2009 Toyota Yaris vs. Its Competition

2009 Toyota Yaris Base
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio are the most direct competitors to the 2009 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).

Both feel a little more solid on the road than the Yaris, but their fuel economy isn't as good.

The Kia Rio5 is a bit more fun to drive than any of these other low-budget vehicles.

Also at the bottom of the price scale is the Chevrolet Aveo5, a small, five-door hatchback made by GM Daewoo.

Even with a recent redesign, the Aveo doesn't feel competitive with the Hyundai, Kia, or Toyota; its interior is slightly more spacious and comfortable, but its performance is sluggish in comparison.

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.

A redesign for 2009 has made the Fit even better, and untouchable in this category.

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Quick Specs
The 2009 Toyota Yaris is a recession darling, with cheap running costs, a low price, and a reputation for dependability.
If most of your driving is around town with little interstate travel, the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo and Aveo5 are worth a look, especially if you want a bow tie out front.
The 2008 Honda Fit is one of the smallest cars on the road, but it’s fun to drive, huge inside, and a tremendous value.
The 2008 Hyundai Accent delivers econocar basics with a high-quality interior and fun handling for a great price.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
29 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas 4-CylinderGas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
SubcompactCompactSmall Station WagonCompact
Style Name   
3-Door HB Manual (GS)4-Door Sedan LS5-Door HB Manual3-Door HB Manual GS *Ltd Avail*
Front wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
3 Door Hatchback4 Door Sedan5-Door Hatchback3 Door HB Coupe
ManualManual w/ODManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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