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2019 LE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sport Utility
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Price:   -  From $21,145
2019 XLE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $23,180
2019 Limited 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $26,200
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2.8 (Fair)

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Overview

Launched last year, the C-HR is Toyota’s latest subcompact crossover SUV. An abbreviation of Compact High Rider, every 2019 Toyota C-HR is powered by a 2.0-liter gas engine with front-wheel drive and Toyota’s continuously variable transmission (CVT).

What's New for 2019

The C-HR is mostly unchanged for 2019 after debuting last year. Instead of being limited to XLE and XLE Premium models like last year, the 2019 C-HR is available in LE, XLE, and Limited trims. The three trim levels are separated by just over $5,000, from LE to Limited.

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Choosing Your Toyota C-HR

Like many SUVs, the 2019 Toyota C-HR is a front-wheel-drive crossover with less than six inches of ground clearance. Every model is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine producing 144 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. This is fed to the front wheels through a CVT with manual override. A modest 3,300-pound curb weight helps the C-HR return an EPA-estimated 27 miles per gallon city, 31 mpg highway, and 29 combined.

As SUV buyers would expect, the C-HR majors on safety. Ten airbags come as standard, including front and rear side curtains plus a driver’s knee ‘bag. Toyota’s pre-collision system features a pedestrian detection system, automatic emergency braking, and steering assistance to prevent lane departures. XLE and Limited models augment this with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Toyota C-HR

LE

The LE trim starts at $21,990 (all prices include the $1,045 destination charge). Its low price is thanks in part to cost-cutting materials like 17-inch steel wheels and a urethane steering wheel. At least the shift lever is leather-trimmed and satin-plated, while the front bucket seats are trimmed in sport fabric. Standard equipment also extends to keyless entry, dual zone climate, and heated mirrors. The 8.0-inch touchscreen has Apple CarPlay compatibility, while the stereo is a six-speaker Entune audio system. On the outside, the LE has color-keyed bumpers, door handles, a rear spoiler, and outside mirrors.

There are no packages available on the LE, which means the options list only comprises aftermarket accessories like all-weather floor liners ($149) and a cargo liner ($109) or door sill protectors ($199). There’s also a choice of Ruby Flare Pearl and Blizzard Pearl paint finishes for $395.

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XLE

Costing $24,710, the C-HR XLE brings a number of minor upgrades over the LE. On the outside, there are 18-inch alloy wheels and color-keyed touch-sensor door handles. The heated power outside mirrors have blind-spot monitoring indicators, puddle lights, and auto-folding. The cabin has push-button start and a leather-trimmed steering wheel, while the remote keyless entry system is upgraded to provide illuminated entry. The only option XLE buyers can tick outside of paint color is the Entune Audio Plus package ($685), which combines an upgraded audio system, HD radio, and access to Toyota Connected Services.

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Limited

For its $27,440 asking price, the Limited model offers a number of features over and above the XLE’s specifications. This is the only C-HR with rain-sensing wipers and LED fog lights, while Verizon-powered WiFi supports the Toyota Connected Services functions. Heated leather-trimmed bucket seats for the driver and front passenger join leather trim for rear passengers. On the outside, a red rear bumper garnish, chrome window trim accent, and black B-pillar garnish are standard. Again, there are virtually no options available to Limited customers. The Entune Premium Audio package ($1,725) brings satellite navigation to the premium sound system, but that's it outside of paint colors.

CarsDirect Tip

The LE trim is likely to be too spartan for many buyers, yet the Limited struggles to justify its $5,000 premium over the cheapest C-HR. The XLE represents a reasonable compromise, making it a good place to start your shopping for a 2019 Toyota C-HR.

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Expert Review

Expert Rating
2.8 (Fair)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Clever design. On paper, the 2019 Toyota C-HR’s rising beltline-sloping roofline design could be any one of a dozen crossovers currently being offered. But what Toyota has rendered is something else entirely: a lone extrovert in the subcompact crossover class that brandishes astonishing, rollicking creases and folds with a healthy dollop of tucks and slits.

