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8.4

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.6
Safety: 8.9
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2019 Toyota Yaris Review

The 2019 Toyota Yaris sits near the top of our subcompact cars rankings thanks to a long list of standard features and a stylish cabin. It’s held back by leisurely acceleration though.

Pros & Cons

  • Quality interior with plenty of standard features
  • Excellent fuel economy with the sedan
  • Nimble handling from the sedan
  • Feeble acceleration

Is the Toyota Yaris a Good Car?

Yes, the 2019 Toyota Yaris is a good subcompact car. The Yaris isn't the quickest car in this class, but you can have some fun with the sedan’s engaging handling. Inside, you'll find standard features like a rearview camera and a touch-screen infotainment system. It also carries on Toyota's tradition of dependability, with an above-average predicted reliability rating. We named the Yaris a finalist for our 2019 Best Subcompact Car for the Money award because it has an admirable combination of overall quality and value for the class.

Should I Buy the Toyota Yaris?

Consider purchasing the Yaris sedan if you are looking for a good commuter car. Its great fuel efficiency, smooth ride, nimble handling, and lengthy list of standard features make it a fine choice.

There are other options worth considering. The Toyota Corolla is a compact car that comes in both sedan and hatchback body styles. It has more passenger and cargo space than the Yaris. If you want to stick with a subcompact, cross-shop the Yaris with the Honda Fit, which also has more interior space as well as a longer list of optional features.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Toyota Yaris?

The 2019 Toyota Yaris is available as a sedan, formerly known as the Yaris iA. The hatchback model (also called the Liftback) was discontinued for the 2019 model year.

The sedan is part of a generation that debuted as the 2016 Scion iA. For 2017, its name was changed to the Toyota Yaris iA, and for the 2019 model year, it was renamed the Toyota Yaris sedan. It also comes in three different trim levels as opposed to the one trim level that was available for 2018. The higher trims add a few features that were previously unavailable in the Yaris sedan, including fog lights, leatherette front seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and automatic climate control.  

If you are interested in buying a used Yaris but don’t want to miss out on most of the features found in the new model, consider the 2017 Yaris iA. Take away the 2019 Yaris sedan's name change and added trims, and the 2017 Yaris iA is a fairly similar vehicle. It comes with the exact same safety equipment and powertrain as the newer 2019 Yaris sedan. Those interested in a hatchback model will have to opt for a used Yaris. Most hatchback shoppers should be content with the 2017 Yaris iA because this was the first Yaris model to come standard with Toyota Safety Sense. To learn more about savings and discounts you can find on used cars, check out our Used Car Deals page.

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We Did the Research for You: 50 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 50 Toyota Yaris reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, performance specs, interior quality information, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Yaris generation, which spans the 2016 to 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Toyota Yaris Cost?

The entry-level 2019 Toyota Yaris sedan starts at $15,450, which falls in line with the price of many other subcompact cars. The midlevel LE trim costs $16,450, and the top-of-the-line XLE trim will run you $18,550. Adding an automatic transmission to the first two trims costs an additional $1,100. The highest trim comes standard with it.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Toyota dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Toyota deals page.

Toyota Yaris Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota Yaris or Toyota Corolla?

The Toyota Corolla is a member of the compact car class, which means it is a size up from the Yaris. Like its smaller sibling, the Corolla comes in a sedan body style, but it's also offered in a hatchback body style. Compared to the Yaris, the Corolla also has more passenger and cargo space, stronger engines, and a longer standard features list, which includes a pre-collision system with adaptive cruise control. If you’re looking at sedans, the Yaris is the better choice because its handling is more athletic, it has nicer interior materials, and it gets better gas mileage than the Corolla. It also costs a few thousand dollars less. Conversely, the Corolla hatchback is more expensive, but it has better fuel economy estimates than the Yaris sedan, as well as a stronger engine and more room for passengers and cargo.

Which Is Better: Toyota Yaris or Honda Fit?

