Toyota says scionara to the "Yaris iA" name for the 2019 model year.
Formerly known as the Scion iA and Toyota Yaris iA, the subcompact sedan gets a new name for the forthcoming 2019 model year. The Toyota Yaris Sedan gives buyers the freedom to pick from three different trim levels (L, LE, XLE), unlike its predecessor offered in just one specification. Regardless of the one you go for, all come with power side mirrors and a somewhat sportier front fascia featuring a honeycomb insert for the grille. There are also a bunch of piano black accents and a chrome trim, but nothing to write home about.
Step up to the LE or XLE grade and Toyota will reward you with fog lights, heated mirrors with built-in LED turn signals, 16-inch wheels with a new-for-2019 dark gunmetal look, along with a lip spoiler at the back. Standard across the lineup are active safety systems able to mitigate low-speed collisions by alerting the driver about what’s up ahead with audible and visual warnings. Should the driver ignore those warnings, the car will automatically apply the brakes.
Power is provided by a 1.5-liter gasoline engine hooked up to either a six-speed manual gearbox or to an automatic with the same number of gears. If you’re after efficiency, you’ll want the auto model as it will do 32 miles per gallon in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, good for a combined 35 mpg or 1 mpg more than its manual-equipped counterpart. The naturally aspirated four-cylinder unit delivers 106 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 103 pound-feet (140 Newton-meters) of torque from 4,000 rpm. There’s even a Sport mode “for more spirited driving” by boosting the torque feel.
All flavors of the small sedan have front discs up front and drum brakes (yes, you've read that right) at the back, while on the inside there’s a 7-inch touchscreen with voice recognition and a rearview camera. Also part of the standard package is a six-speed sound system and you’ll be able to play your favorite music using the built-in USB, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity.
All cars get cruise control and a push button start, with the LE and XLE equipped with a fancier Smart Key System as opposed to the more basic keyless entry system of the entry-level trim. Rounding off the list of standard goodies are the power windows, 60/40-split rear bench, and steering wheel-mounted controls.
Get the range-topping XLE and your Yaris Sedan will come nicely equipped with automatic LED headlights, illuminated entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel and parking brake, automatic climate control, along with automatic windscreen wipers, and leatherette-trimmed front seats.
Toyota will have the 2019 Yaris Sedan on sale this fall, and while the starting price is not available right now, we aren’t expecting any significant changes over the outgoing 2018 Yaris iA ($15,950 manual / $17,050 automatic).
2019 Toyota Yaris Sedan
2019 Yaris Sedan Offers Ideal Blend of Value and Fun
- 2019 Yaris Sedan Available in Three Grades: L, LE, XLE
- New XLE Grade Adds Leather Accents, Leatherette-Trimmed Interior
- New Sport-Inspired Front Grille
- Available 40 MPG Highway Rating*
- Standard 7-inch Touchscreen Multimedia System
- Standard Active Safety System, Low-Speed Pre-Collision System
The Yaris sedan, previously the Yaris iA, will be offered in three grades for 2019, including the sporty L, the well-equipped LE grade, and the new premium XLE grade. Premium, on a Yaris? That’s right. The XLE takes Yaris up a notch with sporty leatherette-trimmed front seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake, an HVAC system with Automatic Climate Control, automatic LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers and illuminated entry.
For 2019, all Yaris sedans will feature a new sport-inspired front grille with a honeycomb insert design. Exterior styling cues include upscale piano black accents and chrome trim. Fog lights come standard on the LE and XLE grades, and these grades also sport a new rear lip spoiler. Every grade is fitted with a roof-mounted, color-keyed shark fin antenna for available satellite radio. Power outside mirrors come standard on the L, while the LE and XLE are equipped with power outside heated mirrors with LED turn-signal indicators.
Safety is a priority on every Toyota, and that’s why all Yaris sedans comes standard with an Active Safety System and Low-Speed Pre-Collision System. The Yaris features a high-compression 1.5-liter engine that boasts up to 40 miles per gallon (MPG) on the highway*.
