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8.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.6
Safety: 8.9
Reliability: TBD

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, however.

Pros & Cons

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

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. 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 daily commuting vehicle. Its great fuel efficiency, smooth ride, nimble handling, and lengthy list of standard features make it a fine choice. The hatchback offers more cargo space, but its transmission choices are less refined.

The Toyota Corolla is a compact car that also comes in sedan and hatchback body styles. It has more passenger and cargo space than the Yaris. The Honda Fit 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, and a hatchback (also called the Liftback).

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.  

The 2019 Yaris hatchback is part of a generation that debuted for the 2012 model year. A 2015 midgeneration refresh added a standard infotainment system, a retuned suspension system, and improved interior and exterior design. Toyota Safety Sense-C driver assistance features became standard for 2017, adding automatic high beams, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning. The 2018 Yaris received an interior and exterior styling refresh.

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, 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 used hatch should be content with the 2017 Yaris iA because this was the first model year 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: 43 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 43 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 sedan and Yaris hatchback generations. The Yaris sedan spans from 2016 to 2018 model years. The Yaris hatchback includes 2012 to 2019 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 runs $18,550. Adding an automatic transmission to the first two trims costs an additional $1,100. The highest trim comes standard with it. At the time of writing, no official pricing is available for the 2019 Toyota Yaris hatchback.

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Toyota Yaris Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota Yaris or Toyota Corolla?

The Toyota Corolla sits in the compact cars class, which is a size up from the Yaris. Like its smaller sibling, the Corolla comes in both sedan and hatchback body styles. Compared to the Yaris, the Corolla 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 better than the Yaris hatchback. Though it’s more expensive, the Corolla hatchback has better fuel economy estimates than the Yaris, 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 both versions of 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 hatchback's. 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. Sedan models have comfortable, supportive front seats that have a decent amount of space, but rear-seat room is too cramped for taller passengers. Hatchback models offer more space, but they don't come with the tilt-and-telescoping steering you’ll find in sedan models. This could pose a problem for some drivers. The seats in hatchback models also grow uncomfortable on longer trips.

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.

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, the Yaris hatchback’s cabin suffers from poor fit and finish despite also featuring many soft-touch materials. Disappointingly, neither model comes with a center armrest. Cloth upholstery is standard in both models. Front sport seats are standard in the sedan but optional in the hatchback. 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. For more space, consider the Yaris hatchback. It has between 15.3 and 15.6 cubic feet of space, which are some of the highest estimates in the class.

Yaris Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Yaris offers a good selection of standard features. The sedan comes with a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with six speakers, two USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, and voice recognition. The Yaris hatch is slightly different, with its standard 6.1-inch touch screen and one USB port. It doesn’t come standard with HD Radio, but it does feature Siri Eyes Free, which is unavailable in sedan models.

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 quick and smooth shifts. The Yaris hatchback comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission; a four-speed automatic transmission is available. These transmissions don’t make good use of the Yaris hatch's power, hindering the car’s acceleration and fuel efficiency.

Yaris Gas Mileage: Fuel-Sipping Sedan

The 2019 Toyota Yaris sedan 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.

At the time of this writing, there are no fuel economy estimates for the 2019 Yaris hatchback. The similar 2018 Yaris hatch delivers 30/36 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission and 1 less mpg on the highway with the automatic transmission. These are average 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. The Yaris hatchback favors comfort over sportiness, especially given its smooth ride, but it still has composed handling.

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Yaris Reliability

Is the Toyota Yaris Reliable?

At this time of writing, there is no predicted reliability rating for the 2019 Toyota Yaris. However, it belongs to a generation that typically earns above-average predicted reliability ratings 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 2019 Yaris sedan five out of five stars overall, with five stars in frontal and side crash tests and four stars in rollover testing. The NHTSA also gave the four-door Yaris hatchback four stars in frontal and rollover tests.

Yaris Safety Features

Standard safety features in the sedan include a rearview camera, low-speed forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Hatchback models come standard with the same features, plus lane departure warning and automatic high beams.

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Which Toyota Yaris Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Toyota Yaris comes in two body styles, sedan and hatchback, as well as three trims. Both body types come in L and LE trims. The sedan’s highest trim is XLE, and the SE serves as the hatchback’s top-tier trim.

We recommend the base Yaris L for both sedan and hatchback shoppers. You'll find niceties like a touch-screen infotainment system, a rearview camera, and forward collision warning. In both variants, you won't gain much from opting for one of the higher trim levels. At the time of writing, there is no pricing information for the 2019 Yaris hatchback.

Toyota Yaris L

Starting at $15,450, the Yaris L sedan 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.

The Yaris hatchback has many of the same standard features, but it loses the front sport seats and the 7-inch display. Hatchback-specific standard features include lane departure warning and a 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system.

Toyota Yaris LE

The LE sedan costs $16,450 and adds a rear spoiler, push-button start, and fog lights. LE hatchback models gain a four-speed automatic transmission, power sideview mirrors, alloy wheels, cruise control, and remote keyless entry.

Toyota Yaris XLE

Exclusive to the sedan, 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.

Toyota Yaris SE

The four-door-only SE is the highest hatchback trim level for the hatchback. It comes with sport front seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, a 7-inch touch screen, HD Radio, fog lights, daytime running lights, sportier styling, a rear spoiler, and a sport-tuned suspension.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Toyota Yaris is a solid choice among subcompact cars. Both body styles have plenty of standard features and quality interiors. The sedan model impresses with its athletic handling and excellent gas mileage, and the hatchback gives you some extra space and a composed ride. That said, both models suffer from languid acceleration, which makes rivals that offer additional power 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: February 14, 2019

Falling Sales: Sales of the Toyota Yaris, formerly the Yaris iA, sit in the middle of the subcompact car class. However, sales figures declined 29.3 percent in 2018 relative to 2017. This sales trend has continued into 2019, as Toyota has sold 42.6 percent fewer Yaris than during the same period last year.

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