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2019 Toyota Yaris Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.6

The 2019 Toyota Yaris’ well-designed cabin features materials that are soft to the touch, but some hard plastics are scattered about as well. The fit and finish in the hatchback isn’t as nice as the Yaris sedan though. In terms of interior space, the Yaris is lacking. Hatchback models have additional cargo space, but rear-seat are still cramped. The Yaris has a good amount of standard technology, but it lacks smartphone integration features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

  • "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." -- Edmunds
  • "Toyota has worked hard to keep the Yaris from feeling cheap, and it is most evident inside. The door tops and other surfaces have a soft-touch finish, and the simple dash design cleanly integrates Toyota's touch-screen infotainment." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "Visually, the iA’s Mazda roots are most obvious in the cabin. The interior has contemporary Mazda infotainment, switchgear, and materials. Build-quality feels substantial, imbuing the greenhouse upscale with touch points that belie the low price tag." -- Automobile Magazine (2018)

Seating

The Yaris can seat up to five people. Sedan models have comfortable and supportive seats, with decent space in the front row and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The rear seats are cramped, however. They’re more spacious in the hatchback, but they aren’t very comfortable on long journeys. A tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel is also absent in the hatchback, which may be problematic for taller drivers.

Cloth upholstery is standard in both models, and the sedan adds standard front sport seats. Leatherette-trimmed front seats, front sport seats (for hatchback models), and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are available.

The Yaris has two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on its rear outboard seats and an upper tether on its middle seat. The tether anchors are easy to use, but the lower anchors are too deep in the seat cushion.

  • The firm but supportive seats offer good adjustability and provide all you need on multi-hour trips. Taller drivers may struggle to fit comfortably." -- Edmunds
  • "Despite its small size and lack of a center armrest, the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA’s interior is actually quite comfortable. Tall drivers will appreciate the 10 inches of seat travel and tilt/telescopic steering column as well as the form-fitting bucket seats." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • The Yaris' front seats are nothing to write home about, though the SE model's sport-fabric upholstery does seem to add a bit of grip. A potential deal-breaker for taller drivers is the insufficient front seat adjustment and tilt-only steering column." -- Autotrader (2018)

Interior Features

The Yaris has a good number of standard features for the class. Sedan models have a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with two USB ports, Bluetooth, six speakers, satellite radio, HD Radio, and voice recognition. Sedans also come with cruise control, a rearview camera, a low-speed forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Hatchback models come with a 6.1-inch infotainment system with a USB port, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, six speakers, and voice recognition. Hatchbacks have a few more safety features, adding automatic high beams and lane departure warning to the sedan’s list of standard safety tech.

The Yaris has an easy-to-use infotainment system with useful knobs on the control panel. Smartphone connectivity features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are unavailable. Options include push-button start, remote keyless entry, automatic climate control, and HD Radio (hatchback only).

  • "A large screen atop the dash handles all infotainment functions, controlled by a logically placed rotary knob on the lower console. Climate controls are also large and easy to see and use, as are all the backlit buttons at night." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "On the positive side, the Yaris' small overhangs and standard rearview camera make maneuvering in parking lots and parallel parking a breeze. It's also one of the few cars in its class to offer the latest in advanced driver safety aids, including lane departure warning, automatic high-beam activation, and forward collision warning and mitigation." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "Don't expect much from the Yaris iA's six-speaker audio system, as its fidelity equals that of your typical earbuds." -- CNET (2017)

Cargo

The Yaris sedan comes with a 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space, which is good for the class. Though, the split-folding rear seats don’t fold all the way flat. You'll get even more space in the Yaris hatchback, which has 15.3 to 15.6 cubic feet of space. Small-item storage is limited in either Yaris cabin.

  • The 13.5-cubic-foot trunk is average for the segment. The 60/40-split folding rear seats improve cargo space, but they don't fold flat, which hurts utility." -- Edmunds
  • "Whether you opt for a 3- or 5-door Yaris, interior space is nearly the same, including decent cargo room behind the rear seats. Additional space can be created by folding the 60/40-split seats." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "I most like its packaging, with room for five passengers and a wide, easy-to-load 15.6 cubic feet of cargo area left for luggage." -- Autoblog (2015)
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