2019 Yaris Comparison Review

Three New Trims.


Excellent Fuel Economy.


A Safe Ride.


A Smooth Ride.


Most Importantly, Affordable.


The Yaris has had an interesting history for sure. After starting its life as the Scion iA, it was renamed the Toyota Yaris iA for the 2017 model year. Now, in 2019, the iA has been dropped, and it is simply known as the 2019 Toyota Yaris. The name change is not the only thing that’s new for the 2019 model year, though.

For 2019, the Toyota Yaris goes from a single trim to three different options. These are the L, LE, and XLE trims. The L trim is your standard trim. It comes with either a manual or automatic transmission, a 7 inch touchscreen, bluetooth capabilities, and keyless entry with a push button to start the car. The LE trim comes with the choice of manual or automatic, Toyota’s Smart Key system, fog lights, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Finally, the XLE comes with automatic transmission, leatherette seats, wipers that sense how much rain is on your windshield, a spoiler on the back of the car, and LED headlights. None of these trims start over $20,000, but we’ll talk more about affordability in a bit.

Regardless of what trim you decide to buy, you will experience excellent fuel economy. The 2019 Toyota Yaris manual transmission gets 30 miles per gallon in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. If you opt for the automatic transmission, that number jumps to 32/40. In a bubble, these numbers are impressive, but when compared to similar cars, they stand out even further.

With a manual transmission, the 2019 Hyundai Accent runs at 28/37 mpg. Change it to automatic, and that number jumps slightly to 28/38. The 2019 Nissan Versa hits a 27/36 mark with manual and a 31/39 split with the automatic. The 2019 Ford Fiesta gets only 27/35 with manual and 27/37 with automatic. Finally, the 2019 Kia Rio, which only comes with an automatic transmission, runs at a 28/37 split. The 2019 Toyota Yaris saves you money not only with its cheap price, but also with its solid fuel economy. Even in the case of the 2019 Honda Fit, which runs at a 29/36 and 33/40 split respectively, the vehicle only has a 10.6 gallon engine. With an 11.6 engine on the 2019 Yaris, you will be able to go further without filling up.

The 2019 Toyota Yaris gets great fuel economy, and it doesn’t stop there. It also comes highly rated when it comes to safety. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) gives the 2019 Yaris a full 5 star overall rating. When it comes to front crash and side crash ratings, the NHTSA gives another full 5 star rating to each. Similarly, the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) rates the 2019 Toyota Yaris with Good (the highest score) ratings on all crashworthiness categories. They also have the Front Crash Prevention System on the Yaris rated as Advanced.

Part of this rating comes from the fact that all trims of the Yaris come standard with low-speed pre-collision detection. When driving at below 18 mph, the Yaris will sense if there is a car or obstacle standing still in the middle of the road. It will preemptively activate the brakes, helping the driver to slow down in time to avoid a potential crash.

While the drive is safe, it is also smooth. US News and World Report, in its review of the 2019 Yaris, says this : “The Yaris sedan provides good steering feedback and agile handling, allowing it to take corners with ease. Those looking for a good daily commuting vehicle will also appreciate its smooth and quiet ride.” The Car Connection agrees in its review. It says, “Its steering heft is just right, with more road feel than many cars with three times the underhood muscle. The sedan’s suspension is firm but not punishing and it reacts well to bumpy roads.”

With a smooth ride, a safe ride, solid fuel economy, and three different trims, you might expect the 2019 Toyota Yaris to cost a fair penny compared to its rivals. As it turns out, it actually saves you money. The 2019 Toyota Yaris starts at an MSRP of $15,600 in the L trim, $16,600 in the LE trim, and $18,700 in the XLE trim. While other cars may sell off the lot cheaper, they often cost more to maintain and drive.

IntelliChoice rates the 5 year value of the Yaris as Excellent with a projected 5 year cost of $25,374 on the base model. On the same rating system, the 2019 Kia Rio is given an Above Average value rating but still costs the owner $27,571 over 5 years. The 2019 Hyundai Accent sits at Average with a cost of $27,648. The 2019 Nissan Versa S Plus Sedan gets a Below Average rating with a cost of $28,996. The 2019 Ford Fiesta is also rated as Below Average, but it costs $29,250 over 5 years. Finally, the 2019 Nissan Versa S Sedan sits at a Poor rating, and despite its starting cost of just $13,324 MSRP, it costs $27,884 over 5 years. After five years, you save at least $2000 with a Yaris compared to any of these vehicles.

This is a vehicle designed for your morning commute. It comes with three different trims to help meet different needs. It will save you money with its excellent fuel economy. While you drive, you can know that you are safe and that the ride will be nice and relaxing. The amount of money you save over 5 years might also help you rest easy as well. After all, when a car is in the $10-20,000 range, two thousand dollars can mean quite a lot.

If you are interested in purchasing a 2019 Toyota Yaris, then you can visit us at 515 W Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808. You can also call us at (260) 482-3730. We look forward to seeing you, and we look forward to seeing you in your new car.

Websites/Articles Mentioned (in order mentioned):

NHTSA 2019 Yaris Safety Ratings: https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2019/TOYOTA/YARIS%252520IA/4%252520DR/FWD#safety-ratings-frontal

IIHS 2019 Yaris Safety Ratings: https://www.iihs.org/ratings/vehicle/toyota/yaris-4-door-sedan/2019

US News and World Report 2019 Yaris Review: https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/toyota/yaris

The Car Connection 2019 Yaris Review: https://www.thecarconnection.com/overview/toyota_yaris_2019

MotorTrend IntelliChoice 2019 Yaris Rating: https://www.motortrend.com/cars/toyota/yaris/2019/