Toyota has just announced pricing for the 2017 Yaris sedan, starting at $17,315. But if you want to find one, you might have to travel.
You might have to travel a long way because this year the car is only being stocked at dealers in Quebec. That means that if you're in another province you can still get one, but you'll have to special order it. You'll have to really want it, as Toyota says an additional delivery charge may apply and is up to the dealer. The step of having a car only available in one province seems a little strange, but a look at the sales figures helps explain it. Toyota sold just 1,437 Yaris sedans in Canada last year. Compare that with 6,342 hatchbacks. On top of that, nearly 60 percent of those sedans were sold in Quebec. Most of the rest were split between Ontario with 21 percent and BC at 8 percent. That means that while each dealer in Quebec sold on average about 13 sedans last year, dealers in BC and ON only moved about three.
With numbers like that, it's easy to see why Toyota would make the choice to limit availability a little bit. Interestingly, that seems to make Quebec the only place in the world where you will find this car, badged as a Toyota Yaris sedan, sitting on a Toyota dealer lot. In the US this car was a Scion called the iA, so it's now the Toyota iA. In Mexico, the car is a Yaris R. Just about everywhere else, it's a Mazda2.
That's right, a Mazda2. See, the Yaris sedan is a unique car; it's not just a Yaris hatch with a trunk. The sedan is a different design from the hatch, based on the Mazda2 sedan that Canada doesn't get any more. The relationship is readily apparent from a look in the cabin, where it has Mazda's easily recognizable infotainment system. The Yaris sedan was all-new for 2016, so the only change of note this year is the addition of Toyota's pre-collision system. It's a low-speed system to detect and avoid collisions.
The six-speed manual Yaris sedan starts at $17,315, with a six-speed auto ringing in at $18,520. That's a jump of about $300 over last year. The Premium trim is $20,525, and is automatic only. It adds a display audio system, reverse camera, heated front seats, and 16-inch alloys.
2017 Toyota Yaris sedan pricing:
Yaris sedan 6MT $17,315
Yaris sedan 6AT $18,520
Yaris sedan Premium 6AT $20,525