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Got my 2019 XLE a few months ago, and the bad outweighs the good, unfortunately.
I was coming out of a much nicer car (2018 Ford Escape Titanium) so I expected a few let-downs based on missing features (heated seats, automated parking, foot-operated tailgate, remote start app, etc.)
But, the car gave me even more grievances than I expected.

Things I love:
- the Blue Flame color - almost entirely why I bought it. Still makes the purchase worth it.
- The funky styling has been calling my name since the car was first released
- C-HR logo projected on the ground is fun, despite being pointless.
- The auto-folding mirrors, especially being able to close them in a drive-thru just in case I get too close to a bollard or wall.
- Apple CarPlay is a bit smoother than it was in my Ford.

Things that I dislike:
* Nowhere to put ANYTHING inside the car.
- door pockets are too shallow
- the center console box is too far back
- there was room in the center shifter console for pockets, but they elected to make it a sculptural element
- nowhere to put a phone mount (the air vent fins are too thick, and the most common car-specific solution places your phone in front of the entire climate control)
* The multi-information display in the speedo has the worst setup of any car I have ever seen. I'm coming from a 2018 Ford Escape, and ALL of the Ford models are MILES ahead of Toyota in terms of logical displays.
- there's plenty of screen space to display 4 or more pieces of information, the setups they force are painfully minimal and useless with no customization options.
- the screen blanks out completely to remind me that LDA isn't available every single time I go under 32 mph. changing the small LDA icon from green to white would have sufficed.
- the screen blanks out completely to show me a little graphic of the car in front of me every single time one enters or leaves my radar range. could be handled with a smaller graphic.
- way too many screens to scroll through to put it into sport mode every time I restart the car and no physical button for sport mode.
* Safety features are obnoxious
- LDA doesn't understand exit ramps or lane creation, which Ford's system was guilty of as well. BUT the Ford used vibration in the steering wheel instead of constant shrill beeping.
- when I have a heavy object in or leaning against the passenger seat or a passenger has recently gotten out of the car, I have to fasten the passenger seatbelt on the empty seat or face the rage of the seatbelt reminder klaxon.
- can't lock the doors while the car is running?? That means I can't leave my puppy in the car with the AC running while I slip into the store for a quick purchase. even when my puppy isn't in the car, sometimes its nice to let the AC keep going while you are going to be away from your car for 2-3 minutes and I am just not comfortable leaving my running car unlocked when I cannot see it.
- can't lock the doors while one of them is open. I have to wait for all of my passengers to close their doors before I can walk away from mine, otherwise, I have to go digging in my pocket for the fob.
- can't open the hatch without the entire car unlocking, and then there's no touchpad to relock the car from the hatch. I have to walk back to the front door or dig for my fob.
- if you open a door before turning off the car, once you turn the car off a continuous beep begins and does not stop until that door is closed and locked. that is completely unnecessary.
- I was frustrated with my Ford because, in heavy rain, the collision avoidance system would stop working - a point in time when you need it most. I thought the Toyota system would be better because of the higher sensor. instead, the C-HR loses collision avoidance in both rain and high heat situations. I live in texas. Almost every day this summer it has been several minutes before the sensor cools down enough to be functional.
* The front bumper lip is too far forward. I know I'm coming from an SUV, but previous to the Escape I have driven nothing but severely lowered compact cars. I'm dreading lowering the C-HR because at the stock height I already have to enter slopes at an angle to avoid bottoming out the lip.
* the low-quality fabric of the headliner feels like a dryer sheet and is already snagged.
* SO MUCH MORE CABIN NOISE than my Escape. the first time I took it through a carwash, the sound of the water spraying the roof and doors was remarkably deafening.

