Toyota Discontinues the Mazda 2 - Er, Yaris

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

Bad news to share — especially for those of you enamored with cheap, entry-level passenger cars. The Toyota Yaris sedan and hatchback will vanish after the 2020 model year.

Reworked versions of the Mazda 2, the guppy-faced Yarises greeted North American buyers in two phases after the “real” Yaris bowed out, first as a sedan and later as a hatchback. Get one while you can.

Toyota confirmed the discontinuation to CarBuzz after the publication got its hands on a memo sent to Southeastern Toyota dealers from head office. The missive warned said dealers of the looming product chop.

“The Yaris sedan and Yaris Hatchback will not be available for model year 2021. Model year 2020 will be the last year for Yaris in the U.S.,” a spokesperson from the automaker confirmed to the publication.

The Toyota-ified Mazda first appeared on these shores as the Scion iA. When that brand bit the dust, the automaker transferred the sedan to its parent division for 2017. The hatchback version came along only for the 2020 model year. Spartan, with limited choice in build configuration and trim and none in terms of power, the sedan and hatch start at $16,605 and $18,705, respectively, after destination.

As all of this was happening, Toyota unleashed a new-generation Yaris in overseas markets. There’s little hope that model could will arrive here, even in hot-hatch GR form, as neither the real nor fake Yaris sold well in recent years; in 2019, Toyota sold nearly 6,000 more Avalons than it did Yarises. Still, Toyota does aim to add some excitement to the lower end of its lineup.

In the Yaris’ absence, Nissan will no doubt tempt low-end buyers in search of a sedan with its new Versa.

[Images: Toyota]

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  • Tankinbeans Tankinbeans on Jun 24, 2020

    With the Yaris (Mazda2), Mazda3, Mazda6 all returning similar mileage, and the price difference between the Mazda2 and the next size up being so relatively small, I don't see the point. I haven't driven the Yaris (Mazda2), but I have a good amount of seat time in the Mazda3, both automatic and manual, as well as the Mazda6, manual only, and they're good. In fact your achieved my best tank ever in the Mazda6 at just shy of 40 mpg combined (admittedly the conditions were perfect, but it felt good nonetheless). Previously that honor belong to my '13 Focus manual which returned 35ish.

  • Digitaldoc Digitaldoc on Jun 24, 2020

    Can't imagine why a 1.5NA engine did not sell! About the best we could say about this car is that it does not have a CVT.

  • Daniel J Until we get a significant charging infrastructure and change times get under 10 minutes, yes
  • Mike I own 2 gm 6.2 vehicles. They are great. I do buy alot of gas. However, I would not want the same vehicles if they were v6's. Jusy my opinion. I believe that manufacturers need to offer engine options for the customer. The market will speak on what the consumer wants.For example, I dont see the issue with offering a silverado with 4cyl , 6 cyl, 5.3 v8, 6.2 v8, diesel options. The manufacturer will charge accordingly.
  • Mike What percentage of people who buy plug in hybrids stop charging them daily after a few months? Also, what portion of the phev sales are due to the fact that the incentives made them a cheaper lease than the gas only model? (Im thinking of the wrangler 4xe). I wish there was a way to dig into the numbers deeper.
  • CEastwood If it wasn't for the senior property tax freeze in NJ I might complain about this raising my property taxes since most of that tax goes to the schools . I'm not totally against EVs , but since I don't drive huge miles and like to maintain my own vehicles they are not practical especially since I keep a new vehicle long term and nobody has of yet run into the cost of replacing the battery on an EV .
  • Aquaticko Problem with PHEV is that, like EVs, they still require a behavioral change over ICE/HEV cars to be worth their expense and abate emissions (whichever is your goal). Studies in the past have shown that a lot of PHEV drivers don't regularly plug-in, meaning they're just less-efficient HEVs.I'm left to wonder how big a battery a regular HEV could have without needing to be a PHEV.