The look is anything but subtle and may be off-putting to some, but the C-HR makes passers-by look twice and, frankly, it’s grown on us. It begins up front with headlights that wrap tightly into the wheel wells, continues along the sides with deep sculpting that presses into a skeletal shape, and terminates in a busy rear fascia with protruding taillights that are both aggressive and expressive.

Overall, the C-HR offers a stunning interpretation of the "rising window line, sloped roof line" school of crossover design.

Roomy, but at the cost of zoomy. The expressive – but polarizing – exterior is wrapped around an interior that offers plenty of room for front seat occupants and enough head room for six-footers in back.

Flipping and folding the rear seats creates 36.4 cubic feet of cargo space with a flat load floor – something not typically found in this class. On the other hand, with just 19 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, the C-HR falls well short of the segment-leading Honda HR-V and its 24.3 cubic feet.

Meanwhile, rear seat passengers literally take a back seat to style – with awkward rear door handles and cutouts that eat into rear leg room, and a rising beltline and thick C-pillars that limit outward visibility.

Topping things off are average interior materials, and a large dose of hard plastics that give the cabin a low-rent feel, while bits of silver trim do little to liven up the all-black interior.

Comfortable ride, middling performance. In contrast to the frenetic look, the Toyota C-HR delivers a smooth and comfortable ride. Unlike the cost-cutting twist-beam suspensions chosen by many rivals, Toyota has graced its subcompact crossover with Sachs dampers fitted to the front struts, a beefy front stabilizer bar, and an honest-to-goodness double wishbone setup out back.

The result is a fun-to-drive character lacking in some competitors. Although hardly a back roads corner-carver, body lean is kept in check during cornering, while feedback through the steering wheel and brake pedal is surprisingly good.

In addition, the single powertrain – a 144-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine – offers decent step-off as well as a better-than-expected level of refinement for the class.

At the same time, due largely to the laws of physics that require something more than 144 hp and 139 pound-feet of torque to motivate a 3,300-pound vehicle with any sense of urgency, acceleration falls somewhere between "leisurely" and "eventually."

In addition, the front-wheel-drive-exclusive C-HR only manages to achieve a middling EPA-estimated 27 miles per gallon city, 31 mpg highway, and 29 combined, while we only managed a vehicle-measured 25.6 miles per gallon in a mix of city and highway miles.

Finally, while we appreciate a Sport mode that introduces clever upshift steps in the continuously variable transmission (CVT), the experience is muted, while normal mode still features the dreaded CVT drone.


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Safety here. We applaud the fact that, unlike many rivals, the C-HR sets itself apart with a strong suite of standard active safety tech – not just the requisite rearview camera – that includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning with steering assist

As a result, Toyota’s smallest crossover achieves a five-star overall safety rating with the NHTSA, and a Top Safety Pick with the IIHS. The C-HR misses out on the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus rating due to a Poor overall rating for the model’s halogen projector low- and high-beam headlights.

In addition, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert aren't available on the base LE trim, and they're almost a must with the model's poor rear visibility. Thankfully, these active safety features are standard on the XLE and Limited.

Final thoughts. The 2019 Toyota C-HR isn't one of the more enjoyable vehicles in the class thanks to a heavier curb weight, uninspiring engine, and performance-robbing CVT. However, it should appeal to safety-, style-, and tech-conscious buyers with its long list of standard active safety features, expressive design, and standard Apple CarPlay.

With an urban mission in mind – where its lack of performance is less of an issue – the Toyota C-HR excels. But it's too compromised to stand out while navigating suburban sprawl and freeways, or cosseting drivers during traffic jams. This lands it mid-pack in the subcompact crossover class.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 144 HP / 139 ft.lbs.
Transmission
CVTi-S 2-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
27 / 31 / 29 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 144 HP / 139 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
27 / 31 / 29 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$50
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
36.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
84 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
171.2 "
Exterior Width
70.7 "
Exterior Height
61.6 "
Front Headroom
38.1 "
Rear Headroom
38.3 "
Front Legroom
43.5 "
Rear Legroom
31.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
49.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
52.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,300 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
17.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Steel / 17.0 " Black Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black
Rear Spoiler
Wing
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Toyota Safety Sense P Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Alert (lda) W/steering Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Pre-collision System With Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Monitoring System Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 25,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
24 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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