Likes

  • Very well priced
  • Solid, fuel-efficient engine
  • Decent performance for the class

Dislikes

  • The interior can’t hide the fact it was made on a budget
  • Early models lack active safety features
  • Tight second row

Stuff you should know

The Toyota Yaris, spanning 2011 to 2020, represents a popular subcompact vehicle in the Australian market. Known for its reliability and fuel efficiency, the Yaris is a preferred choice for urban dwellers and those seeking a smaller, manageable footprint.

Introduced in late 2011, this generation continued the trend of offering both hatchback and sedan variants. The design saw an update, including a more prominent front grille and streamlined rear.

In 2014, the Yaris received a mid-cycle refresh, introducing a more modern look and updated features. This generation embraced the hatchback model more, with the sedan variant becoming less common.

Across these years, the Yaris typically utilised engines ranging from 1.3-litre to 1.5-litre. This allowed for a balanced performance, suitable for city driving and moderate highway use.

The average fuel consumption remained competitive, sitting around 5.7L to 6.4L/100km, depending on the specific model and engine choice.

The Yaris steadily introduced more advanced technology and safety features over the years. By the latter half of the decade, models often included Toyota’s Safety Sense suite, offering features such as a pre-collision safety system, lane departure alert, and automatic high beam.

Infotainment systems saw updates as well, with later models including touchscreen displays and smartphone integration capabilities.

The Yaris has always been a popular choice in the Australian market due to its affordability, reliability, and practicality. Its reputation as a cost-effective, easy-to-maintain vehicle makes it a favourite among first-time car buyers, students, and urbanites.

The Toyota Yaris demonstrated consistent evolution in design, technology, and safety features. This decade of production solidified its standing as a go-to compact car for Australians looking for a blend of reliability, efficiency, and modern amenities.

What goes wrong

Exterior:

  • A handful of owners have reported the clear coat deteriorating and peeling off.

 

Interior:

  • Some Yaris models had infotainment system issues, including touchscreen freezes and audio or navigation problems.
  • Owners have reported issues with the air conditioning system, including malfunctions due to leaks or a failed compressor.

 

Mechanically:

  • The Toyota Yaris semi-automatic gearbox may exhibit issues like unresponsiveness, strange noises, shaking, or grinding due to potential oil leaks or worn-out gear shift and clutch servos.
  • Many Yaris owners report clutch slippage and related issues, often due to leaking oil, a worn disc, a warped flywheel, or overheating.
  • There are reports of issues with the engine consuming oil and the CVT transmission struggling to shift or slipping between gears.
  • Some Yaris owners reported issues with noisy brakes, suspension problems, especially rear shocks, and certain models faced recalls for safety concerns including airbag deployment failures.

 

Recalls:

  • October 2012 – Toyota recalls 297,931 vehicles including Camry, Aurion, Corolla, Yaris, RAV4, Kluger models due to a sliding electrical contact module fault in the driver’s-side power window master switch causing a potential “sticky” feel during operation, which might result in inoperability or overheating if a commercial lubricant is applied.
  • April 2014 – A fault in certain Toyota Yaris vehicles involves a spring mechanism in the front seat track that may break, potentially leading to the seat not being fully engaged and posing an increased injury risk in case of an accident.
  • November 2015 – Toyota recalls 260,864 units of Camry, Aurion, Corolla, Yaris, RAV4, and Kluger models due to insufficiently lubricated sliding electrical contacts in the driver’s side power window master switch, posing a fire hazard.
  • June 2019 – Toyota Yaris vehicles manufactured during an unspecified period have an issue where the left rear door window glass might not be properly tempered, leading to larger fragments upon breaking, potentially raising injury risks in accidents. Around 26 units are affected.

 

Exterior:

  • A handful of owners have reported the clear coat deteriorating and peeling off.

 

Interior:

  • Some Yaris models had infotainment system issues, including touchscreen freezes and audio or navigation problems.
  • Owners have reported issues with the air conditioning system, including malfunctions due to leaks or a failed compressor.

 

Mechanically:

  • The Toyota Yaris semi-automatic gearbox may exhibit issues like unresponsiveness, strange noises, shaking, or grinding due to potential oil leaks or worn-out gear shift and clutch servos.
  • Many Yaris owners report clutch slippage and related issues, often due to leaking oil, a worn disc, a warped flywheel, or overheating.
  • There are reports of issues with the engine consuming oil and the CVT transmission struggling to shift or slipping between gears.
  • Some Yaris owners reported issues with noisy brakes, suspension problems, especially rear shocks, and certain models faced recalls for safety concerns including airbag deployment failures.

