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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Fred Meier

Toyota picked April Fools’ Day to detail two new Yaris models — but one of them actually was real. The Toyota-built Yaris hatchback, which Toyota said earlier this year would have no 2019 model, will return for 2020 as a Mazda-built version of the Mazda2 subcompact.

Related: 2020 Toyota Corolla First Drive: Hatching a Sedan You Can Love

The 2019 Toyota Yaris sedan — rebranded from the Yaris iA (and before that the Scion iA under Toyota’s now-defunct youth brand) — already is based on the Mazda2, which Mazda no longer sells in the U.S. under its own name, and this is the sedan with a hatchback instead of a trunk.

The other Yaris introduction was an April Fools’ joke: a Yaris Adventure subcompact pickup truck with a 52.3-inch bed and a whopping 297-pound payload “perfect for hauling coolers to the lake or that third set of golf clubs that just won’t fit in a car trunk (not sure why you’d have three sets of golf clubs, though, as the Yaris Adventure only seats two).” It was billed as “answering a question no one asked.”

These days, you could argue the same for the Yaris hatchback given the sales of cars in general and subcompacts in particular. But it’s for real, and we’ll see it soon at the 2019 New York International Auto Show.

For buyers still looking at subcompacts, the new Yaris is a better-looking hatchback, even with a big Toyota hexagonal grille grafted onto the front of the Mazda design. Like the sedan, it ...

Toyota picked April Fools’ Day to detail two new Yaris models — but one of them actually was real. The Toyota-built Yaris hatchback, which Toyota said earlier this year would have no 2019 model, will return for 2020 as a Mazda-built version of the Mazda2 subcompact.

Related: 2020 Toyota Corolla First Drive: Hatching a Sedan You Can Love

The 2019 Toyota Yaris sedan — rebranded from the Yaris iA (and before that the Scion iA under Toyota’s now-defunct youth brand) — already is based on the Mazda2, which Mazda no longer sells in the U.S. under its own name, and this is the sedan with a hatchback instead of a trunk.

The other Yaris introduction was an April Fools’ joke: a Yaris Adventure subcompact pickup truck with a 52.3-inch bed and a whopping 297-pound payload “perfect for hauling coolers to the lake or that third set of golf clubs that just won’t fit in a car trunk (not sure why you’d have three sets of golf clubs, though, as the Yaris Adventure only seats two).” It was billed as “answering a question no one asked.”

These days, you could argue the same for the Yaris hatchback given the sales of cars in general and subcompacts in particular. But it’s for real, and we’ll see it soon at the 2019 New York International Auto Show.

For buyers still looking at subcompacts, the new Yaris is a better-looking hatchback, even with a big Toyota hexagonal grille grafted onto the front of the Mazda design. Like the sedan, it also promises sportier drivability than many subcompacts.

Toyota says the Yaris hatchback will be powered by a 106-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder mated to a standard six-speed automatic with a driver-selectable Sport mode that sharpens accelerator response. Highway gas mileage is estimated by Toyota at 40 mpg, though the EPA has yet to post ratings as of this writing. The small hatchback (just 161.6 inches long) has a wheelbase 2.4 inches longer than the 2018 model for more interior room. Cargo space behind the rear seat is 15.9 cubic feet.

The base Yaris LE hatchback also has a big-kid list of standard features, but its crash-avoidance technology takes a step backward versus the outgoing Toyota-built Yaris hatchback, which had standard full-speed automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and automatic high beams. Confirmed by Toyota to Cars.com as a limitation of the Mazda platform, the new Yaris hatch has only low-speed automatic braking. The system works only at speeds up to 18 mph on the related Yaris sedan. Still, it’s standard — a rarity among subcompact cars.

As with the sedan, the hatchback also gets a 7-inch touch- and knob-controlled display, six-speaker audio, Bluetooth, two USB ports and satellite radio capability. It also gets Apple CarPlay and (unlike most other current Toyota products) Android Auto, two must-have features still missing in the Yaris sedan. Also standard are 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, keyless access with push-button start, foglights, a tilt-and-telescope steering wheel and sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors.

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The upscale XLE trim level adds black or gray leatherette seats, automatic LED headlights, automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers and leather trim for the steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake handle.

Either trim level can have in-car navigation with a dealer-accessory SD card.

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The 2020 Toyota Yaris currently has 0 recalls


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New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Yaris received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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