Test Drive: 2010 Toyota Yaris sedan – Autos.ca

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May 14, 2010

Review and photos by Greg Wilson

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Now into its fourth model year, the subcompact Toyota Yaris sedan has received some needed safety upgrades for 2010 to keep it up to date with newer competitors, such as the all-new 2011 Ford Fiesta sedan. Anti-lock brakes, previously optional on the Yaris sedan, are now standard. Electronic stability control, formerly unavailable, is now optional as part of the Enhanced Convenience Package ($2,800).

Brake Assist, a panic braking assistance system, has also been added to that package. And 2010 Yaris sedans built after December, 2009 come with standard front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags – these were previously optional.

2010 Toyota Yaris sedan. Click image to enlarge

Bottom line: the 2010 Yaris sedan is safer for its occupants, but not quite as pretty.

The price has gone up too. In 2009, the Yaris sedan listed at $13,945 plus $1,120 Freight. When the 2010 Yaris sedan was introduced in the fall of 2009, its base price was $14,750 plus a $1,280 Freight charge, but the MSRP increased to $14,990 on January 5, 2010 #8211; probably because of the additional side and curtain airbags.

That’s about one-thousand dollars more than the 2009 price.

Compared to other subcompacts, the Yaris sedan’s base price is considerably higher. Competitors include the Nissan Versa sedan ($12,698), Ford Fiesta sedan ($12,999), Kia Rio sedan ($13,695), Chevrolet Aveo sedan ($14,150), and Hyundai Accent sedan ($14,299). In most cases, the Yaris sedan’s higher price can be justified by its higher level of standard equipment, but the new 2011 Fiesta sedan includes standard ABS, stability control, traction control, and six airbags for $2,000 less; and it’s available with an optional six-speed automatic transmission compared to the Yaris’ four-speed automatic.

It’s quite likely that the Fiesta’s suite of standard features forced Toyota to upgrade the Yaris sedan midway through the model year #8211; and other subcompacts will have to follow suit in order to compete too.

Pricing and standard equipment

Standard equipment on the 2010 Toyota Yaris sedan ($14,990) includes a 106-hp 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission, 15-inch all-season tires and steel wheels with covers, body-coloured bumpers, AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary jack and four speakers, tachometer, height adjustable driver’s seat and tilt/telescopic steering wheel, variable-assist power steering, 60/40 split folding rear seatbacks with fold-down centre armrest, illuminated entry, five head restraints, six airbags, rear door child locks, child seat anchor points and tether hooks, engine immobilizer, digital clock, front and rear cupholders, manual mirrors, intermittent wipers, and rear defroster.

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