Available in two body styles, the 2018 Yaris Toyota hatchback is an ideal choice if you are looking for a reliable and easy-to-park vehicle at a very affordable price. But you have to make some sacrifices.
On its good side, the 2018 Toyota Yaris small form and standard rearview camera makes parallel parking very easy. It’s also one of the few models in its class that offer the latest sophisticated safety aids. All add to the Yaris safety score that already good. Also, the Yaris is a hatchback, so you can fit more stuff than you should get in the sedan.
Although functional, it is not very fun to drive. The absence of a telescopic steering wheel makes it difficult to find a comfortable driving position. The 106-horsepower engine and four-speed automatic transmission are far behind the competitors. And the standard touch screen is disappointing due to the lack of a comprehensive smartphone integration.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Toyota Yaris is a compact hatchback available in two body styles. The Yaris L and LE are offered with two or four doors, while the SE trim is offered only as a four-door.
Standard equipment for the 2018 Toyota Yaris L includes 15-inch steel wheels, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, power door locks and windows, automatic headlights and high-beam control, air-conditioning, a tilt-only steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, USB port and HD radio.
The Yaris LE adds 15-inch alloy wheels, remote locking and unlocking, power side mirrors, cruise control and enhanced interior trim.
The top-level Yaris SE gets you four-wheel disc brakes, 16-inch alloy wheels, special exterior styling elements, foglights, LED running lights, projector-beam headlights, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and a larger 7-inch touchscreen.
The 2018 Toyota Yaris is front-wheel-drive and powered by a 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine (106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque). There are two transmissions available: a four-speed automatic and a five-speed manual. The manual is standard on the four-door SE and the two-door L, while the four-speed automatic is optional. The automatic is the only transmission for the four-door L and LE models.
For performances, the 2018 Toyota Yaris with the five-speed manual accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 9.5 seconds, while an automatic-equipped took 10.7 seconds. EPA fuel economy estimates for the manual at 33 mpg combined (30 city/37 highway). The automatic drop to 32 mpg combined (30 city/36 highway). Solid numbers, but not class-leading.
The 2018 Toyota Yaris interior build quality and unattractive design is the main disadvantage. Passenger space and interior control is acceptable, and the cabin is roomy enough. The cabin is a less attractive place with plastic pieces seemingly everywhere. Most competitors offer a more premium look and feel for the same price.
The headroom in the rear seat is limited by a sloping hatchback roof, but the leg room is above average. Two adults would be quite comfortable sitting there. The driver’s seat is quite customizable even for tall driver, though it’s hard to be comfortable, especially for long driving.
Good front visibility thanks to expansive windshields and high front side windows. Unfortunately, great rear head restraints and sturdy rear pillars reduce rear view. Unlike most competitors, a rearview camera is not available.
The Yaris 15.6 cubic feet cargo space is not so great in the subcompact hatchback class. Most competitors offer more, even Ford Fiesta 2018 which has less space is more useful because the high rear seat is more effective in hiding cargo items.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Toyota Yaris has arrived at dealerships this summer.
Price for the Yaris L two-door manual starts at $16,520 (include $895 destination fee). An automatic transmission is a $750 and $17,645 for the four-door. The Yaris LE starts at $18,170 for the two-door body and $18,545 for the four-door layout. The range-topping Yaris SE costs $19,145 for the manual variant and $19,945 for the automatic.