Why Buy a 2017 Yaris?

There are many subcompact cars to choose from, and the Toyota Yaris should be among those you consider. It has a starting price of $15,250. That’s average for the subcompact car class, but its standard features list is beyond what you would expect at this price point. Toyota’s Safety Sense-C is standard, and it includes lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and pre-collision braking. Subcompact car rival the Honda Fit ($16,090) comes with a standard rearview camera, as well as a passenger-side blind spot camera. A rearview camera isn’t an option in the Yaris (though it’s available in the Yaris iA, which is reviewed separately). The Nissan Versa ($11,900) is much less expensive than the Yaris, but it has no safety features. You can add a rearview camera to the Versa, but the price jumps by more than $4,000.

In addition to safety features, the Yaris has some nice entertainment features, too, like a standard 6.1-inch touch screen. To get a touch screen in the Honda Fit, you’ll have to purchase its second trim level ($18,000) or higher. The Yaris also has a nicer cabin than you might expect for the price, as many subcompacts use low-grade materials in their cabins. The Nissan Versa, for example, uses lots of hard plastics, which isn’t surprising considering its low-low starting price.

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