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).
In this review
- 1Used Toyota Yaris (Mk3, 2011-2020) reviewRivals beat the Toyota Yaris for fun driving and quality feel, but the Toyota is a practical and reliable supermini
- 2How much will it cost?Efficiency is definitely the trump card of this little Toyota – all versions are impressively affordable to run
- 3How practical is it?With its Tardis-like interior, the Toyota Yaris serves up plenty of space for passengers and luggage alike
- 4What’s it like to drive?It’s comfortable and competent around town, but (with the notable exception of the GRMN version) the Yaris isn’t exactly thrilling to drive on the open road
- 5What should you look out for? - currently readingA strong reputation for reliability makes the Toyota Yaris a safe bet
- 6What do owners think?Toyota has a reputation for reliability and the Mk3 Yaris backs this up