2020 Toyota Yaris vs. 2019 Fiat 500

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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 Fiat 500 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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 500 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

Both the Yaris and the 500 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.

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 Sedan is safer than the 500:

Yaris

500

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Restraints

GOOD

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

124

151

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

7 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Femur Force R/L

.8/.3 kN

8.2/4.2 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1.69%/.79%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.45/.39

1.69/.79

Tibia forces R/L

.45/.39 kN

6.4/4.8 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 168 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 500 was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Yaris 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Fiat covers the 500. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 500 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 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. Fiat doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the 500.

There are almost 3 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Fiat dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Yaris’ warranty.

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 71 points higher than the 500.

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 Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 141 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 31st.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Yaris gets better fuel mileage than the 500:

Yaris

500

1.5 4 cyl./6-spd. Manual

30 city/39 hwy

28 city/33 hwy

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

n/a

28 city/33 hwy

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. /Manual

1.5 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

32 city/40 hwy

24 city/32 hwy

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

24 city/32 hwy

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Yaris uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 500 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Yaris has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the 500 (11.6 vs. 10.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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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 500.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Yaris stops shorter than the 500:

Yaris

500

70 to 0 MPH

187 feet

195 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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The Yaris has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the 500; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Yaris’ wheelbase is 10.6 inches longer than on the 500 (101.2 inches vs. 90.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Yaris is 3.4 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the 500.

The Yaris Sedan handles at .83 G’s, while the 500 Abarth pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Yaris’ turning circle is 5.4 feet tighter than the 500’s (32.2 feet vs. 37.6 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Yaris has standard seating for 5 passengers; the 500 can only carry 4.

The Yaris has 10.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 500 (85.9 vs. 75.5).

The Yaris has 1.2 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front hip room, 3.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 2.7 inches more rear legroom, 6.9 inches more rear hip room and 3.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the 500.

Ergonomics

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To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Yaris has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The 500 doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Yaris’ standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Fiat does not offer a locking feature on the 500’s standard power windows.

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 500’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Yaris’ standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The 500’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

Pushbutton Start standard on the Yaris allows you to start the engine without removing a key from pocket or purse (Yaris LE/XLE’s Smart Key System will also allow unlocking the driver’s door and trunk without taking your keys out). The Fiat 500 doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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 500 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 500’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Yaris XLE has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The 500 doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Yaris detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The 500 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Model Availability

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The Toyota Yaris comes in sedan and four door hatchback bodystyles; the Fiat 500 isn’t available as a sedan or four door hatchback.

Economic Advantages

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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 500 only retains 26.63% to 34.46%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Yaris is less expensive to operate than the 500 because it costs $95 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Yaris than the 500, including $221 less for a water pump, $78 less for a muffler, $33 less for front brake pads, $193 less for fuel injection, $430 less for a fuel pump and $17 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Yaris will be $9103 to $9412 less than for the Fiat 500.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Yaris as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Fiat 500 isn't recommended.

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 500 isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Toyota Yaris outsold the Fiat 500 by almost six to one during the 2019 model year.

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