2019 Toyota Yaris

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in Midsize sedans
2019 MODEL
$15,600 - $18,700 See Inventory Prices

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The entry-level subcompact cars segment looks quite interesting with an ample number of cars available in the market for first-time buyers.  The name "Toyota Yaris” has a successful history in the hatchback segment for almost 2 decades and now, it is time for the Yaris sedan.

Toyota Yaris sedan pairs a 6-speed manual transmission to a 1.5L 4-Cylinder engine. The powertrain produces 106 hp and 103 pound-feet of torque at 4000 rpm. It is priced at an MSRP of $15,450.

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Pros

Intuitive touchscreen infotainment system

Logical dashboard layout

Better fit and finish than the competitors

Great handling for a subcompact

Cons

No manual transmission on offer

Rear seats can feel cramped

Engine sounds coarse at high speed

What's New?

Standard Active Safety System, Low-Speed Pre-Collision System

New XLE Grade Adds Leather Accents, Leatherette-Trimmed Interior

New Sport-Inspired Front Grille

Available 40 MPG Highway Rating

Standard 7-inch Touchscreen Multimedia System



Styles

 2019 Toyota Yaris in Chromium color  2019 Toyota Yaris in Frost color  2019 Toyota Yaris in Graphite color  2019 Toyota Yaris in pulse color  2019 Toyota Yaris in Sapphire color  2019 Toyota Yaris in Stealth color
Chromium

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Ratings

Features

5.0

Interior

7.0

Driving

7.5

Comfort

6.5

6.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Toyota Yaris L

L

power
106 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
35 combined

$15,600 - $16,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $15,600 MSRP (30 mpg/34/39 mpg) 106 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed manual front wheel drive 5
L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $16,700 MSRP (32 mpg/35/40 mpg) 106 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Toyota Yaris LE

LE

power
106 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
35 combined

$16,600 - $17,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LE 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $16,600 MSRP (30 mpg/34/39 mpg) 106 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed manual front wheel drive 5
LE 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $17,700 MSRP (32 mpg/35/40 mpg) 106 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Toyota Yaris XLE

XLE

power
106 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
35 combined

$18,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XLE 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $18,700 MSRP (32 mpg/35/40 mpg) 106 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Frost
  Graphite
  Chromium
  Pulse
  Sapphire
  Icicle

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial February 21, 2019

6.5

Overall Rating


5.0/10
Features

 
 
 

7.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

It is primarily a sedan version of the Mazda 2 with a Toyota badge, facing strong competition in the segment from the likes of Kia Rio and Nissan Versa sedan. Toyota Yaris is one such car in the segment which offers plenty of standard features and high-quality safety standards.

2019 Toyota Yaris Features

5.0/10

The Toyota Yaris Sedan is available in two trim configuration only. It is available in S trim which offers features like 5-inch touchscreen infotainment, cloth upholstery and four-speaker audio system as standard. The S trim brings a bigger 7-inch infotainment system as standard feature. Android Auto and Apple Carplay are available as standard features for the S trim.

Safety will be a definite upside for all the trims, the features like collision mitigation system but if you are looking for adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring, then you have to look elsewhere

Trims

L

LX

XLE

MSRP (FWD)

$15,450

$16,450

$18,550

Features

 

Adds or replaces features from L:

Adds or replaces features from LX:

 

15-In. Styled Steel Wheels

16-In. Dark Gray Alloy Wheels

 
 

Halogen Headlights With Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

Integrated Fog Lights

 
 

Fabric-Trimmed Sport Front Bucket Seats

 

Leatherette Sport Front Bucket Seats

 

Rear Window Defogger

   
 

Air Conditioning With Dust and Pollen Filter

 

Automatic Climate Control With Dust and Pollen Filter

 

60/40 Split Fold-Down Rear Seats

   
     

Smart Key System With Push Button Start

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There is an optional Technology package that costs $800 and brings in much needed safety features like Forward Collision Warning and Avoidance Assistance and a 3.5-inch cluster display for the driver. Toyota Yaris with its 5-year basic warranty and 10-year powertrain warranty is a serious contender for both new and used cars.

