2019 Toyota Yaris
- Last year's Yaris iA has been renamed to just Yaris
- Sedan body style only
- New front and rear styling treatments
- Three trim levels are now available: L, LE and XLE
- Lots of appealing standard features at a reasonable price
- Attractive interior fitted with upscale materials
- High fuel economy
- Acceleration is slow even for the subcompact segment
- Taller drivers might have a hard time getting comfortable
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Which Yaris does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating7.2 / 10
What is the 2019 Toyota Yaris? That seems like a simple question, but the answer is anything but. We'll do our best to keep things simple. First, the vehicle we're reviewing here is a four-door sedan, which in past years was known as the Yaris iA. Last year's plain-old Yaris, no iA, was a four-door hatchback. For 2019, that car is now known as the Yaris Liftback, which we review separately.
So in simple terms, "Yaris" equals sedan now. Great, but the confusion doesn't end there since this Toyota is in fact designed, engineered and manufactured by Mazda. That means it's different from other vehicles in Toyota's lineup, from the way it drives to the way you change the radio. But that shouldn't be considered a bad thing. Mazda has proven itself rather adept at building small cars, especially ones that are engaging and fun to drive.
The Mazda DNA isn't just limited to the mechanical bits either. The Yaris cabin inherits Mazda's attractive interior styling and thoughtful ergonomics. It's actually a much nicer environment than what you get in the Toyota-designed and -built Yaris Liftback. For its part, though, Toyota has included many features as standard on the Yaris, even on the lowest L trim, that many manufacturers only include as options.
While the Yaris might be surprisingly fun to drive, it is not particularly fast, even in a class where slow is the accepted norm. Other knocks against the Yaris include the slightly cramped back seat that doesn't fold completely flat and makes for an uneven load floor for longer objects. Still, we think the 2019 Yaris should be at the top of the must-drive list for anyone in search of an affordable subcompact sedan — no matter who makes it or what it's named.
2019 Toyota Yaris configurations
The 2019 Toyota Yaris sedan is available in three trim levels: L, LE and XLE. All come with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine (106 horsepower, 103 pound-feet of torque). A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automatic is optional (standard on the XLE).
The entry-level L comes with 15-inch steel wheels, forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, full power accessories (lock, mirrors, windows), cruise control, air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver's seat, cloth upholstery, Mazda's infotainment system (center console controller, a 7-inch display that responds to touch when the car is stopped), voice recognition, Bluetooth, two USB ports, an auxiliary audio jack, HD and satellite radio, and a six-speaker sound system.
Stepping up to the LE gets you 16-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a rear spoiler, heated outside mirrors, LED turn signals, and keyless ignition and entry.
The XLE loses the option of the manual transmission but gains automatic LED headlights, automatic wipers, automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and two drive settings (Normal and Sport).
The ratings in this review are based on our full test of a 2016 Scion iA (1.5L inline-4 | 6-speed automatic | FWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2016, the vehicle in question has been renamed the Toyota Yaris. Despite the name change, it is fundamentally the same car with no significant changes. Our findings remain applicable to this year's Yaris.
Noise & vibration7.0
Ease of use7.0
Getting in/getting out8.0
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Yaris safety features:
- Low-Speed Pre-Collision System
- Warns you of obstacles ahead and automatically brakes if necessary. Works only at lower speeds.
- Dynamic Stability Control
- Senses when the car is losing traction or control and uses various means to get you straight again.
- Brake Assist
- Recognizes when you're initiating a panic stop and fully engages the brakes to provide maximum stopping power.
Toyota Yaris vs. the competition
2019 Toyota Yaris
2019 Honda Fit
Toyota Yaris vs. Honda Fit
If a subcompact car is what you want but you still need practicality, the Honda Fit should be at the top of your list. Not only does its hatchback body style lend itself to carrying larger objects, but the multi-configurable rear seat also makes the Fit unique in its flexibility. While fuel economy and visibility are good, the nicer options, such as navigation, can drive the price north of $21,000.
