Besides the popular hatchback which we all know as the Toyota Yaris, the carmaker has also a different version of this model. It is a compact sedan named Yaris iA which will soon enter the market as the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA. Although these two models share the similar name, they don’t really have so much in common. As the matter of fact, the Yaris iA is very similar to the Mazda 2 with which it also shares a platform. Under the hood, it offers the same engine as the Yaris hatchback, but the Yaris iA is much more fun to drive. What you could also like about the Yaris sedan is its great fuel efficiency, modern interior with quality materials and many standard features. Unlike the hatchback, the sedan is available in one single trim.
The newest 2018 Toyota Yaris iA will arrive at the market with no significant changes this time. Perhaps we could see some new exterior colors and some new active safety systems. So, for some major upgrades, we will probably have to wait for at least a year more or two.
Its main competitors include Nissan Versa, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Mitsubishi Mirage and Ford Fiesta.
2018 Toyota Yaris iA engine and performance
Under the hood of the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA, there will be the same engine which powers the hatchback model. It is a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with direct injection. This unit is able to produce 106 horses and 103 pound-feet of torque. It pairs with a 6-speed manual gearbox. However, the 6-speed automatic will be optional. The power is sent to front-wheels. Speaking of the fuel economy, with manual transmission, it gets 30 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. With automatic gearbox, it is rated at 32/40 mpg in the city/highway drive.
Design of exterior and interior
When it comes to exterior, the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA won’t feature any changes this time. The Yaris sedan is basically the Mazda 2. The front end looks bold with a hexagonal grille which is positioned very low and a pair of narrow headlamps which give it a bit aggressive look. The profile is sleek and very attractive. The Yaris iA will ride on 15-inch split-spoke alloy wheels.
The interior of the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA is sufficiently spacious even for the rear-seat passengers. Compared to the other vehicles in its class, it offers plenty of legroom on the rear and its cargo space is more generous than the one in the Toyota Corolla for example. The dashboard features a 7.0-inch touchscreen with infotainment system which unfortunately doesn’t support Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
As for the equipment, it comes standard with Bluetooth, audio system with 6 speakers, two USB ports, 6-way adjustable driver’s seat and cruise control. The navigation, a rear spoiler, and a center armrest will be optional. In the safety department, six airbags, a rearview camera, pre-collision system and emergency braking will be standard.
Release date and price
The 2018 Toyota Yaris iA is ready for the sale. Its price starts at around $16,850 and goes up to $18,500 with navigation and automatic gearbox included.