2019 Toyota C-HR


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2019 Toyota C-HR Performance Review


Performance: 5.8

With its weak engine, the 2019 Toyota C-HR struggles out on the road. Most of its rivals have more gusto, with quieter and more refined powertrains. However, the C-HR maintains its athletic handling and comfortable ride.

  • "The C-HR is one of the slowest vehicles we've tested, taking a considerable 10.6 seconds to reach 60 mph. Acceleration is characterized by a long hesitation between a pedal stomp and any forward motion. This is true whether you're stopped or trying to pass slower traffic on the highway." -- Edmunds
  • Although the 2-liter engine isn't overly powerful, the C-HR exhibits solid driving dynamics." -- CNET (2018)
  • "Despite all its styling flash, it fizzles on the road. The C-HR's sole powertrain is a 144-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that drives the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission. Takeoffs are adequate but definitely not lively, and the CVT is stingy in spooling out more power for passing and merging." -- Cars.com (2018)

 Acceleration and Power

An underpowered 144-horsepower four-cylinder engine is the only power plant offered in the C-HR. It takes a while to accelerate, and it doesn’t fare well on the highway. This engine is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission, which makes the C-HR emit a loud droning noise at times.

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

  • "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." -- Edmunds
  • "Acceleration is lackluster, and the whine of the CVT and wind noise (particularly around the side mirrors) can make the interior an annoying place on longer drives. On quick merges, even when the gas pedal is mashed to the floor, the lag time can prove a bit hairy. This isn't the vehicle that makes merging into quick moving traffic a pleasurable, nonpuckering experience. " -- Autoweek (2018)
  • "Sadly, it's let down by the drivetrain, a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 144 horsepower routed through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). At full throttle, the engine noisily struggles to move the 3,300-pound C-HR, and the transmission's manual mode isn't much help." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Handling and Braking

The C-HR isn’t a sporty vehicle, but most shoppers will find its ride to be enjoyable. It also boasts responsive steering and composed handling, which helps keep things together on straight and curvy roads.

  • We were pleasantly surprised to discover that the C-HR can be entertaining to drive on a twisty road, even with a not very powerful engine and a lack of grip from low-rolling-resistance tires. There's noticeable tire squeal under moderate cornering, and the tires really howl when pushed harder." -- Edmunds
  • "Comfortably firm around town and on the highway, the C-HR can carry a remarkable amount of its speed through a corner, with even a satisfying little bit of rotation from the rear. It's fun, complemented by solid brakes and steering that makes up for its lack of feel with linear response and good weight." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "Overall road manners on the highway are pleasant, however, with a comfortable ride and handling balance. Bumps are effectively damped and the C-HR maintains composure in corners – but again, I wouldn't call it sporty." -- Cars.com (2018)
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2019 Toyota C-HR

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