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2019 Toyota C-HR Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Amratya Nigam Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 5, 2019


Toyota CHR was introduced to the US shores in 2018. It was quite a unique looking car, with a tiny but efficient engine and service life that would last longer than most marriages. The 2019 version is virtually unchanged, with a few additions to standard equipment. Its strength though is the price point (base price $20,945), which undercuts a majority of the competition. Japanese cars have traditionally been the safest and smartest choice, especially for an average Joe.

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Pros

Good handling dynamics

Lots of standard equipment on offer

Appealing looks

Cons

Rear-seats aren't for adults

Less space in the trunk

Poor performance

Poor NVH insulation

What's New?

New body colors available

Upgraded Infotainment system

Features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21145

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

144 hp @ 6100 rpm

torque

139 lbs.-ft @ 3900 rpm

transmission

continuously variable-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

60.6/60.6

dimensions

wheelbase

103.9 in.

length

171.2 in.

width

70.7 in.

height

61.6 in.

curb weight

3300 lbs.

ground clearance

5.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

36.4 cu ft.

payload capacity

835 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/29/31 mpg

highway range

409.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

2 yr. / 25000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Toyota C-HR in Black Sand Pearl color  2019 Toyota C-HR in blizzard pearl color  2019 Toyota C-HR in Blue Eclipse Metallic color  2019 Toyota C-HR in Magnetic Gray Metallic color  2019 Toyota C-HR in Ruby Flare Pearl color  2019 Toyota C-HR in Silver Knockout Metallic color
Black Sand Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

6.4

Interior

7.0

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Toyota C-HR LE

LE

power
144 hp @ 6100 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$21,145


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $21,145 MSRP (27/29/31) 144 hp @ 6100 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Blue Eclipse Metallic
  Ruby Flare Pearl
  Blizzard Pearl
  Magnetic Gray Metallic
  Black Sand Pearl

 2019 Toyota C-HR XLE

XLE

power
144 hp @ 6100 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$23,180


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XLE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $23,180 MSRP (27/29/31) 144 hp @ 6100 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Ruby Flare Pearl w/Black Roof
  Silver Knockout Metallic w/Black Roof
  Blue Flame w/Black Roof
  Blizzard Pearl w/Black Roof
  Blue Flame

 2019 Toyota C-HR Limited

Limited

power
144 hp @ 6100 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$26,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $26,200 MSRP (27/29/31) 144 hp @ 6100 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Ruby Flare Pearl w/Black Roof
  Silver Knockout Metallic w/Black Roof
  Blue Flame w/Black Roof
  Blizzard Pearl w/Black Roof
  Blue Flame

Expert Review

6.7

Overall Rating


You get the perfect mix of practicality and frugality, without much compromise on build quality. With advances in technology and increasing competition, capable cars from American and European manufacturers have also joined the fight. So, is the safe and smart choice still a good bet for your money? We may need to check and compare various parameters before serving judgment. One In-depth review, coming right up!

2019 Toyota C-HR Front Three-quarter View
2019 Toyota C-HR Front Three-quarter View
2019 Toyota C-HR Rear Three-quarter View
2019 Toyota C-HR Rear Three-quarter View

7.0/10
Features

 

6.4/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

7.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Toyota C-HR Features

7.0/10

For 2019, Toyota CHR spec sheet includes a lot of standard equipment on offer. The base LE trim comes loaded with projector beams and LED DRLs in the headlamps. The steering is, thankfully, adjustable for both rake and reach, a feature many cars of this segment lack. The XLE carries over the base features and adds leather onto the seats and steering wheel. The Limited throws a pair of high-powered Headlamps into the mix, along with a few other features.

Trim

LE

XLE

Limited

MSRP (FWD)

$20, 945

$22,990

$26,000

Key Features

Projector-beam halogen headlights with auto on/off feature

Same as LE with additional features

Same as XLE with additional features

 

Sport fabric-trimmed front bucket seats; 6-way adjustable

Leather-trimmed heated front bucket seats; 8-way adjustable driver's seat

8-in. touch-screen

 

Remote keyless entry system with lock, unlock and panic functions

Smart Key System on front doors and rear hatch with Push Button Start

Rain-sensing windshield wipers and Washer-linked intermittent rear wiper

 

Tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel

Leather-wrapped Steering wheel

Chrome window trim accent

 

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with on/off feature

High-performance LED fog lights

 
 

Electric Power Steering

   
 

Power-assisted brakes: ventilated front discs and solid rear discs

   
 

Dual-zone automatic climate control system with pollen filter

   
 

Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)

   
 

Lane Departure Alert (LDA)

   
 

Electric Parking Brake with Brake hold

   
 

Leather-trimmed shift lever with satin-plated shift knob

   
 

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

   
 

Engine immobilizer

   

We Recommend

The base trim is a great option, especially if you are on a budget. If not, then go for the top trim. The additional features it gets for such a brilliant price is simply mind-blowing.

