The most appealing vehicle in this crowd, from a practicality perspective, 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.
For those more concerned about style and features, the Ford Fiesta is a good pick; while the Fiesta doesn't quite have the space or comfort of the Fit, it also has a sporty driving feel and excellent interior appointments, including available heated seats and SYNC voice-activated Bluetooth connectivity.
Otherwise, the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio are probably the most direct competitors to the Toyota Yaris.
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.
Both the Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent are due to be replaced this next year.
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