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.
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.
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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