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Overview (Final Score: B+)

The Yaris has been Toyota’s subcompact offering for some time. Its popularity has varied, especially as more compelling offers from the competition have entered the market. With the 2017 model year, the Toyota Yaris sees the integration of a lot of safety and driver-assistance technologies that are unusually premium for this entry-level segment. These are standard in the Yaris, setting a precedent that others in the compact segment may be forced to follow.

Another addition is the moving of the Scion iA model, which becomes the Yaris iA under the Toyota brand. This adds a sedan version of the Yaris that brings a different dimension to the model.

The 2017 Toyota Yaris is offered as three distinct models: the 3-door and 5-door hatchbacks, and the Yaris iA sedan model. The hatchbacks and sedan are themselves very different in terms of exterior styling and powertrain, with the engine being shared but different transmissions.

What We Love About the 2017 Toyota Yaris:

  • Excellent standard features suite
  • Solid estimated and real-world fuel economy numbers
  • Unusually high amount of technology/infotainment offered


What We Don’t Love About the 2017 Toyota Yaris:

  • Yaris hatchback models can be sluggish to drive
  • Interior comfort can be lower than others in the segment
  • Hatchback model’s cargo space barely average



Total Score and Competitive Comparison (70/80, 88%)

There are several compelling competitors in the compact segment for both a hatchback and sedan Yaris. The best-sellers are the Nissan Versa and Versa Note, Hyundai Accent, Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta. Of these, the Fit and Fiesta are more focused on fun driving and engagement. The Versa and Accent are more about low-cost versatility and efficiency. The Yaris fits somewhere in between those ideals, which is Toyota’s forte.

If fuel economy is your primary motivator and you consider the 3-door or 5-door hatchback as your main option for versatility, looking up the ladder a bit to the Toyota Prius c model might be appropriate.

The 2017 Toyota Yaris 3-door, 5-door and iA models are well worth considering when shopping the compact market. The Yaris iA is a compelling offering for sedan buyers in this segment.

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