Personal gripes that probably won't apply to / bother most other people:
* a 6-speed manual would have made this slow car more fun to drive. they offer one in the new Corolla hatch (same engine, same global platform), why not the C-HR?
* My insurance rate is $40 higher per month in this car - despite having 100 less horsepower and a $10,000 lower MSRP. I blame the Toyota badge for that inconsistency.
* the selection of non-cosmetic aftermarket parts is almost non-existent. other than the ridiculously styled and expensive TRD body kits, most of what is available is pointless, stick-on, fake carbon fiber cosmetic pieces.
* the availability of knowledge from individuals who have modified the C-HR platform is nearly non-existent. It seems I will mostly be blazing my own trail as I modify this car.
* the absence of adaptive guidelines on the rearview camera has destroyed my reverse parking skills. with the Escape, I was perfectly centered, perfectly straight, every single time. My first few parking jobs with the C-HR were reminiscent of a drunk driver with no rearview camera. they are still pretty bad sometimes, 3 months later.

In the end, I miss my 2016 Ford Focus ST1 most of all, but after I traded it for the 2018 Escape I missed having a "fun" car so badly that the C-HR is definitely worth this lengthy list of gripes. but, if something happens to the C-HR and I have to go shopping again, I won't be looking at the C-HR again.
 

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Thanks for a very comprehensive review. I currently drive a 2014 Corolla but considering a switch to the C-HR and would appreciate your opinion on its power response. I'm aware it's slower than most cars — even perhaps a Corolla — but how has been your personal experience having driven it for a few months. Do you find it frustratingly slower while picking up at stop lights or acceptable.
Sorry, just seeing your post. The power response still leaves a lot to be desired. You learn to anticipate your opportunities to place your car into an open spot in traffic. I tell everyone that the C-HR is a car Toyota only half completed. The car should have come with the engine being used in the recently updated Corolla HB. There's really no excuse for this major oversight especially since the suspension was dialed in on the Nurburgring. At the very least give us a 6 speed manual option which the overseas markets get.
 

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power is lacking ,i have yet to try sport mode .maybe a little more power there .??
From what I gather, sport mode only makes the throttle more responsive. There is also some speculation that the electric power steering stiffens up a little. There is no gain in horsepower as far as I have seen. There is a Youtube video which clocks how fast our C-HR gets to 60 with and without sport mode. It's the same.
 

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My dislikes...and likes

I've only had my 2019 C-HR for a week and coming from a pickup truck for past 14 years it is an adjustment for me.

Here are a couple things I'm not thrilled about so far...

* A truck? MVD in Arizona recognizes this vehicle as a 'truck'. Come on!! It's a stretch to call it a SUV. So clearly that cancels out any insurance I thought I might have been saving on. So that's more of a Toyota issue vs. vehicle issue, but still not happy about it.

*The driver door window sill is too high for me. I'm used to resting my arm on it (especially when the window is open) but given my short stature it makes it hard to rest it comfortably on there.

*No cigarette plug up front (previously mentioned). I need it to plug in my car charger/holder unit and having to run the charging wire backwards from the dash to the console is not good. Especially since I have an iPhone so I need to use the USB if I want to use car play. The mount is important given the limited space.

*Volume differences....depending on whether I'm using blue tooth or Apple CarPlay, playing music off my phone is not the same in terms of volume.

*Storage space is non-existent (as previously mentioned). Trying hard to downsize and buy different types of organizers (i.e. back seat pocket). Not much room in the back but I knew that when I made my decision to buy.

*Small tank. Yes the mpg is nice coming from a truck that was averaging around 18 mpg. But in a week I drive just a little more than 300 miles so having to put gas in more than once a week is going to get old fast.

* Doors not locking.

* The tiny cubby hole next to the USB plug. They would have been better off putting in more plugs instead. My phone doesn't fit in it.

What I'm loving so far...

*The color (blue) is by far my favorite. I liked the red but the blue just pops.

*Satisfactory power for a 2.0L. We (wife and I) immediately noticed a difference between this and the Honda HR-V (which took the Honda out of the running).

