2018 Toyota Yaris iA

2018 Toyota Yaris iA

An Automotive Love Affair
By Joe Mavilia


This is the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA and. since my review research of the 2013 model, as you might expect, Yaris has matured a bit for 2018. It has some history now and it remains in the top half, in class, for reliability and low ownership costs for a roomy interior car with good overall comfort.

My highway miles told me it was a nice stable car for its size and weight. Others I’ve recently reviewed, you may recall, in similar stature were not so good. No complaints from me here, especially for the money one must wonder – you can’t go wrong.

General Information:

Assembly: France; Classification is: Subcompact; Vehicles from Toyota: 4Runner, 86, Avalon, Camry, C-HR, Corolla, Corolla iM, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Mirai, Prius, Prius C, Prius Prime, Prius V, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra.Yaris, Yaris iA .

Handling & Performance:

Great turning radius and although I was impressed with the highway performance this would be a great commuter and small family sedan. Not much to complain about here and moreover the fuel economy is a big plus and can only grow more important as gas prices continue to rise.


Basic design and quite frankly simple clean lines is good for me, especially in such an economy vehicle.

Fit and Finish:



Outstanding value.

Conveniences and comfort:

Pretty basic but the standard features are very good for the money.

Consumer Recommendations:

Usual stuff to make your drive comfortable and economical, but as you look at all the standard features for the money you should be impressed. Overall it is a bargain for your transportation needs and a great young family car.

Recognised Competition:

Brand $$$ Cost MPG Avg Seating Doors Country of Origin Assembled
Toyota Yaris iA 18,000 35 5 4 Japan France
Mitsubishi Mirage G4 18,000 37 5 4 Japan Thailand
Chevrolet Sonic 17,000 28 5 4 USA USA
Kia Rio 17,000 32 5 4 Korea Korea
Nissan Versa 17,000 34 5 4 Japan Mexico

Good News:

Good performer, unbeatably priced, comfortable and roomy in class.

Bad News:

Not much to bitch about.

Standard Equipment:

1.5 liter 106 Horsepower 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, sport drive mode, front wheel drive, 16” alloy wheels, low speed pre collision system, stability and traction controls, anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, front and side curtain airbags, LATCH child safety system, rear view backup camera, tire pressure monitor, variable intermittent wipers, power mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, fabric trimmed 6-way adjustable driver’s seat and 4-way adjustable passenger seat, 7” color touch screen display, AM/FM/HD radio with 6-speakers, 2-USB ports with iPod connect, Bluetooth hands free phone and music streaming, voice recognition, connected suite for Pandora, Aha and Stitcher audio, remote keyless entry with push button start, cruise control, power windows and locks, tilt / telescopic steering wheel with audio controls, air conditioning, 60/40 split fold flat rear seat.

Gas Stats:

$3.35 / Gal avg. February 26, 2018

for more information.

32 City and 40 Highway MPG


MSRP $17,050.

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