2019 Toyota C-HR Engine and Performance

6.4/10
There's no getting around it: The C-HR is slow. You really need to plan your moves in advance because there's a long delay before it starts moving. Once it's underway, acceleration is weak. That's really too bad because otherwise, it's a dynamically capable, little crossover.-Edmunds

Toyota offers the 2019 model with the same powertrain as the 2018 CHR, a naturally aspirated 2-liter inline engine with CVT. Power and torque figures are a modest 144 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. Merging with high-speed traffic requires a fair amount of effort.

Power is sent to the front wheels via the sluggish CVT gearbox, which isn’t very sporty in character. If you go looking for a Toyota CHR AWD, then prepare for some disappointing news. You can only have this car with a front-wheel drive setup.

Models

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Mazda CX-3

Honda HR-V

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Chevrolet Trax

Subaru Crosstrek

Buick Encore

MSRP

$20,945

$19,500

$20,390

$20,520

$20,945

21,300

$21,859

$23,200

Engine

2.0 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

1.8 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

1.4 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Boxer-4

1.4 Turbocharged Inline-4

Transmission

CVT with intelligence and Shift Mode

CVT with Manual mode

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

CVT with Overdrive and Manual mode

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic with auto-manual

   

Horsepower

144 hp @ 6100 rpm

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

148 hp @ 6000 rpm

141 hp @6500 rpm

148 hp @ 6,000 rpm

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

152 hp @ 6000 rpm

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

Torque

139 lb. ft. @ 3900 rpm

132 lb. ft. @ 4500 rpm

146 lb. ft. @ 2800 rpm

127 lb. ft. @ 4300 rpm

145 lb.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm

148 lb.-ft. @1850 rpm

145 lb. ft. @ 4000 rpm

148 lb. ft. @ 1850 rpm

In terms of power, none of the cars here have a power plant worthy of a special mention. Subaru Crosstrek is the only one which crosses the 150 HP mark. The most expensive car here, Buick Encore, comes with a tiny 1.4 turbo mill, good for just 138 horsepower.

Acceleration

With low power and a slow gearbox, it is no surprise that this little Toyota Crossover. Engine rubber bands at higher revs under heavy throttle, but speeds do not climb with any sense of urgency. The power figures listed here have been carried over from the 2018 model, as 2019 figures are (a) unavailable and (b) expected to be the same.

Models

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Mazda CX-3

Honda HR-V

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Chevrolet Trax

Subaru Crosstrek

Buick Encore

0-60 MPH (sec)

11.0

10.0

8.6

9.3

8.9

9.3

9.0

8.4

A quarter mile (sec)

18.4

17.3

16.3

16.8

16.6

16.8

16.9

16.2

Engine

2.0-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

1.8-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

1.4-L I-4

2.0-L H-4

1.4-L I-4

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.0

5.9

5.7

6.3

7.1

6.3

7.0

6.3

All the cars being compared here have 2019 figures listed, just like the compact Toyota SUV. While the Toyota sits comfortably at the bottom, Buick Encore and Mazda CX3 race to the top with less disappointing numbers.

Ride and Handling

This Toyota crossover makes up for being the slowest in the segment by being one of the best handlers around. The body roll is well controlled, and the car is quick to change directions at the turn of the wheel. The steering unit is electric though, and devoid of any feedback.

Ride quality isn’t too bad, and the suspension soaks all the little bumps. The larger ones might upset the balance of the car. Even if they don’t the noises that creep into the cabin surely will. Road noise gets particularly bad over bad patches, and off-roading is a strict no-no.

Braking

Like the performance figures above, braking figures for 2019 have been carried over from 2018 models. The 2018 Toyota CHR used a pair of 11.8-inch brakes in the front, and 11.1 inches at the rear. Combined with a healthy curb weight of 3300 pounds, this Toyota SUV takes a long while to come to a halt. The exact figure is unknown at the moment.

Model

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Mazda CX-3

Honda HR-V

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Chevrolet Trax

Subaru Crosstrek

Buick Encore

Brake Front (in.)

