2014 Toyota Yaris vs. Its Competition

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Offered only as a hatchback (in three- and five-door versions), the 2014 Toyota Yaris falls somewhere in the middle of the competitive subcompact segment.

But its competitors are either more engaging to drive or more capacious, and feature levels have risen every year since the Yaris was redesigned for 2012.

It's hard to get excited about the Yaris from the standpoint of value; it's competent but not a standout in any category.

The 2013 Honda Fit stays on sale (there will be no 2014 model) until an all-new Fit arrives in spring 2015, and the outgoing Fit remains the most flexible and versatile subcompact.

The Ford Fiesta, with new front styling and a redesigned interior for 2014, is more fun to drive and offers far more sophisticated infotainment options--plus a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine rated at 37 mpg combined.

Even more enjoyable is the nimble, tossable Mazda 2, though it's the most basic car of the bunch.

If you want refinement, the Chevy Sonic is strong, quiet, and maneuverable if you pick the 1.4-liter turbo engine, with the driving feel of a larger car.

The Hyundai Accent's direct-injected engine gives it much stronger performance than the Yaris, and equal or better fuel efficiency too.

And finally, the Nissan Versa Note (new for 2014) is spacious inside and a good value for money, though its cost-cutting shows in several ways, including hard cabin plastics and a general lack of refinement.

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Quick Specs
The 2014 Toyota Yaris is built for city commuting, but on highways it reveals some major weak spots.
The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic is light-years ahead of its Aveo predecessor, which Chevy hopes you'll forget. It's stylish, comfortable, drives nicely, and has excellent safety ratings and infotainment features.
Affordable small cars don't need to be bland, whether in appearance or from behind the wheel. And the 2014 Ford Fiesta is proof of that.
The 2014 Hyundai Accent isn't exciting to drive, but it's one of the most comfortable, well-equipped cars its size--and still a great value.
If you're not turned off by the utilitarian look of the 2013 Honda Fit, you'll like what you get, which is awesome practicality and space-efficiency, plus some driving verve.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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