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2018 Toyota Yaris

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/7/2017 Motor Trend Staff

You'll Like

  • Standard automatic emergency braking
  • Toyota reputation for reliability
  • Good steering

You Won't Like

  • Lackluster engine
  • Outdated transmissions
  • Suffers from too much body roll

New for 2018

In addition to a new front fascia, the 2018 Toyota Yaris receives an upgraded infotainment system and a new instrument cluster in the L and LE trims with a multi-information display. Blue Eclipse replaces Blue Streak Metallic and Crushed Ice with a black roof is replaced by Blue Streak with a black roof as the second two-tone exterior color.

Vehicle Summary

Slotting below the compact Corolla, the 2018 Toyota Yaris is the Japanese brand's entry-level vehicle available in two- or four-door hatchback variants. A sedan based on the global market Mazda2 called the Yaris iA is also available.


All Yaris hatchbacks are powered by a 1.5-liter I-4 with 106 hp and 103 lb-ft of torque, paired to a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. The EPA hasn't released fuel economy ratings for the 2018 model but the 2017 Yaris was rated at 30/36 mpg city/highway with the manual or 30/35 mpg with the automatic. There's 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the split-folding rear seats in the two-door variant or 15.6 cubic feet in the four-door model.

Standard features include Bluetooth connectivity, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, a USB port, Siri Eyes Free, cloth upholstery, and a multi-information display. The SE trim gets a larger 7.0-inch touchscreen, navigation, and 16-inch alloy wheels as additional standard features.


The 2018 Toyota Yaris hasn't been crash tested but the 2017 model received a four-star overall rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). The car was also tested by the IIHS and it received a Good score on all but the small overlap front crash where it got a Marginal rating (Good is the highest possible score). The IIHS gave the 2017 Yaris a Basic score for front crash prevention. Standard on the 2018 Yaris the TSS-C active safety feature suite that includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams.

What We Think

In a 2015 First Drive, we said that Yaris has a good bit of body roll and it gets worse the harder you push the car. Keeping up your speeds in the Yaris is easy since it doesn't weigh much; however, the tall gearing means acceleration is slow and lacks torque, making it a challenge to get it up a hill. Steering, on the other hand, is responsive and makes the car feel nimble.

Cool Fact

The 2018 Toyota Yaris is one of two affordable subcompact cars that features automatic emergency braking, the other being the Yaris iA sedan.

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