New 2019 Toyota C-HR Compact Crossover SUV Review


Athletic, stylish, and filled with technology, the new 2019 Toyota C-HR or Coupe High-Rider represents an entirely new sense of style for modern small SUVs/CUVs. First shown at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the new C-HR maintains the avant-garde physique and a modern outgoing style. It's frankly unlike any other SUV or CUV on the road today.

The new Toyota C-HR is available in two trim grades, the XLE and the XLE Premium. Each are complete with a long list of standard features including 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, and a seven-inch audio display-based in-car entertainment system.

But wait, there's one other thing. This new Toyota C-HR can boast that it is one of the few SUV/CUVs that were tuned on the famed Nurburgring Circuit in Germany. It was here that the German Grand Prix and many other famous races were held. And while tuning was conducted, the C-HR designers strived to sculpt an urban-friendly vehicle that would easily handle the streets of a city with ease while at the same time maintaining its visual appeal. In other words, doing its job while looking good. We think they've succeeded on all counts.


The "distinctive diamond" ethos of the new Toyota C-HR is what separates it from the rest of the pack. At the front, the visual cues are dynamic. Starting with two slim projector-beam halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights (DRL) that extend around the sides, they work to give the Toyota C-HR a wider look than it actually possesses. Thanks to an aggressive fascia, it gives off a force that is unseen in the segment. Dimensionally speaking, the C-HR has the same front and rear track of Toyota's true sports coupe, the Toyota 86.

A curvy character emerges from the flanks of the C-HR. Character lines emerge from the front-mounted badge and lead into the narrow-core body. They run below slender window slits that continue rearward where they join a high beltline. Added highlights: hidden design door handles. Looking at the silhouette and the distinctive diamond becomes clear. They are flanked by powerful wheel arches that house 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels. It's an aggressively sturdy look overall.


Climbing into the cockpit of the new Toyota C-HR reveals a modern, spacious interior that offers a driver's "MeZone" design style. With soft-touch materials all around, and diamond accents that influence the designs of the climate controls, speaker surrounds, and black headliner, not to mention the addition of acoustically laminated front glass, the interior is a place where you can actually use your "inside voice."

2019 Toyota C-HR Interior

The seven-inch audio display screen is positioned centrally atop the dash so to minimize driver's eye movements. A twin ring gauge cluster resides behind the leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel while the tilt/telescoping function adds to the sporty car functionality. Key XLE standard features include all black appointments, leather steering wheel, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, and fabric trimmed sports seats with sport bolsters. The XLE Premium model ups the ante a bit more, with Blind Spot Monitor and rear cross traffic alert, heated front seats, and a Smart Key System, with push button start. Both models receive a six-speaker AM/FM/HD Radio head unit with the Aha app, which allows you to sync online favorites for later listening.

Firmly bolstered front row and second row seats will do their part to keep them in place. Thoughtfully provided storage spaces and cupholders do their part to offer conveniences everywhere. Sound insulating materials placed under the carpet, headliner, A-Pillars and door trim help to keep unwanted sounds outside, and good chats in.


Designed using the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), the new Toyota C-HR features all the ingredients of a well sorted sports car. Its front MacPherson strut suspension with SACHS dampers and a large diameter stabilizer bar is designed for precise turn-in thanks to the C-HR's Electronic Power Steering (EPS). They are trailed at the rear, by an all-new double wishbone style multi-link suspension that makes this a quietly agile vehicle.

The C-HR gets its motoring cred via a 2.0-liter four-cylinder dual-overhead cam engine that produces 144 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 139 lb-ft of torque at 3,900 rpm. This mill sends power to the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with intelligence and shift mode (CVTi-S). Flick the C-HR's shifter into sport mode and enjoy the simulated 7-speed Sequential Shiftmatic function via the up-down shifter motion to shift as you see fit. Along with the Toyota C-HR's fun-to-drive quotient, are the full array of features that come with the standard Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P). A multi-feature advanced safety suite, it bundles the C-HR's Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian detection (PCS w/PD) with Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Controls (DRCC).

New 2019 Toyota C-HR Performance
These and other features make it clear that the Toyota C-HR from Napleton's Toyota of Brookfield is a true three-pronged value, featuring reliability, performance and safety. Browse our inventory of C-HR vehicles and contact our Toyota C-HR sales associates for a test drive today. (262) 671-3608.
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