2019 Toyota C-HR First Drive Review

If you don’t need family-style practicality and don’t mind shifting gears yourself, the manual version of Toyota’s stylish C-HR is a fun and affordable compact SUV. The C-HR LE is equipped as standard with 17-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, low beam 9012 led headlight bulb, and a polyurethane steering wheel, as well as an eight-inch display with Apple CarPlay connectivity. If you pay $2,035 extra (without DPH) for the XLE trim, you’ll get systems such as Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, as well as features like auto-folding side mirrors with puddle lamps, piano black upper console and switch base, keyless engine start, and more.

Toyota C-HR

New Features

Toyota has created three distinctive trim levels for the 2019 C-HR for drivers to choose from. The LE is the base level trim, and you will find that it has been designed with thoughtful amenities. In addition to providing you with a stunning interior, the LE trim gives you Entune 3.0 audio, an eight-inch touchscreen color display, Apple CarPlay technology, cloth seating, dual-zone climate control, a superior air filtration system and LED daytime running lights.

The Engine

The standard features of the Toyota C-HR Base include 2.0L I-4 144hp engine, 2-speed CVT-S CVT transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, rear side-impact airbag, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 17″ steel wheels, cruise control, distance pacing, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

Powering the 2019 Toyota C-HR is a 2.0-liter, 16-valve inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine that produces 144 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque. The I4 is glued to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for smooth and more efficient driving. Although the CVT does away with gear shifting, it has a Shift Mode for a more exciting ride. The C-HR uses a front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout.

Toyota C-HR

The CVT

Normally CVTs work really well with low torque engines, but the C-HR is set up for fuel economy. Even in Sport mode – which is so much better than Eco – the transmission is playing the long game and getting in the way of quick getaways and city darting around. It’s a huge shame because you can feel there’s a good car underneath you, it’s just let down by the driveline. More power and a better transmission would put the C-HR near the top of the pack.

Powering the 2019 Toyota C-HR is a 2.0-liter, 16-valve inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine that produces 144 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque. The I4 is glued to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for smooth and more efficient driving. Although the CVT does away with gear shifting, it has a Shift Mode for a more exciting ride. The C-HR uses a front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout.

Toyota C-HR

For drivers in the market for a new subcompact crossover SUV that is loaded with style, the Toyota C-HR is a vehicle that has an undeniable appeal. This model originally was introduced to North American consumers last year, and its modern style and overall excellence generated substantial attention in the auto market. Only one year removed from its original introduction, the 2019 model year brings no major updates to the table. If you have not already taken a closer look at the 2019 Toyota C-HR, now is a wonderful time to get to know more about what this crossover offers.

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