11.8

11.8

11

11.5

11.6

11.8

11.6

11.8

Brake Rear (in.)

11.1

9.0 (Drum)

11.1

11.1

11.9

9.0

10.8

10.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3300

2890

2809

2906

3,032

2805

3113

3237

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mazda CX3 is the lightest here and has averagely sized disc brakes for the segment. In the sea of disc brakes, Hyundai takes a step back towards the stone age. The Kona sports drum brakes, all in the interest of cost reduction.

2019 Toyota C-HR Fuel Economy

The powertrain under the C-HR’s hood may not perform well, but in a way that’s a good thing; it minimizes the hole fuel bills burn in your pocket. A decent 31 mpg on the highway and a combined 29 miles per gallon figure by the 4-cylinders is enough to get this compact SUV right in the mix amongst the segment.

Model

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Mazda CX-3

Honda HR-V

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Chevrolet Trax

Subaru Crosstrek

Buick Encore

MPG (city)

27

27

29

28

24

25

27

26

MPG (highway)

31

33

34

34

30

33

33

31

MPG (combined)

29

30

31

30

27

28

25

28

There isn’t a significant difference amongst all the cars in this segment. Manual transmissions, when they are available, drop the efficiency figures by a mile or two. Other than that, you could crown the CX3 as the most efficient car here.

2019 Toyota C-HR Interior

7.0/10
There's seating for five people in the C-HR. The front seats have a good amount of space and comfort, but it's a different story in the back. Due to a sloping roofline and tiny rear windows, most rear passengers will feel cramped in the C-HR.-Cars.usnews

Seating and Comfort

The interiors are a bit more traditional than the exteriors (thankfully). The only unique design detail here is the infotainment screen that looks like it would slide into the dash after use. The air conditioning vents are asymmetrical, and the entire cabin is angled towards the driver. The seats have great cushioning and the steering feels good in the hand.

Model

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Mazda CX-3

Honda HR-V

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Chevrolet Trax

Subaru Crosstrek

Buick Encore

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (cu. ft) Headroom

38.1

39.6

39.5

39.4

39.6

38.4

39.6

39.8

Front (cu. ft) Shoulder room

49

55.5

56.8

56.2

54.1

53.5

54.2

56.7

Front (cu. ft) Legroom

43.5

41.5

41.2

41.6

40.8

41.7

40.8

43.1

Rear (cu. ft) Headroom

38.3

37.8

38.3

37.9

38.8

37.2

38.8

38

Rear (cu. ft) Shoulder room

52.5

54.5

54.5

55.5

52.8

50.4

52.5

55.6

Rear (cu. ft) Legroom

31.7

34.6

39.3

36.3

35.7

35

35.8

36.5

While the front cabin space is usually very accommodating, rear seats are only good for children and teens. The entire segment seems geared toward the average urban family, and this reflects on the inside. Two adults in the front, and two (or three) kids in the back. If you are looking for anything more than that, you might want to skip this car (or the segment entirely).

Cargo volume

The little Toyota has an average-sized trunk, good for a week’s worth of groceries. For the weekend, you can also fold down the seats and throw in some camping equipment.

Model

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Mazda CX-3

Honda HR-V

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Chevrolet Trax

Subaru Crosstrek

Buick Encore

Trunk Volume (ft.3)

19

19.2

12.4

24.3

21.7

18.7

20.8

18.8

Cargo Volume with Rear seats folded (ft.3)

36.4

45.8

44.5

58.8

49.5

48.4

55.3

48.4

Apart from Honda HRV’s excellent cargo space, all cars here are the same as the CHR. Mazda CX3 is particularly poor, with only a little more than 12 cubic feet. There are compact sedans out there that offer more space than this.

Infotainment System

  • The 2019 Toyota CHR comes standard with a 4.2-in. TFT Multi-Information Display with customizable settings. Apart from that, there are a few connectivity options as well. The list of standard features include:
  • Bluetooth Phones
  • USB Port
  • Voice Control
  • Mobile Wi-Fi
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Real-time traffic and weather (Optional)
  • 4G LTE Connectivity (Optional)
  • Navigation (Optional)

Interior Features

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system with pollen filter
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel with mounted audio controls
  • Leather-trimmed heated front bucket seats with 8-way adjustability for the driver and 6-way adjustability for the front passenger
  • 60/40 split fold-flat second-row rear seats
  • Power windows with one-touch auto up/down in all positions
  • Dual sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors

2019 Toyota C-HR Exterior

Stylish? Maybe. Cringeworthy? Some might say that. Either way, it caught your eye, because the C-HR’s exterior is nothing short of attention-grabbing.-Car and Driver

Dimensions and weight

With a little more than 170 inches between the nose and tail, the little Toyota crossover has a good road presence, especially with that, erm, unique front-end design. Ground clearance is fine too, not capable of off-roading, but fine nonetheless.