We Recommend

Toyota Yaris Sedan is available in two trims. We would suggest most buyers to go for the top-spec S trim for the additional creature comforts that will make your long term ownership a drama-free affair. We would recommend buyers to add the optional Technology Package which brings in LED headlights and safety features.

2019 Toyota Yaris Engine

“Like most subcompacts, the Yaris doesn't put much emphasis on performance. Its Mazda roots offer decent performance, though the Yaris' acceleration is a touch slower than the best in the segment.”-Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Around town, the 106 horsepower output from the 1.5-liter DOHC mill offers plenty of power. It is easy to work your way in the stop and go traffic. Transmission duties are taken care by a 6-speed manual while an optional 6-speed automatic is also available.

The four-cylinder motor is better suited for in-town driving but it struggles at highway speed. As the revs increase, the engine noise can become unpleasant. This little motor produces peak power at 6000 rpm. If you are in for fun driving then you would often need to push this motor to its limit to extract whatever little power it has.

Models

Toyota Yaris L sedan

Kia Rio sedan

Hyundai Accent SE sedan

Chevrolet Sonic Sedan

Ford Fiesta S sedan

Nissan Versa

MSRP

$16,370

$16,400

$15,880

$19,420

$15,135

$15,650

Engine

1.5L I4

1.6L I4

1.6L I4

1.4L Turbocharged I4

1.6L I4

1.6L I4

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed automatic

6-speed manual

6-speed automatic

5-Speed manual

CVT

Horsepower

106 @ 6000

130@6300

130@6300

138@4900

120 @ 6350

109 @ 6,000

Torque

103@ 4000

119@4850

119@4850

148@1850

112 @ 5000

107 @ 4,400

The Yaris sedan is fairly equipped to handle city driving conditions and when compared to the competition it comes off as underpowered. Its Korean rivals produce 130 horsepower while the turbocharged Chevy Sonic greatly benefits from its class leading torque output (148 lb.-ft.).

Acceleration

2019 Toyota Yaris runs the coveted 60mph marker in 9 seconds The Yaris has been designed with high fuel efficiency on the top of the list. The Yaris sticks to fulfill its duty as an efficient commuter. If you are looking for something fun to drive, then your money would be used better elsewhere.

Models

Toyota Yaris L sedan

Kia Rio sedan

Hyundai Accent SE sedan

Chevrolet Sonic Sedan

Ford Fiesta S sedan

Nissan Versa

0-60 MPH

9.0 seconds

8.5 seconds

9.6 seconds

8.2 seconds*

9.4 sec

9.9 seconds*

Quarter mile

N/A

16.7 seconds

17.2 seconds

N/A

N/A

17.6 seconds*

Engine

1.5L I4

1.6L I4

1.6L I4

1.4L I4

1.6L i4

1.6L I4

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

5.1

5.5

   

5.5

 

Few cars in this comparison achieve their zero to sixty mph run in the sub 8-second window. Toyota Yaris achieves this feat in 9 seconds. The Yaris isn’t the slowest of the lot. Majority of the cars position in this segment are positioned in the sub 9-second window.

Ride and Handling

To say Yaris has a sporty handling would be unfair but Yaris benefits from use of high-tensile steel in the body and frame. Yaris sits upon a pairing upon MacPherson struts at the front and torsion beam at the rear. To make things more interesting Toyota has also offered a Sport mode which improves torque feel.

The electronic power steering offers adequate response, it is designed for smooth and effortless operation. The driving position is comfortable and all around visibility is good. Maneuvering the Yaris is no task, it is nimble and responds well to your inputs. Ride quality is acceptable for a subcompact and your passengers will be comfortable.

Braking

The Toyota Yaris is equipped with ventilated disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. The brakes are decent and offer good bite. In the corners, the brake pedals offer a cushioned feel. The brakes have been tuned to offer more rigid feel as G forces rise. With a curb weight of 2385 lbs., Yaris sedan is expected to offer decent stopping power.

Model

Toyota Yaris L sedan

Kia Rio sedan

Hyundai Accent SE sedan

Chevrolet Sonic Sedan

Ford Fiesta S sedan

Nissan Versa

Brake Front (in.)

10.2

11

11

10.8

10.2

10

Brake Rear (in.)

