Subcompact 2019 Toyota Yaris Shines in Its Class

The idea of basic transportation has changed dramatically before twenty years. Spending significantly less than $20,000 on a fresh car no more takes a cost-benefit analysis of safety and comfort. To wit, back 2000 our overview of a Toyota Echo griped that even power steering and an electronic clock were optional extras, commanding $270 and $70, respectively. 2 decades later, the 2019 Toyota Yaris demonstrates the amount of more you may get now within an entry-level car.

The Yaris isn't the market's least expensive car-that honor is one of the Nissan Versa. Nonetheless it is Toyota's entry-level product and in addition among Toyota's three models distributed to other brands, others being the 86 and Supra sports cars, that have been co-developed with Subaru and BMW. The Yaris is nearly entirely a Mazda 2 having a lightly restyled front end. The partnership appears to be working, because the Yaris has managed to get through two name changes over five years, first debuting for 2016 because the Scion iA and transitioning towards the Yaris iA in 2017 after Scion's dissolution. Its latest designation positions the Yaris to market both because the current sedan so when a hatchback starting in 2020.

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Though it lost two letters for 2019, the Yaris gained two trim levels and is currently obtainable in L, LE, and XLE guise. Starting at $16,530, the Yaris L is an excellent bargain, offering standard air-con, cruise control, two USB ports, a 7.0-inch touchscreen having a redundant rotary controller knob, satellite radio, six speakers, six airbags, forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking, steering-wheel radio controls, and complimentary scheduled maintenance for just two years or 25,000 miles. Our XLE tester resulted in the charm having a combo of faux and real leather inside, leather interior trim, automatic climate control, attractive 16-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights, LED headlights, and rain-sensing wipers. All this for any modest $19,470. Our only complaint would be that the XLE can only just be had having a six-speed automatic transmission; a six-speed manual saves $1100 on lower trims.

Beyond the build sheet, the Yaris's interior strikes a nice balance between stark and overstyled. Blue stitching and soft-touch materials significantly distance the Yaris from your penalty-box interiors typically within this price class. Some cost-cutting measures were clearly made behind the scenes as evidenced by prevalent road noise. The trunk seat and trunk are also a little stingy on space. For maximum volume with this class, start to see the Honda Fit. The biggest demerit in the Yaris may be the lack of a center armrest. A complete center console will be welcome, but without a lot like a flip-down support the driver's right arm hangs uncomfortably limp. It's the only piece from invest an otherwise well-designed cockpit.

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Fortunately, there's pleasure to be enjoyed in keeping both of your hands around the wheel. While its affordable pricing and premium materials are significant, what cements the Yaris as well known subcompact is its driving verve. Regardless of the car's unimpressive 191-foot stop from 70 mph and 0.84 g of lateral grip round the skidpad, its well-weighted steering and composed chassis interact to supply a playful and competent feel on the highway. Less playful may be the engine, a wee 1.5-liter inline-four that produces only 106 horsepower and 103 lb-ft of torque. Which means that, though it carries around just 2458 pounds, the Yaris needs 9.6 seconds to attain 60 mph along with a lazy 17.4 seconds to protect the quarter-mile. Toggling the transmission's Sport mode or shifting it manually is essential for just about any spirited behavior, but as soon as you get right up to speed the Yaris is really a treat to pilot. Also it comes standard with an electronic clock.

Specifications
Specifications

2019 Toyota Yaris XLE

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE AS TESTED
$19,470 (base price: $18,550)

ENGINE TYPE
DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection

Displacement
91 cu in, 1496 cc
Power
106 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque
103 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

TRANSMISSION
6-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): strut/torsion beam
Brakes (F/R): 10.2-in vented disc/7.9-in drum
Tires: Toyo Proxes A27, P185/60R-16 86H M+S

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 101.2 in
Length: 171.7 in
Width: 66.7 in
Height: 58.5 in
Passenger volume: 86 cu ft
Cargo volume: 13 cu ft
Curb weight: 2458 lb

C/D
TEST RESULTS
Zero to 60 mph: 9.6 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 30.1 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 10.0 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 4.8 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 6.9 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 17.4 sec @ 81 mph
Top speed (drag limited): 118 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 191 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.84 g

C/D
FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 33 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 35/32/40 mpg

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