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7.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.5
Performance: 6.3
Interior: 6.3
Safety: 9.6
Reliability:
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2019 Toyota C-HR Review

Though it has a lot of standard safety features and a good predicted reliability rating, the 2019 Toyota C-HR’s many pitfalls pull it down in our subcompact SUVs rankings. It has cramped back seats and a small cargo area, along with a sluggish and noisy powertrain.

Pros & Cons

  • Loads of standard safety tech
  • Poised handling
  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • Limited rear-seat space
  • Below-average cargo room
  • Languid acceleration
  • Noisy powertrain

New for 2019

  • Reshuffled trims
  • Standard Apple CarPlay
  • Available navigation and satellite radio
  • Larger 8-inch touch screen

Is the Toyota C-HR a Good SUV?

The 2019 C-HR attempts to stand out with its sporty exterior styling, nimble handling, and extensive list of standard safety features. However, this SUV’s negatives – a weak, noisy powertrain and a confined back seat – outweigh these positives.

Should I Buy the Toyota C-HR?

If you prioritize dependability and tons of standard advanced safety features, the 2019 C-HR may appeal to you. However, we recommend bypassing the C-HR for more well-rounded subcompact SUVs like the Honda HR-V. Though it doesn’t have as many standard safety features, the HR-V has more cargo room and an adult-friendly back row for about the same price as the C-HR. Looking to the compact SUV class, the Toyota RAV4 has just as many standard safety features as the C-HR, along with much more passenger and cargo space.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Toyota C-HR?

The C-HR is in its second model year after its debut for 2018. Aside from a trim reshuffling, there a quite a few additions for 2019, including a larger 8-inch touch screen, standard Apple CarPlay, and available navigation and satellite radio. If these changes are important to you, the 2019 C-HR is worth the investment.

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We Did the Research for You: 15 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 15 Toyota C-HR reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Does the Toyota C-HR Cost?

Starting at $20,945, the 2019 Toyota C-HR has a base price that is about average in the subcompact SUV class. The XLE and Limited trims run for $22,980 and $26,000, respectively. Unlike many of its rivals, the C-HR doesn't offer all-wheel drive as an option.

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Toyota C-HR Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota C-HR or Honda HR-V?

Although you get more standard advanced safety features in the C-HR, the Honda HR-V is a better subcompact SUV in nearly every way. Both SUVs have solid handling, but neither is quick off the line. However, the HR-V features more room for passengers and cargo, and its interior has a nicer look and feel than the C-HR’s.

Which Is Better: Toyota C-HR or RAV4?

The Toyota RAV4 is part of the compact SUVs class. Compared to the C-HR, it has more passenger space and a much larger cargo area. The RAV4 also features a more energetic engine, light towing capability, and available all-wheel drive. It has a higher price tag as well, but the RAV4 is the superior choice.

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C-HR Interior

How Many People Does the C-HR Seat?

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. Cloth sport seats, six-way manually adjustable front seats, and a leather-wrapped shift knob are standard. Available amenities include an eight-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats.

C-HR and Car Seats

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and an upper tether in the rear middle seat of the 2019 C-HR. Because all of its hardware is easy to find and use, the C-HR's LATCH system received the highest ease-of-use rating of Good from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 

C-HR Interior Quality

This Toyota features a clean layout, and many of its surfaces are nicely padded, but the C-HR’s cramped rear and drab styling detract from its appeal.

C-HR Cargo Space

Don’t expect to fit a lot in the C-HR. Its 19 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats is a decent amount of space, but its 36.4 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded is below average for the class.

C-HR Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Toyota adds standard Apple CarPlay for 2019, along with available navigation and satellite radio. Returning standard features include an Entune infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo system, Siri Eyes Free, a USB port, Bluetooth, and voice recognition. Available features include HD Radio. The infotainment system is fairly easy to use, though it takes some extra clicking to get to some of the menu items.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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C-HR Performance

C-HR Engine: Weak Acceleration

The C-HR comes with a 2.0-liter, 144-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). This power plant delivers poor acceleration and struggles noisily to get up to speed on the highway.

