2019 Toyota Yaris vs. 2019 Ford Fiesta

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Yaris has standard Low-Speed Pre-Collision System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Fiesta doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Toyota Yaris has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Fiesta doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Both the Yaris and the Fiesta have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and rearview cameras.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Toyota Yaris is safer than the Fiesta Sedan:

 

Yaris

Fiesta

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head injury index

124

509

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

77 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

5 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.8/.3 kN

2.7/1.8 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

.86%/.57%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Tibia index R/L

.45/.39

.86/.57

Tibia forces R/L

.45/.39 kN

5.7/3.4 kN

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Yaris the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 154 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Fiesta was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Yaris for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Fiesta.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Yaris’ reliability 57 points higher than the Fiesta.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Ford is ranked 18th.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the Toyota Yaris is faster than the Ford Fiesta (manual transmissions tested):

 

Yaris

Fiesta

Zero to 30 MPH

2.9 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9 sec

10.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

26.9 sec

35.9 sec

Quarter Mile

17 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83 MPH

79 MPH

Top Speed

120 MPH

116 MPH

As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota Yaris is faster than the Ford Fiesta (automatics tested):

 

Yaris

Fiesta

Zero to 30 MPH

3.8 sec

4.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

10.3 sec

10.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.5 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

17.9 sec

18.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

81 MPH

79.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Yaris gets better fuel mileage than the Fiesta:

 

 

Yaris

Fiesta

 

 

Manual

30 city/39 hwy

27 city/35 hwy

 

 

Auto

32 city/40 hwy

27 city/37 hwy

 

Transmission

A six-speed manual is standard on the Toyota Yaris, with closer gear ratios for better performance and a lower final drive ratio for quieter highway operation, less engine wear and better fuel mileage. Only a five-speed manual is available for the Fiesta.

To facilitate fast shifting and allow the driver to focus on the road, the Yaris has a standard up-shift light to indicate when to shift, based on a value pre-entered by the driver. The Fiesta doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

Brakes and Stopping

The Yaris stops shorter than the Fiesta:

 

Yaris

Fiesta

 

60 to 0 MPH

139 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

157 feet

159 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Yaris’ wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the Fiesta (101.2 inches vs. 98 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Yaris is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Fiesta.

The Yaris handles at .83 G’s, while the Fiesta Sedan pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Yaris’ turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the Fiesta’s (32.2 feet vs. 34.4 feet).

Passenger Space

The Yaris has .4 inches more front shoulder room, 3.2 inches more rear legroom, .3 inches more rear hip room and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Fiesta Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

The Yaris has a larger trunk than the Fiesta Sedan (13.5 vs. 12.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Yaris’ standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows are only available on the Fiesta SE/ST-Line.

The Yaris has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Fiesta doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Yaris XLE’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Fiesta’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Yaris detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Fiesta doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Economic Advantages

The Yaris will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Yaris will retain 43.71% to 44.31% of its original price after five years, while the Fiesta only retains 32.01% to 34.95%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Yaris is less expensive to operate than the Fiesta because it costs $292 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Yaris than the Fiesta, including $33 less for a water pump, $209 less for a muffler, $25 less for front brake pads and $124 less for a fuel pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Yaris will be $333 to $4168 less than for the Ford Fiesta.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Yaris, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Ford Fiesta isn't recommended.

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