2019 Toyota C-HR Review, Price, Release Dates
Still a completely new vehicle, the 2019 Toyota C-HR stands apart from other small crossover utilities with a cool appearance and a high-riding position. The C-HR stands for Coupe, High Riding. Derived from the youth-oriented Scion brand, which was closed in 2016, it looks smaller than its dimensions suggest. Undeniably, the C-HR is one of the most daring new models today, which is surprising because it comes from a manufacturer that has long been known for conservative products. Although all-wheel drive is not available, Toyota calls the C-HR a crossover. But it looks more like a smaller five-door hatchback that is taller than most. That means a higher sitting position.
Apple CarPlay smartphone integration is now standard equipment
Navigation is also offered, along with leather upholstery
Two new trim levels join: LE and Limited
Standard equipment has been reshuffled
Every 2019 Toyota C-HR is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 144 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque, mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is the sole configuration. Three drive modes are available: normal, fuel-efficient Eco, and Sport. The latter re-programs the CVT to provide seven simulated gear ratios.
Over the bumps, the 2019 Toyota C-HR provides a comfortable, but not prominent ride in this segment. The suspension quickly bounces off after a large road imperfection, and hit a patched or broken pavement at speed and you are treated to a frenzy noise. The C-HR steering feels accurate, and the front wheels respond directly to the command. The handling is alive, the body roll is well controlled, and the C-HR feels fun.
144 horsepower @ 6,100 rpm
139 lb-ft of torque @ 3,900 rpm
Zero to 60 mph: 11.0 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 33.8 sec
Standing 1/4 mile: 18.4 sec @ 79 mph
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/31 mpg
Standard & Optional Equipment
The 2019 Toyota C-HR is available in three trim levels: LE, XLE and XLE Premium. The LE comes with 17-inch steel wheels, Apple CarPlay, LED daytime running lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, rearview camera, self-dimming rearview mirror, and selectable driving modes. Also standard is the Toyota Safety Sense-P group of active-safety features which include forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane-departure alert with steering assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams. The XLE trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry/ignition, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The Limited brings leather upholstery, heated front seats, satellite radio, Wi-Fi, and a swishier infotainment system.
The XLE trim is eligible for the Limited’s upgraded infotainment setup. Limited trim can be ordered with navigation.
Compared to other small crossovers and hatchbacks, the 2019 Toyota C-HR cabin scores highly. Quite spacious inside, front and back, the C-HR is wider than might be expected. Appeal to youthful buyers, Toyota calls the central control pod the MeZone. Controls for the 7.0-inch touchscreen blend with stylish-looking knobs and switches. Qualifying as a design theme, diamond shapes turn up in various locations, including the headliner fabric. Diamond patterns are even molded into the plastic lower door panels.
The materials in the all-black cabin are of average quality. Soft-touch surfaces are scattered around, but hard plastic remains in a number of areas. The nylon cargo cover seems quite flimsy, compared to the vinyl covers installed in rival models.
Occupants get ample headroom all around, due partly to the 2019 Toyota C-HR high-riding stance. Six-footers shouldn’t have a problem with head clearance. Sitting rather high, rear riders can expect abundant foot space, a wide bench, and comfortably upright position. Unlike many smaller crossovers and hatchbacks, three adults can actually fit on the back seat without undue discomfort. Though well-bolstered and comfortable, front seats are lower than expected in a relatively tall compact vehicle. A long-legged driver might consider the front cushions a bit short.
Storage bins and trays are plentiful, but cargo space doesn’t match the passenger roominess. Split back seats fold to form a flat load floor, but it’s curiously high, impeding easy loading. Cargo volume is a so-so 19 cubic feet with the rear seatback upright, growing to a modest 32.4 cubic feet when it’s folded.
The 2019 Toyota C-HR has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP):
- LE: $21,990
- XLE: $24,025
- Limited: $27,045