2020 Toyota Yaris vs. 2019 Chevrolet Cruze

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Yaris are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Cruze doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 3 points, IIHS rates the Low-Speed Pre-Collision System in the Yaris as “Advanced.” The Cruze scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

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

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 168 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cruze has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2017 “Top Pick.”

Warranty

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The Yaris’ corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Cruze’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

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. Chevrolet only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Cruze.

Reliability

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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 29 points higher than the Cruze.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked fourth.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Chevrolet is ranked 23rd.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Yaris Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Cruze Sedan turbo 4 cyl. (32 city/40 hwy vs. 30 city/38 hwy).

Transmission

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The Yaris offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Cruze doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Suspension and Handling

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The Yaris Sedan handles at .83 G’s, while the Cruze LT Sedan pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Yaris’ turning circle is 6.5 feet tighter than the Cruze’s (32.2 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota Yaris may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 500 pounds less than the Chevrolet Cruze.

The Yaris is 1 foot, 1.7 inches shorter than the Cruze Sedan, making the Yaris easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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The Yaris’ standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Cruze L/LS’ standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics

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The Yaris’ driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Cruze’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

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 Cruze 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 Cruze’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Yaris owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Yaris will cost $220 to $1785 less than the Cruze over a five-year period.

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 50.54% to 51.36% of its original price after five years, while the Cruze only retains 36.53% to 41.46%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Yaris is less expensive to operate than the Cruze because it costs $432 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Yaris than the Cruze, including $436 less for a water pump, $382 less for a muffler, $39 less for front brake pads, $52 less for a starter, $76 less for fuel injection and $241 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 $5593 to $11217 less than for the Chevrolet Cruze.

Recommendations

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Both are recommended, but Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Yaris as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Yaris first among small cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Cruze isn’t in the top three in its category.

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