2020 Toyota Yaris

2020 MODEL
$17,750 - $18,750
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2020 Toyota Yaris Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 20, 2020

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Aaron Smith

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The roads nowadays are filled with off-road oversized cars. They feel a bit unnecessary for people that go about their errands in the city. For the city then, there is a category of automobiles that suit the mid-sized family, and the regular commuter best, the hatchback. Toyota since 2008 has been improving the much loved Yaris. In 2020 however, it's taken a different form from the first-generation Yaris altogether.

That sadness returns after noting the plastic heavy interior and tight rear seats. However, front seats are spacious and if you need a low-cost city runabout just for yourself (or some little ones), it makes sense. Need more room? Check out the much roomier and flexible Honda Fit. Also, the Yaris is boring to drive and we recommend the Ford Fiesta if fun is what you seek.

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Pros

Agile Handling and superb ride quality

Mazda 2 skeleton and construction.

Comprehensive utility and practicality

Integration of Android Auto and Apple Carplay

Cons

Automatic emergency braking work in limited condition

Lack of Manual Transmission kills the fun

What's New?

The 2020 model year Toyota Yaris hatchback is an all-new version.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$17750

bodystyle

5dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

91 cu.in.

horsepower

106 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

103 lbs.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

10.2/10.2

dimensions

wheelbase

101.2 in.

length

58.4 in.

width

66.7 in.

height

58.9 in.

curb weight

2396 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

86.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

13700 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

30/39/34 mpg

highway range

452.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

2 yr. /unlimited


Pictures & Videos

Videos
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Styles

2020 Toyota Yaris in Chromium color 2020 Toyota Yaris in Frost color 2020 Toyota Yaris in Graphite color 2020 Toyota Yaris in pulse color 2020 Toyota Yaris in Sapphire color 2020 Toyota Yaris in Stealth color
Chromium

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Ratings

Features

4.0

Engine And Performance

5.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

4.0

Safety

7.0

5.3

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Toyota Yaris LE

LE

power
106 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
34 combined

$17,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LE 5dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $17,750 MSRP (30/34/39) 106 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Toyota Yaris XLE

XLE

power
106 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
34 combined

$18,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XLE 5dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $18,750 MSRP (30/34/39) 106 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

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Overall Rating


Yaris hatchback has been reshaped and offers upgraded safety features. Who doesn' t like a small, safe and exciting car? It' s good in the cities and it's good on the highway too. The car looks as if it has been beefed up, but doesn't take much space than its predecessor. It looks like a car would be as serious as you'd want it to be, and as ridiculous as you'd want it. It is a serious blend of funny and serious. 

Subcompact car segment has always been hot as these cars invite a new audience to motoring. While manufacturers try to woo buyers primarily by aggressive pricing, high-end features are also becoming a growing trend in this segment.

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Front View
2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Rear View

4.0/10
Features

5.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

4.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2020 Toyota Yaris Features

4.0/10

Toyota is offering two trim levels for the Yaris hatchback, LE and XLE. The Yaris hatchback has done away with the value-oriented L trim, leaving it for the sedan only. The gives you better safety in terms of seats, brakes and better running headlights. The SE has some features that add to the comfort and convenience of the daily driver.

The only powertrain carried over from the Yaris sedan pumps 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque mated with 6-speed automatic transmission. The front-wheel-drive comes standard.

Trims

LE Hatchback

XLE Hatchback

MSRP (1.5L 4 cyl Engine FWD)

$17,750

$18,750

Key Features

Fog Light

Add/Upgrade from previous trim

 

Heated power outside mirrors with LED turn indicator

LED auto on/off headlights
   Rear Spoiler  LED Daytime Running lights
 

16-inch Alloy wheels

 Rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers
   Smart Key System with Push Button start  Automatic Climate Control
   Android Auto and Apple Carplay  Leatherette-trimmed sport front bucket seats
    Leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio, cruise and phone controls

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Although the base LE trim is well equipped for the price, the XLE trim gets plenty of upmarket features like the leather-wrapped shifter and steering wheel, better upholstery, larger wheels, and tires and most importantly – rear wheel disc brakes.

2020 Toyota Yaris Engine and Performance

5.0/10

Although this Toyota Subcompact lacks pure grunt, the tractable naturally aspirated 1.5L I4 makes it feel peppy around town. While the six-speed manual is decently smooth. But once you hit the highway, you' ll soon find out that the engine is not in its comfort zone any longer.

