2019 Toyota C-HR Limited new car reviews

In a word, the Toyota C-HR is polarizing. And perhaps that’s the point, given the discussions its design surely elicits around the watercoolers of America.

Here’s how Toyota puts it:

“Stylish, athletic and filled with technology like Toyota Safety Sense P™ (TSS-P), the 2019 Toyota C-HR is the Coupe High-Rider, still representing a leap forward in design, manufacturing and engineering for Toyota. Now available with a new grade strategy for 2019, the C-HR is available in three grades: LE, XLE and Limited (removing XLE Premium grade from 2018.) The iconic gemstone of the Toyota C-HR evokes universal notions of luxury, attractiveness, sophistication, and strength, while also offering a modern and uncluttered interior with a keen placement of accents and a driver-centric “MeZONE” orientation.”

This high-riding coupe is only available with FWD, giving you the unique ability to see well inside the back of the Ford Expedition at a stoplight, but not being able to follow it once the asphalt ends. But let’s be honest: who really takes CUVs off-road?

Other staff views

David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

Does the world need another tall wagon? Sure, get in the pool. Freedom of Choice, right?

It’s sportier and swoopier than some others and, let’s be honest, that’s the important thing here–even though boxier would fit more stuff.

Performance was par for the class, although the CVT isn’t my favorite. They’re getting better, but I think that other companies are delivering better CVTs. Try them and see. (And, will the intended audience for this vehicle really notice or care?)

Rear seat room wasn’t bad as expected. This one is color-dependent, though, as it looks much more mature in the darker colors.

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Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
7/17/19 10:40 a.m.

Ah ha! the C-HR dominates all!

(Not really, just entered in the wrong time so now it's stuck)

And I would have gotten away with it, too, had it not been for you sniveling kids!

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise HalfDork
7/17/19 10:44 a.m.

Like Scion, intended demographic was younger millennials. However AARP geezers are all I see driving these.

 

With another new SUV from Toyota on the horizon , as Alabama factory is getting retooled, they are poised for the current climate

MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt PowerDork
7/17/19 11:44 a.m.

First time I saw one, before I saw the badges, I thought, "This must be the next generation Nissan Puke."

Ransom
Ransom PowerDork
7/17/19 12:27 p.m.

Looks like they've raised the bar on the inability to check blind spots. I could be wrong; maybe the crazy C-pillar/windows arrangement is actually really clever and works from the driver's seat. But I'm pretty dubious.

I keep hoping that recent years are going to be a passing thing, and that manufacturers figure out how to combine current safety features with a car you can see out of well enough to not need them as often.

Duke
Duke MegaDork
7/17/19 1:31 p.m.
Some Toyota marketing committee flacks said:

“Stylish, athletic and filled with technology like Toyota Safety Sense P™ (TSS-P), the 2019 Toyota C-HR is the Coupe High-Rider, still representing a leap forward in design, manufacturing and engineering for Toyota. [ ] The iconic gemstone of the Toyota C-HR evokes universal notions of luxury, attractiveness, sophistication, and strength, while also offering a modern and uncluttered interior with a keen placement of accents and a driver-centric “MeZONE” orientation.”

I understand that there are different demographic slots, but that description, and the vehicle it describes, contain literally NOTHING that I want.

Which is funny, because I just dropped a boatload of cash for a car that is - on paper, anyway - remarkably similar.

Robbie
Robbie UltimaDork
7/17/19 1:52 p.m.

C HR.

"Because it's not a coupe, and you don't work in HR."

Can I be in Toyota marketing now?

_
_ HalfDork
7/17/19 2:46 p.m.

They were poised for something great, and then left off the two components that would’ve made it over the top. A turbo charger and a real all wheel drive.

barefootskater
barefootskater Dork
7/17/19 3:35 p.m.

In reply to _ :

Toyota doesn't do turbochargers, they leave that to BMW.

If these were available in manual I would probably have bought one instead of the Fit. I actually really like them. The Mrs? Not so much.

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise HalfDork
7/17/19 3:38 p.m.
irish44j
irish44j MegaDork
7/17/19 4:48 p.m.

It looks like every other mini-ute these days: high beltline, tiny rear windows and rear windshield, and funky lines. 

Then again, I'm not a teenage girl, so not like I'd get one either way, lol. 

Kreb
Kreb UberDork
7/17/19 5:20 p.m.

I don't have a problem with car-based SUVs and this seems like a perfectly nice, if overstyled one. But where's the review? It looks like you just transcribed out of Toyota promotional materials and added a paragraph or so of kinda vague feedback. It's not so good when my newspaper contains more information about a vehicle than GRM.  

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
7/17/19 6:17 p.m.

In reply to Kreb :

I've linked to David's counterpoint at the end of what I wrote. If you click on that or the bit 'read the rest of the story here', it'll take you to David's counterpoint. Ideally, we'd have more than one staff member's take on a vehicle, but that doesn't always happen. 

I will however bring your feedback to the others on getting the rest of the review to show up on the forum. 

Duke
Duke MegaDork
7/17/19 6:52 p.m.

In reply to Kreb :

Most of their ‘reviews’ that I have seen are like that. They offer a counterpoint but there is almost never any substantive information or opinion it’s in counterpoint to. Unless I’m just not looking in the right place. 

Mndsm
Mndsm MegaDork
7/17/19 7:34 p.m.

You can always bring them to me for testing. I even like toyotas. 

Dootz
Dootz Reader
7/18/19 4:38 a.m.

This car is a 2.0T drop-in and lowering kit away from being Toyota's hot hatch

stanger_missle
stanger_missle SuperDork
7/18/19 6:55 a.m.

This is one of the issues I have with the C-HR:

The rear side windows are tiny. Its like sitting in a cave.

One other issue is the styling. At first I thought it looked kinda cool but now after seeing a few on the streets, I feel like its overstyled and trying to hard to be a "lifestyle" vehicle. Why only FWD? Is it trying to be a CUV? Who is this really for?

Yeah, I'm not a fan.

 

ShinnyGroove
ShinnyGroove Reader
7/18/19 10:20 a.m.

I was just thinking, "boy, I sure wish car companies would come out with a few new crossover SUV's."

JohnInKansas
JohnInKansas SuperDork
7/18/19 10:28 a.m.

As much as I generally dislike crossovers and some of the styling choices of this one, their two-tone option works for me, particularly the blue-and-white. There's a blue and white C-HR that parks near my office and it always gives me pause.

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