The all-new Yaris adds more features, and it is much bigger than before. You'd be forgiven for thinking that this vehicle is fake because of its introduction on April Fools’ Day. However, the New York Auto show will be the platform for its grand reveal. Just like the Yaris sedan, the new Toyota Yaris Hatchback is built around the Mazda 2 platform. The Hatchback is here to take the place of the unloved Yaris Liftback. It will come with two trim levels: XLE and LE; you will notice that the XLE offers automatic LED headlights that work hand in hand with daytime running lights. The availability of two trims means that the hatchback is becoming more upmarket and you’ll have a more clear-cut choice. The 2020 Yaris Hatchback has made a step up like Tyga’s music career, an obvious improvement from the current sedan, meaning that you’ll spend a little more to get certain features.
What powers it?
The 2020 Yaris Hatchback is driven by a 106 horsepower four-cylinder engine with a capacity of 1.5 liters; this powerhouse will deliver 103 lb-ft of torque. No manual transmission is available; instead, you will get a six-speed automatic transmission. The accelerator response will be sharpened by a Sport mode that can be selected by the driver. We’re not sure about the fuel economy numbers, but we know that they’re similar to those of the Yaris sedan which offers 40 mpg highway and 32 mpg city. This is a massive upgrade from the old Yaris which offered 35 mpg highway and 30 mpg city.
How does it look like from the outside?
Well, the Yaris looks like its ready for a romantic date in Paris. The front end is all about Toyota, but the rest of the exterior comes with the styling of a Mazda. You will be forgiven for thinking that this is the most recent Mazda when you look at the creases and curves of the 2020 Yaris hatchback. Toyota holds its own with the large trapezoidal grille that is very similar to an angry large-mouth bass. The steel wheels have been upgraded from 15 inches to 16-inch aluminum wheels. When compared to its predecessor, the new Yaris is about 6 inches longer with a wheelbase which increases by 2.4 inches.
Which goodies are in the interior?
Toyota has placed its badges in the inside of the new Yaris, but there is no running away from the fact that Mazda’s design is what dominates the interior. The first thing that you’ll notice is that this vehicle has a clean and simple cabin. The Mazda interface is convenient, but it takes a little practice to get used to it. The driver can use a rotary controller or a touchpad to control the 7-inch screen located in the central dash. Drivers can also make use of the six-speaker stereo by using the auxiliary input, USB ports or SiriusXM. The infotainment system can work in conjunction with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In order to access the navigation system, you should buy an SD card from your dealership; this built-in system can be used by both the LE and XLE. The higher XLE adds rain-sensing windshield wipers, parking brake handle, shift knob, leatherlike upholstery, leather-trimmed steering wheel, and automatic climate control.
How safe is the 2020 Toyota Yaris?
The new Yaris is as safe as a white suburban neighborhood. This vehicle comes with numerous driver-assist and safety features. Some of the goodies include low-speed automatic emergency braking that works as part of a pre-collision system, a rear backup camera, six airbags, and forward collision warning.
When will it arrive?
It will be officially launched later this month, but you’ll have to wait until September to purchase the new Toyota Yaris. We estimate that the price will start at $18,000.
What is our verdict about this vehicle?
If you are in love with the Mazda 2 (only sold overseas) and you live in the United States, then you should buy the new Yaris because it is almost the same car. The sedan version was among our favorite cars of 2019, and therefore we expect the new hatchback to surpass it. We expect the new Yaris to offer an enjoyable ride, good fuel economy, improved maneuverability, and more convenience. The experience with this vehicle should make you feel as good as Lebron James feels when he asks for his bank account balance.