The 2019 Toyota C-HR enters its second year of existence. Targeted for millennials spoiled by choice, this subcompact-crossover SUV has a distinctive style and chassis that is more engaging than it should be. The addition of the new model this year also corrected some damaging errors last year’s debut. However, not offer all-wheel drive remains a striking disadvantage. Not every millennial lives in a warm climate throughout the year. But, there is still Toyota excellent quality and reliability to enjoy, along with many standard equipment, including several advanced safety features.
The 2019 Toyota C-HR is a subcompact crossover SUV available in three trim levels: LE, XLE and Limited. The new LE trim means a somewhat less equipped entry-level model than last year, but also less expensive. The LE still comes with 17-inch steel wheels, LED daytime running lights, self-dimming rearview mirror, rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay, and selectable driving modes. If you want 18-inch alloy wheels, go to the XLE trim. It also adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, keyless entry/ignition, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Limited gets a heated front seat, leather upholstery, a swishier infotainment system, Wi-Fi, and satellite radio.
Also standard on every 2019 Toyota CH-R is the Toyota Safety Sense P. This array of safety features includes automatic high beams, full-range active cruise control, lane-departure warning with steering assist, forward-collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection.
Every 2019 Toyota C-HR is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine unit making 144 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) sent that power to the front wheel. As subcompact crossover SUV, the C-HR does not offer all-wheel drive. The advantage in this mechanical is fuel consumption of 27 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, but that’s not class-leading. For acceleration, the 2019 Toyota C-HR is one of the slowest vehicles in the class, taking a considerable 10.6 seconds to reach 60 mph.
2.0-liter four-cylinder with CVT
144 horsepower @ 6,100 rpm
139 lb-ft of torque @ 3,900 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 27/31 mpg
The 2019 Toyota C-HR is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The new LE base model has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $21,990 (all prices include the $1,045 destination fee). The XLE trim starts at $24,025 and the Limited is $27,045 before any of the few options.