2019 Toyota Yaris Sedan Review

Written by Anqoinette Crosby

The all-new 2019 Yaris sedan has the proud distinction of being Toyota’s most affordable vehicle. This fact piqued the interest of a young communications assistant, who was ready to replace her aging car—which was once again in the shop—with one that was reliable.


As I drove her to the subway station (because her car was in the shop, remember?) she peppered me with questions about the Yaris I told her the four-door Toyota was a superb commuting vehicle, great on gas and wouldn’t break the bank; all of which was music to her millennial ears.


Like its Corolla Hatchback sibling, the 2019 Toyota Yaris Sedan is the descendant of a holdover from Toyota’s defunct Scion brand, which was known as the Scion iA. The model was renamed Yaris iA upon its appearance in the Toyota lineup.


For the 2019 model year, with the iA designation jettisoned, Yaris Sedan is offered in three trim levels – L, LE and XLE.


Among the features she appreciated were the XLE’s leatherette-trimmed front seats. The Yaris’ trim-topper also comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel. If you opt for a lower grade, you’ll have cloth upholstery, which comes standard.


We both noticed the lack of a center armrest. However, that was a minor concern as the Yaris more than makes up for it with other standard features.These include a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with six speakers, voice recognition, Bluetooth, satellite radio and forward collision warning.


The trim-topping Yaris Sedan XLE is afforded daytime running lights, automatic headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers and automatic climate control. On the other hand, Yaris does not have smartphone connectivity features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. But it does have sufficient room to shuttle friends, along with 13.5 cubic feet of cargo space to haul goods too.


The Toyota’s 106-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine is adequate for city driving, but feels a tad lethargic when pressed for higher speeds or asked to scale inclines. To complete the front-wheel drive powertrain, you have a choice between a six-speed manual as standard and an optional six-speed automatic. Fuel economy is 30 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.


The 2019 Toyota Yaris Sedan starts at  $15,450.


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