Brief reasons why the subcompact 2019 Toyota Yaris outshines its competitors


You have got to see details of how the budget-friendly subcompact 2019 Toyota Yaris outshines all of its competitors. Check out our brief review here!

NaijaCarNews can boldly say that over the past 20 years, the entire concept of basic road transportation has seriously changed in a dramatic manner. Even with a budget of lesser than ₦7.5 million ($20,000) today for a brand new car, you never really have to worry too much about doing any cost-benefit type of analysis of comfort and safety.

Back in the year 2000, getting a brand-new Toyota Echo will still set you back an extra ₦25,200 ($70) and ₦97,200 ($270) to the actual base price in order to have a digital clock and a power steering option added. Now fast forward to today, the 2019 Toyota Yaris really demonstrates exactly how much one could get nowadays in just an entry-level car/vehicle.


This is the 2019 Toyota Yaris – a new subcompact budget-friendly sedan to look out for

Outstanding features of 2019 Toyota Yaris

First, we need to point out that the 2019 Toyota Yaris is obviously not the most affordable subcompact sedan on the market but instead the 2020 Nissan Versa holds this title for now. However, the 2019 Yaris is currently Toyota’s best entry-level car and also among the three models that Toyota shares with other automaker brands. The other two models being the Toyota Supra sports car and Toyota 86 which were developed alongside BMW and Subaru respectively.


The Toyota Yaris, Supra and 86 are the three models that Toyota shares with other car manufacturers

Looking closely at 2019 Toyota Yaris, one could almost be tempted to conclude that it is completely a Mazda 2 garnished with a front end that is lightly restyled.

The new Yaris is however offered with two new trim levels making it now available in XLE, LE, and L guise. With just ₦5.96 million ($16,530), a brand-new 2019 Yaris L trim seems to be a fantastic offering with standard features like;

  • Steering-wheel radio controls
  • Automated Emergency braking
  • Forward-collision warning
  • 6 different airbags
  • 6 speakers (surround setup)
  • Satellite radio
  • 7-inch touch display with a rotary controller knob (redundant)
  • 2 USB ports
  • Cruise control
  • Air Conditioning

And the higher XLE trim offers an additional combo of the below extra features;

  • Rain-Sensing wipers
  • LED headlights
  • Fog lights
  • Beautiful 16inch aluminium wheels
  • Automatic climate control
  • Leather interior trim
  • An impressive combo of real leather and faux interior finish

Surprisingly, this 2019 Yaris higher XLE trim offers all of the above features at just ₦7.01 million ($19,470) starting price tag. The only setback though is that the XLE trim can only come with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

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The interior of the 2019 Toyota Yaris doesn’t look cheap at all and it does pack enough modern features

One key “sweetness” factor that makes the 2019 Toyota Yaris outshines in its class is the driving verve that it offers. Even though the 2019 Yaris has a not-so-impressive 191-foot-stop from 70mph as well as a 0.84g lateral grip at its skidpad; its composed chassis and well-weighted steering really work together smoothly in providing a competent, playful and enjoyable feel on any road.

Some auto enthusiasts might however not find fun in the featured 1.5L inline-4 engine of the 2019 Toyota Yaris because it only produces 106hp and torque of just 103 lb-ft. This means that even with the sedan’s moderate 2458lb weight, it still needs a long 9.6seconds to achieve a 0-60mph acceleration and to cover a quarter-mile, it takes a lazy 17.4 secs.


With a ₦7.01 million base price of the highest trim, the 2019 Toyota Yaris offers much more than most of its competitors

For any enthusiastic drive in this 2019 Yaris, a driver will have to toggle the Sport mode of the transmission or manually shift it for a fun-spirited behaviour and experience. That might seem like a bit of work but as soon as the Yaris is up to speed, it is definitely a treat. And yes, it does come with a nice digital clock by the standard.

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2019 Toyota Yaris – Full specifications

We have prepared a table below to show a more detailed outline of the 2019 Toyota Yaris’ full specifications. Here you go;

2019 Toyota Yaris XLE – Full specifications
 Criteria Features
VEHICLE TYPE:  5-passenger
4-door sedan
BASE PRICE:  ₦6.7million ($18,550)
 ENGINE: inline-4 DOHC 16-valve, aluminium block & head (direct fuel injection)
1496 cc (91 cu in) displacement
106-hp at 6000 rpm
103 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm
 TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic
CHASSIS:  (F/R) Suspension: struts/torsion beam
(F/R) Brakes: 10.2-inch vented disc/7.9-in drum
Tyres: Toyo Proxes A27 (P185/60R-16 86H M+S)
 DIMENSIONS: 101.2 in (Wheelbase)
171.7 in (Length) 
66.7 in (Width)
58.5 in (Height)
86 cu ft (Passenger volume) 
13 cu ft (Cargo volume)
2458 lb (Curb weight)
TEST DRIVE RESULTS:  0 - 60mph: 9.6 seconds
0 - 100mph: 30.1 seconds
5 – 60mph(Rolling start): 10.0 seconds 
30 – 50mph(Top gear): 4.8 seconds
50 – 70mph(Top gear): 6.9 seconds
Standing ¼-mile: 17.4 seconds at 81-mph
Drag limited top speed: 118-mph
70 – 0mph(Braking): 191 ft
300-ft-dia skidpad(Roadholding): 0.84g
FUEL ECONOMY: 33 mpg (Observed from test drives)
EPA FUEL ECONOMY: 35/32/40 mpg (Combined/city/highway)


You might agree or disagree but with the above brief review, we believe you should by now have one or two ideas on how the subcompact 2019 Toyota Yaris outshines its competitors.

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Oluwaseun Solomon