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Toyota Yaris 2019 review


2019 Toyota Yaris

The economical cars are the true market leaders. It’s a common observation that the cars that offer better mileage and lower maintenance costs sell more. And when they have an impressive mark of style and interior comfort, they become masters of disguise. Well, this concept is mostly focused on Japanese automakers.

Sometime in the last year of the 20thth At the beginning of the 20th century, Toyota introduced the Yaris. Well, Toyota actually launched it to fill the void created by the Starlet and Tercel. Both cars were a pure success for the company in Japan and some Far East Asian countries. But in the rest of the world they achieved little fame.

Well, Yaris didn’t take long to get casual on the street. And some notable Toyota marketing tactics made Yaris famous around the world. This was all the first generation of the Yaris, starting in 1999. Internationally, Yaris was marketed as Vitz and Platz. Where Vitz served as a hatchback and the square was a sedan variant.

By 2005, the second generation was introduced. Well, its styling didn’t differ much from the first generation. The only difference was the international sedan, which was replaced by Belta. In 2013 the third and current generation was launched. It has fantastic styling and an impressive interior. And even Toyota improved the ride quality of this car.

Well, don’t get confused with the North American spec Yaris, as it’s the facelifted version of the Scion iA.

The Toyota Yaris is usually available in three models, the Base Edition, GR Sport and the Hybrid Chic. It can be different for each region. Also, the Yaris starts at $11,350, which is pretty good for a base-level hatchback.

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engine transmission hp torque
1.2 – 1.5L 5 and 6 – manual gearbox

4-speed automatic


87 – 108 hp 77 – 151 lbs – feet
0 – 62 MPH top speed body style MPG
12.2s 97 km/h hatchback


28 city/ 36 highway


Bonnet of 2019 Toyota Yaris

The Yaris is a fairly competitive product on the market. You get almost everything you need. It has power, stability, control and economy. And it’s something that’s needed most when you need to reduce your travel expenses.

Now, coming to the powertrain, the 1.2-liter 4-cylinder engine takes the opening position. It’s a city-only variant with decent horsepower specs, filled with 87 horses hitting 77 lb-ft of torque. And it comes with the 5-speed manual transmission.

The 1.3L 98HP 4-cylinder engine is remarkable in the Asian market. Furthermore, this machine comes standard with the 5-speed manual transmission while a 4-speed automatic is available as an option. Before that, its European variant gets 101 horses making 97 lb-ft of torque. In addition, there is the start-stop function, the dual VVT-I and the exhaust gas recirculation system. While CVT is also available as an option.

The only diesel variant is equipped with the 1.4-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with 89 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. This is the next option available in the European market alongside the petrol variant.

The Chinese pump-action addition comes with a 1.5L inline-four engine. Well, this is a top trim level with 106 horses producing 103 lb-ft of torque. The same machine with the dual VVT-I is available in the rest of the world.

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The only flex fuel edition is offered in Brazil. It gets a powerful 1.5L 4-cylinder engine with 108 hp and 100 lb-ft of torque. Traditionally, it runs on gas, but it can also run on a mixture of gas and ethanol or pure ethanol.

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2019 Toyota Yaris exterior

The design is fresh and stylish. And it seems like Toyota was impressed with a European hot-hatch and built Yaris that way. Well, a sharp front end with a big lower grille, stylish headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, black side mirrors with a black roof, a shark-fin antenna and a flat spoiler are some basic cosmetic touches. While the rear design is even fine. In addition, the GR Sport Edition comes with black 17-inch wheels, black headlight inserts and a black grille.

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Interior of Toyota Yaris 2019

The interior is comfortable but dated. The choice of costumes is far better than what we usually see on cheap hatchbacks. But it’s pretty much just acceptable. Well the Yaris seats 5 but the boys in the back row might complain about knocking their knees. Surely the big guys would complain about that. Also, the riding position is pretty good for a tall rider, but little guys might have trouble adjusting.

Up front, the Yaris offers plenty of cargo space, especially when the rear seats are folded down. Well, in a way, you can carry your groceries for up to half a year with the rear seats folded.

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Features of the Toyota Yaris 2019

The Yaris gets the option for the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system. It’s just a media player with some music playback options and USB ports. It even offers navigation. In addition, the Toyota Touch 2 with Go offers more features such as 3D maps, automatic navigation and voice commands. While Android Auto and Apple CarPlay aren’t available, the smartphone integration suite will be installed.

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2019 Toyota Yaris Safety

The growing traffic increases the need for practical safety features. And every second car today has some technical safety features installed. Like the Yaris, it gets the pre-collision mitigation system, lane departure warning, stability and traction control. There is also traffic sign recognition, the anti-lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution.

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Honda fit

The Honda Fit is one of the renowned competitors for the Toyota Yaris. The Fit offers a similar type of powertrain catalogue, but offers a practical interior design. While the design for both cars is different and full of flavor.

Well, the Toyota Yaris is another cool option if you’re looking for a family car with lower fuel and maintenance costs. And it might even save you some parking fees.


Mackenzie Bostock
Typical thinker. Music geek. Hardcore travel aficionado. Amateur reader. Organizer.

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