The Edgy 2019 Toyota CH-R Is Easy On The Eyes, But Means Business On The Road

September 20, 2019  |  

Toyota CH-R

Source: Courtesy of Toyota / Toyota

It’s an interesting task, trying to find the right car as a woman of a certain…height.

Compact vehicles leave you feeling like you’re attempting to jump into a bobsled instead of a car. Large full-size vehicles can make you feel like you’re attempting to hop onto a garbage truck.

I’ve had experiences with both extremes over the years, from the tiny sport car to vans and full-blown pickup trucks that were impossible to park in residential neighborhoods in the city. To have the chance to enjoy something in between with the 2019 Toyota CH-R was quite the change, and enjoy I certainly did.

The version of the car I had was the LE. It is a subcompact, which is a blend of a smaller car with SUV tendencies. What I immediately appreciated about it were its dimensions. It was a good sized vehicle that I could hop into easily and store what I needed to in the back and in the trunk. Still, it was not too big, making it a car that was cozy for all the trips I made around town in it.

The car’s design is striking, with a muscular look that lets you know it means business and is powerful. It stands out on the street and even more so on the road. You won’t be able to hear what people have to say about it though, because the front windshield just so happens to be noise-canceling. #Bossmoves

Things that I liked most about the appearance of the CH-R included the aerodynamic rear fins, a unique front and rear spoiler, and the fact that rear door handles of this car are made to look like they’re hidden because they aren’t in the standard place. (My husband thought that was pretty cool.) All of that makes the vehicle look sleek.

I could also appreciate the edgy vortex wheels and the puddle lights that are a part of the power mirrors. When you lock the car, the mirrors automatically fold in to protect them from reckless drivers on narrow streets. But when you unlock the car, the mirrors unfold and the vehicle’s own logo, “Toyota C-HR,” appears lit up on the ground. It gives you some light, and some flash, before you even hop in.

Toyota CH-R

Source: (The LE model I tested) Courtesy of Toyota / Victoria Uwumarogie

Once you get inside, you might appreciate the 8-inch audio display with the Entune Suite and the Apple CarPlay app. The climate control system that’s featured also allows the driver and passenger to determine their own temperature settings, and it comes with a pollen filter to help with your allergies.

The multi-information display tells you everything you need to know while you’re on the road, including how far you have to go before you need to refuel, as well as the average speed you travel. The back also has 60/40 split rear seats in case you need more space for storage aside from just the cargo area. The inside of the car is glossy as well, with its buttery leather-trimmed steering wheel and satin-plated shift knob.

There are also some really clutch safety features. There is the standard pre-collision system that keeps you aware of the movements of other drivers and pedestrians. Automatic braking, also common, is a feature available in case for some reason you still remain unaware of your surroundings. There is also lane departure alert during inadvertent times of going in and out of lanes. Steering assist, like automatic braking, can take over when necessary to help the CH-R stay where it’s supposed to be.

In addition to that, there are also blind spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts, as well as automatic high beams, which helped me during a three-hour late-night drive through some truly dark roads in Indiana (that and the helpful outlets in the arm rest). When a car is approaching, the CH-R can switch on its own between high and low beams because it can detect the headlights of an oncoming vehicle up to 2000 feet away. Impressive, right?

If you’re looking for more, different models of the car (there is the LE, the XLE and the Limited) have additional fun features, including heated power mirrors and rain-sensing windshield wipers to keep you one step ahead of what mother nature has planned during your trip.

The 2019 Toyota CH-R, which starts at $21,145, to me, is a really a great car. There are some things that could be improved upon, including the rear seat space, but overall, it is a smooth drive with a stylish look and good fuel efficiency. It is also the perfect car for tallies like me, who don’t want to stand out too much on the streets, but don’t mind making quite the impression on the road.

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