2018 Toyota Yaris Liftback SE: Econobox Of Sunshine
Remember when car companies built “econoboxes?”
Pepperidge Farm Toyota remembers. While its grown-up lineup is now more advanced than ever, the five-door Toyota Yaris Liftback is an affordable relic of Toyota past. Although it’s gone the way of the dodo this year, left-over Yaris hatches still populate dealer lots. (If you can wait a little longer, a Toyota-badged variant of the Mazda 2 hatchback will reportedly join the Toyota lineup for the 2020 model year).
The Yaris Liftback isn't heavy on equipment or tech, but what it lacks in features, it makes up for with personality and price. For less than $20,000, the Yaris is competitive for its ultra-affordable class.
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Good luck finding an entry-level 2018 Yaris Liftback at your local dealer. The $15,635 starting price is a farce to get people into dealerships. That's okay, because the well-equipped Yaris Liftback SE – $18,260as tested – is the trim most buyers actually want.
Options include a four-speed automatic ($800), a two-tone paint job ($895), and a few dealer-installed accessories. Otherwise, the Toyota Safety Sense C system (which includes a lane-departure warning, forward collision alert, high-beam assist, and automatic emergency braking), cloth seats, and...