 

Recalls:

  • October 2012 – Toyota recalls 297,931 vehicles including Camry, Aurion, Corolla, Yaris, RAV4, Kluger models due to a sliding electrical contact module fault in the driver’s-side power window master switch causing a potential “sticky” feel during operation, which might result in inoperability or overheating if a commercial lubricant is applied.
  • April 2014 – A fault in certain Toyota Yaris vehicles involves a spring mechanism in the front seat track that may break, potentially leading to the seat not being fully engaged and posing an increased injury risk in case of an accident.
  • November 2015 – Toyota recalls 260,864 units of Camry, Aurion, Corolla, Yaris, RAV4, and Kluger models due to insufficiently lubricated sliding electrical contacts in the driver’s side power window master switch, posing a fire hazard.
  • June 2019 – Toyota Yaris vehicles manufactured during an unspecified period have an issue where the left rear door window glass might not be properly tempered, leading to larger fragments upon breaking, potentially raising injury risks in accidents. Around 26 units are affected.

 

Exterior:

  • A handful of owners have reported the clear coat deteriorating and peeling off.

 

Interior:

  • Some Yaris models had infotainment system issues, including touchscreen freezes and audio or navigation problems.
  • Owners have reported issues with the air conditioning system, including malfunctions due to leaks or a failed compressor.

 

Mechanically:

  • The Toyota Yaris semi-automatic gearbox may exhibit issues like unresponsiveness, strange noises, shaking, or grinding due to potential oil leaks or worn-out gear shift and clutch servos.
  • Many Yaris owners report clutch slippage and related issues, often due to leaking oil, a worn disc, a warped flywheel, or overheating.
  • There are reports of issues with the engine consuming oil and the CVT transmission struggling to shift or slipping between gears.
  • Some Yaris owners reported issues with noisy brakes, suspension problems, especially rear shocks, and certain models faced recalls for safety concerns including airbag deployment failures.

 

Recalls:

  • October 2012 – Toyota recalls 297,931 vehicles including Camry, Aurion, Corolla, Yaris, RAV4, Kluger models due to a sliding electrical contact module fault in the driver’s-side power window master switch causing a potential “sticky” feel during operation, which might result in inoperability or overheating if a commercial lubricant is applied.
  • April 2014 – A fault in certain Toyota Yaris vehicles involves a spring mechanism in the front seat track that may break, potentially leading to the seat not being fully engaged and posing an increased injury risk in case of an accident.
  • November 2015 – Toyota recalls 260,864 units of Camry, Aurion, Corolla, Yaris, RAV4, and Kluger models due to insufficiently lubricated sliding electrical contacts in the driver’s side power window master switch, posing a fire hazard.
  • June 2019 – Toyota Yaris vehicles manufactured during an unspecified period have an issue where the left rear door window glass might not be properly tempered, leading to larger fragments upon breaking, potentially raising injury risks in accidents. Around 26 units are affected.

 

Should you buy it?

Absolutely. The Toyota Yaris is an extremely popular choice in the small car category and for good reason. We say this with most Toyota products, they’re not going to set your world on fire, but they get about their business in a modest manner and with a focus on solidity and reliability, rather than being overly plush. The word ‘Toyota’ has basically become a synonym for ‘reliability’, even if that results in accusations of being boring or too conservative.

There are a few mechanical issues you should be mindful of if you’re in the market for one, so it’s crucial you get one with a full service history and pay a few hundred dollars to get a pre-purchase inspection done for ultimate peace of mind.

Our tip would be to buy the newest and lowest kilometer one you can afford, and if you value safety, try and shop up the variant tree to find one with advanced safety tech.

Absolutely. The Toyota Yaris is an extremely popular choice in the small car category and for good reason. We say this with most Toyota products, they’re not going to set your world on fire, but they get about their business in a modest manner and with a focus on solidity and reliability, rather than being overly plush. The word ‘Toyota’ has basically become a synonym for ‘reliability’, even if that results in accusations of being boring or too conservative.

There are a few mechanical issues you should be mindful of if you’re in the market for one, so it’s crucial you get one with a full service history and pay a few hundred dollars to get a pre-purchase inspection done for ultimate peace of mind.

Our tip would be to buy the newest and lowest kilometer one you can afford, and if you value safety, try and shop up the variant tree to find one with advanced safety tech.

Should you buy it?

Absolutely. The Toyota Yaris is an extremely popular choice in the small car category and for good reason. We say this with most Toyota products, they’re not going to set your world on fire, but they get about their business in a modest manner and with a focus on solidity and reliability, rather than being overly plush. The word ‘Toyota’ has basically become a synonym for ‘reliability’, even if that results in accusations of being boring or too conservative.

There are a few mechanical issues you should be mindful of if you’re in the market for one, so it’s crucial you get one with a full service history and pay a few hundred dollars to get a pre-purchase inspection done for ultimate peace of mind.

Our tip would be to buy the newest and lowest kilometer one you can afford, and if you value safety, try and shop up the variant tree to find one with advanced safety tech.

