Toyota Yaris ZR Hybrid 2021 Radio Review

2020 Toyota Yaris. Toyota Yaris ZR with optional black roof.

Toyota launched the all new Yaris late in 2020 and included a hybrid version. We drove the ZR Hybrid and walked away who mixed feelings.

Yaris has always been a sales success with the younger demographic, a compact around town car that had enough room for a longer weekend away for two people.

The latest version, especially in hybrid mode is a great little car, stylish, zippy and exceptionally economical using just 3.7l/100k over the week. It drove nicely, was responsive and a bit of fun.

ZR is the top spec model with features such as

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear spoiler
  • Head-up display
  • Sports front seats
  • Blind-spot monitor and
  • Other comfort and style enhancements.

Yaris ZR Hybrid is priced from $32,100 plus the usual costs and here is where the problem is. It just seems way overpriced and for those dollars there are no leather seats, manual seat adjustment, no heated seats, and some other features you would expect at that price point.

The new Yaris ZR Hybrid is a good car that costs too much.

Im Rob Fraser

What’s good:-

  • Zippy and economical performance
  • Ride and quietness
  • Comfort for taller drivers

What’s not so good:-

  • expensive for the segment
  • Missing some expected features at the price point
  • Did I mention its pricey

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Model:   Toyota Yaris ZR Hybrid  

  • Model Price       $32,100 MLP*
  • Engine                 1.5.L Hybrid 3 Cylinder
  • Drivetrain           CVT FWD
  • Power                 67kW @ 5,500rpm
  • Torque                120Nm @ 3,800rpm
  • Safety                  5 Star ANCAP
  • CO2                     84g/km
  • Economy ADR   3.5 L/100 km
  • Servicing             TBA Price 12mths/15,000km
  • Warranty           5 Yrs. / Unlimited km with Roadside Assist

*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.

 Overall Rating: 82/100

  • Behind the Wheel           8
  • Comfort                            8
  • Equipment                       8
  • Performance                   7
  • Ride & Handling              9
  • Practicality                        9
  • Fit for Purpose                9
  • Envirocar                        9
  • Street Cred                     8
  • Value for Money             7
About Rob Fraser 1569 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.