Toyota Yaris 2021 – Review, Specs, Photos

The new Toyota Yaris 2021 comes with black interior speaker and roof trim. Positioned between the Etios and the Corolla, the Toyota Yaris 2021 wants to fight for the category of “premium compact” category. Among the news regarding the New Toyota Yaris launch, the internal space is what catches the most attention. With 2.55 meters of wheelbase, the compact does not have the central duct of both hatch and sedan. This increases the internal space especially for the rear seat passengers of the vehicle. Full review and all information about the car – 2021 Toyota Yaris.

New Toyota Yaris 2021

The 2021 Toyota Yaris in sedan and hatchback forms wear Toyota’s bold trapezoidal front grille like a face tattoo: There’s just no getting around it, and it’s proportionately huge for a car so small. It looks more balanced on the redesigned hatchback and its snub ends, which is nearly a foot shorter than the sedan. On the inside, Mazda’s presence under the sheet metal comes to the fore. This is great for handling, bad for style. The 2021 Toyota Yaris earns a 4 out of 10 for overall styling. The base L sedan rides on 15-inch wheels, while the more attractive hatchback gets 16-inch alloy wheels. The corners of the pouty, oversized grille lead to a creased hood on top and a lower body line that rises toward the top of the rear wheel, as if the aerodynamics are stamped onto the side. The hatch is 10 inches shorter than the sedan, so it comes to an abrupt but not unattractive end, and the wheelbase is longer for a sportier profile. Toyota Yaris 2021 – photos colors and price in this article!


The Yaris’s cabin earns style points for its chic design, and the materials are of good quality. Most drivers should find the front seats to be reasonably comfortable, but the rear seats may be a tight fit for taller passengers. This Toyota lags behind the pack when it comes to cargo capacity. The hatchback provides 16 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in place. That’s less than rivals such as the Kia Rio hatchback (17 cubic feet). With the Yaris sedan, you’ll find 14 cubic feet of room for your belongings in the trunk. The Versa sedan surpasses the Yaris in this respect, offering up to 15 cubic feet of cargo space. Toyota Yaris 2021 – see the photo in the gallery on our website.


The Toyota Yaris Hatchback briefly disappeared in 2021, with the artist formerly known as the Yaris iA taking over the sole duty of flying the Yaris flag. But the hatchback body style has made a return this year as an all-new subcompact hatchback, based on the Yaris sedan, which makes it fundamentally a Mazda 2 (a subcompact no longer on sale in the US) in Toyota drag. In this guise, the Yaris Hatchback enters its third generation, sharing a meager 1.5-liter four-pot engine with the Yaris Sedan that delivers outputs of 106 horsepower and 103 lb-ft of torque. The front-wheel-drive engine is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. Unfortunately, and unlike the Yaris Sedan, the Hatchback is not available with a manual gearbox at all. Even with most manufacturers pulling out of the subcompact class, the Toyota Yaris still faces stiff competition from the new Kia Rio5 and the highly respected Honda Fit. 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.


Let’s compare the interior of the 2021 Toyota GR Yaris to the 2021 Yaris hatchback. The 2021 Yaris hatchback features room for 5 people (possibly only 4 for the GR performance version) and contains 15.8 cubic feet of storage space. The Toyota Yaris features standard Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, two USB ports, and a six-speaker sound system. The inside of the GR Yaris incorporates unique red stitching across the seats, e-brake, gear stick, and steering wheel. The steering wheel has a GR logo embedded in the bottom spoke along with chrome acceleration, clutch, and brake pedals. The GR logo is also stitched into the head rests of the front seats.

Fuel economy

With the automatic transmission, the 2021 Toyota Yaris achieves EPA-estimated fuel economy of 32/40 mpg city/highway. That matches the mileage achieved by the Nissan Versa, and it trails the Kia Rio’s mileage by a hair (33/41 mpg). The Yaris’s fuel economy dips to 30/39 mpg with the manual gearbox. Today’s subcompact cars offer superb mileage, and figures for the Yaris are competitive within this segment. In our time spent with a Yaris XLE, we observed mileage of 33 mpg.


Buyers will initially have two powertrains to choose from. The entry-level Yaris Cross is fitted with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder whose horsepower and torque outputs haven’t been released yet. Toyota focused on the available gasoline-electric hybrid setup, which combines electrified technology found on models like the Camry and the RAV4 with a 1.5-liter triple that runs on the Atkinson cycle. The system sends 116 horsepower to the front wheels in its standard configuration, and motorists can select all-wheel drive at an extra cost. As much as we’d love to tell you a range-topping model powered by the Yaris GR’s 268-horsepower three-cylinder is part of the lineup, there’s no indication Toyota will launch a rally-bred, performance-oriented version of its latest crossover. It doesn’t sound like a turbodiesel engine will be available, either. Toyota will manufacture the Yaris Cross in France alongside the Yaris hatchback, which entered its fourth generation in 2021. The model sold in the United States is completely different; it’s a re-badged Mazda2. Production is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2021, and pricing will be released closer to its on-sale date. We’ve asked Toyota if the Yaris Cross will be sold in the United States, and we’ll update this story if we learn more. We wouldn’t bet on it, though; executives will likely argue it’s far too small to get the attention of American motorists.

