Ace of Base: 2020 Toyota Yaris L

ace of base 2020 toyota yaris l

It’s been a minute since the fish-mouthed Yaris sedan has been seen in the Ace of Base arena. Closely related to the not-for-us Mazda 2, the littlest Toyota does its best to quash the bad old days of entry-level econoboxes.

Just make sure to park the thing front-in at every parking space, please.

Starting at the reasonable sum of $15,650 is the starter L trim, one of three in the range. For 2020, Toyota has decided to refurbish a few Yaris features, not the least of which is the infotainment system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are now standard equipment in all model grades, thanks to economies of scale and a 7-inch media system.

Air conditioning is standard, as it seems to be on all cars these days. The feds have mandated a backup camera, and that driver’s seat adjusts six different ways. The steering wheel, with audio controls, moves for reach and rake. There are also two USB ports, double the amount found in some more expensive machinery.

No matter the trim, Yaris buyers will find themselves in command of a 1.5-liter four-banger making 106 horsepower and a roughly like amount of torque. A six-speed manual is the default selection in the L, though those are 9-inch teacup brakes out back. When the infotainment screen is almost as large as the drums, it’s time for a mechanical upgrade. Maybe next year. Probably not.

Interestingly, Toyota sees fit to include a low-speed pre-collision system on all Yarii. Operating at 18 mph or less, it is intended to assist a driver if they fail to whoa up in time when the vehicle ahead of them suddenly decelerates. It’s far from Autopilot of Super Cruise but will certainly help new or young drivers, folks who are surely in the target market of this car.

Drivers should expect very nearly 40 mpg on the highway, making this one of the cheapest new cars to buy and operate. Hey, that is the Ace of Base mantra, isn’t it?

[Images: Toyota]

Not every base model has aced it. The ones which have? They help make the automotive landscape a lot better. Any others you can think of, B&B? Let us know in the comments and feel free to eviscerate our selections.

The model above is shown with American options and priced in American Dollars. Your dealer may sell for less.

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  • Tankinbeans Tankinbeans on Feb 19, 2020

    I'm curious if the MazdaConnect system in this car is configurable for color or not. The "Toyota" here has blue accents while the Mazdas I've had get red accents. I prefer red, but inquiring minds and all that. Also, I'd be curious to know what the real world mileage would be in the manual. When I had the manual Mazda3 36 combined was not uncommon - I don't drive the auto often enough to have a good estimate, and a combined total of 33 wasn't uncommon in the Mazda6 - with a personal best of 39.7. I wonder if mid-40s is a more accurate guess. Also, can the front clip from a Demio be grafted on?

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    • Mcs Mcs on Feb 19, 2020

      @bumpy ii I think the pre-collision hardware is on the rearview mirror.

  • Zipster Zipster on Feb 20, 2020

    Art: Thank you.

  • 285exp I am quite sure that it is a complete coincidence that they have announced a $7k price increase the same week that the current administration has passed legislation extending the $7k tax credit that was set to expire. Yep, not at all related.
  • Syke Is it possible to switch the pure EV drive on and off? Given the wonderful throttle response of an EV, I could see the desirability of this for a serious off-roader. Run straight ICE to get to your off-roading site, switch over the EV drive during the off-road section, then back to ICE for the road trip back home.
  • ToolGuy Historical Perspective Moment:• First-gen Bronco debuted in MY1966• OJ Simpson Bronco chase was in 1994• 1966 to 1994 = 28 years• 1994 to now = 28 yearsFeel old yet?
  • Ronnie Schreiber From where is all that electricity needed to power an EV transportation system going to come? Ironically, the only EV evangelist that I know of who even mentions the fragile nature of our electrical grid is Elon Musk. None of the politicians pushing EVs go anywhere near it, well, unless they are advocating for unreliable renewables like wind and solar.
  • FreedMike I just don’t see the market here - I think about 1.2% of Jeep drivers are going to be sold on the fuel cost savings here. And the fuel cost savings are pretty minimal, per the EPA: fuel costs for this vehicle are $2200 and $2750 for the equivalent base turbo-four model. I don’t get it.