2016 Toyota Yaris vs. Its Competition

2016 Toyota Yaris

The 2016 Toyota Yaris comes only as a three- or five-door hatchback, meaning that competitors with hatchback and sedan models do better.

Most cars in the segment have more room inside, more cargo flexibility, better gas mileage, and/or more appealing driving characteristics.

The segment champ continues to be the Honda Fit, with the superb ‘Magic Seat’ layout that provides adult-size rear-seat space or a very low, flat seat-folding arrangement.

The fun-to-drive Ford Fiesta is among the smallest in the segment, and it's getting long in the tooth now, but Ford has continued to refine it—and its three-cylinder 1.0-liter engine delivers 37 mpg combined.

The Nissan Versa sedan and Note hatchback have unimpressive interior trims and a powertrain that can sound boomy and not very responsive (due its CVT tuning), but they're huge inside and ride smoothly.

If you're seeking comfort and refinement along with driving feel, the Chevrolet Sonic may be the pick of the litter, and its sticker price and EPA ratings remain competitive.

Finally, the Scion iA subcompact four-door sedan is the complement to the Yaris hatchback-only range, but because it's a new-generation Mazda 2 underneath, it's great fun to drive and gets superb fuel-economy ratings—37 mpg combined—that we expect it to deliver in real-world use.

We'd take it over the Yaris any day.

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Quick Specs
6.8
The 2016 Toyota Yaris is Toyota's least expensive model, but it doesn't stand out in any particular category.
7.8
Despite its five years largely unchanged, the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic remains stylish and comfortable, and it scores big not only on safety ratings, but also driving fun.
7.6
The 2016 Fiesta offers fun and features not expected at these prices, but it lacks interior space compared to top rivals.
8.0
The 2016 Honda Fit isn't as entertaining to drive as it once was, but it's unmatched in safety and space, thanks to the Magic Seat.
6.8
The 2016 Scion iA isn't fast or particularly roomy, but it delivers a great blend of features and performance for a remarkable subcompact price.
MSRP From    
$14,895$14,345$14,580$15,890$15,700
Gas Mileage    
30 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy31 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Compact CarsSubcompact CarsSubcompact CarsSmall Station WagonSubcompact Cars
Style Name    
3-Door Liftback Manual L (GS)4-Door Sedan Manual LS4-Door Sedan S5-Door HB Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual (GS)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/A4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
LiftbackSedanSedanHatchbackSedan
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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