*Folding mirrors. Nice addition

*Interior technology. It's an upgrade from my older pickup. I had blue tooth for phone and added a wireless blue tooth to my auxiliary jack in my last vehicle, but this is way nicer.

*I do like the safety features like the LDA (and cruise control vehicle space thingy...). I also like how the rear camera has a sharp image.
Blind spot on mirrors. Very nice.

The jury is still out on....

* 'Hold' button. I don't live in the city so I've used it a little, but not enough to get used to using it. But I can see how this can be useful.

Overall I do like the vehicle and as I mentioned it's an adjustment period for me. I'll either adjust or not, but I will give it more time than I did when I went from a truck to a sedan (for 3 months) several years ago. At least I don't feel it is as low to the ground as the Accord was.

Good thread. Nice to see what others think of their 2019.
 

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It's interesting you felt the C-HR is faster than the HR-V. All published numbers for the HR-V has been in the 8.6 second range to 60 MPH. The best number I've found for the C-HR to 60 is 10.5 seconds with many places saying the number is 11 seconds. That's quite a bit slower than the HR-V.
 
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Yeah I mean it wasn't substantial by any means but my wife and I drove both on different days. I doubt something like altitude (7K above sea level) had anything to do with it, but the Toyota felt more responsive. We are Honda lovers so it was a disappointment but we also felt the road noise was also more prominent on the HR-V. Maybe psychological, maybe my wife just likes the look of the C-HR better lol.

Thanks for the feedback. I respect and appreciate your input.
 

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so tried sport mode now .it is indeed more peppy .better throttle response for sure .only fail is you have to select it every time you want to use it .big fail on toyota`s part there .
 

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so tried sport mode now .it is indeed more peppy .better throttle response for sure .only fail is you have to select it every time you want to use it .big fail on toyota`s part there .

Tried sport mode, also. Has much more acceleration from stand still or when needing to pass. Yes, a switch or button would be great to select drive modes.
My RAV4 - even with a slightly bigger engine sucks at acceleration. I think that it is due to the 4-speed tranny (2010) .


* as for noise, the C-HR rides much quieter than my 2010 RAV4 :smile2:
 

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Sport mode doesn't change the overall slowness of the car. It does make the throttle response more sensitive which will give the impression there is more power. For those that want to add a Sport mode button, here's a video where someone actually has made a custom one:


And here is a video showing how slow our cars are even in Sport mode:

 
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Thoughts after one week

New to this forum so I'll share my thoughts after one week:

Likes:

  • As others have said, the color blue is beautiful, although I notice once it dries and starts to get dirty it loses the "metallic shine" it has after a wash or when wet.
  • High seating position. This is probably the main reason I got the C-HR over my other choice, a Honda Civic Hatchback, and it's great!
  • Ride quality and handling, very smooth and fun to zip around town.
  • Acceleration, having no trouble so far getting up to speed or passing cars on the highway. I wonder if Toyota made some adjustments between the early versions and this one since so many reviewers complained about this.
  • Digital speedometer. All cars should have this. Comes in handy when going through a 15 MPH school zone.
  • Proximity key. Very surprised at how much I like this. Love walking up to the car and just grabbing the handle to unlock and open. And I like how the folding mirrors let you know its locked.
  • Auto brake hold. I live in an area with train crossings and bridge openings so this is a must-have feature. So nice to be at these areas and have my foot off the brake while I wait for a train or boat to go by. Also excellent when you hit a lot of red lights.
  • A/C is great, gets cold fast.
  • Overall fit and finish seems really good. Feels like a very stable, high quality car for a low price. A lot of value for what you pay.
Dislikes:

