Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota C-HR Limited

By Jonathan Spira on 14 February 2019
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The funky Toyota C-HR, which made quite a splash at its debut last year, has grown to now include three distinct editions, the LE, XLE, and Limited (last year’s XLE Premium). From the base LE up, each has increasingly more gear and more features.

For those who are wondering what Toyota intended with the C-HR, it was to be under the now-discontinued Scion brand, hence the less conservative design.  The Japanese automaker said at launch that the name was derived from both Compact High Rider and Cross Hatch Run-about, but that really doesn’t matter.  What does matter is its eye-catching crouching design and sleek appearance.

The base LE starts at $20,995 while our Limited, which arrived in a striking Blue Eclipse metallic hue, starts at $26,050. The XLE has new gray-fabric seats while the Limited gives buyers a choice of black or brown leather.

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While the C-HR (which is also hard to type) looks relatively small, once inside the cabin it has a relatively expansive feel, in part because the driving position is rather high up in true SUV fashion.

Ergonomics and build quality rate high for the price point with typical excellent Toyota quality. Sports seats – standard on the Limited – are supportive and comfortable.

DRIVING THE 2019 TOYOTA C-HR

The standard 2.0-liter four banger, which delivers 144 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque, is paired to Toyota’s CVTi-5 continuously variable transmission with intelligence and shift mode.

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