2018 Toyota Yaris

Buyer's Guide

Toyota has given its Yaris subcompact hatcback a refresh for 2018 aimed at making this entry-level model more desirable. Among the changes are updated styling, new wheel designs and making heated front seats, a backup camera and hill-start assist as standard.

We'd call Toyota generous for adding the backup camera, but come May 2018 this useful safety feature will be mandatory in every new car in Canada. That said, it joins the pre-collision system, lane departure alert and automatic high beams that were carried over as standard kit from last year's car.

Note that these changes are for the hatchback only, and don't apply to the Mazda-built Yaris sedan, which is only being stocked by dealers in Quebec and must be special-ordered elsewhere in Canada.

Both cars' mechanical make-up is unchanged. The hatchback's 1.5L four-cylinder makes 106 hp and 103 lb-ft of torque and comes paired with a choice of a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The sedan also uses a 1.5L but gets more sophisticated six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

Toyota redesigns the Yaris about as often as its competitors redraw their subcompacts, but you can tell this company's focus is on its more profitable models, namely crossovers like the RAV4 and the upscale Lexus RX. The Yaris is pleasant enough to drive, but lacks the polish you'll find in cars like the Hyundai Accent and Ford Fiesta, even though those cars are just as old as the Yaris. And Toyota's reluctance to update its smallest car's powertrain means it has fallen well behind the fuel economy leaders in the subcompact class, and is even less efficient than some much larger cars, like the turbocharged Honda Civic.

Among our least favourite things about the Yaris is the driving position, which would be better if the steering column adjusted for reach as well as angle.

The Yaris comes in three- and five-door body styles, and three trim levels.

Three-door models come in CE trim and include a 6.1-inch touchscreen stereo, Bluetooth, lane departure alert, pre-collision system, automatic high beams, backup camera, hill-start assist, four-speaker stereo, 15-inch steel wheels and a rear wiper/washer.

The five-door version starts out in LE trim, adding air conditioning, keyless entry, cruise control and power-adjustable and heated side mirrors.

Finally, the five-door SE adds in satellite radio, six-speaker stereo sport seat fabric, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, projector-style headlights, fog lights and LED daytime running lights.

2018 Toyota Yaris Specifications

There are 9 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $15,490 MSRP
7.2
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
106 hp @6000 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style Hatchback
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
3dr CE Manual $15,490 5 Hatchback
3dr CE Manual 106 hp @6000 rpm 103 ft-lb @4200 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
3dr CE Manual 155.5" 66.7" 59.4" 98.8"
3dr CE Manual
3dr CE Manual Cloth Seats
3dr CE Manual
3dr CE Manual
3dr CE Auto $16,470 5 Hatchback
3dr CE Auto 106 hp @6000 rpm 103 ft-lb @4200 rpm 4-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
3dr CE Auto 155.5" 66.7" 59.4" 98.8"
3dr CE Auto
3dr CE Auto Cloth Seats
3dr CE Auto
3dr CE Auto
5dr LE Manual $16,800 5 Hatchback
5dr LE Manual 106 hp @6000 rpm 103 ft-lb @4200 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr LE Manual 155.5" 66.7" 59.4" 98.8"
5dr LE Manual
5dr LE Manual Cloth Seats
5dr LE Manual
5dr LE Manual
Manual $17,320 5 Sedan
Manual 106 hp @6000 rpm 103 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
Manual 171.7" 66.7" 58.5" 101.2"
Manual
Manual Cloth Seats
Manual
Manual
5dr LE Auto $17,800 5 Hatchback
5dr LE Auto 106 hp @6000 rpm 103 ft-lb @4200 rpm 4-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr LE Auto 155.5" 66.7" 59.4" 98.8"
5dr LE Auto
5dr LE Auto Cloth Seats
5dr LE Auto
5dr LE Auto
5dr SE Manual $18,450 5 Hatchback
5dr SE Manual 106 hp @6000 rpm 103 ft-lb @4200 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr SE Manual 155.5" 66.7" 59.4" 98.8"
5dr SE Manual
5dr SE Manual Cloth Seats
5dr SE Manual
5dr SE Manual
Auto $18,525 5 Sedan
Auto 106 hp @6000 rpm 103 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
Auto 171.7" 66.7" 58.5" 101.2"
Auto
Auto Cloth Seats
Auto
Auto
5dr SE Auto $19,450 5 Hatchback
5dr SE Auto 106 hp @6000 rpm 103 ft-lb @4200 rpm 4-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr SE Auto 155.5" 66.7" 59.4" 98.8"
5dr SE Auto
5dr SE Auto Cloth Seats
5dr SE Auto
5dr SE Auto
Premium Auto $20,530 5 Sedan
Premium Auto 106 hp @6000 rpm 103 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
Premium Auto 171.7" 66.7" 58.5" 101.2"
Premium Auto
Premium Auto Cloth Seats
Premium Auto
Premium Auto

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Owner Reviews: 2018 Toyota / Yaris

Average Rating

2008 Toyota Yaris

by Yaris_Girl on 10-15-2012
My little Yaris
Toyota Yaris is a small car and it is nothing fancy about it at all. However it is pretty reliability and save some gas money if you do lots of long distance travelling. I can not say it is the best car I drive but I must say I am happy with it especially the time I pump the gas in!!
Overall
3.5
Comfort
3/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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2006 Toyota Yaris

Trim: Hatchback 4D
by Ian_Mac on 10-15-2012
Nice little car
I believe the Yaris has won several awards in it's day for performance and styling and it's no wonder. A small and efficient machine, it's a great town car and super easy to park given it's small size and excellent visibility thanks to generous design at the rear of the car.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
3/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
3/5
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2007 Toyota Yaris

by MPATEL on 10-12-2012
Wow what a car...
This car is more reliable then any body in my life..Complete trust worthy experience.. It has helped me to go miles and miles and miles and has bought success in my life.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
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