2019 Toyota Yaris Sedan Debuts: 5 Things You Need to Know

Jodi Lai
by Jodi Lai

The refreshed 2019 Toyota Yaris Sedan has debuted before the 2018 New York Auto Show.

Here’s what you need to know about this economy car, which goes on sale this fall:

New Name

The Yaris Sedan was previously known as the Yaris iA, a remnant of the Scion days. This follows the new naming convention of the new Corolla Hatchback, which was formerly the Corolla iM. This just makes the body style more obvious.

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New Look

Not much has changed in the looks department, but the Yaris Sedan gets a new honeycomb grille that’s less busy than the old one and looks slightly more upscale. Piano black and chrome trim are used throughout and fog lights and a lip spoiler are standard on the LE and XLE trim, which also get power heated side mirrors and LED turn signal indicators.

Three Trims

The 2019 Toyota Yaris comes in three trims: L, LE and the new XLE, which adds leatherette-trimmed seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel, shift knob, and parking brake, automatic climate control, automatic LED headlights, rain sensing wipers, 16-inch alloy wheels, and welcome lighting. Cruise control, power windows, and a push-button start are standard.

Standard Safety

The Yaris Sedan comes standard with an active safety system that mitigates low-speed collisions by scanning the road ahead and alerting the driver with visual and audible warnings, then applying the brakes if the driver isn’t responding.

Efficient Driving

This Yaris is expected to get 32 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway, and 35 mpg combined. The engine is the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 106 hp and 103 lb-ft of torque paired with the same six-speed automatic from before. A six-speed manual is also offered and the Yaris even has a sport mode. Drum brakes are still used in the back.

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Jodi Lai
Jodi Lai

Jodi has been obsessed with cars since she was little and has been an automotive journalist for the past 12 years. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto, is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and a jury member for the prestigious North American Car/Truck/Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY). Besides hosting videos, and writing news, reviews and features, Jodi is the Editor-in-Chief of AutoGuide.com and takes care of the site's day-to-day operations.

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