There aren’t many quality hatchbacks on the U.S. market today, which makes the announcement of the 2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback a nice surprise. Supposedly slated for termination with the launch of a new, Mazda2-based generation, we can still load a surprising amount of stuff in the back of the subcompact.
That same wide, “bulldog” stance the Yaris Sedan has gained is featured with the Hatchback. A range of vibrant paint options, standard alloy wheels, standard fog lights, and some tasteful design flourishes make the Yaris Hatchback a real standout.
A cab-rearward layout seems to put the engine in a great spot for optimal handling. It also turns a 32.2-foot circle, so U-turns in this thing will be awesome. Also, since the Yaris Hatchback is just 161.6 inches long, you can squeeze this car into super small parking spots.
Toyota includes some surprising features in the standard equipment for even the base Yaris Hatchback: smart key entry, push-button ignition, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, and illuminated vanity mirrors, to name a few.
While the 1.5-liter four-banger engine only puts out a measly 106 horsepower, Toyota claims a combination of high compression and direct fuel injection lead to ultra-quick throttle response. It also should be an absolutely bullet-proof engine, for those wanting to keep transportation costs down.