We recommend choosing the Honda Fit instead of the Yaris. Available as both a subcompact car and a hatchback, the Fit comes with more passenger and cargo space than the Yaris, and it has more available features, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration and a moonroof. Its rear Magic Seat also allows you to move the back row into multiple configurations, which comes in handy for hauling cargo. Plus, its handling is more responsive than the Yaris'. Both vehicles suffer from lackluster acceleration, though.

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Yaris Interior

How Many People Does the Yaris Seat?

There's seating for up to five people in the Yaris. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, with a decent amount of space, but the rear seats are too cramped for taller passengers.

Yaris and Car Seats

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the middle seat. The tether anchors are easy to locate and identify, but the lower anchors are mounted deep in the seat cushion and somewhat difficult to use, particularly in the sedan body style. 

Yaris Interior Quality

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, it doesn't come with a center armrest. Cloth upholstery and front sport seats are standard. Leatherette-trimmed front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are available.

Yaris Cargo Space

The Yaris sedan has about 13.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which is good among subcompact cars.

Yaris Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Yaris offers a good selection of standard features, including a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with six speakers, two USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, and voice recognition.

The standard infotainment system is easy to use, but the Yaris is not available with smartphone connectivity features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? articles.

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Yaris Performance

Yaris Engine: Needs More Power

A 106-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine powers the Yaris. This engine has respectable power for city driving, but it feels sluggish at high speeds and when going uphill. This may pose a problem for shoppers who do a lot of highway driving. The Yaris sedan comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, and a six-speed automatic transmission is available. Both transmissions deliver smooth shifts.

Yaris Gas Mileage: Fuel-Sipping Sedan

The 2019 Toyota Yaris delivers 30 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission and 32/40 mpg city/highway with the automatic transmission. These are fantastic estimates in the class.

Yaris Ride and Handling: Comfortable Commuter

The Yaris sedan provides good steering feedback and agile handling, allowing it to take corners with ease. Those looking for a good daily commuting vehicle will also appreciate its smooth and quiet ride.

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Yaris Reliability

Is the Toyota Yaris Reliable?

The 2019 Toyota Yaris has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

Toyota Yaris Warranty

The 2018 Toyota Yaris has a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. These are typical warranty lengths in the class.

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Yaris Safety

Yaris Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Yaris sedan five out of five stars overall, with five stars in frontal and side crash tests and four stars in rollover testing.

Yaris Safety Features

Standard safety features include a rearview camera, low-speed forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

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Which Toyota Yaris Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Toyota Yaris comes three trims: L, LE, and XLE. We recommend the base Yaris L for shoppers. You'll find niceties like a touch-screen infotainment system, a rearview camera, and forward collision warning. You won't gain much from opting for one of the higher trim levels.

Toyota Yaris L

Starting at $15,450, the Yaris L comes standard with front sport seats, cloth upholstery, cruise control, a rearview camera, low-speed forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. The standard 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system features with two USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, six speakers, and voice recognition.

Toyota Yaris LE

The LE sedan costs $16,450 and adds a rear spoiler, push-button start, and fog lights.

Toyota Yaris XLE

The top-of-the-line XLE trim costs $18,550. It gains automatic headlights, daytime running lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery for the front seats, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Toyota dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Toyota deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Toyota Yaris is a solid choice among subcompact cars. It has plenty of standard features and a quality interior. Out on the road, the Yaris impresses with its athletic handling and excellent gas mileage. That said, it suffers from languid acceleration, which makes more-powerful rivals that much more appealing to some shoppers.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • 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." -- Edmunds
  • "Everything about the Toyota iA is small, from the tiny exterior dimensions to the low-displacement engine. The result is a true compact that’s genuinely affordable and an absolute blast to drive. Turns out there’s wisdom in Master Yoda’s words after all." -- Automobile Magazine (2018)
  • The 2018 Toyota Yaris is the kind of no-frills econobox that, decades ago, established Toyota as a player in the U.S. But the definition of 'frills' has changed, and with it our expectations of what modest dollars can buy." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: May 31, 2019

Consistent Sales: Sales of the Toyota Yaris, formerly the Yaris iA, sit in the upper half of the subcompact car class. However, sales figures have remained constant so far in 2019 relative to the same period last year.

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