Model

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Mazda CX-3

Honda HR-V

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Chevrolet Trax

Subaru Crosstrek

Buick Encore

Curb weight (lbs.)

3300

2890

2809

2906

3,032

2805

3157

3237

Length(in)

171.2

164.0

168.3

170.4

171.9

167.2

175.8

168.4

Width(in)

70.7

70.9

69.6

69.8

71.3

69.9

71

70.1

Height(in)

61.6

61

60.7

63.2

64.8

64.9

63.6

65.2

Ground clearance (in)

5.9

6.7

6.1

5.4

8.5

6.2

8.7

6.2

Wheelbase (in)

103.9

102.4

101.2

102.8

105.1

100.6

104.9

100.6

Track width (in) F/R

60.6/60.6

60/59.5

60.4/60.6

60.6/60.6

60.6/60.6

61/61.2

60.62/60.62

 

The segment is entirely inclusive of only subcompact cars, and dimensions do not stray away more than a few inches from the CHR. Outlander Sport and Crosstrek have a some off

Design and styling

Some cars are pretty, while some would scare your kids away. In between these two, rest a plethora of vehicles that look fine. The CHR is hard to classify under any of these categories. The headlamp and front grille merge together with distinct lines. The side panels have a prominent shoulder line, with depressions under them that highlight the wheel arcs, which seem to protrude from the side.

Curves seem like an alien philosophy, as every surface has been sculpted with straight lines. These are great design ideas alone, but add them together, and it’s good that you don’t have to look at the car while driving.

Exterior Features

  • Aerodynamic rear lower diffuser with back rear and lip spoiler
  • Projector-beam halogen headlights with auto on/off feature
  • C-HR unique cluster LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with on/off feature
  • C-HR vortex styled 18-inch sport alloy wheels
  • Color-keyed roof-mounted shark-fin antenna
  • Outside hatchback door handle with touch-sensor lock/unlock feature
  • Acoustic noise-reducing front windshield
  • Piano-black B-pillar
  • Chrome window trim accent
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers and intermittent rear wiper

2019 Toyota C-HR Safety

Standard Safety features include:

  • Toyota Safety Sense; Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Ten airbags
  • 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions
  • Driver and front passenger seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • Driver and front passenger seatbelt warning system
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Hill Start Assist Control
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) includes lower anchors and tether anchors on outboard second-row seats

2019 Toyota C-HR Competition

2019 Toyota C-HR vs Hyundai Kona

Hyundai has entered their champion into the market with a banger of a price, making it one of the best value proposition in the segment. Space inside isn’t great, but then again, none of the cars in this segment have generous interior volume. What you do get, is a family hauler that can squeeze in and out of any traffic situation. If only the equipment were a little better. The exclusion of disc brakes, for example, simply feels cheap, and could also be considered dangerous.

2019 Toyota C-HR vs Mazda CX-3

Mazda’s tiny SUV holds the crown for the most sporty subcompact crossover, with its utterly sharp dynamics and relatively punchy engine. What it offers in sportiness though, it loses in practicality. Space is at a premium, especially at the back, although it is better than the little Toyota SUV. In all honesty, The CX3 is a smarter choice.

2019 Toyota C-HR vs Honda HR-V

To be completely honest, Honda’s tiny Crossover would be the best-balanced car here in the segment. It is a car that has its priorities straight. The engine isn't powerful, and the performance is lethargic at best, but that isn’t the point of this car. The point of this car is to ferry your family around, and that it does brilliantly. The HR-V offers best in class space, with a decent cargo volume too. If you ever had doubts between these two Japanese offerings, we’d suggest you go for the Honda.

2019 Toyota C-HR Final Verdict

If you can live with the looks, the C-HR is quite a decent vehicle for everyday use. You also get Japanese reliability and wonderful aftersales support. It has great equipment, and the price is good too. It is quite a good deal in itself, but when you look at the competition, the appeal drops a lot. If Toyota wants to grab the consumers’ attention, there needs to be a radical update to its tiny crossover.