As a CUV, the 2019 Toyota C-HR may not be ready to take on the wildest wilderness, but it provides an SUV feel, Toyota Safety Sense active driving technology and sporty styling at an attractive price. For buyers who want a crossover but with emphatic style, Toyota provides plenty of ways to accent the C-HR's basic personality. Under the hood, it has a 2.0-liter inline-4 with 144 horsepower which drives the front wheels through a CVT. With a decent suspension design, the C-HR is fun to drive around town.
What are the highlights of the 2019 Toyota C-HR's design?
Toyota says C-HR stands for Coupe, High Riding which is the essence of this Corolla-style platform's transformation. Expressive and dynamic bodywork includes wrapping headlight assemblies, deep stampings into the sides and expressive taillights which are part of the pronounced rear design. Many of the paint color choices include a main color and contrasting roof choice.
What is included in the LE, XLE and Limited trim packages?
The LE may lack in some convenience and comfort features but not all. Most safety technologies are standard to all levels, but the blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert feature is reserved for XLE and Limited. The comprehensive Entune 3.0 infotainment system is available in all trims, augmented to reflect each level. The Independent MacPherson Strut front suspension and rear multi-link suspension are common to all. Projection puddle lights, LED fog lights and a variety of trim accents are part of the upper-level packages.
What colors are available?
Interiors can have black or gray fabric, or leather in the Limited trim. The external colors can include an iceberg white or black accent roof along with metallic colors such as silver knockout, blue eclipse, black sand pearl, magnetic gray, blizzard pearl and blue flame (except on the LE trim). The body style and coloring of the 2019 Toyota C-HR make it a popular choice for those who want to make a statement as they drive.
What's the interior like?
The CUV platform used for the C-HR is based on a design shared with the Prius and Corolla, so interior space is somewhat limited. Ultimately, front passengers can get comfortable and leave rear passengers with about 31 inches of legroom, but if there's someone tall up front things can get tight. The external design flairs take some from interior space as well. The Limited trim level adds leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and a premium audio system.
What is the powertrain? How is the performance?
The powertrain for the 2019 Toyota C-HR is a straightforward combination of a 2.0-liter inline-4, continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and front-wheel-drive. The engine provides 144 horsepower, 139 lb-ft of torque. The transmission has a "sport" mode which simulates the feel of shifting, but the overall performance is not going to push passengers into their seats -- the power is sufficient for a comfortable ride.
What features does the included Toyota Safety Sense P provide?
Toyota's Safety Sense P driver assistance package includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control which adjusts to drivers slowing ahead before emergency braking is required, a lane departure warning system and auto-high beams.
What competing models are there?
The Toyota C-HR in XLE configuration compares similarly with Nissan's Kicks and Honda's HR-V. Performance, construction, and fuel economy are similar, but the C-HR's cargo space is a bit less. All three have 6-speaker sound systems, but the C-HR leads in climate control with separate front driver and passenger controls. Toyota has adjusted pricing to be more competitive with these and similar competitors while leaving more room to add options. The LE will start with 17-inch wheels, lacks blind spot monitors and doesn't offer some of the newer color choices like Blue Flame. Infotainment will be up-to-date, supporting Apple CarPlay in the Entune 3.0 system.