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback has 1.5L Engine

The Yaris' s engine produces 106 HP and a mere 103 lb/ft of torque which is the least of its rivals. Much to the surprise in this class, availability of the Sport Mode altogether changes the car’s personality with increased acceleration response.

Models

Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Honda Fit

Kia Soul

Subaru Impreza

MSRP

$17,750

$16,190

$17,490

$19,095

Engine

1.5L Inline-4

1.5 L Inline-4

2.0L DOHC Inline 4-cylinder

2.0L Flat-4

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Manual

6-speed manual

5-Speed Manual

Power

106 hp @ 6000 rpm

130 hp @ 6600 rpm

147 hp @ 6,200 rpm

152 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

103 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

114 ft-lbs. @ 4600 rpm

132 lb.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm

145 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

Some of its rivals such as the Subaru Impreza and the Kia Soul come with a slightly larger engine. Both cars rivals have more power and more torque which will be convenient when travelling in or out of the city. When it comes to horsepower the Subaru Impreza has a sheer advantage and produces the highest among its competition.

Acceleration

The Yaris is a subcompact car with more focus on efficiency and less on gut-wrenching acceleration. Its 0-60 time of 8.0 seconds may seem yawningly slow but other competitors here are not much better either.

The fastest competitor here is the Kia Soul with 0-60 time of 6.5 seconds – a result of its 147 hp engine that pulls its larger mass comparatively faster.

Models

Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Honda Fit

Kia Soul

Subaru Impreza

0-60 MPH

8.0

8.4

6.5

9.2

Quarter mile

14.0

16.3

15.0

17.1

Engine

1.5L Inline-4

1.5 L Inline-4

2.0L

2.0L Flat-4

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

5.1

5.3

5.9

5.9

The optimal acceleration and transmission make Yaris Hatchback an excellent car for amateurs to exhibit their ability to manipulate the engine rpm at any speed. Also, the standard front-wheel drive with all the trims is common with the segment excluding the Subaru.

Braking Performnace

The Yaris is built to a price and hence all Yaris except the Yaris SE gets drum brakes at the rear wheels. Still, these brakes are enough to stop this 2396 pounds Toyota subcompact from 60 mph within 120 feet – average among the competition. 

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Has Rear Brake of 9 in.

What’s impressive is that the brakes do not fade even after repeated stops – something that cannot be said for other subcompacts. 

Model

Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Honda Fit

Kia Soul

Subaru Impreza

Brake Front(in)

10.2

10.3

11

11.6

Brake Rear(in)

9

7.9

10.3

10.8

Curb weight(lbs.)

2396

2522

2844

2985

60-0 MPH (ft.)

120

126

114

121

 Yaris is the lightest car amongst its rivals. The long stopping distance can be ascribed to its poor braking performance when compared to some of its rivals.

The Toyota Yaris Hatchback has below average curb weight and the brakes are in perfect sync with its construction. In terms of rear brake size, the Yaris hatchback only trails from the Subaru Impreza The Yaris hatchback will not disobey and performs as expected.

Ride and Handling

The Yaris is a tiny subcompact and the concrete jungle is its natural habitat. The quick steering, diminutive dimensions, and excellent outward visibility mean you can annoy other drivers by scooching through spaces others thought were unusable.

Ride quality is more grown-up though and the Yaris gobbles up rough road effortlessly. However, the steering does not provide much feedback and if you are looking for a real fun-to-drive car at this price range, check out the Ford Fiesta.

Not only thick tires and firm suspension help in making it entertaining to drive but the electric power steering system contributes a direct yet light feel aided by a thick-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel.

2020 Toyota Yaris Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Owing to their feather-light curb weight and powertrain tuned more for efficiency than performance, the subcompacts are the most efficient automobiles among the class. With this in mind, Yaris MPG figures of 32 in the city and 40 on the highway is impressive.

Besides the greatest mileage and range within the division, Toyota Yaris demonstrates to be the most suitable choice for a youth-oriented, pocket-friendly hatchback.

Model

Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Honda Fit

Kia Soul

Subaru Impreza

MPG (city)

32

29

25

24

MPG (highway)

40

36

31

31

MPG (combined)

35

31

27

26

Fuel Capacity (gal.)

