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Toyota Yaris

On the surface, Yaris has much to offer people who are looking for an inexpensive subcompact. It rides fairly well and is easy to maneuver and park. Handling is secure, thanks to standard stability control and braking is very good. Excellent fuel economy is another plus. However, the Yaris is noisy and uncomfortable, with a driving position none of our testers liked. It's also short on reserve power and not much fun to drive.
Alerts
There are 9 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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NA
2012
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2013
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2015
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2016
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2017
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2018
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2019
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2020
NA
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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2018
NA
2019
NA
2020
NA
Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags available, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags available from 2007, standard from 2009. ESC standard from 2010.
Road Test

On the surface, Yaris has much to offer people who are looking for an inexpensive subcompact. It rides fairly well and is easy to maneuver and park. Handling is secure, thanks to standard stability control and braking is very good. Excellent fuel economy is another plus. However, the Yaris is noisy and uncomfortable, with a driving position none of our testers liked. It's also short on reserve power and not much fun to drive.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
2-door hatchback
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 4 (106 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Toyota Yaris owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"plugs do not keep good electrical contact"

Anonymous, DE (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"some as interior light problem; parking lights and blinker"

Anonymous, DE (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"dead lightbulb on read left light"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"t=The light fade and are plastic is faded and poor lights"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"I bought car used in 2012 from a dealer. I have always had trouble with interior lights. when I took it to an independent repair shop I found out the lying bastards at the dealership had replaced a flasher unit with a 3rd party unit that never functioned correctly . Lights are good now"

William B., DE (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"they are screwy. sometimes work sometimes not"

Anonymous, DE (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The electrical system is terrible. I think the previous owner did some alteration which affected performance. some problems were fixed by dealer repair shop"

Anonymous, DE (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the lighting system has NEVER worked properly for what reason I do not know. When I have taken to the dealer they haven't done a damn thing"

Anonymous, DE (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the interior lights do not reliably light when the door is open"

Anonymous, DE (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Keyless entry stopped working last year. Dealer states at least $1500 or more to fix"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"tires kept leaking air"

Anonymous, DE (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"pressure in the tire keeps leaking"

Anonymous, DE (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
USB port

"Poor design fell into space to hold, dealer would not fix. Seat belts do not retract"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water has accumulated behind drivers door. No specific reason can be identified."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water was entering the vehicle from the back fender. After a couple months of changing the leaking part, the problem started again from the same place"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a water leak into the front passenger's footwell. My husband googled the problem and was able to fix it in a few minutes"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The windshield leaks (from rain, snow or car washing)on driver side from day one. Windshield seal is faulty."

Anonymous, (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"as the car ages it makes more and louder buzzes and squeaks. it has niever been the quietest car, but is much ouder now"

Anonymous, WV (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Some rattles but not too bad for a 7 year old car and again I say, the roads around here are often really bad (pothholes). (New Brunswick, Canada). The winter is awful on our roads"

Serge B., NB (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This small Yaris is solid, but the is some plastic noise and squeaks on the dash and doors. Road are bads around here so that's a factor for sure..."

Serge B., NB (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A squeaking sound fro front left. Had it for at least 6 years."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Some plastic squeaking and some vibration of the plastic. But our roads are bad and the car has a lot of mileage. Very minor problem overall. Really not a deal breaker. This car is trouble free."

Anonymous, NB (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"When we open a back window, and front window is also open, we(in front row) get a strange sensation in our ears. Undulating suction feeling, if that makes any sense"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Molding above doors deteriorated"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Trim breaks, cracks and falls off (grill, side trim) with very minor touches like during a car wash"

Judy D., IL (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Door trim"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint is discolored and Is easily scratches more than usual"

Anonymous, (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Fading"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The roof of the car has been losing paint and started to rust quite dramatically. Since we bought it used, it may have been painted after market with inferior paint. The paint deteriorated much quicker than our 2005 Prius and they both are not garaged."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rub away in door area"

Anonymous, WV (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Rust appears around trim and scratch marks."

Matthew D., NS (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"CD Player believes there is always a CD in the player, even when empty. Therefore, we cannot put in an actual CD, because it automatically ejects it"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"No longer works"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It no longer works."

Gary D., WA (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Player won't load CD. Or rejects CD when loaded"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"The radio sometimes turs off when you push the preprogramed buttons to change the station. This had happened in the past and was supposed to be fixed but it appears to start doing this occasionaly."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"Some repair on the brakes but the car is a 2010 with 245000km so this is normal use and tear."

Serge B., NB (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"70000 km it deserved new pads and roters"

Graham H., NS (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The brake shoes needed to be replaced"

Thomas M., NY (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"I have stopped going to Freedom Toyota in Harrisburg, PA because each time the bafoon that brings to car back after service james the parking brake on so hard it is verticle and I can't get it off with out getting help.. this action causes problems with the brakes and I had to replace the rotors (AND pads) this year during state inspection. I brought this to the attention of management at Freedom Toyota but it keeps happening."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"During freezing weather, the parking brake froze resulting in a burning smell and squishy brakes. I had to replace the whole brake system"

Erin F., MD (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Car has had an exhaust leak from Day 1. Selling dealer denied problem. 2nd dealer made repairs under warrantee but leak remains. Unmistakeable odor of exhaust in car, especially pulling up hills."

Peter K., CT (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"The passenger side warning light is still on. This was supposed to be fixed with the recall by the dealership, but it keeps coming on. The dealership claims the airbag system is functioning properly, but the light is just on."

Anonymous, WI (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"takata cirbag recall"

Beth O., IL (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Letters from manufacturers to have defective airbags replaced at no cost to me."

Luis D., NY (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"the key sticks in the trunk and is made of such weak metal that it bends when you try to open the trunk. I hate this car. It makes me wish I'd never been born"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

"I (insert swear words here) HATE this car. I wish I'd never bought it. The mirrors are terrible. They distort, have major blind spots. And the frame bar on the side window is placed to hide pedestrians as they step off the curb into the crosswalk"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

"Manual seat slide to adjust entire seat position. Just fixed as a recall a few weeks ago, now works much better. 5 years it didn't work right"

Judy D., IL (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"The system would not blow cold air when it got above 80 degrees outside. The dealership continued to test it inside the dealership or when the weather was cooler out. Finally, there was a string of 90 degree days and they tested it. The meter barely registered 79 in the car. The dealership replaced the compressor under warranty and now the AC works fine."

Anonymous, WI (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"If the heat index gets over 95 degrees the vehicle has a hard time keeping up. I took it to the dealership and they stated it is a design issue."

Anonymous, WI (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Air condition stopped working recently, but it's a 2010, so not unreasonable I guess for age and mileage."

Anonymous, NB (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"The sensor that indicates what gear the car is in went out"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Wear and tear. Replaced before failure."

Anonymous, RI (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"The transmission slips between gears when going between 25 and 27 MPH. When the car is cold the transmission will whine in 3rd gear (up to 5K RPMs) until the system warms up and then 4th gear engages. I took it to the dealership and they said it was"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"riding rouch and some shaking at 100km/hr."

Matthew D., NS (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Oil was leaking and required several changes"

Dustin V., IL (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light lights up every few months and it's always the fuel cap giving us trouble, so we just changed it. Probably not a big deal, just annoying."

Anonymous, NB (2010 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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