The most appealing vehicle in this crowd is the Honda Fit; although it's quite a bit more expensive, the Fit is safer, more expansive inside—thanks to the wonderful Magic Seat design—and more fun to drive.
The redesign that the Fit got for 2009 made it pretty much untouchable in this category.
But Toyota has upped the Yaris' safety features for 2010, which eliminates some of our previous reservations.
Otherwise, the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio are probably the most direct competitors to the Toyota Yaris.
Both models come as a sedan, but the Accent is available as a three-door hatchback model and the Rio as a five-door hatchback (Rio5).
They both feel a little heftier on the road, even if they don't weigh a lot more, and their real-world fuel economy isn't as good based on the experience of TheCarConnection.com.
The Kia Rio5 is more fun to drive than all but the Honda Fit.
The Chevrolet Aveo, made in South Korea by GM Daewoo, is another model worth looking at, but it doesn't perform as well as these other models in most respects.
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|2010 Toyota YarisBrowse Used Listings||2009 Chevrolet AveoBrowse Used Listings||2008 Honda FitBrowse Used Listings||2008 Hyundai AccentBrowse Used Listings||2008 Kia RioBrowse Used Listings|
|29 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas 4-Cylinder||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Subcompact||Subcompact||Small Station Wagon||Compact||Compact|
|3-Door LB Manual (SE)||5-Door HB LS||5-Door HB Manual||3-Door HB Manual GS *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan Manual|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|3 Door Hatchback||5 Door Hatchback||5-Door Hatchback||3 Door HB Coupe||4dr Sdn|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|