After the recent facelift, 2018 Toyota Yaris Hybrid continues without bigger changes, featuring a fresh design and new hybrid powertrain. The excellent subcompact is present for many years and became one of the leaders in the class. Thanks to its excellent quality and attractive styling, it is very often the first choice for all those who search for a city car. The recent update raised things on a whole new level. Besides usual visual improvements, this facelift has brought changes under the hood as well.
Moreover, this model became the first city car to come with a hybrid powertrain. It instantly became clear that this was an excellent move since sale numbers raised by more than 40 percent. Now we can expect from other manufacturers to go in the same way, although it is questionable how successful they can be.
2018 Toyota Yaris Hybrid redesign
The 2018 Toyota Yaris Hybrid continues without bigger changes. This model features pretty much the same base characteristics as gasoline-powered version, featuring same platform, styling, design characteristics, interior etc. The company has introduced some novelties last year, which make this small city car much more attractive. This facelift includes various visual improvements. First of all, 2018 Toyota Yaris Hybrid follows brand’s newest design language entirely. There is a familiar grille design, as well new headlights and front bumper. On the other side, rear end comes with new taillights, as well as some other smaller new details.
Unlike the exterior, the interior design remains pretty much unchanged. There is a familiar dashboard layout and novelties in this aspect are minimal. Though you can get some new color schemes, the core remains the same. On the other side, there is a brand-new hybrid powertrain in the offer.
2018 Toyota Yaris Hybrid powertrain
Despite many visual improvements, the new powertrain was the most important thing about this facelift. This model has become the first city car to get a hybrid powertrain.
It comes with Toyota’s familiar parallel hybrid system, which combines a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and electric motor. This naturally aspirated gasoline engine is good for about 75 horsepower, while the electric motor delivers around 60. Due to different peak, 2018 Toyota Yaris Hybrid has an overall output of 100 horsepower. Besides new hybrid version, you should consider other versions as well.
Base models come with the famous 1.0-liter engine which delivers around 75 horses. Also, there is a 1.5-liter unit with a max power of 110 horses.
Finally, there is a hi-performance version, which comes with a supercharged 1.8-liter engine and outputs around 205 horsepower.
2018 Toyota Yaris Hybrid equipment
Despite its size, the 2018 Toyota Yaris Hybrid comes with a pretty decent list of standard features. Base models come with things like collision and lane departure warning system, automatic high-beam and rain-sensing wipers, as well as Bluetooth and a six-speaker audio system. There are total six trim levels. Those are Active, Icon, Icon Tech, Design, Bi-Tone, and Excel. As you go up in the range, the list grows and includes bigger wheels, projector headlamps, a 4.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system, satellite navigation, a rearview camera and parking sensors.
2018 Toyota Yaris Hybrid price and competition
Although it comes with a hybrid technology, the 2018 Toyota Yaris Hybrid still features pretty approachable price. It is available already at 21.000 dollars. Since there is no other small city car with a hybrid powertrain, it will compete with the same models as the base gasoline version.
This is one of the toughest segments of the industry and competitors are numerous. Some of biggest rivals will be models like Ford Fiesta, Nissan Versa, Suzuki Ignis, Hyundai i10 and many others.