The badge may say Toyota, but this car is built by Mazda and uses Mazda parts. That's a good thing. Related to the Mazda CX-3, this sedan brings frugality, but not at the expense of ride comfort and driving enjoyment like past Toyota econoboxes. With the Yaris, formerly known as the Yaris iA, Toyota has done away with the bare-bones economy car, offering an enjoyable subcompact.
For the price, the Yaris is nicely equipped and makes an ideal first set of wheels or economical commuter car -- one that's light on your fuel budget and a snap to park. There is no hatchback body style, an original Toyota design, for 2019. A redesigned hatchback will return for 2020.
Power comes from a willing 1.5-liter four-cylinder Mazda engine that, while smooth and quiet, isn't brimming with power. The Yaris zips from 0-60 mph in 10.3-second zero-to-60 time, which is comparable to other subcompacts.