11.6

10.6

14.3

13.2

Range (Cty/Hwy) (miles)

371.2/464

307/382

386.1/471.9

317/409

The extraordinary fuel economy ratings of Toyota Yaris brings respect as it is easier to own a car than to manage the fuel budget. This myth has been smashed by the automaker, making sure Yaris be the first pick of the young automobile owners.

2020 Toyota Yaris Interior

7.0/10

The five-door subcompact Yaris seats five people. The Yaris cabin inherits its thoughtful ergonomics and attractive styling from Mazda. The front seats are comfortable and provide a decent amount of space but the rear feels a bit cramped for taller passengers.

There are two LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear seats. The tether anchors are easy to identify and locate but the lower anchors are mounted deep into the seat cushion, making it a bit difficult to access. Also, outward visibility is supplemented by the 

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Front Seats

The Yaris hatchback’s interior is a well-constructed layout. The standard interior features a few hard plastics and use of cloth upholstery, but most parts comprise of soft-touch surfaces. For the price tag that the Yaris carries, the interior is much richer than it may seem.

Synthetic leather-trimmed front seats and a genuine leather-wrapped steering wheel are available. Stepping up to the XLE brings a taste of luxury with the use of upscale equipment like leatherette seating surfaces, automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic LED headlamps, and leather-trimmed steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake handle.

Model

Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Honda Fit

Kia Soul

Subaru Impreza

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Passenger Volume (ft. cube)

87

95.7*

102.2

112.1

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.2/53.2/41.9

39.5/54.8/41.4

39.4/55.5/41.1

39.8/56.7/43.1

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.2/50.0/34.4

37.5/52.6/39.3

39.5/54.7/38.8

37.2/55.6/36.5

Also, the Yaris hatchback employes extensive sound-absorbing measures, including a noise-insulating windshield along with sound-absorbing material inside the tailgate, parcel shelf, and spare wheel.

This helps to reduce high-frequency noise entering the cabin from the rear. The standard instrumentation system is comprehensive with digital and analog display.

Interior Features:

  • Chrome/metal-look interior accents
  • Rear 60-40 bench seat
  • Leatherette instrument panel insert
  • Automatic climate control with dust and pollen filter and push-button controls
  • Integrated backup camera
  • Normal and Sport driving modes
  • Smart Key System
  • One 12V auxiliary power outlet

Infotainment System

The Yaris hatchback is equipped with a standard 7-inch Touchscreen display atop its dashboard. The logically placed and convenient rotary knob in the center console makes it easier to use the infotainment system.

The Toyota has maximized the connectivity and control with the integration of Android Auto and Apple Carplay as well as voice recognition and Bluetooth wireless technology.

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Dashboard

USB ports and an auxiliary input ensure connectivity for all types of devices, and the sporty steering wheel integrates control switches for the audio and phone.

However, the audio system offers low fidelity opposite to the claim of the automaker for the audio system ready to rock or hip-hop with clear, powerful sound played through six speakers. There is another surprise from the 2020 Yaris Hatchback, the integration of standard navigation hardware.

Infotainment Features:

  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan
  • 6 speakers audio system
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • AM/FM radio
  • Bluetooth Connectivity

Cargo Capacity

Similar to its sedan sibling, the Toyota Yaris hatchback flaunts a longer wheelbase of about 101 inches. The Yaris hatchback can swallow about 16 cubic feet of cargo, greater than its predecessor as well as three cubes more than the sedan can handle.

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Cargo Area

Model

Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Honda Fit

Kia Soul

Subaru Impreza

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

15.9

16.6

24.2

20.8

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)

N/A

52.7

62.1

N/A

The packaging of the interior is amazing. Granting space for five passengers and a wide, easy to use cargo area. Though the Kia Soul tops the list with maximum cargo offering with Subaru Impreza and Honda FIt trailing.

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Seats
2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback infotainment system
2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Steering wheel
2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Dashboard

2020 Toyota Yaris Exterior

4.0/10

The car' s exterior is sporty, with a redesigned front fascia and the X-shaped grille. It' s not the best looking car but it' s not an ugly shape by any measure. The Yaris does have less length which means it gives a bit less cargo room than its competition.

