Toyota Corolla vs. Toyota Yaris

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009 and has been published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also hosts a web-series car-review show and dabbles in the world of personal-finance writing.

His specialty is in the high-performance realm, but he has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Before diving into the world of writing, Justin was an automotive technician and manager for six years and spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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, Automotive Editor - December 22, 2016

Entry-level models like the Toyota Yaris can sometimes result in cross-shopping with the automaker's big brother, the Corolla. The Yaris appeals to budget buyers, but the Corolla offers a nice mix of features at an attractive price. Both have their pros and cons, but one is a significantly better buy than the other.

Continue reading to learn which model we prefer, the Corolla or the Yaris.

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What the Corolla Gets Right

As a higher-end model, the Toyota Corolla starts off with a few extra goodies that are not included with the standard Yaris. These features include: LED headlights and running lights, adaptive cruise, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, Siri control and more.

The Corolla is a good bit more potent than its hatchback cousin, thanks to its 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that’s good for 132 horsepower. What’s more, despite its extra power, the Corolla’s LE Eco trim manages to deliver a surprising 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.

Inside, the Corolla has a ton of rear seat legroom that rivals some midsize and large vehicles. This makes it a great option for growing families.

Finally, the Corolla is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ model, which it owes to its tough construction and standard auto emergency braking.

What the Yaris Gets Right

The Yaris comes in at a lower price, making it easier for those with a tighter budget. This low cost also allows buyers to opt for the range-topping SE trim while remaining below the Corolla’s base price. Its smaller footprint also makes it easier in tight areas.

Inside, the smaller Yaris’ hatchback setup makes for more cargo room with or without the seats folded. The hatchback also makes loading said cargo easier.

The Yaris has a Limited Buyer Base

The Toyota Yaris is a great car for buyers shopping with a super-tight budget. But other than that, it simply can’t compete with the Corolla. Most shoppers may not know that despite its low MSRP, the Yaris rarely sees discounts. On the other hand, the Corolla almost always has a rebate or finance offer, potentially helping close the gap in real-world price.

Verdict: Toyota Corolla

The Corolla, while pricier, is the better buy than the Yaris. Its additional power, more stylish looks, better fuel economy and better transmission options all make it the winner today.

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, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009 and has been published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also hosts a web-series car-review show and dabbles in the world of personal-finance writing.

His specialty is in the high-performance realm, but he has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Before diving into the world of writing, Justin was an automotive technician and manager for six years and spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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