The 2020 Toyota Yaris is set to be a hatchback version, and the design was revealed early Monday morning. The new design has many surprises for car buyers on a budget. The three- and five-door hatches always appeared frumpy in the past, but these are now gone and being replaced with a sharper frame, which was built in Mexico by Mazda, similar to the 2019 Toyota Yaris sedan. Also like the sedan, the Yaris hatchback gets its power from a 1.5-liter inline-4 engine that has 106 horsepower. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which drives only the front wheels. The sport button can sharpen the throttle’s response, but the goal of the vehicle isn’t about speed.
Along with such, the powertrain can brag about 40 mpg highway, according to the carmaker. It’s also got almost 16 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seating. While Toyota isn’t talking price yet, it isn’t likely to be far behind from its predecessor, the 2019 Toyota Yaris LE, which is roughly $18,000, including the $930 fee for destination.
How It Differs/Compares
The 2020 Yaris is a newer option among compact cars, which focuses on maximizing efficiency while being priced lower.
This year’s vehicle is over two inches longer between its wheels than the previous model. While Toyota hasn’t mentioned how much leg room the newer model is likely to have, related vehicles have up to 35 inches of leg room.
You also get a seven-inch touchscreen, complete with Apple CarPlay, which is also compatible with Android Auto. It also has cloth upholstery as standard on the LE model, though you can upgrade to synthetic leather if desired. Along with such, you get automatic climate control, and the XLE models have a leather-trimmed steering wheel, as well. The carmaker plans to debut the Yaris hatchback at the 2019 International Auto Show in New York sometime in April.