Up until now, the Yaris nameplate has been used for the four-door hatchback variants but for 2019 that model has been renamed the Yaris Liftback. The Yaris name now refers to the four-door sedan, previously called the Yaris iA.
The name changes may be a bit perplexing, but the 2019 Toyota Yaris sedan is anything but. This is a straight-forward subcompact vehicle equipped with a 106-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic.
Performance is steady at best, but it is fun to drive, possibly due to it being based on the global-market Mazda 2. Interior space is fine up front but a bit cramped in the rear. Offered in L, LE and XLE trims, it is well equipped even in base form, with auto emergency braking, forward collision warning and electric windows and mirrors all standard fitment. The top XLE trim comes standard with LED headlights, climate control and the automatic transmission. The base L model starts at $15,450 excluding destination charges rising to $18,550 for the XLE trim.