7.9

8

-

9

7.9

8

2385

2714

2502

2714

2578

2,395

70-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

182

173*

N/A

N/A

188*

2019 Toyota Yaris Fuel Economy

2019 Yaris hasn’t been rated by EPA, yet. Toyota claims the segment best combined mpg of 35 when paired with the automatic transmission. Yaris uses high compression in the engine department to achieve higher mpg numbers. The mpg numbers drop a little when the Yaris is paired with the six-speed manual transmission.

Model

Toyota Yaris L sedan

Kia Rio sedan

Hyundai Accent SE sedan

Chevrolet Sonic Sedan

Ford Fiesta S sedan

Nissan Versa

MPG (city)

30

28

28

26

27

31

MPG (highway)

39

37

37

34

35

39

MPG (combined)

34

32

31

29

30

34

Toyota Yaris and Nissan Versa sacrifice power in favor of returning better mpg numbers. Both of these sedans do a segment leading – 34 mpg of combined mpg. Being the only turbo-four in the comparison, the Chevy Sonic doesn’t live up as a frugal choice in this class.

2019 Toyota Yaris Interior

7.0/10

“The Yaris sedan's interior features a few hard plastics, but for the most part, it consists of soft-touch surfaces and a well-constructed layout. Some reviewers claim that the Yaris sedan's cabin looks richer than its price tag suggests. However, the Yaris hatchback’s cabin suffers from poor fit and finish despite also featuring many soft-touch materials.”- Cars.USnews

Seating and Comfort

Previously the Yaris was available in a single well-appointed trim. 2019 Yaris sedan offers three trim levels with well distributed features. The Yaris sedan shares it platform with the Mazda 2 sedan that isn’t available in the US. Essentially, the interiors of the Yaris sedan are identical to the Mazda 2 and that isn’t a bad thing at all.

The Yaris like its competitors can accommodate five people. The Yaris offers a 7.0 inch touchscreen display standard across all trims. The instrument cluster offers an analog speedometer and digital tachometer. The dashboard layout is neat and logical and the toggles and dials fall naturally to the hand.

The six-way adjustable driver seat for the higher trim make it very easy to find your favorite driving position. The seats offer good support and would be a good companion for longer trips. The interior with its stitched leather look is definitely a step above the rest of the subcompacts. Don’t worry the Yaris has its share of plastics to keep the price in check.

Models

Toyota Yaris L sedan

Kia Rio sedan

Hyundai Accent SE sedan

Chevrolet Sonic Sedan

Ford Fiesta S sedan

Nissan Versa

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front

Head room

38.2

38.9

38.9

38.7

39.1

Shoulder room

53.1

54.1

54.2

53.4

53.4

51.7

Leg room

41.9

42.1

42.1

41.8

41.8

41.8

Rear

Head room

36.8

37.4

37.3

38.1

37.8

Shoulder room

50.0

53.3

53.7

53.0

53.0

51.9

Leg room

34.4

33.5

33.5

34.6

34.6

37.0

Toyota has used good quality materials in the frequent touch zones. The steering wheel gets a leather trim in the top trim and the upper part of the dashboard has nice soft touch material. This time, Toyota has paid special attention to the interiors.

Infotainment

The Yaris offers Mazda’s infotainment system. This system works as a touchscreen only when the car is stationary. On the move, you can control the infotainment system using the dials. The 7.0 inch screen also doubles as the display for the rearview camera.

Interior Features

  • The Toyota Yaris is offered with a substantial list of features that make commuting a relatively hassle free affair. Few of these features are:
  • Voice Recognition
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Digital Clock
  • Analog Speedometer
  • Tachometer
  • Trip Meter
  • 7-In. Touch-Screen Display Audio
  • Integrated AM/FM/SAT HD Radio
  • Auxiliary Port
  • Hands-Free Phone Capability and Music Streaming Via Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Six Speakers
  • Steering Wheel Controls

Cargo Capacity

The Yaris sedan offers 13.5 cu-ft. of rear cargo space which can be increased with the help of 60/40 split-folding rear seats. The absence of center console and lack of cubby holes for small items is a downer for the Yaris. Considering the segment norms, the Yaris offers good utility for a subcompact.

Model

Toyota Yaris L sedan

Kia Rio sedan

Hyundai Accent SE sedan

Chevrolet Sonic Sedan

Ford Fiesta S sedan

Nissan Versa

Cargo Volume (cu-ft.)

