A stylish and practical crossover SUV.

2019 Toyota C-HR Review | CarMax

The Toyota C-HR is a newer option in the popular crossover-SUV segment. Crossovers, also called subcompact SUVs, are great for drivers who want the style and space of an SUV, but from a vehicle with a relatively small size. The Toyota C-HR debuted in 2018 with many standard driver-assist system features like forward collision braking and radar-controlled adaptive cruise control. The C-HR couples unique exterior styling with functionality, bringing you a vehicle that is both practical and fun to drive.

Here's what you'll find in this 2019 Toyota C-HR review:

Key Specs & Features

  • 144-hp four-cylinder engine that gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined1 for the 2019 C-HR.
  • Seating for five, with 31.7 inches of legroom in the back row.
  • 19 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the rear seats.
  • Standard eight-inch display screen on the 2019 model with back-up-camera integration.
  • Standard driver-assist features include lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision braking, and automatic high beams.

5 Reasons to Buy


The Toyota C-HR is instantly recognizable. It has an edgy exterior design, with standard features like a black rear spoiler and shark fin antenna that make it look more aggressive than most SUVs. Halogen headlights and daytime running LED lights make it stand out even more. If you're looking for a vehicle that stands out among all the other SUVs, the C-HR is a good choice thanks to its feature-heavy design.


2019 Toyota C-HR Review: Engine | CarMax

The C-HR is a good vehicle for people who want to be more conscious of their fuel consumption. Both the 2018 and 2019 C-HR models get an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined with the 2.0L engine.1 This makes it a practical car for commutes to work, school, or trips to see friends—not to mention for longer road trips and visits to see family and friends out-of-state too.


The C-HR takes advantage of technology to make things easier behind the wheel. The C-HR comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense package, which features lane-keep assist and forward collision braking. It also comes standard with a back-up camera. Standard driver assist features include brake assist and Smart Stop Technology®. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert come standard on the 2019 XLE and Limited models and on the 2018 XLE Premium model.


2019 Toyota C-HR Review: Front Seats | CarMax

The C-HR will keep you from getting bored behind the wheel. That's because it comes with three standard driving modes: sport, normal, and ECO. The sport driving mode, for example, increases acceleration for when you want a bit of a thrill. Although the C-HR is only available with automatic transmission, the Sequential Shiftmatic™ Mode, which comes standard, gives you control to manually go through seven virtual gears—giving you more control.


2019 Toyota C-HR Review: Tech Dash | CarMax

The C-HR will allow you to stay connected on the road. The 2019 model comes standard with Apple CarPlay® and Bluetooth®, as well as an eight-inch touchscreen display (compared to the 2018 model's slightly smaller seven-inch display). Audio-system upgrades available on the 2019 XLE and Limited trims will give you access to WiFi-hotspot capability.2 Satellite radio and navigation are also available options on those trims.

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What You Need to Know

Toyota C-HR Trim Configurations

The 2019 Toyota C-HR is available in three trims: LE, XLE, and Limited.

  • LE - Eight-inch display screen, Apple CarPlay® connectivity, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, Toyota Safety Sense driver-assist package.
  • XLE - Push-button start, heated power exterior mirrors, 18-inch wheels, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
  • Limited - Leather-trimmed heated front seats, WiFi hotspot capability2, chrome window-trim accents, automatic windshield wipers.

Toyota C-HR Colors (2018–2019 models)

The Toyota C-HR is available in the colors listed below. The R-code designation means that the color comes with a white or black roof and side mirrors (this has an extra cost).

  • Black Sand Pearl
  • Blue Eclipse Metallic (available R-code white)
  • Blue Flame (available 2019 only; available R-code black)
  • Blizzard Pearl (available R-code black on 2019 model)
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Radiant Green Mica (available R-code white)
  • Ruby Flare Pearl (available R-code or R-code black on 2019 model)
  • Silver Knockout Metallic (available R-code black on 2019 model)

Toyota C-HR Interior

2019 Toyota C-HR Review: Backseats | CarMax

The Toyota C-HR offers seating for you and four others. It comes with bucket seating in the front and a 40/60-split bench in the back. Cloth seats come standard and feature leather trim with the 2019 Limited trim level. The interior also sports a display screen (eight inches on the 2019 model) and USB connectivity ports. The standard 4.2-in. TFT Multi-Information Display is customizable and shows information regarding speed, fuel economy, temperature, and more.

2019 Toyota C-HR Review: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

Similar Vehicles

If you're considering the Toyota C-HR, you should also consider these similar vehicles:

Honda HR-V

The Honda HR-V is a compact SUV that was introduced in 2016. The 2019 HR-V comes standard with a 141-hp four-cylinder engine that gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 30 mpg combined with front-wheel drive.1Front-wheel drive comes standard, but the HR-V has all-wheel drive (AWD) available in all trims, making it appealing if you regularly drive in the snow or rain.

The 2019 HR-V has 39.3 inches of legroom in the second row, and 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row on the 2019 model. Model years 2016 to 2018 were available in three trim levels, and two more trims were added in 2019. The HR-V has options for heated seats and a sunroof, giving it an even more upscale feel at higher trims levels.

Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 is a compact SUV that was redesigned for 2019. The previous generation ran from 2013 to 2018. The RAV4 comes standard with a four-cylinder engine. The 2019 model, which produces 203 hp, gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 30 mpg combined in front-wheel drive.1 The previous generation's engine produced 176 hp and had an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined on the 2018 model with front-wheel drive.1 The RAV4 is available with AWD in all trim levels with a hybrid version available as well.

The Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is a very popular SUV for people who need a lot of cargo space. The 2019 CR-V has 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, which is plenty of room for all your belongings. If you're in a cold climate you'll love that the CR-V comes with optional AWD too.

The most recent generation of the CR-V launched in 2017 and comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 190 hp and gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 30 mpg on the 2019 model with front-wheel drive.1 The 2019 CR-V comes standard with Apple Car Play and Android Auto™.

The Bottom Line

The Toyota C-HR is a relatively new SUV that has many things going for it. Its enhanced styling and driving options make it appealing if you haven't considered a crossover SUV before. Ultimately, its wide range of standard features makes it a practical choice if you're looking for a car with the latest gadgets.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
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