Consumer Reviews Summary
4 of 5 (80%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Toyota Yaris Overview
The smallest car offered by Toyota, the 2013 Yaris competes with other subcompacts like the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic, and Honda Fit.
There were big changes made to the Yaris in 2012 that carryover into 2013, most notably the elimination of the sedan which leaves the two-door and four-door hatchbacks as the two available body types. The Yaris is offered in three time levels (base L, LE, and SE) and is configured to keep its price low.
From the outside, the Yaris has much improved styling than the previous generation. A large lower air intake helps the Yaris to look sportier than its price tag and performance would suggest, and we also like the way the headlight clusters add sharpness to the hood. 15-inch wheels are standard, while a rear spoiler and power side mirrors are optional. The SE trim also adds a few unique exterior bits including smoked headlamps and fog lights.
The 2013 Yaris only has one available engine, an economical 106-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy ratings are better with the manual transmission: 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, compared to 35 highway mpg for the automatic.
Inside, we are fans of the Yaris’ design which features a simple dash that is uncluttered yet attractive. The stereo unit is housed in a gray trim piece that extends towards the passenger side of the cabin and provides a nice contrast to the mostly black plastic that is found elsewhere. Standard features include air conditioning, power locks, and a CD stereo with iPod connectivity. Optional are a 60/40-split folding rear seat, steering-wheel audio controls, power windows, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Four-door versions of the Yaris won a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. Standard safety features include nine airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system with traction control.