Ace of Base: 2020 Toyota Yaris L

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
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.

  • Ollicat I have a Spyder. The belt will last for many years or 60,000-80,000 miles. Not really a worry.
  • Redapple2 Cadillac and racing. Boy those 2 go together dont they? What a joke. Up there with opening a coffee shop in NYC. EvilGM be clowning. Again.
  • Jbltg Rear bench seat does not match the front buckets. What's up?
  • Theflyersfan The two Louisville truck plants are still operating, but not sure for how much longer. I have a couple of friends who work at a manufacturing company in town that makes cooling systems for the trucks built here. And they are on pins and needles wondering if or when they get the call to not go back to work because there are no trucks being made. That's what drives me up the wall with these strikes. The auto workers still get a minimum amount of pay even while striking, but the massive support staff that builds components, staffs temp workers, runs the logistics, etc, ends up with nothing except the bare hope that the state's crippled unemployment system can help them keep afloat. In a city where shipping (UPS central hub and they almost went on strike on August 1) and heavy manufacturing (GE Appliance Park and the Ford plants) keeps tens of thousands of people employed, plus the support companies, any prolonged shutdown is a total disaster for the city as well. UAW members - you're not getting a 38% raise right away. That just doesn't happen. Start a little lower and end this. And then you can fight the good fight against the corner office staff who make millions for being in meetings all day.
  • Dusterdude The "fire them all" is looking a little less unreasonable the longer the union sticks to the totally ridiculous demands ( or maybe the members should fire theit leadership ! )