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What is the car's build year?

2020

Loan Amount

$5,000

Finance estimate ~

$30

Per week*

8.49%

Comparison rate p.a#

Models, pricing & features

2011-2020 – Toyota Yaris – 10

YR

Price when new: $14,990 - $17,290

Price used: $4,200 - $12,700

Equipment

12V Socket(s) – Auxiliary
4 Speaker Stereo
ABS (Antilock Brakes)
Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt only
Air Conditioning
Airbag – Driver
Airbag – Knee Driver
Airbag – Passenger
Airbags – Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
Airbags – Head for 2nd Row Seats
Airbags – Side for 1st Row Occupants (Front)
Audio – Aux Input Socket (MP3/CD/Cassette)
Audio – Aux Input USB Socket
Audio – Input for iPod
Audio – MP3 Decoder
Bluetooth System
Body Colour – Bumpers
Body Colour – Door Handles
Body Colour – Exterior Mirrors Partial
Bottle Holders – 1st Row
Brake Assist
CD Player
Cargo Cover
Central Locking – Remote/Keyless
Chrome Rear Garnish
Clock – Digital
Control – Electronic Stability
Control – Traction
Cup Holders – 1st Row
Cup Holders – 2nd Row
Disc Brakes Front Ventilated
Door Pockets – 1st row (Front)
Drive By Wire (Electronic Throttle Control)
EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
Engine Immobiliser
Headrests – Adjustable 1st Row (Front)
Headrests – Adjustable 2nd Row x3
Illuminated – Entry/Exit with Fade
Independent Front Suspension
Intermittent Wipers
Map/Reading Lamps – for 1st Row
Multi-function Steering Wheel
Power Door Mirrors
Power Steering – Electric Assist
Power Windows – Front only
Rear View Mirror – Manual Anti-Glare
Rear Wiper/Washer
Remote Fuel Lid Release
Seat – Height Adjustable Driver
Seatback Pockets – 1st Row (Front) seats
Seatbelt – Load Limiters 1st Row (Front)
Seatbelt – Pretensioners 1st Row (Front)
Seatbelts – Lap/Sash for 5 seats
Seats – 2nd Row (Rear) Flat Folding
Seats – 2nd Row Split Fold
Spare Wheel – Space Saver/Temporary
Storage Compartment – In Cargo Area
Sunvisor – Vanity Mirror for Driver
Sunvisor – Vanity Mirror for Passenger
Tacho
Trim – Cloth
Trip Computer
Voice Recognition
Wheel Covers – Full

Ascent

Price when new: $14,990 - $17,290

Price used: $8,800 - $20,300

Adds:

6 Speaker Stereo
Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt & Reach
Brake Emergency Display – Hazard/Stoplights
Camera – Rear Vision
Cruise Control
Gloveboxes – Upper & Lower
Multi-function Control Screen – Colour
Power Windows – Front & Rear

2017 Update

Headlamps – Halogen
Brakes – Rear Drum

YRS

Price when new: $16,890 - $18,990

Price used: $5,100 - $13,600

Adds:

Chrome Door Handles – Interior
Leather Look – Gear Knob
Leather Look – Steering Wheel
Memory Card Reader

SX

Price when new: $16,990 - $19,610

Price used: $10,500 - $24,000

Adds:

Fog Lamps – Front
Rear Windows – Extra Dark/Privacy
null update
GPS (Satellite Navigation)

ZR

Price when new: $18,990 - $22,690

Price used: $6,100 - $28,000

Adds:

15″ Alloy Wheels
Air Cond. – Climate Control
Body Kit – Lower (skirts, F & R Aprons)
Chrome Exhaust Tip(s)
Headlamps – Blacked Out Surrounds
Headlamps Automatic (light sensitive)
Spoiler – Rear Roof Mounted
Sports Seats – 1st Row (Front)
Steering Wheel – Sports
Video – DIVX Decoder

2017 Update

Headlamps – Electric Level Adjustment
Headlamps – LED
Collision Mitigation – Forward (Low speed)
Collision Warning – Forward
Headlamp – High Beam Auto Dipping
Lane Departure Warning
Power Door Mirrors – Heated
Tail Lamps – LED
Control – Pedestrian Avoidance with Braking

YRX

Price when new: $21,390 - $21,390

Price used: $7,400 - $15,400

Tech specs

Body Styles

  • 3 door Hatchback
  • 5 door Hatchback

Engines

  • 1.3 litre 4-cylinder petrol (YR, Ascent)
  • 1.5 litre 4-cylinder petrol (YRS, ZR, YRX, SX)

Power

  • 63kW – 1.3 litre 4-cylinder petrol (YR, Ascent)
  • 80kW – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder petrol (YRS, ZR, YRX, SX)

