2020 Chevrolet Spark vs. 2019 Toyota Yaris

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Spark LT Auto’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Yaris doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Spark has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Yaris doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Spark and the Yaris 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The Spark’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Yaris’ (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 2 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Spark’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Spark has a standard 375-amp battery. The Yaris’ 356-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Chevrolet Spark higher (5 out of 10) than the Toyota Yaris (3). This means the Spark produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Yaris every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The Spark offers an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Yaris doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

The Spark’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Yaris L’s standard 65 series tires. The Spark’s tires are lower profile than the Yaris LE/XLE’s 60 series tires.

Chassis

The Spark is 2 feet, 4.1 inches shorter than the Yaris, making the Spark easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Spark has .8 inches more front headroom and .2 inches more rear headroom than the Yaris.

Cargo Capacity

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Spark’s hatch uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the cargo area. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the Yaris’ useful trunk space.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Spark and the Yaris have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Spark is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Yaris prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Spark has a standard rear wiper. The Yaris doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Spark has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Yaris has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the XLE.

The Spark (except LS) offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Yaris.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Spark’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Yaris doesn’t offer a filtration system.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Spark owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Spark with a number “3” insurance rate while the Yaris is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Spark is less expensive to operate than the Yaris because typical repairs cost less on the Spark than the Yaris, including $144 less for a starter, $57 less for fuel injection and $105 less for front struts.

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