2017 Toyota Yaris iA Sedan

Susan Frissell
WWW.womenwithwheels.com

The 2017 Yaris iA-a new addition to the Toyota lineup, coming over from Scion in 2016. A Scion product in its other life, the iA sedan comes into 2017 mostly unchanged. Other than the Toyota badge, the iA offers a few new color choices.

There is only one trim level from which to choose in this relatively fun car to drive. While nothing special, the Yaris iA will provide great fuel economy, a solid ride and ease of handling and parking.

The Yaris iA offers several features at a reasonable price. How many vehicles today fall in under the $20,000 ceiling? It handles well, has a plain, yet upscale feeling interior, and free maintenance and roadside assistance for two years, or 25,000-miles.

While this econo-box has many good qualities, it’s not a standout. Rear passenger room is limited and a tall driver might find the front seating a tad tight. When navigating hills or on-ramps, the Yaris iA struggles a bit, but then again, it is not competing with sedans of bigger status.

Competitors in the subcompact category include the Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio, Nissan Versa and Hyundai Accent. The iA is based on the Mazda2-not sold in the U.S. Our test Yaris iA came equipped with the six-speed manual transmission that was fun to drive. Buyers can opt for the six-speed automatic transmission, without sacrificing fuel economy too noticeably.

Our Yaris iA came equipped with standard safety features, including Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Low-Speed Pre-Collision System, ABS, Electronic Brake Force and Brake Assist. Impressive for a subcompact vehicle. Several airbags, including side and side curtain airbags abound.

Also standard are a tire pressure monitoring system, Integrated rearview backup camera, remote keyless entry and push-button start. Cruise control, power door locks, mirrors and windows are also standard. A/C, rear window defogger and 60/40 split-fold flat rear seating are also included.

Yaris is Toyota’s smallest sedan, just below the ever-popular Corolla. Following Scion’s ‘monospec’ policy, the Yaris iA has no optional packages or individual features. It is what it is and you get just that, which must surely make it easier for Toyota.

A fun car to drive, the Yaris iA resembles Mazda in that regard. Easy to handle with some surprising pep, it is quieter than most subcompacts. The interior is comfortable, though legroom might be a problem from six-footers. The tilt-telescoping steering wheel helps that.

The sound system, an AM/FM/HD radio has nine speakers, AUX, two USB ports, and streaming via Bluetooth, voice recognition, connected service suite with Pandora, AHA and Stitcher radio. The 7-inch touchscreen displays audio and operates with a multi-function commander control.

SPECS

MSRP: $15,950; total vehicle price $16,815, delivery $865
Engine: 106-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine DOHC
Transmission: Six-speed manual transmission w/OD, FWD
Wheelbase: 101.2 in.
Height: 58.5 in.
Width: 66.7 in.
Length: 171.7 in.
Fuel Tank Capacity: 11.6 gal.
Tires: 185/60R16
Wheels: 16-inch alloy
EPA Fuel Economy: 30/34/39 mpg.
Curb weight: 2,385 lbs.
Warranty: 36 mth/36,000-mile Bumper-Bumper

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