Thanks to its refined sheet metal and snazzy cabin design, the 2019 Toyota Yaris looks and feels more upscale than its humble price tag might suggest. It also impresses with its agile handling and frugal fuel economy. Keep in mind, though, that this sedan isn’t available with blind-spot monitoring, a driver-assist feature that’s a must-have item for many car shoppers.
The 2019 Toyota Yaris is a subcompact sedan that seats five passengers. It’s sold in L, LE and XLE trim levels, and all models are front-wheel drive.
There’s no shortage of capable subcompact cars, and the Yaris is part of a talented vehicle class. Its rivals include models such as the Honda Fit, Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent.
For the 2019 model year, the sedan that was previously known as the Yaris iA has been renamed the Yaris, and it gets a revised trim lineup and a new grille with a spiffy honeycomb design. When it comes to body styles, a sedan is the only choice offered. A hatchback configuration is marketed separated as the Yaris Liftback.
There’s a pared-down, no-fuss aesthetic at play with the Yaris’ exterior design, and it helps give the car a clean, modern look. Flame-shaped headlights flank a standard gloss-black mesh-pattern grille, rising in tandem with the deep character lines that grace the car’s hood. Short overhangs, an angled beltline and a rounded roofline work together to give this sedan’s profile a chic, coupe-like appearance. The Yaris’ rear fascia is upright and blocky, bisected by broad, frowning taillights.
Our Yaris XLE test vehicle came in a light shade of gray that Toyota calls Chromium. This icy neutral was a good match for our Yaris’ contemporary design cues. We found that our test car looked especially attractive from the front, where the gray paint job provided a striking contrast to the sporty black grille.
The entry-level Yaris L sedan comes with standard exterior features such as halogen headlights, daytime running lights, power-adjustable side mirrors, body-colored exterior door handles, 15-inch steel wheels and a chrome-tipped exhaust system.
Yaris LE models add features like fog lights, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, a rear spoiler and 16-inch alloy wheels. With the range-topping 2019 Toyota Yaris XLE, automatic LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and rain-sensing windshield wipers are included.
The 2019 Toyota Yaris sedan has a starting price of less than $16,000, but you’d never know this judging by the appearance of its cabin. The car’s interior has a premium look, with modish design and respectable build quality. The dash is handsomely sculpted, and it’s embellished by sleek, circular air vents. The modern look of the bucket-shaped center stack is heightened by the floating touchscreen that sits just above.
We found the front seats in our Yaris XLE test car to be comfortable and pleasant. However, things weren’t quite as spacious in the back. Second-row legroom in our test vehicle was restrictive for taller passengers. Also, the car’s low, curved roofline reduced headroom for those seated in the rear seats.
Toyota’s Yaris provides 13.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity in its trunk. This is a competitive figure, but some rivals are roomier. For example, the 2019 Chevrolet Sonic sedan offers 14.9 cubic feet of cargo space.
With the Yaris, standard features include air conditioning, cloth upholstery, a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, a four-way manually adjustable front passenger seat, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, metallic interior accents and power door locks and windows.
Our test car came with optional leatherette upholstery, and it had a stitched design that helped give the cabin an upmarket appearance. Other options for the Yaris sedan include automatic climate control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
All Yaris sedans are motivated by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that provides 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. Yaris L and LE trim levels are offered with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. With the Yaris XLE, the six-speed automatic is the sole transmission choice. Power is sent to the car’s front wheels.
When equipped with the automatic transmission, the Yaris offers a choice of two driving modes: Normal and Sport. This allows you to customize the car’s performance to suit the situation, and it’s an impressive feature for a car that’s so modestly priced.
Our test car’s handling was reasonably smooth, and the car felt nimble and composed, especially when driven in Sport mode. While this Toyota sedan isn’t the quickest choice on the market, our Yaris XLE provided enough power for us to navigate the highway without anxiety. Its small footprint and easygoing handling help make this sedan a great choice for city travel.
According to the EPA, the 2019 Yaris achieves gas mileage of up to 32/40 mpg city/highway. These figures make it a top choice in its segment when it comes to fuel economy.
Toyota has equipped the Yaris with standard tech features such as keyless entry and ignition, an infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, HD and satellite radio, a six-speaker audio system, two USB ports, an auxiliary input jack, voice recognition and Bluetooth phone and music streaming.
The Yaris is offered with an optional Smart Key feature that simplifies ingress and egress. With this amenity, the car’s doors lock and unlock automatically as you approach, as long as the key fob is in your pocket or purse. Unfortunately, this sedan isn’t offered with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
When it comes to active safety features, all Yaris sedans are equipped with a rearview camera, a forward collision warning system and low-speed automatic emergency braking. Popular driver-assist features such as blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control aren’t available.
It’s worth noting that with one of the Yaris’ chief rivals, the 2019 Honda Fit, adaptive cruise control is offered. Also, the Fit is available with Honda LaneWatch, a feature that uses camera technology to give the driver a clear view of blind spots on the passenger side of the vehicle during lane changes.
Toyota’s Yaris is one of the most affordable new cars on the market. With a manual transmission, the entry-level L trim starts at $15,450, not including a $930 destination fee. LE models begin at $16,450. Adding an automatic transmission to these two trims brings a $1,100 price increase.
The XLE trim (which comes solely with an automatic transmission) kicks off at $18,550.
We imagine that a base model equipped with an automatic transmission will be a satisfying and budget-friendly choice for many shoppers. These models cost $17,480, including destination.
Toyota’s Yaris offers decent value, and it’s priced to appeal to cost-conscious shoppers. Still, know that rivals like the Honda Fit provide a broader range of active safety features at a comparable price point.
There’s a lot to love about the 2019 Toyota Yaris. This sedan impresses with its upscale cabin, and it shines as one of the most of most fuel-efficient picks in its segment.
The Yaris isn’t available with certain key driver-assist features, and this may be a deal-breaker for some. Still, if you who don’t mind this omission, the Toyota Yaris stands as a stylish and capable choice.
By Warren Clarke (Last Updated 2/8/2019)
Warren Clarke is a writer and editor whose work has been published in outlets such as the New York Daily News and Edmunds.com. He enjoys providing car owners with information that can help enhance and simplify their lives.
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2019 Toyota Yaris Pricing
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The price range for the 2019 Toyota Yaris is $13,689 - $16,995.
The average selling price is $15,468.
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$15,600 - $18,700
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$13,689 - $16,995
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