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The 2018 Toyota Yaris may not be an exciting car, but the ultra-affordable hatchback provides rock-solid reliability and excellent fuel economy, which makes it an appealing purchase for consumers on a budget.

What's New for 2018

Toyota has added new color options and updated the infotainment system. Otherwise, the 2018 Yaris is more or less the same.

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Choosing Your Toyota Yaris

Under the hood, the 2018 Yaris carries over a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine generating 105 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front-wheels by a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic gearbox, depending on the variant.

The manual Yaris returns a fuel economy of 30 miles per gallon in city, 36 highway and 33 mpg combined. Whereas, the automatic-equipped models have an economy of 30 miles per gallon in city, 35 highway and 32 mpg combined.

There are three trim levels – L, LE and SE. The L and LE trims are available in both three- and five-door configurations, while the SE trim is only available in the five-door arrangement.

L

The entry-level Yaris L starts at $16,520 (including an $895 destination charge) for the three-door, manual variant. Standard equipment includes 15-inch wheels, a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment setup with Toyota's Entune multimedia system, six speakers, steering wheel controls for audio, cloth upholstery, nine airbags and a driver assist package that incorporates lane departure assist, front collision prevention system and automatic high beam. The rear drum brakes give away the Yaris' budget nature.

An automatic transmission is a $750. Meanwhile, customers will have to shell out $17,645 for the five-door Yaris L – at least the more versatile trim comes standard with the four-speed auto.

LE

The Yaris LE rings up at $18,170 for the three-door body and $18,545 for the five-door layout. The four-speed auto is the only available transmission. Features include the components on the L trim plus cruise control, keyless entry, a more sophisticated cabin and restyled 15-inch wheels.

SE

The range-topping, five door Yaris SE costs $19,145 for the manual variant and $19,945 for the automatic. Standard features in the range-topping trim include LED running lights, fog lamps, 16-inch wheels, and an upgraded seven-inch infotainment system with navigation. The upholstery is still fabric, but the steering-wheel and the shift-knob are wrapped in leather. The Yaris SE also benefits from a sport-tuned suspension and rear disc brakes.

CarsDirect Tip

If you don’t have a lot of money to spend, the base Yaris L is not a bad pick by any means. However, if you're looking for more features, the SE variant is a better value than the LE and with a sportier suspension and stouter brakes will probably be the better drive.

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