2010 Toyota Yaris vs. Its Competition

2010 Toyota Yaris
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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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Quick Specs
Improved safety features make the 2010 Toyota Yaris an even more alluring package for those watching every penny in a new-car purchase.
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.
The 2008 Kia Rio is a good choice among subcompacts and it’s stylish, but standard anti-lock brakes and better side-impact protection would help its case against the Honda Fit.
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Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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3 Door Hatchback4 Door Sedan5-Door Hatchback3 Door HB Coupe4dr Sdn
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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