Technical specifications

Toyota says the GR Yaris was developed using knowledge learned from its years in WRC, where it currently fields two factory rally cars. Under the hood sits a 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct-injection three-cylinder making 268 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque, making it the highest-output production three-cylinder car ever, according to the company.


L sedan: $16,605; LE sedan: $17,605; XLE sedan: $19,705; LE hatchback: $18,705; XLE hatchback: $19,705. The base L sedan with the manual transmission offers enough standard equipment to keep most buyers happy. If you prefer the convenience of an automatic transmission, the L trim also can be had with a six-speed automatic gearbox for $1100 more than the manual L’s price. The L with manual transmission rides on 15-inch steel wheels and comes standard with exterior features such as daytime running lights and power-adjustable side mirrors. Within the cabin, features such as air conditioning, keyless entry and ignition, a manually adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering column, and a folding rear seat with a 60/40 split are standard. All models are equipped with low-speed forward-collision warning.


In crash tests carried out by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2021 Yaris earned a perfect five out of five stars overall. The 2021 Yaris hasn’t been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). However, the 2021 Yaris sedan earned the highest score of Good in all crashworthiness measures in tests conducted by the IIHS. Notably, the Yaris isn’t available with driver-assistance features such as blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control or a lane-departure warning system. You’ll find these optional amenities in rivals such as the 2021 Nissan Versa. Key safety features include: Standard low-speed forward-collision warning.


The engine is mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission—no automatics here, as it should be. Power is sent to all four wheels via Toyota’s new “GR-Four” all-wheel-drive system, which uses Torsen-style limited slip differentials front and rear. Power is distributed to each axle via an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch center differential with three modes: Normal, Sport, and Track.


The jump in the Yaris L from a 6-speed manual to a 6-speed automatic is $1,100. The hatchback only comes with the automatic. Both transmissions are moved by a 106-horsepower 1.5-liter inline-4 that powers the front wheels. The Yaris doesn’t go anywhere in a hurry, but a sport mode in the 6-speed automatic revs the engine enough to fill the cabin with noise. The Yaris sedan is thrifty on the road, too, thanks to its low 2,400-pound weight. The sedan is nearly a foot longer and a bit heavier, but gets 40 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The hatchback is expected to be the same. Under the skin, the Yazda uses a MacPherson front strut and a torsion-beam rear axle. The base L has 15-inch wheels, while the others have 16-inch wheels. The road is ever-present, the cabin can be loud, yet the Yaris has firm footing and good outward vision to help you avoid all those road imperfections. Even though it’s slow, the subcompact is comparatively quick to react, and the thick three-spoke steering wheel has good heft—like the MX-5 Miata—compared to the bargain-bin competitors.


The Yaris is one of the smallest and least expensive vehicles in Toyota’s lineup, but it doesn’t look or feel like anything else in the automaker’s stable. That’s mostly because it’s based on a Mazda design rather than Toyota’s, taking on the engine, tech, and most of the interior and exterior design from the Mazda 2, a car that’s no longer sold in America. It might sound like an identity crisis, but the final product is a polished and fun (if slightly underpowered) compact that offers a lot for relatively little. The only real change from last year’s model is the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the Mazda-sourced infotainment system. That’s hardly a bad thing, as we’re still swayed by the Yaris’ standard features, impressive fuel economy, attractive interior and sharp driving dynamics. Cargo and interior space is limited, but Toyota offers a Yaris hatchback or the Corolla hatchback if you want more utility. Overall, the 2021 Yaris sedan is a pleasing urban runabout that should work out well for sedan shoppers on a budget.

Release date

Toyota waited over a month to introduce the pint-sized crossover it planned to unveil at the 2021 edition of the Geneva Motor Show. Called Yaris Cross, the smallest and most affordable member of the company’s growing range of high-riding models was primarily developed with the needs of European motorists in mind. Built on the same basic platform as the newest Yaris, the Cross stretches 164.5 inches long, 69.4 inches wide, and 61.4 inches tall, dimensions that make it approximately seven inches shorter, an inch narrower, and about as high as the C-HR. It’s less spacecraft-like thanks in part to a tall, upright front fascia, squared-off wheel arches covered by plastic trim, and a relatively high amount of ground clearance. The fully-loaded model defies its entry-level label with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting on both ends, and two-tone paint.


The 2021 Toyota Yaris goes far on thrift and short on just about everything else. The subcompact sedan starts at just $16,605 (including $955 destination) in base L trim. The sedan and hatchback are offered in LE and XLE trim, which tops out at $19,705. Despite that low starting price, the Yaris is undercut by the Chevy Spark, Mitsubishi Mirage, and Nissan Versa. The Yaris comes with standard power features, two USB ports, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and automatic emergency braking that can avoid crashes at 12 mph or slower. The Versa offers more active safety features, but is more expensive. The 2021 Yaris earns a TCC Rating of 5.3 out of 10.

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