The 2020 Toyota Yaris lineup gains a hatchback model to complement the carryover sedan. Unlike the previous Yaris hatchback (last offered in 2018), the new model is built on the same platform as the sedan and shares its styling and equipment.
Choosing Your Toyota Yaris
The Toyota Yaris comes in three trim levels: L, LE, XLE. However, the hatchback is only offered in LE and XLE trims. Pricing starts at $16,605 including destination for the L and climbs to $19,705 for the XLE.
The sole engine for the Yaris is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. The L and LE sedan come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but a six-speed automatic is available for $1,100. The LE hatchback and both XLE models get the automatic as standard.
With the manual transmission, the Yaris is EPA-rated at 30 miles per gallon city, 39 mpg highway, and 34 combined. The automatic raises fuel economy to 32/40/35 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Toyota Yaris can hold up to five, but the folks are back will likely feel squished. The rear seat is best reserved for children and the occasional adult.
Cargo space is very healthy for a car of this size. The sedan's truck measures 13.49 cubic feet, and the hatchback can handle up to 15.86 cubic feet. Both have split-folding rear seats for additional space.
Due to its low price, the Yaris doesn't carry the same level of safety technology as other Toyota models. Even so, every Yaris gets low-speed automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning,
The Yaris carries a full-feature infotainment system with a 7-inch touschscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility HD radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and two USB ports.
Navigation hardware is included, but the system requires an SD card to operate, available for purchase at Toyota dealers.
The L sedan provides all the basics, including power windows and locks, keyless entry, cruise control, and air conditioning. There's fabric seats, a six-way manually-adjustable driver seat, and a four-way manual passenger seat. The L rolls on 15-inch steel wheels.
The Yaris LE adds push button start, fog lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, and heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals. The automatic remains optional on the LE sedan, and comes standard on the LE hatchback.
The XLE features a leatherette interior with automatic climate control and genuine leather trim on the steering wheel. Buyers also get LED headlights and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
Safety and infotainment features are identical throughout the 2020 Toyota Yaris lineup, which makes the L sedan a bargain if you can live with the manual transmission. Otherwise, you'll get a bit more for your money with a model where the automatic is standard.