Toyota Renames Yaris iA, The Last Vestige Of Scion

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, Automotive Editor - March 27, 2018

Toyota is removing the last bit of Scion from its Yaris compact car by removing the iA suffix the car previously wore. For 2019, it'll simply be the Toyota Yaris. With the new name comes a handful of updates inside and out.

Exterior changes include a new grille and insert, piano black accents, and chrome trim. Inside, standard features include a 7.0-inch touchscreen, push-button start, a rearview camera, cruise control, power outside mirrors, and 60/40-split rear seats.

Every 2019 Toyota Yaris comes with the automaker's Active Safety System that includes stability and traction control, brake assist, anti-lock brakes, and a low-speed pre-collision system with automatic emergency braking.

A new top trim, the XLE, is now available, adding LED headlights, leatherette-trimmed front seats, climate control, and rain-sensing wipers. Leather trim adorns the steering wheel, parking brake, and shifter. LE and XLE models come with dark gunmetal 16-inch alloy wheels and a rear lip spoiler.

The 2019 Yaris continues with the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder making 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission is available. Toyota says fuel economy should remain the same for the 2019 model year. The manual Yaris should return 30 miles per gallon city, 39 highway, and 34 combined and 32/40/35 mpg for the automatic.

The minor updates mean the 2019 Toyota Yaris still rides on the Mazda 2 platform. The 2019 Yaris makes its official debut at this week's New York International Auto Show before going on sale in the fall.

, Automotive Editor

Anthony Alaniz is an award-winning journalist living in southeast Michigan. His professional writing career spans nearly a decade, ranging from writing for the local newspaper to Autoweek and Motor1. When he's not writing about cars, he covers the horror film genre at Modernhorrors.com.

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