2013 Toyota Yaris

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Toyota Yaris. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    33 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    106-hp, 1.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Crisp styling
  • Hatchback versatility
  • Gas mileage

The Bad

  • Four-speed automatic's highway performance
  • Some cheap interior pieces on base model

Notable Features of the 2013 Toyota Yaris

  • Two- or four-door hatchback
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • 1.5-liter four-cylinder

2013 Toyota Yaris Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Toyota changed the look of its subcompact Yaris in 2012, dropped the sedan version and stretched the overall length of the car. The Yaris competes in a busy field of small cars that includes the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent and Mazda2. Available as either a two- or four-door hatchback, the Yaris is offered in three trim levels: base L, LE and sportier SE.
New for 2013
The base Yaris gets an upgraded stereo, but there are no other significant changes for 2013.

Exterior
Exterior features include:

  • 15-inch wheels with covers standard; optional 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Available fog lights and smoked headlamps (SE)
  • Available rear spoiler 
  • Available power side mirrors

Interior
L trims have manual windows and a fold-down rear bench seat. LE and SE models get power windows, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, steering-wheel audio controls, and soft-touch dash and sill inserts. (Those inserts are hard plastic in the L.)

In addition to that, SE models add cruise control — a stand-alone option on the LE — sport seats with more bolstering and different fabric, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift. Interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard power locks
  • Standard CD stereo with iPod connectivity

Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes 106 horsepower and 103 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission
  • Sport-tuned suspension and steering on SE

Safety
Safety feat...

Vehicle Overview

Toyota changed the look of its subcompact Yaris in 2012, dropped the sedan version and stretched the overall length of the car. The Yaris competes in a busy field of small cars that includes the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent and Mazda2. Available as either a two- or four-door hatchback, the Yaris is offered in three trim levels: base L, LE and sportier SE.
New for 2013
The base Yaris gets an upgraded stereo, but there are no other significant changes for 2013.

Exterior
Exterior features include:

  • 15-inch wheels with covers standard; optional 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Available fog lights and smoked headlamps (SE)
  • Available rear spoiler 
  • Available power side mirrors

Interior
L trims have manual windows and a fold-down rear bench seat. LE and SE models get power windows, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, steering-wheel audio controls, and soft-touch dash and sill inserts. (Those inserts are hard plastic in the L.)

In addition to that, SE models add cruise control — a stand-alone option on the LE — sport seats with more bolstering and different fabric, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift. Interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard power locks
  • Standard CD stereo with iPod connectivity

Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes 106 horsepower and 103 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission
  • Sport-tuned suspension and steering on SE

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Nine airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with traction control

Latest 2013 Yaris Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(3.0)

reliable, fuel efficient, noisy

by Bob Valla from Lansing, MI on August 7, 2018

I bought a 2 year old certified 2013 Yaris L (hatchback) with 25k mils and used it for more than 3 years (65k miles). 4 Adults can sit comfortably. Engine makes huge noise when ever driven over 75 ... Read full review

(5.0)

Reliable car

by Jamesdemoin from Austin,tx on March 18, 2018

Nice car for 3 years, has done a good job cheap on gas and good for long distances. Easy to fix , easy to sell not a hole lot of downside to the vehicle. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Toyota Yaris currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Toyota Yaris L

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Toyota
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 85,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12, 000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Yaris received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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