The supermini/subcompact car category has many aspirants, but only a few stand out. Honda and Toyota, two of Japan’s motoring giants each has an entrant in this category by the name of Honda Jazz and Toyota Yaris that are doing very well in this category, and today we are going to compare these two in this article. We will take a look at their interior, exterior, engine, and practicality in trying to simplify your decision-making when thinking about buying either of these. Please read on
Honda Jazz vs Toyota Yaris Side-By-Side Comparison
(*Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricing as of March 2021)
Honda Jazz Toyota Yaris
Generations 4 (GD, GE, GK, GR) 4 (XP10, XP90, XP130, XP210)
Production Year 2002 – Present 1999 – Present
Performance 100 HP – 120 HP 69 HP – 120 HP
Fuel Consumption 15 KM/L – 18.18 KM/L 18.87 KM/L – 21 KM/L
Drivetrain 2WD 2WD
Key Features Radio, CD Player, Airbag, Power Steering, A/C, ABS,
Keyless Entry, Back Camera, Alloy Wheels,
Radio, CD Player, Airbag, Power Steering, Power
Window, A/C, ABS, Keyless Entry
Seating Capacity 5 Passengers 5 Passengers
BE FORWARD price US$ 1400 – US$ 2300 US$ 2100 – US$ 23,890
The Jazz offers a very practical, thought of, and user-friendly interior design. The Jazz has a slim A-pillar and a high windscreen enables the driver to have excellent visibility. The front and rear seats are nice and comfortable with enough head, shoulder, and legroom with its famous Magic Seats that split 60/40, but can also fold up its bases like cinema seats on the second row which enables sliding in of awkward goods on the rear flow.
The Jazz comes with a two-spoke steering wheel that allows for great visibility of the instrument cluster, and a 7-inch display, and a 9-inch infotainment (5-inch standard) touchscreen. The simple and clearly laid out dash features large switches and dials for climate control functions just beneath the touchscreen. The standard Jazz comes with basic radio while premium models come with an eight-speaker and woofer audio system.
The Jazz has storage bins, cubby holes, cup holders, and front-seat jacket pockets as storage options, but also comes with a 304-liter boot that extends to 1205-liter with the rear seats folded flat.
The exterior of the Jazz incorporates the ‘Solid Wing’ grille and headlights that have been common on Honda’s. The front bumper is well-sculpted, sharp, with aggressive contours around the air vents. At the rear, the vertical rear window creates an aesthetic appeal, while the combined rear angular lamps underline the striking design. The Sport models feature LED headlights, fog lamps, side skirting, rear spoiler, and gloss-black 185/55 R16 alloy wheels.
The Jazz was rated a full five-star for safety by the Euro NCAP. It features plenty of safety technologies such as airbags, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, a forward-collision warning system, a lane departure warning, and a traffic sign recognition system as standard, while blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic monitoring are optional for high-end models.
The Yaris has a spacious cabin, nicely designed with great features. The Yaris is a five passenger’s car, with passengers sitting on two rows that offer ample head- and legroom. The large windows of the Yaris offer great Visibility in all directions.
The Yaris’s dashboard is stylish with user-friendly controls. The A/C knobs are large enough, easily accessible, and the same applies to the audio controls.
As standard, some Yaris models come with a six-speaker audio, HD Radio, automatic sound leveling, SiriusXM satellite radio compatibility, an aux input, Bluetooth hands-free calling, Bluetooth audio streaming capability, a USB port, and iPod connectivity.
The Yaris has several storage areas which include cup holders, glove compartment, door pockets, front seat jacketed pockets, and center bin. The Yaris has a 441-liter boot behind its rear seats. The seats can be folded flat to extend the boot to 727-liters.
The exterior of the Yaris (third generation) is a bit edgy, with slightly aggressive air dams with chiseled looks to the corners. The body design is set out to make the Yaris look lower and longer than the second-generation models (it’s slightly longer), and its sizeable door handles, outstretched tail lamps, pronounced lines on its sides and a bulky rear fascia all help make the Yaris look a bit macular.
The 2017 Yaris received 4 out of 5 stars from the IIHS for crash tests while the NHTSA gave it 4 out of 5 stars for frontal crash and rollover tests. The standard safety features of the Yaris include a rearview camera, 9 airbags, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and two LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.
Engine and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
The Honda Jazz has been fitted with several engines over the years; the most recent models are fitted with one of the listed engines as seen below.
- The 100 HP 1.3-liter (L13A) i-VTEC 4-cylinder petrol engine with a fuel economy of 18.18 KM/L.
- The 128 HP 1.5-liter (L15A) i-VTEC 4-cylinder petrol engine with a fuel economy of 15 KM/L.
These engines transferred power to the wheels via a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic CVT transmission.
The Toyota Yaris has been fitted with several engines over the years; the most recent models are fitted with one of the listed engines as seen below.
- The 69 HP 1.0-liter (1KR-FE) VVT-i 3-cylinder petrol engine with a fuel economy of 21 KM/L
- The 120 HP 1.5-liter (M15A-FKS) Dual VVT-i 3-cylinder petrol engine with a fuel economy of 18.87 KM/L
These engines transferred power to the wheels via a 5 or 6-speed manual, 4 or 6-speed automatic, and CVT transmission.
The Honda Jazz is a practical subcompact car with big cargo space, unlike the Yaris. The Jazz’s configurable rear seat is so useful as it enables the carriage of various items of various sizes and shapes. The Fit has a much more powerful engine than the Yaris; the Honda also has a better safety rating compared to the Yaris. But, the Yaris comes with a forward collision warning, automatic emergency pre-collision braking, and lane departure warning as standard features, unlike the Honda. The Yaris has a slightly better standard touch screen infotainment system, with steering wheel controls. The Jazz and Yaris have above-average predicted reliability ratings. These are two very nice cars, depending on your needs and priorities you can choose the one that suits you best with the help of this article.
Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya