With the 2020 Yaris hatchback, Toyota gives its Mazda-derived Yaris sedan a smart hatchback companion that manages to be both sportier and more practical. The new hatch, also a Toyota version of the Mazda2 sold elsewhere in the world, is a big step up from the outgoing and aging Toyota-built Yaris hatchback, a vehicle that sparked no joy to look at or drive. It debuted at the 2019 New York International Auto Show.
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In its place is a cute little hatch with a grown-up interior that’s not a sensory deprivation chamber. This would be my choice over the sedan, which I also like, for its useful 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space (and more with the rear seatback folded). It’s a car that’s inexpensive but does not scream “cheap,” and it promises not to be a punishment to drive.