Used Toyota Yaris (Mk3, 2011-2020) review - What should you look out for?

A strong reputation for reliability makes the Toyota Yaris a safe bet

A five-year/100,000-mile warranty provides peace of mind when buying a later Toyota Yaris Mk3, but you could find that it’s not required. The Yaris’s reputation for reliability is matched only by rival supermini the Honda Jazz.

Common used Toyota Yaris problems

Bodywork Rear number plate trim can react with the tailgate and corrode. Dealers know about it.

Trim Shiny dash plastics can reflect in the windscreen. Some owners have made their own dash-top mats. 

Gearbox Multidrive CVT auto is either loved or hated by owners; it’s less reliable than the manual alternative. 

Fuel costs Poor fuel economy is a common gripe. Hybrid buyers expect more than 70mpg, when 45-50mpg is more realistic. 


There have been eight Yaris Mk3 recalls; two in August 2013 for brake fluid leaks and power steering failure.

Possible brake fluid leaks led to an action for Hybrids in December 2014. In January 2015 turbos were called back for oil leaks. Other campaigns came in March 2015 (rear hubs working loose), June 2015 (faulty airbags), May 2016 (rear seatbelts) and July 2016 (suspension failure).

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