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2019 Toyota Yaris sedan gets new name, more safety tech

by Drew Johnson

The redesigned Yaris also includes a premium XLE trim level.

Toyota is updating its Yaris four-door for the 2019 model year. In addition to re-branding the sub-compact from Yaris iA to Yaris sedan, Toyota is also updating its smallest sedan offering with new standard safety tech.

The 2019 Yaris sedan is largely carryover, but Toyota has included some new design touches, such as a honeycomb grille insert, piano black and chrome accents and a standard rear spoiler on LE and XLE grades.

It's largely the same story with the Yaris' interior, but 2019 sees the introduction of a new premium XLE grade. The Yaris XLE includes niceties like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leatherette-trimmed front seats, automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers and automatic LED headlights. All Yaris models receive a standard 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system for 2019.

In addition to typical safety features like ABS and traction control, every 2019 Yaris also comes standard with a low-speed pre-collision system that can automatically apply the brakes if the vehicle detects an imminent front crash.

All Yaris models are powered by a 1.5L four-cylinder engine developing 106 horsepower and 103 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with an automatic transmission that engine is capable of delivering up to 40mpg. Opting for the six-speed manual drops that figure to 39mpg.

Pricing information has not been made available, but Toyota says the new 2019 Yaris sedan will land in dealer showrooms by fall 2018.

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