C-HR Gas Mileage: On Par With Rivals

The 2019 C-HR delivers 27 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which is good for the class.

C-HR Ride and Handling: Relaxed and Composed

The front-wheel-drive C-HR delivers poised handling and has responsive steering, with minimal body lean around corners. Thanks to its suspension system, it also maintains a fairly smooth ride over uneven pavement.

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C-HR Reliability

Is the Toyota C-HR Reliable?

The 2019 C-HR has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

Toyota C-HR Warranty

A three-year/36,000-mile new car limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty covers the 2019 C-HR. Most of the competition offers similar warranty coverage.

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C-HR Safety

C-HR Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 C-HR the highest rating of Good in all crash tests performed and noted that its standard safety equipment provides a top-level Superior ability to prevent front crashes. The C-HR missed out on a Top Safety Pick label because of its Poor headlight score. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the C-HR a five-out-of-five overall safety rating. 

C-HR Safety Features

The C-HR comes with an abundant list of standard safety features, including a rearview camera and Toyota Safety Sense, which includes lane departure alert with steering assist, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, and automatic high beams. Available safety features include blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

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Which Toyota C-HR Model Is Right for Me?

The C-HR offers three trims: LE, XLE, and Limited. A nice perk of the C-HR is that it comes standard with a long list of advanced safety features like a pre-collision system and dynamic radar cruise control. With that in mind, the LE trim comes with more than enough features to satisfy the average shopper.

Toyota C-HR LE

The base LE trim starts at $20,945 and comes standard with cloth sport seats, six-way manually adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped shift knob, remote keyless entry, heated outside mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an Entune infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, six-speakers, a USB port, Bluetooth, voice recognition, Apple CarPlay, Siri Eyes Free. Toyota Safety Sense also comes standard. It includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, dynamic radar cruise control, and automatic high beams.

Toyota C-HR XLE

The XLE trim ($22,980) comes with alloy wheels, push-button start, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Toyota C-HR Limited

Starting at $26,000, the Limited trim comes with LED fog lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, an Entune app suite, and an eight-way manually adjustable driver’s seat. You can add navigation to this trim for an extra $1,725.  

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The Final Call

The 2019 Toyota C-HR has plenty of standard safety features, a comfortable ride, poised handling, and a good predicted reliability rating. But that’s about where the positives end. The C-HR is slow and noisy when accelerating, and its confined rear-passenger and cargo areas don’t make for an appealing interior.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "In its inaugural year, we noted the C-HR's sporty handling and generous list of features (including advanced safety equipment) as some of its strengths. We also pointed out the noticeable absence of Apple CarPlay, an integrated navigation system and leather upholstery on the available features list. Well, what a difference a year makes: The 2019 Toyota C-HR can now be had with all of them. We're still not fans of the weak engine and its lazy acceleration, while the lack of an all-wheel-drive option should continue to be a drawback for those in cold-weather climates." -- Edmunds
  • "Although it injects a dose of eye-popping style into Toyota's otherwise sleepy lineup and offers an impressive list of standard safety features, major driving and multimedia shortcomings stand out." -- Cars.com (2018)
  • "All told, the 2018 Toyota C-HR is a decent little vehicle. The style is striking and unique, and Toyota offers a suite of advanced safety and comfort equipment for a price that is hard to beat. When that's paired with Toyota's 60,000-mile warranty and Toyota Care, which covers normal factory maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance, it's a pretty good way to get millennial buyers interested in a stylish vehicle, meaning the world of ‘crossover coupes’ might just have to expand to include the Toyota C-HR." -- Autoweek (2018)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: March 29, 2019

Competitive Sales: The C-HR sits in the middle of the subcompact SUV sales rankings. It has a ways to go before it catches the class-leading Subaru Crosstrek, which is outselling the C-HR nearly 2 to 1. Toyota dealerships have moved about the same number of units so far this year compared to the same period in 2018.

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