Torque

  • 121Nm – 1.3 litre 4-cylinder petrol (YR, Ascent)
  • 141Nm – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder petrol (YRS, ZR, YRX, SX)
  • 120Nm – 1.3 litre 4-cylinder petrol (Ascent)

Transmissions

  • 5-speed Manual (YR, YRS, ZR, Ascent, SX)
  • 4-speed Automatic

Fuel Consumption

  • 5.7 – 6.4L / 100km

Length

  • 3885 – 3930mm (3 door Hatchback)
  • 3885 – 3945mm (5 door Hatchback)

Width

  • 1695mm (3 door Hatchback)
  • 1695mm (5 door Hatchback)

Height

  • 1510mm (3 door Hatchback)
  • 1510mm (5 door Hatchback)

Wheelbase

  • 2510mm (3 door Hatchback)
  • 2510mm (5 door Hatchback)

Tare Mass

  • 1000 – 1030kg (3 door Hatchback)
  • 1000 – 1030kg (5 door Hatchback)

Kerb Weight

  • 1025 – 1055kg (3 door Hatchback)
  • 1025 – 1055kg (5 door Hatchback)

Towing

  • 550kg (unbraked), 900kg (braked)

ANCAP Ratings

  • 5 stars (tested 2011)

Body Styles

  • 3 door Hatchback
  • 5 door Hatchback

Engines

  • 1.3 litre 4-cylinder petrol (YR, Ascent)
  • 1.5 litre 4-cylinder petrol (YRS, ZR, YRX, SX)

Power

  • 63kW – 1.3 litre 4-cylinder petrol (YR, Ascent)
  • 80kW – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder petrol (YRS, ZR, YRX, SX)

Torque

  • 121Nm – 1.3 litre 4-cylinder petrol (YR, Ascent)
  • 141Nm – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder petrol (YRS, ZR, YRX, SX)
  • 120Nm – 1.3 litre 4-cylinder petrol (Ascent)

Transmissions

  • 5-speed Manual (YR, YRS, ZR, Ascent, SX)
  • 4-speed Automatic

Fuel Consumption

  • 5.7 – 6.4L / 100km

Length

  • 3885 – 3930mm (3 door Hatchback)
  • 3885 – 3945mm (5 door Hatchback)

Width

  • 1695mm (3 door Hatchback)
  • 1695mm (5 door Hatchback)

Height

  • 1510mm (3 door Hatchback)
  • 1510mm (5 door Hatchback)

Wheelbase

  • 2510mm (3 door Hatchback)
  • 2510mm (5 door Hatchback)

Tare Mass

  • 1000 – 1030kg (3 door Hatchback)
  • 1000 – 1030kg (5 door Hatchback)

Kerb Weight

  • 1025 – 1055kg (3 door Hatchback)
  • 1025 – 1055kg (5 door Hatchback)

Towing

  • 550kg (unbraked), 900kg (braked)

ANCAP Ratings

  • 5 stars (tested 2011)

Body Styles

  • 3 door Hatchback
  • 5 door Hatchback

Engines

  • 1.3 litre 4-cylinder petrol (YR, Ascent)
  • 1.5 litre 4-cylinder petrol (YRS, ZR, YRX, SX)

Power

  • 63kW – 1.3 litre 4-cylinder petrol (YR, Ascent)
  • 80kW – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder petrol (YRS, ZR, YRX, SX)

Torque

  • 121Nm – 1.3 litre 4-cylinder petrol (YR, Ascent)
  • 141Nm – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder petrol (YRS, ZR, YRX, SX)
  • 120Nm – 1.3 litre 4-cylinder petrol (Ascent)

Transmissions

  • 5-speed Manual (YR, YRS, ZR, Ascent, SX)
  • 4-speed Automatic

Fuel Consumption

  • 5.7 – 6.4L / 100km

Length

  • 3885 – 3930mm (3 door Hatchback)
  • 3885 – 3945mm (5 door Hatchback)

Width

  • 1695mm (3 door Hatchback)
  • 1695mm (5 door Hatchback)

Height

  • 1510mm (3 door Hatchback)
  • 1510mm (5 door Hatchback)

Wheelbase

  • 2510mm (3 door Hatchback)
  • 2510mm (5 door Hatchback)

Tare Mass

  • 1000 – 1030kg (3 door Hatchback)
  • 1000 – 1030kg (5 door Hatchback)

Kerb Weight

  • 1025 – 1055kg (3 door Hatchback)
  • 1025 – 1055kg (5 door Hatchback)

Towing

  • 550kg (unbraked), 900kg (braked)

ANCAP Ratings

  • 5 stars (tested 2011)

Warranty & servicing

Warranty

3 years / 100,000 km

5 years / unlimited km (2011 Ascent, 2011 SX, 2011 ZR)

Service Intervals

10,000 km / 6 months

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