The new-generation Yaris sedan arrived in 2017 as the Mazda 2-based Yaris iA. In 2019, it received refreshed front and rear ends and dropped the iA suffix and became simply the Yaris. In 2020, the redesigned Yaris Hatchback rejoined the team, fleshing out the lineup. With its look just a few years old, we expect the 2021 Toyota Yaris to be a carryover.
Being a carryover model, we expect the 2021 Toyota Yaris to carry the same looks it’s had since its 2017 redesign. This includes a sporty front end with a large grille, swooping body lines and roofline, and a stubby trunk. This design gives it one of the sportiest looks in the class.
Inside, we also expect no major changes to the carryover 2021 Yaris. We expect it to continue with the same design it’s had since 2017. The thing about this design is Toyota did very little to hide the Yaris’ Mazda 2 roots with its Toyota-badged Mazda steering wheel, circular air vents, dash-top infotainment screen, rotary infotainment controller on the center console, and gauge cluster with a large speedometer in the center.
Under the 2021 Yaris’ hood, we expect no changes. If this proves true, the 2021 Toyota Yaris will come standard with a Mazda-sourced 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. This power will head through a standard six-speed automatic transmission or an optional six-speed manual transmission and out to the front wheels.
Because this is not a true Toyota, the current Yaris lacks the range of advanced safety features that come standard on virtually every model it shares showroom space with. It does, however, come standard with low-speed automatic emergency braking that received an “Advanced” rating from the IIHS. Structurally, the Yaris received “Good” ratings in all IIHS crash tests but fell short in the headlight tests with a “Poor” rating. The latter kept it from receiving an IIHS Top Safety Pick rating, and we expect this all to remain the same in the 2021 Yaris.