  • The car seat felt great on the test drive but now in daily driving I'm not in love with it. There is very little thigh support and the cloth feels too clingy, like I'm velcroed to the seat (hard to move around). My last car had leather seats which were much more comfortable and easier to move in so next time I'll probably go back to leather. Although a friend told me the cloth seats might start to feel better after a few months.
  • Steering wheel also seemed ok in test drive but now I find it too hard and thin. Wish it had the thicker leather wheel found on other cars. Maybe I can get a cover somewhere?
  • Another thing about the steering wheel, it's only a three spoke design. My last car had a four spoke design so I could rest my hand in the bottom center to steer in casual driving. I really miss that.
  • My left knee keeps hitting the hard side of the door under the window controls and this is annoying. I need to see if a changed seating position will solve this otherwise I may need to attach a soft pad there.
  • The sound quality of the radio is not great for some reason and the sound adjustments don't seem to help that much. Oddly enough the sound from my phone through an AUX cable sounds better. I have six speakers but the radio sound is flat, like I'm not getting true stereo. Maybe I need to break in the speakers?
  • As others have said the amount of storage is too small. No sunglass holder up top Toyota? That was a big oversight.
  • The transmission shifter knob bothers me a little. On my last car the switch was on the side of the knob so I could use my thumb to shift into drive, etc. but on the C-HR the switch is in the front of the knob so I need to use my fingers. For some reason this hurts my fingers.
  • Lack of a sunvisor extension is another poor oversight.
  • Oh, and lack of Android Auto is a BIG dislike. I could have waited a few weeks to get a 2020 model that has it but I got a big discount on a 2019 and I actually like the front end on that more than the 2020.
Jury is still out on the outward visibility. So far it hasn't been an issue, probably because I'm not one of those drivers who looks over their right shoulder when turning right or changing lanes. I've always used the mirror and the blind spot warning helps a lot.

I should say that so far all of my dislikes are not deal breakers and I really like the car. But if these things still bother me after a year or two I may get something else.

And my MPG after one week of mostly highway driving (including stop and go traffic jams) is right around 30 MPG.
 

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base model or xle fl-guy? mind me asking what you paid?


to add to your thoughts on the stereo .i often wonder myself is this in stereo? does nobody add a stereo light no more that lights up when in stereo mode?
 

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I got an XLE for $22,800 OTD, which is about what TruCar predicted (actually their price didn't include taxes so I guess the actual price for the car was about $21,300).

I suppose if I waited a few more weeks when the 2020's arrived I could have saved more but I'd be taking a chance the 2019 blue color C-HR's would be gone.

Also, my car had some extras like paint sealant, phone cables and premium Toyota care.
 

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I got an XLE for $22,800 OTD, which is about what TruCar predicted (actually their price didn't include taxes so I guess the actual price for the car was about $21,300).

I suppose if I waited a few more weeks when the 2020's arrived I could have saved more but I'd be taking a chance the 2019 blue color C-HR's would be gone.

Also, my car had some extras like paint sealant, phone cables and premium Toyota care.
we paid 21,900 for our xle ,then got a 1500.00 dollar factory rebate .we were still upside down on our trade so add in about another 2100.00 to pay that off .

we got the blue as well ,and toyota care for 2 years or 25 thousand miles .bought extended warranty to cover us until 125 thousand miles or 5 years .


we drive alot ,small town here ,everythings a drive .we put about 20-25 thousand a year on our daily driver .
first toyota .traded in a 2014 kia rio hatch ,good little car but once it hit 100 thousand it started using oil .reason unknown we maintained it meticulously .
 

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Hate the infotainment system for 2019 model but 2020 get android auto and apple car play because people with the previous models complained.... There should be a free upgrade of the infotainment system. And I think if enough people complain then they might do something about it.
 

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- can't open the hatch without the entire car unlocking, and then there's no touchpad to relock the car from the hatch. I have to walk back to the front door or dig for my fob.
Update: I found a little rubber "nipple" to the right of the hatch release that locks the car : happy dance :
 

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Toyota C-HR is my best car, I love it. I bought this car 4 months ago and I am delighted. By the way, once I was buying a used car and faced a problem, scams wanted to cheat me and sell a stolen car. In order to avoid such problems, always check vin and car history. Here is a great website www.quickppsr.com.au/vin-check
 
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