iA, which debuted for the 2016 model year.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Yaris?

The 2018 Yaris has a great predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Toyota Yaris Recalls

As of this writing, there are no recalls for the 2018 Toyota Yaris.

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Which Used Toyota Yaris Trim Is Right for Me?

Toyota offers the Yaris hatchback in three trim levels: L, LE, and SE. The L and LE trims are available in two- or four-door variants, while the top-of-the-line SE comes only as a four-door. If you’re interested in the four-door sedan body type, check out our review of the 2018 Yaris iA.

All three trims have a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The L and SE can be had with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission, and the LE comes with the automatic transmission only.

  • Toyota Yaris L: The entry-level Toyota Yaris L comes with the Entune infotainment system, a 6.1-inch touch screen, , a USB port, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, a six-speaker stereo, a rearview camera, and the Toyota Safety Sense suite of safety features, which includes a pre-collision warning and braking system, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams. Power windows and door locks are standard too, which isn’t always the case with subcompacts.
  • Toyota Yaris LE: The Yaris LE adds cruise control, remote keyless entry, and alloy wheels.
  • Toyota Yaris SE: SE models add a sport-tuned suspension, a larger 7-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, sport fabric-trimmed seats, and distinctive styling elements.

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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’s 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 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.

According to our analysis, Toyota has a fairly standard CPO program among nonluxury car manufacturers. It’s more robust than Nissan but less so than Mazda.

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How Safe Is the Yaris?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Yaris the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver’s side small overlap front test.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not test the three-door model, but the four-door earned four out of five stars in frontal crash and rollover tests.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • automatic high beams
  • lane departure warning
  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking

Available advanced safety features:

  • none

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2018 Toyota Yaris Versus the Competition

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

The 2018 Honda Fit is a great subcompact car. It has lively handling and an upscale cabin for the class, as well as plenty of room for passengers and cargo. The Fit is pretty fuel-efficient too, and it has more available tech and comfort features, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and leather seats. On the other hand, the Toyota has more standard safety features and a higher predicted reliability rating. It’s more affordable too. On average, the Toyota will cost you around $3,900 less than the Honda. Both are good vehicles, but if it’s within your budget, the Honda is a better pick. 

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota Yaris or 2018 Nissan Versa?

The 2018 Nissan Versa is one of the most affordable vehicles in its class. On average, it's around $1,700 less than the Yaris. In other respects, however, the Yaris hatchback has the edge. It has more safety features, nicer cabin materials, and a larger trunk than the Versa sedan. The Toyota also has a much better predicted reliability rating. It’s the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota Yaris or 2018 Toyota Corolla?

The 2018 Toyota Corolla is a compact sedan, and it has much more passenger room than its smaller sibling. These Toyota models are similar in many ways, offering decent mpg estimates, sluggish acceleration, and a suite of standard safety features. Both have a great predicted reliability rating too. The Corolla has a stronger engine, though it’s not particularly peppy by class standards. On the other hand, the Yaris has more cargo room. On average, the Yaris costs around $1,300 less to buy. Choosing between these two is a matter of preference.

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2018 Yaris Performance

How Does the 2018 Yaris Drive?

The engine is well-suited for driving around town, though acceleration comes slowly, and passing and merging on the highway requires patience. Both the manual and automatic transmission options are unrefined and have fewer gears than rivals'.

This vehicle’s maneuverability and small size make it well-suited for city driving. The SE trim adds a sport-tuned suspension that slightly improves handling and sharpens steering, though it’s still not as nimble as rivals. The Yaris rides smoothly over most roads.

  • Base engine: 106 horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard five-speed manual or four-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Yaris Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Yaris’ EPA-estimated fuel economy is fairly standard for the class.

  • With manual: 30/36 mpg city/highway
  • With automatic: 30/35 mpg

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2018 Yaris Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Yaris Seat?

This hatchback seats five people in two rows. The rear seats are cramped, and even the front quarters feel a bit tight with both seats occupied due to the narrowness of the cabin. The lack of a telescoping steering wheel can make it difficult to find a comfortable driving position. Some critics commented that soft-touch surfaces and light accents help the cabin feel upscale, but others found interior quality to be drab compared to other subcompacts.  

Standard seating features:

  • cloth seats

Available seating features:

  • front sport seats
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Toyota Yaris?

This vehicle has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats, as well as a third tether anchor for the rear middle seat. The whole setup received the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

2018 Toyota Yaris Features

The Entune infotainment system is user-friendly and has plenty of physical controls, but neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto is available.

For more information, read What is Apple CarPlay? and What is Android Auto?

  • Standard infotainment features: the Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, Siri Eyes Free, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker stereo
  • Available infotainment features: navigation through Scout GPSLink, a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, and HD Radio
  • Other available features: remote keyless entry

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2018 Toyota Yaris Dimensions

Toyota Yaris Cargo Space

This Toyota has 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space in two-door models and 15.6 cubic feet in four-door models. Both figures are larger than what most subcompact sedans offer but smaller than what most hatchbacks provide, though the split-folding rear seats can expand that space.

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 Length and Weight
  • Length: 11 feet, 5 inches
  • Curb weight: 2,315 to 2,335 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Toyota Yaris Built?

Toyota built the 2018 Yaris in France.

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