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2013 Toyota Yaris vs. Its Competition

 
2013 Toyota Yaris
7.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
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With an all-hatchback lineup for 2013, the Toyota Yaris is a little easier to differentiate from the somewhat larger Corolla, although it remains somewhat less refined that many other competing models in this class, such as the Hyundai Accent, Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, and Honda Fit.

Each of these models are either more engaging to drive or simply offer more features and performance for less money.

Overall, it's hard to get very excited about the Yaris from a value standpoint.

The Accent has a much stronger, direct-injection engine that's perhaps more fuel-efficient.

The Ford Fiesta is also a little coarse and noisy, but it's a lot of fun to drive.

Among this group, the Mazda2 is the most enjoyable from behind the wheel, with a nimble, tossable feel, but it's presented more like an old-style econocar if you look beyond that, with a thinner set of features and options.

The Chevy Sonic is the pick for those who want an especially refined car this size; with its 1.4T engine it's strong, sure, and relatively quiet and, maneuverability and parking ease aside, it feels positively like a larger car.

On the flip side is the Nissan Versa, which remains the lowest-priced U.S.

vehicle, though hatchback versions cost a bit more (and technically five-doors are only at dealerships as carry-over 2012 models.

But the Versa shows its price in many ways, including hard cabin plastics and a general lack of refinement.

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7.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
The 2013 Toyota Yaris holds true to its promise as a maneuverable, economical car for city commuting--with a cheerful, well-designed interior--but highway refinement and weak performance are major drawbacks.
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic swaps econobox blues for sporty driving feel as well as safety, refinement, and comfort.
7.6
/ 10
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Small cars don't need to be bland--the 2013 Ford Fiesta proves that with a saucy look and pert handling.
7.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
The 2013 Hyundai Accent is one of the best-equipped small cars, and it gets very good gas mileage, but it's not quite as exciting to drive as it looks.
7.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
The 2013 Mazda2 stands out among entry-level hatchbacks due to its zippy driving feel and good real-world mileage--although the limited feature set and basic appointments won't appeal to everyone.
6.6
/ 10
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The 2013 Nissan Versa is at its best up against used cars: If you can overlook some cheap-feeling details, it's a reasonably comfortable, well-equipped new car, for used-car money.
MSRP From     
$14,370$14,185$13,200$14,545$14,720$11,990
Gas Mileage     
30 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Subcompact CarsSubcompact CarsSubcompactCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
3-Door Liftback Manual L (Natl)4-Door Sedan Manual LS4-Door Sedan S4-Door Sedan Manual GLS4-Door HB Manual Sport4-Door Sedan Manual 1.6 S
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/A44N/A4N/A
Body Style     
HatchbackSedanSedanSedanHatchbackSedan
Transmission     
ManualManualManualManualManualManual
 
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