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2019 Toyota Yaris Review

The 2019 Toyota Yaris lands in the top half of our subcompact car rankings. The Yaris has a refined cabin and a lengthy list of standard features, but its tepid acceleration holds it back.

Pros & Cons

  • Quality cabin with many standard features
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Nimble handling
  • Feeble acceleration

Rankings & Awards

The 2019 Toyota Yaris's #5 ranking is based on its score within the 2019 Subcompact Cars category. It was a finalist for our 2019 Best Subcompact Car for the Money award. Currently the Toyota Yaris has a score of 8.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 52 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 6.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2019 Toyota Yaris Overview

Is the 2019 Toyota Yaris a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2019 Yaris is a good used subcompact car. Its agile handling makes for a fairly enjoyable ride, but this sedan could use some more horsepower. The Yaris' cabin is nicer than you might expect for this price point, and it features an easy-to-use infotainment system. Great gas mileage figures round out its strong suits.

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We’ve analyzed 52 Toyota Yaris reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

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How Much Does the 2019 Toyota Yaris Cost to Own?

The 2019 Yaris’ five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $22,970, or $4,594 per year. That’s below average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Toyota Yaris: What's the Difference?

There are a few differences between the 2018 and 2019 Yaris. For 2019, Toyota discontinued the Yaris hatchback (though it returned for 2020), rebadged the Yaris iA sedan, and introduced two new trim levels.

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Here are the key changes for the Toyota Yaris over the last few years:

  • 2016: no major changes
  • 2017: gained standard Toyota Safety Sense-C suite of driver assistance features
  • 2018: refreshed interior and exterior styling
  • 2019: Yaris iA sedan renamed Yaris; two trim levels debuted; no hatchback model

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Yaris and 2018 Yaris and Yaris iA reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Toyota Yaris?

The 2019 Toyota Yaris has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

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2019 Toyota Yaris Recalls

There are no major recalls for the 2019 Toyota Yaris at this time.

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Which Used Toyota Yaris Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Toyota Yaris sedan comes in three trims: L, LE, and XLE. The base L trim has enough features to satisfy most shoppers. Higher trim levels don’t add enough to make them worth the additional expense.

  • Toyota Yaris L: The base L trim comes standard with a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, two USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, six speakers, voice recognition, front sport seats, cloth upholstery, cruise control, a rearview camera, low-speed forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.
  • Toyota Yaris LE: The LE trim adds push-button start, fog lights, and a rear spoiler.
  • Toyota Yaris LXE: The LXE trim adds synthetic leather upholstery for the front seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic headlights, and daytime running lights.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Hyundai and Kia both have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Yaris?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Yaris an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Yaris the highest rating of Good in all crash tests performed. The Yaris received the lowest rating of Poor for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead. The IIHS uses a different scale for grading collision avoidance features. The Yaris earned the second-highest rating of Advanced for its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Low-speed forward collision warning
  • Forward automatic emergency braking

Available advanced safety features

  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Automatic headlights
  • Daytime running lights

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2019 Toyota Yaris Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Toyota Yaris or 2019 Toyota Corolla?

The compact 2019 Toyota Corolla is available in both sedan and hatchback body styles. Not only does the Corolla hatchback deliver more cargo room than the sedan-only Yaris, but it also has a stronger engine, better fuel economy numbers, and a longer list of standard features. If you’re shopping for a sedan, however, you’ll want to stick with the Yaris, which has more athletic handling, superior gas mileage, and nicer cabin materials. The Yaris sedan is also more affordable, on average, than the Corolla sedan.

Which Is Better: 2019 Toyota Yaris or 2019 Honda Fit?

The 2019 Honda Fit is a more well-rounded subcompact car than the Yaris. You’ll get more utility from the Fit thanks to Honda’s Magic Seat, which allows the back seat to be configured in several different ways. You’ll also get more passenger and cargo space with the Fit, whether you pick a sedan or hatchback body style. The Honda offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which are both unavailable in the Toyota. Furthermore, the Fit has sharper steering and more nimble handling than the Yaris.

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2019 Yaris Performance

How Does the 2019 Toyota Yaris Drive?

The Yaris is a comfortable commuter with a smooth ride and responsive handling. Its only available engine provides sufficient power for city driving, but it feels sluggish at highway speeds. If you frequently commute on the highway, you might want to consider more-powerful alternatives such as the 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback.

  • Engine: 106-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard six-speed manual; available six-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Toyota Yaris Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the manual transmission, the Yaris delivers 30 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. Models with the automatic transmission gain 2 mpg in the city and 1 mpg on the highway. These are excellent figures for the subcompact car class.

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2019 Yaris Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Yaris Seat?

The 2019 Yaris seats five people. The front seats are comfortable and supportive and offer a decent amount of passenger space, but there’s not much head- or legroom in the rear seats.

The Yaris has an upscale look and features mainly soft-touch materials, though there are some hard plastics present.

Standard seating features:

  • Cloth upholstery

Available seating features:

  • Synthetic leather front-row sport seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Toyota Yaris?

The 2019 Yaris has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. The upper tethers are easy to find, but the lower anchors are too deep in the seats.

2019 Toyota Yaris Features

The Yaris doesn’t offer smartphone integration technology via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. However, its standard infotainment interface features a user-friendly touch screen and easy-access climate and audio knobs on the control panel.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, two USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, six speakers, and voice recognition
  • Available infotainment features: navigation
  • Other available features: remote keyless entry

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2019 Toyota Yaris Dimensions

Toyota Yaris Cargo Space

There’s 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space in the Yaris, which is good for a subcompact car.

2019 Toyota Yaris Length and Weight
  • Length: 12 feet, 11 inches
  • Curb weight: 2,315 to 2,335 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Toyota Yaris Built?

Toyota built the 2019 Yaris in France.

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