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

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2017 Ford Fiesta

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2017 Toyota Yaris

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Fiesta 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 Toyota Yaris doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Fiesta Titanium has standard Reverse Sensing System to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. The Fiesta Titanium also has a standard backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Yaris doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

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 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 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Toyota Yaris:







5 Stars

5 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

246 lbs.

341 lbs.

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

53 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

415/349 lbs.

413/434 lbs.




4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.7 inches

Neck Stress

156 lbs.

227 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Toyota Yaris:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Abdominal Force

210 G’s

257 G’s

Hip Force

413 lbs.

440 lbs.


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars





Into Pole


5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

14 inches




Hip Force

717 lbs.

943 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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.

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’ 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’ 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

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




Zero to 60 MPH

9 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82.8 MPH

80.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta SFE 3 cyl. Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Yaris Manual (31 city/41 hwy vs. 30 city/36 hwy).

The Fiesta has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Yaris (12.4 vs. 11.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Fiesta’s standard brake rotors and drums are larger than those on the Yaris:




Front Rotors

10.2 inches

10 inches

Rear Drums

7.9 inches

7.87 inches

The Fiesta stops much shorter than the Yaris:





70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

147 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fiesta has larger standard tires than the Yaris (185/60R15 vs. 175/65R15).

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Fiesta’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (59.4% to 40.6%) than the Yaris’ (60.9% to 39.1%). This gives the Fiesta more stable handling and braking.

The Fiesta Titanium Sedan handles at .81 G’s, while the Yaris SE 5dr Liftback pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fiesta Sedan has 3 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front hip room and .2 inches more front shoulder room than the Yaris 5dr Liftback.

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 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The engine computer on the Fiesta automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Yaris’ starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Fiesta 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 Yaris doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The power windows standard on both the Fiesta and the Yaris 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 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Fiesta SE/Titanium’s available 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 Yaris’ power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

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 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Yaris’ power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Fiesta’s standard power locks automatically lock the doors when a certain speed is reached. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

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 doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Fiesta’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Yaris’ fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

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 doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

The Fiesta has standard power remote mirrors. The Yaris L doesn’t offer either a remote driver side or passenger side mirror. The driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

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

The Fiesta’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Yaris LE/SE’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

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 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.

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 doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Standard SYNC AppLink for the Fiesta allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Yaris doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Fiesta SE/Titanium’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Yaris’ available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Fiesta owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Fiesta will cost $185 less than the Yaris over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fiesta is less expensive to operate than the Yaris because typical repairs cost less on the Fiesta than the Yaris, including $9 less for front brake pads, $119 less for fuel injection, $126 less for front struts, $124 less for a timing belt/chain and $43 less for a power steering pump.

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 isn’t in the top three.

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

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