Last year, we posted a blog regarding whether or not Toyota would be discontinuing its sedan lineup, and the answer was a resounding no. The Toyota brand is packed full of great sedans like the Camry and Corolla, and we don’t see the brand going anywhere anytime soon without their sedans. However, that doesn’t mean some models won’t be discontinued along the way. Unfortunately, that’s been the case with the Toyota Yaris, so the model won’t be returning for the 2021 model year.
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What is the Toyota Yaris?
The Toyota Yaris was a vehicle that entered production at the turn of the century, all the way back in 1999. Since the beginning, it was available in multiple configurations. Back then, the number was four, as you could opt for a 4-door sedan, 2-door coupe, 3-door hatchback or 5-door hatchback. Although the coupe models left the lineup in 2005, the Yaris Sedan and Yaris Hatchback were quite popular in the entry-level segment as of late, making it deep into its third generation.
Why was the Yaris discontinued?
While we can give no definitive answer, as we are not the automaker itself, we suspect the increase in popularity of small and entry-level crossovers like the C-HR probably had something to do with it. Car shoppers are able to get the benefits of a crossover without that much of an increase in size, which is too good to pass up for many. Furthermore, the introduction of the Toyota Corolla Hatchback likely pulled away some fans of the Yaris Hatchback as it wasn’t the only hot hatch on the lineup anymore.
If you own a Toyota Yaris, don’t worry. We’ll still be offering service on Yaris models for a long time to come, just give us a call to schedule an appointment!