A modest nose and tail tweak plus a handful of welcome upgrades are in store for the 2018 Toyota Yaris which debuts at the New York Auto Show. Toyota hopes the changes made to the 3-door/5-door front-drive subcompact will make it more appealing to shoppers of key rivals like the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent and Nissan Versa Note

All trims of the 2018 Yaris boast a more aggressive front fascia done in black with chrome accents and set off with revised headlamps. But unlike the L and LE, the SE grille gets a distinctive piano black mesh insert. The Yaris trio shares a restyled rear fascia with new horizontal taillamps that help foster a wider, more substantial appearance while the SE also gains new 16-inch machined alloy wheels.

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The Yaris infotainment systems crank things up a notch as well, with the 2018 L and LE models getting a 6-speaker Entune Audio system with Multimedia Bundle. This upgrade includes a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, AM/FM/CD player, MP3/WMA playback, auxiliary audio jack, USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity, advanced voice recognition, hands-free phone, Bluetooth connectivity and Siri Eyes Free. The SE goes one step beyond adding Entune Audio Plus with Connected Navigation App that brings a 7.0-inch touchscreen along with HD AM/FM radio, Connected Navigation Scout GPS Link App and SiriusXM Satellite Radio that includes a 3-month subscription. 

The 2018 Toyota Yaris lineup arrives this summer. Pricing will start at $16,520 for a Yaris L 3-door with a 5-speed manual transmission and range to $18,545 for an LE 5-door with a 4-speed automatic, sticker increases of $375-$385 over 2017 levels. The top-line Yaris SE 5-door opens at $19,145 when fitted with a manual trans and $19,945 for an autoshifted variant, both numbers up by $1,060.

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