2019 Toyota C-HR Overview
The Toyota C-HR is one of the youngest models in the Toyota lineup, originally showing up as a Scion before Toyota absorbed its subsidiary. For its second model year, the 2019 C-HR tackles the subcompact crossover market with dynamic styling and generous feature lists.
The 2019 Toyota C-HR is available in three trim levels: LE, XLE, and Limited.
What’s New for the 2019 Model Year?
The 2019 C-HR offers some significant updates. First, Toyota added a new base trim level and renamed the top trim, for a three-model spread: LE, XLE, and Limited. These new trims lower the price at the entry level — the LE starts at an MSRP of $20,945. The Limited raises the top MSRP to $26,000.
Along with this, Toyota shuffled around some features, and added some that were previously unavailable, such as Apple CarPlay™, an integrated navigation system, and leather seats (though the latter two are only available in Limited models).
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The C-HR has always been a source of some polarization thanks to its design. Its styling combines aggressive sculpting, with sharp corners meeting smooth curves for some unique and unusual elements. In particular, the C-HR sports a diamond-shaped rear end, some long headlights, and deep creases over the rear wheels.
The 2019 C-HR offers a full dozen exterior color schemes. Seven of these are solid colors: Silver Knockout Metallic, Ruby Flare Pearl, Blue Eclipse Metallic, Black Sand Pearl, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Blizzard Pearl, and Blue Flame. The remaining five are R-Code two-tone color schemes, with the roof coming as a different color. Four of these have a black roof, combined with Silver Knockout, Ruby Flare Pearl, Blue Flame, and Blizzard Pearl. The final color is Blue Eclipse Metallic with an Iceberg (white) roof.
Each model of the 2019 C-HR comes with the same powertrain. The engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, making a mere 144 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque. This comes with a continuously variable transmission and front-wheel drive. There is no all-wheel drive option. Although these power metrics seem low for crossover, the C-HR makes up for it in its handling. Experts like the editors at Edmunds praise the C-HR for its fun cornering despite the power.
The smaller engine means that the 2019 C-HR makes some impressive fuel economy numbers. In the city, the C-HR makes 27 mpg. On the highway, this goes up to 31 mpg, for a combined 29 mpg.
The 2019 C-HR comes remarkably well-equipped in the cockpit, with standard features including surprises like automatic dual-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system.
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The 2019 C-HR brought home some strong crashworthiness ratings. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the C-HR a full five stars out of five for its crash tests. Meanwhile, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the C-HR top marks in every category (including front crash prevention technology), save for the headlights, which the IIHS rated as Poor.
Probably the most impressive safety features on the C-HR are the Toyota Safety Sense™ P suite, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. These all come as standard equipment on every C-HR.
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