The Yaris sedan will be offered in seven colors that include Frost, Chromium, Graphite, Stealth, Sapphire, Pulse and the all-new Icicle. The new Yaris will go on sale in the fall of 2018.
Efficiency is Key
There’s no question that fuel economy is high atop the list of must-haves for Yaris. When the direct-injection 1.5-liter engine is paired with the available 6-speed automatic transmission, the Yaris boasts an impressive 32 MPG in the city, 40 on the highway and 35 combined*. When paired with the six-speed manual gearbox offering, the Yaris provides 30 mpg in the city, 39 on the highway and 34 combined*.
The sporty Yaris sedan is a blast to drive, thanks in large part to the engine and transmission offerings. The 1.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine pumps out 106 horsepower and 103 lb.-ft. of torque for plenty of pep to power onto highway onramps and seamlessly navigate workday traffic. The standard manual transmission features a compact, lightweight design with a short-throw shift for smooth, quick gear changes. The available automatic transmission aids in smooth starts while offering quick, precise shifts at higher speeds.
Value Doesn’t Sacrifice Fun
Yaris’ sporty handling is engineered into the chassis with effective use of high-tensile steel in the body and frame. The rigid chassis design is complemented with a pairing of stiff springs and MacPherson struts on the front suspension and a durable torsion beam suspension in the rear.
The electronic power steering is designed for smooth, effortless operation. For more spirited driving, Sport Mode provides improved torque feel at the flip of a switch. Stopping duties are handled by ventilated discs up front and drum brakes in the rear. The braking system is tuned with a progressive experience when cornering, as the pedal offers a cushioned feel that gets progressively more rigid as G-force rises. The LE and XLE feature a unique 16-inch alloy wheel with new dark gunmetal finish.
It’s What’s Inside that Counts
Upping the ante on interior comfort and features, every Yaris features a 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system with voice recognition, remote interface, steering wheel controls and Bluetooth connectivity. The touchscreen also displays the standard backup camera. Belting out tunes in the cabin is a six-speaker sound system, and each Yaris includes available satellite radio with a 3-month complimentary SiriusXM® All Access trial. An integrated AM/FM antenna, auxiliary audio jack and USB port with iPod® connectivity are standard.
Every Yaris comes equipped with a stylish instrumentation cluster that includes an analog speedometer, digital tachometer and incorporated trip meter. Cruise control also comes standard. Push button start is standard on all grades, and the L grade features a remote keyless entry system while both the LE and XLE are equipped with Smart Key System. Every Yaris is fitted with power windows with driver-side auto up/down and jam protection. A standard 60/40-split rear seat easily expands carrying capacity and versatility.
Standard Safety System
Every Yaris is equipped with an Active Safety System that includes Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Traction Control System (TCS), Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) and a Brake Over-Ride System (BOS).
The Yaris is also fitted with a Low-Speed Pre-Collision System, which scans the road ahead for potential vehicle collisions. If the system detects a potential frontal collision, an audio/visual alert and braking assistance are designed to automatically activate. Should the driver not respond, this system may automatically apply the brakes.
A driver and front passenger airbag system and seat-mounted side airbags are standard, as are front and rear side curtain airbags. Other standard safety features include a Driver-side Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) and Automatic/Emergency Locking Retractor (ALR/ELR) on all passenger belts. Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) is also standard on outboard rear seats with tethers and anchors on all rear seats. A Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) also is equipped on all grades.
Toyota’s 36-month/36,000-mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation. Standard ToyotaCare covers complimentary normal factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Two years of roadside assistance coverage is also provided with each new purchase. Valid only in the continental U.S. & Alaska.
*2019 Yaris preliminary 32/city, 40/hwy, 35/comb mpg (automatic transmission), 30/city, 39/hwy, 34/comb mpg (manual transmission) estimates determined by Toyota. EPA estimates not available at time of publishing. Actual mileage will vary.