A lot of people were wondering what the 2018 Toyota Yaris was supposed to do for us. The answer is a bit disappointing as the 2018 version of the Yaris model is only going to give us a minor facelift. The model adds certain elements and changes for the exterior and updates the interior as well. But under the hood and everything else remains mostly unchanged. The only thing that we are truly excited here is the updated package that the Toyota Yaris comes with.
Yaris was actually in desperate need for a change. The last time anything major was done to the car is back in 2012, which is a long time for the small car segment. With the lack of updates and changes made the car managed to stick around for so long and the only thing which kept it going was the expectancy of updating it and adding more to its design. Sadly, it did not pan out as we hoped it would be.
As the pictures of the 2018 Toyota Yaris have shown, there are some good things about the update. The car does not have the cartoonish look of the past vehicles. It does look a little bit spartanesque in its base form, but the higher the trims go the sportier it gets. It will come back with a standard set of vehicles with the L, LE and SE trims available.
Now when the release date is coming nearer let’s look at what the car brings to us and we study everything in our review.
When is the Release Date of the 2018 Toyota Yaris?
The expectancy of the 2018 Toyota Yaris coming may not get all the people’s hopes up after they find out how scarce the update is. But the model is going to satisfy some fans which are interested in what the Yaris offers. The release date is set for the middle of the year and we are expecting for the exact confirmation to be made soon.
Price for the 2018 Toyota Yaris
The price of the newest 2018 Toyota Yaris is not going to differ so much from the current model. The vehicle is an inexpensive car and is just what some of the fans are looking for in it. The model starts with a price of around 17,000 USD with the higher trims gaining a little bit more.
What are the Exterior Updates?
The new exterior of the 2018 Toyota Yaris will gain certain updates which are supposed to make it better looking. They do manage to succeed in this but are not a whole lot of innovative in a larger sense. They do prevent the car having those outrageous cartoon-like lines and they do it by updating the front and the back. Both the front and the rear bumper have been updated and the wheels also gained a new kind of a design. The SE trim gets its own shiny black mesh grille which separates it from the rest of the Yaris trims. The vehicle also uses 16-inch alloy wheels as standard.
The indie of the 2018 Toyota Yaris has changed much more compared to the outside. They did manage to add a lot of new technological features and have updated it for a modernistic look. One of the upgrades that is added is a new three-spoke steering wheel added for the L trims. There are some integrated controls added to it and the sporty gauges are seen on all the models across the board. For infotainment a 6.1-inch touchscreen is added in the L and LE models while the SE uses a 7.0-inch touchscreen. The base models have Bluetooth, a USB 2.0 port, Siri Eyes Free for Apple devices and an AM/FM/CD player, while the upper SE one has an HD radio, a SiriusXM satellite radio and an app for your smartphone which helps with navigation. The L and LE also use a black and gray combination for the interior while the LS has an all-black one.
What has the Drivetrain Added?
It will most likely appear that the powertrain of the new 2018 Toyota Yaris is going to be the old one. It is actually the fact that we see as the most frustrating with this vehicle as we see it as a possibility for them to give the fans something new. So as things go we are going to have a 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine producing 106 of horsepower and being matted to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic.
0-60 mph and Top Speed
As there are no new stats available for the 2018 Toyota Yaris model we assume that the old ones are still in effect. It is pretty obvious to think it so, particularly as the car has simply carried over the engine. Thus the acceleration of 10.2 seconds to reach 0-60 mph will remain and so does it go for the top speed which reaches 108 mph.
Are There going to be Some Improvements with the Fuel Economy?
With the engine of the 2018 Toyota Yaris being carried over, we are probably not going to have any improvements to the fuel economy. Although there were some statements that the new exterior styling may bring to lesser air resistance and could reduce the weight, but it was not confirmed to be so for now. The previous model had an EPA rating of 30 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, 33 mpg combined and the new one will most likely carry over the stats.
Size and Dimensions
The newest 2018 Toyota Yaris will retain similar dimensions as the outgoing model. The size of the car amounts to a full length of 155.5 inches, the wheelbase is 98.8 inches, the height is 59.4 inches and the width comes to 66.7 inches. The interior allows for a passenger volume of 86 cu ft while the trunk space allows for a volume of 16 cu ft.
The Safety Ratings
There are not current safety ratings made for the 2018 Toyota Yaris. These might come out a little bit later after the release date. But as the technology of the car has improved so have some safety gadgets been added. The active safety features are expanded with the addition of forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, automated emergency braking, and automatic high-beams which come standard for all trims.
Some Other Cars in the Segment
Perhaps the only thing that can hurt the 2018 Toyota Yaris are the competing cars. This is not at all a small thing as the number of very good vehicles in the segment has risen. Perhaps the next model that Toyota prepares is not going to gain such a bland update as this 2018 version of the Yaris has. The models to watch out for include the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta and the Chevrolet Sonic models, which are all going to be ranked higher compared to the Yaris model.
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