Toyota Yaris vs. Toyota Corolla
The Toyota Corolla is a much more traditional Toyota product, both inside and out. It's also a step up, sizewise, so you'll get more of everything, such as cargo space and rear seat room, except when it comes to fuel economy. The Corolla, however, is a bit dreary to drive, can cost several thousands of dollars more than the Yaris, and still feels a bit on the cheap side.
Toyota Yaris vs. Nissan Versa
Nissan's subcompact Versa lags behind in personality and performance but does a good job in making the most of a small overall package by having a very spacious interior — especially in the back seat. The Versa also benefits from a comfortable ride and a fairly low base price, should you need to go the bargain route.
2019 Toyota Yaris for Sale
The 2019 Toyota Yaris is a great choice if you're looking for a subcompact sedan that's good to drive and comes well-equipped at a reasonable price.
This year's Yaris is last year's Yaris iA, but with the exception of a few minor styling tweaks, the two cars look fairly similar. What has changed is the number of trim levels offered. In 2018 there was only one, but 2019 sees three with the L, LE and XLE.
Toyota offers the basic Yaris with a good number of standard safety and technology features. Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a rearview camera and a 7-inch infotainment display are all standard. One excellent standard safety feature is a low-speed forward collision warning system with automatic braking. This is a rare feature in the compact class, let alone the subcompact class. And it's standard.
Every Yaris is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 106 horsepower. You'll need full throttle to get up to highway speeds quickly, even more so than you would in some other subcompacts in the segment. At least this Mazda-made engine is smooth.
You have your choice of either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, though the XLE only comes with the automatic. Either version gets you very good fuel economy. The Yaris is also light and nimble thanks to its Mazda underpinnings, and we think it's as fun to drive as any other vehicle in its class.
The interior is really where the Yaris stands out from the competition. Build quality and refinement are excellent, and the dash controls and infotainment system are well-configured. It also has above-average cargo space in the trunk, a low liftover height, and an easy-to-use 60/40-split folding rear seat that we wish folded a bit more flat. Downsides include limited rear passenger room and a driving position that won't appeal to taller drivers.
Overall, the 2019 Toyota Yaris is a solid, well-rounded and excellent-driving little sedan that betters class rivals in many areas. When you're ready to take a closer look, let Edmunds help you find the perfect car.
2019 Toyota Yaris Overview
The 2019 Toyota Yaris is offered in the following submodels: Yaris Sedan. Available styles include LE 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6M), L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6M), LE 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6A), XLE 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6A), and L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6A).
What do people think of the 2019 Toyota Yaris?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Toyota Yaris and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 Yaris 3 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 Yaris.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
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What's a good price for a New 2019 Toyota Yaris?
2019 Toyota Yaris XLE 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6A)
The 2019 Toyota Yaris XLE 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $19,470. The average price paid for a new 2019 Toyota Yaris XLE 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $378 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $378 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$19,092.
The average savings for the 2019 Toyota Yaris XLE 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6A) is1.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2019 Toyota Yaris LE 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6A)
The 2019 Toyota Yaris LE 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $18,470. The average price paid for a new 2019 Toyota Yaris LE 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $358 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $358 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$18,112.
The average savings for the 2019 Toyota Yaris LE 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6A) is1.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2019 Toyota Yaris L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6A)
The 2019 Toyota Yaris L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $17,470. The average price paid for a new 2019 Toyota Yaris L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $338 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $338 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$17,132.
The average savings for the 2019 Toyota Yaris L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6A) is1.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2019 Toyota Yaris LE 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6M)Available Inventory:
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2019 Toyota Yaris L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6M)
The 2019 Toyota Yaris L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $16,370. The average price paid for a new 2019 Toyota Yaris L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6M) is trending $313 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $313 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$16,057.
The average savings for the 2019 Toyota Yaris L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 6M) is1.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Toyota Yaris?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.
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