• Much improved last year
  • Nicely equipped interior
  • Nine standard air bags
  • Fuel economy trails segment leaders’
  • Relatively anemic engine
SUM UP Subcompact no longer means substandard.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Yaris in 2013

The Yaris is pretty much unchanged after a full 2012 redesign...more

Overview

The Yaris, redesigned last year, is a worthy contender in a segment that’s become much tougher. Its new sheetmetal has evolved from a too-cute jellybean into a more-upscale hatchback. (Toyota dropped the sedan with the 2012 makeover.) The interior leaves behind awkward attempts at cheap chic—no one ever liked that center speedometer—and instead adopts a traditional look and more standard features, including power windows and iPod connectivity. The only powertrain is the same 106-hp, 1.5-liter four-cylinder, but the SE complements it with a beefier suspension, quicker-ratio steering, and four-wheel disc brakes (rear drums are standard). Despite these changes, the Yaris remains behind the subcompact curve in some areas. It retains a four-speed automatic transmission at a time when many of its competitors offer six-speeds, and it fails to achieve the now almost obligatory 40 mpg on the highway. The Yaris suffers from disconnected, overboosted electric power steering. It’s also no bargain. The two-door Yaris starts at about the same price as choices like the Ford Fiesta that have a more premium feel and are more efficient. At the same time, it’s not as versatile and commodious as its nearest Japanese competitor, the Honda Fit.

Safety

Front, side, side curtain, and driver’s knee air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Toyota Yaris

  • Chevrolet Sonic
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Honda Fit
  • Mazda 2

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2013 Yaris Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Windows

Interior

  • Cargo Cover
  • Premium Interior Trim

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Folding Rear Seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • iPod Connector
  • Satellite Radio

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible

Tires and Wheels

  • Wheel Covers
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