13.5

13.7

13.7

14.9

12.8

14.9

2019 Toyota Yaris Exterior

“The Yaris does feature Toyota’s massive grille, a trapezoidal maw up front that is updated with a honeycomb insert for 2019. Your eyes will know if they like it or not. Base L and mid-trim LE models have halogen headlights, while the top-line XLE has brighter LEDs with automatic on/off. Base Yaris L trims have 15-inch steel wheels, while the LE and XLE wear nicer 16-inch alloys.”-KelleyBlueBook

Dimensions and Weight

The Yaris sedan wears a sporty look. The new grille contributes a lot to that look. The grille comes with honeycomb inserts and piano black treatment. The higher trims get the fog lights embedded in the front grille. Roof mounted shark fin antenna adds to the premium look of Yaris. The rear fascia comes with a newly designed lip spoiler.

Model

Toyota Yaris L sedan

Kia Rio sedan

Hyundai Accent SE sedan

Chevrolet Sonic Sedan

Ford Fiesta S sedan

Nissan Versa

Curb weight (lbs.)

2385

2714

2502

2796

2578

2,395

Length(in)

171.2

172.6

172.6

173.9

173.5

163.7

Width(in)

66.7

67.9

68.1

68.3

67.8

66.7

Height(in)

58.5

57.1

57.1

59.7

58.1

60.5

Ground clearance (in)

5.5

5.5

5.5

N/A

N/A

 

Wheelbase (in)

101.2

101.6

101.6

99.4

98.0

102.4

Track width (in) F/R

58.9/59.5

59.8/60.0

59.3/59.5

59.4/ 59.4

57.7/57.7

58.3/ 58.5

Dimensionally, the Yaris offers average proportions but it weighs lesser than most of its competitors. 2019 Yaris sedan offers a wheelbase of 101.2-inch which translates to good in cabin space. This results in lesser headroom for rear passengers.

2019 Toyota Yaris Safety

The Toyota Yaris is offered with safety features like 4-wheel antilock brakes. A rearview camera is offered as standard equipment.

  • Backup Camera
  • Active Safety System
  • Six Airbags
  • 3-Point Seatbelts for All Seating Positions
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS)
  • Low-Speed Pre-Collision System (PCS)
  • First Aid Kit

2019 Toyota Yaris Competition

Toyota Yaris vs Kia Rio

Kia Rio is powered by a 130 hp inline-four engine. The Rio Sedan is available in two easy to choose trim levels. The prices for the 2019 Kia Rio start at $16,400. Kia Rio is a well-known nameplate in the subcompact segment. The Rio has enough power for city driving but it struggles on the highway.

For a budget car, the Rio checks most of the correct boxes. It has well laid out cabin, a generous cargo space, relatively better handling and an easy to use infotainment system. Not everyone would be happy to be in a Rio but considering the things on offer, actually a lot on offer for the price. Kia Rio should be high on your list if you are looking for a budget car.

Toyota Yaris vs Chevrolet Sonic

The Chevrolet Sonic is equipped with a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that produces 138 horsepower. Chevy Sonic is easier to drive because of its turbocharged engine. This makes the Sonic a more fun to drive car in a segment where most cars have normally aspirated engines. Chevy Sonic can be had with a six-speed manual or automatic at all trim levels. Sonic loses to the Yaris when it comes to interior quality, Yaris uses better plastics and premium materials. The Yaris’s powertrain is more refined than the Sonic.

Toyota Yaris vs Nissan Versa

Nissan Versa sedan is powered by a 109 hp inline-four engine. The pricing for the Versa Note start at $15,650. The Versa is underpowered so be prepared for lackluster acceleration. On the upside, Versa offers excellent mpg numbers. The interior is roomy but lacks the fit and finish which is seen on the Toyota Yaris. We would recommend you to spend a little more to get something more powerful than the Versa sedan.

2019 Toyota Yaris Final Verdict

The Toyota Yaris is powered by a 1.5-liter engine that produces 106 horsepower. The power figure might seem too low even for a subcompact sedan. The Yaris has one of the lightest curb weight in this segment. So, the lack of power is duly compensated by