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Side View

The Yaris is small even among the subcompact competitors here with an overall length of just 155.5 inches. This combined with its lowest in class curb weight of 2335 pounds means it’s the most manoeuvrable car you can buy currently. Simply put, if you struggle with tight parking spaces and want a more manageable car within the city, the Yaris will impress you.

Model

Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Honda Fit

Kia Soul

Subaru Impreza

Curb Weight(lbs.)

2396

2522

2844

2985

Length(in)

161.6

161.4

165.2

175.6

Width(in)

66.7

67

70.9

70

Height(in)

58.9

60

63

58.9

Ground clearance(in)

5.5

4.4*

6.7

5.1

Wheelbase(in)

101.2

99.6

102.4

105.1

Track width(in) F/R

58.8/58.4

58.1/57.7*

62.0/62.4

60.6/60.8

Toyota has stepped up its game with the sportier look of its hatchback. The amalgamation of big Toyota grille on to the Mazda skeleton turns out to be a blessing in disguise. Also, the Yaris hatchback design isn’t boxy or sedated but is modern and athletic.

Key Exterior Features:

  • Rear Lip Spoiler
  • Body-coloured door handles
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Liftgate rear cargo door
  • Heated door mirrors
2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback side view
2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback side view
2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback 3rd quarter view
2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback exterior

2020 Toyota Yaris Safety

7.0/10

The structural rigidity and high tensile strength of Toyota Yaris along with standards active safety features make it safer than ever. The Yaris hatchback is equipped with a Low-speed Pre-collision Safety System which scans the road ahead for potential vehicle collisions and should the driver not respond, this system may automatically apply the brakes. However, this system isn’t responsive at higher speeds.

The Toyota Yaris for the 2020 model year manages an impressive five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. Though the safety data from IIHS isn’t available yet for the 2020 model of Yaris. Based on last year, Yaris sedan was rated “Good” in terms of crashworthiness but scores a “poor” rating for headlights under crash avoidance and mitigation.

Key Safety Features:

  • The array of six airbags
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), 
  • Traction Control System (TCS), 
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), 
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), 
  • Brake Assist (BA), and Brake Override System (BOS).

2020 Toyota Yaris Competition

Toyota Yaris Hatchback Vs Honda Fit

The Honda Fit wins by the marks of the engine output. It beats the Yaris in the field of power and speed. And because it' s Honda, we can presume it has good build quality as well. It is as sporty-looking as the Ford or even the Yaris. However, the Spaceship looking front end looks like it will take off as soon as you put your foot on the pedal.

2020 Honda Fit

It is a futuristic-looking car and the consideration of aerodynamic laws in the body panel is obvious. So, it looks great, it goes fast, it has more seating space, more space for cargo, why wouldn' t you want to buy one?

Toyota Yaris Hatchback Vs Kia Soul

With a greater torque of Kia Soul, its engine does an outstanding job of sending power to the wheels than Yaris. The Kia Soul has a significantly larger turning radius than the Toyota Yaris, making it much more difficult to manoeuvre in and out of tight spots. Although the cargo capacity is similar for both, the Toyota Yaris leads in terms of better fuel economy.

2020 Kia Soul

Toyota Yaris Hatchback Vs Subaru Impreza

The Toyota Yaris hatchback is more efficient, handle and ride better because it weighs less than the Subaru Impreza. Also, the shorter Yaris beats the Subaru Impreza sedan in easier handling, making it maneuver and park in tight spaces quite easily.

2020 Subaru Impreza

 

2020 Toyota Yaris Final Verdict

Whether you are looking for your first car for lone commuting or are searching for a small city runabout to complement your large family car, the 2020 Toyota Yaris will impress you with its nimble character and good ride quality topped with Toyotas excellent reliability.

Moreover, the amount of features and advanced driver assistance technologies loaded in this tiny subcompact is unprecedented. That said, the tiny dimensions mean the interior can accommodate no more than two adults comfortably. Also, the rear seats are even tinier.

All in all, the Toyota Yaris is not a car to cart around 4 adults. If you are looking for a roomy and flexible subcompact car, spend little more and get the Honda Fit. It also brings exceptional fuel economy as a bonus. However, if you are alone commuter and a Toyota Loyalist, you won’t go wrong with a Yaris. Buy one and enjoy years of worry-free no-nonsense motoring.

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