North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Fiesta VS 2017 Toyota Yaris Near Ellijay, GA

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2017 Ford Fiesta

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2017 Toyota Yaris

Safety Comparison

The Fiesta’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Yaris iA doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The Fiesta (except S) offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Yaris iA 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 Fiesta and the Yaris iA have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fiesta’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Fiesta has a standard 500-amp battery. The Yaris iA’s 356-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Fiesta’s standard 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 14 more horsepower (120 vs. 106) and 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (112 vs. 103) than the Yaris iA’s 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Fiesta’s optional 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. produces 17 more horsepower (123 vs. 106) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (125 vs. 103) than the Yaris iA’s 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Fiesta 4 cyl. is faster than the Toyota Yaris iA (manual transmissions tested):



Yaris iA

Zero to 60 MPH

9 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82.8 MPH

81.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta SFE 3 cyl. Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Yaris iA Manual (31 city/41 hwy vs. 30 city/39 hwy).

The Fiesta has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Yaris iA doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fiesta stops much shorter than the Yaris iA:



Yaris iA


70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

147 feet

157 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fiesta’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Yaris iA (195/50R16 vs. 185/60R16).

The Fiesta’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Yaris iA’s 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fiesta has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Yaris iA doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Fiesta’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Yaris iA doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fiesta Sedan has .9 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front legroom, 2 inches more front hip room and .3 inches more rear headroom than the Yaris iA.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fiesta Five-Door Hatchback has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Yaris iA (14.9 vs. 13.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fiesta Automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Yaris iA doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fiesta’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Yaris iA doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

Intelligent Access Key standard on the Fiesta Titanium allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Toyota Yaris iA’s Keyless Entry with Pushbutton Start doesn’t unlock the doors or the trunk.

The Fiesta SE/Titanium 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 iA doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

The Fiesta’s available outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Yaris iA doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The Fiesta Titanium’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Yaris iA doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Fiesta (except S) 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 iA.

The Fiesta (except S)’s optional automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Yaris iA doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Fiesta has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Yaris iA doesn’t offer rear vents.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the Fiesta SE/Titanium. The Fiesta’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Yaris iA doesn’t offer a navigation system.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Ford Fiesta outsold the Toyota Yaris by 52% during the 2016 model year.

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