Toyota C-HR Vs. Subaru Crosstrek

By Justin Cupler | April 11th, 2019

Small crossovers don’t have to be boring, and the 2019 Toyota C-HR and 2019 Subaru Crosstrek are great examples of this. That said, the C-HR and Crosstrek cater to different buyers in the Waukegan area. Which is better for your family? Find out here.


The Toyota C-HR debuted in 2018 as a spinoff of the Scion C-HR concept. With the youth-focused Scion brand now defunct and the C-HR concept receiving such a warm welcome, Toyota folded it into its lineup. In 2019, the C-HR carries the same coupe-like look that gives almost a performance-crossover look. It will grab plenty of eyeballs in the parking lot and stop light, so make sure you’re ready for the extra attention.

The Subaru Crosstrek has been around for a while, but it received the typical Subaru blink-and-you’ll-miss-it redesign. It’s hard to spot all the changes Subaru made to the Crosstrek, but a close look shows an all-new nose, headlights, taillights, bumpers, and more. Because it was such a subtle redesign, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek looks dated next to the C-HR, but there are pockets of buyers who prefer this simpler look.

In terms of size, the 2019 C-HR is significantly smaller than the Crosstrek in every key measurable, making it easier to handle in tight spaces but more cramped inside.


Measurement 2019 Toyota C-HR 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Difference
Length 171.2 inches 175.8 inches -4.6 inches
Width 70.7 inches 71 inches -0.3 inches
Height 61.6 inches 62.8 to 63.6 inches -2 to -1.2 inches
Wheelbase 103.9 inches 104.9 inches 1 inch
Ground Clearance 5.9 inches 8.7 inches -2.8 inches
Curb weight 3,300 pounds 3,113 to 3,726 pounds -426 to +187 pounds


Advantage: 2019 Toyota C-HR

  • Smaller and easier to handle
  • Sporty, eye-grabbing looks

Advantage: 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

  • More traditional styling
  • Standard alloy wheels


Inside, the 2019 Toyota C-HR is a bit more toned down but not much. The cabin boasts a dash-top 8-inch touchscreen, loads of piano black touches, an angled-post steering wheel, stubby gear shifter, diamond-shaped easter eggs, and more. It really does a great job of combining some of the wildness of the outside without getting too dramatic.

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is what it is. Subaru cabins are stylistically simple so they work for a broader range of buyers. Everything is right where you would expect it to be, and surprises are virtually nonexistent.

The features list for the base C-HR LE is surprisingly long and includes an 8-inch touchscreen, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, and much more. The Crosstrek comes back with its standard Android Auto, which the C-HR doesn’t offer at all, but its base trim otherwise lacks features relative to the Toyota.


In the interior space department, the larger and more traditionally shaped Crosstrek is larger than the C-HR in virtually every measurement. The big differences are in front shoulder room, rear legroom, rear hip room, and max cargo capacity.


Measurement 2019 Toyota C-HR 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Difference
Front headroom 38.1 inches 39.8 inches -1.7 inches
Front legroom 43.46 inches 43.1 inches +0.36
Front shoulder room 49 inches 56.7 inches -7.7 inches
Front hip room 52.97 inches 55.1 inches -2.13 inches
Rear headroom 38.3 inches 38 inches +0.3 inches
Rear legroom 31.7 inches 36.5 inches -4.8 inches
Rear shoulder room 52.5 inches 55.6 inches -3.1 inches
Rear hip room 48 inches 55.2 inches -7.2 inches
Cargo room (behind rear seats) 19 cubic feet 20.8 cubic feet -1.8 cubic feet
Cargo room (rear seats folded) 36.4 cubic feet 55.3 cubic feet -18.9 cubic feet


Advantage: 2019 Toyota C-HR

  • Fun interior design
  • More standard tech

Advantage: 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

  • Tons more seating room
  • Larger cargo area
  • More tech features on the top end


Neither the 2019 Toyota C-HR nor the 2019 Subaru Outback is a performance vehicle. The C-HR uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 144 horsepower and tugs this sporty-looking crossover to 60 mph in 11 seconds. The 2019 Crosstrek’s standard engine is also a 2.0-liter engine but with 152 horsepower. With this four-pot, the Crosstrek scoots to 60 mph in 9.2 seconds.

The 2019 Crosstrek sets itself apart with a hybrid model that produces 148 total horsepower and has a 17-mile electric range. While the horsepower is lower, the Crosstrek Hybrid’s instantly available torque puts its 0-to-60 time at 8.3 seconds.

The C-HR lacks all-wheel drive — it is only available in front-wheel drive — making it an on-road crossover only. The Crosstrek is on the other end of the spectrum with its all-wheel-drive-only setup, which pairs with 8.7 inches of ground clearance to make this a true off-road crossover without compromising on-road confidence. Towing also falls to the Crossover with its 1,000- to 1,500-pound capacity. Toyota does not recommend towing with the C-HR.


2019 Toyota C-HR 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Difference
Engine 2.0-liter 4-cyl 2.0-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 144 hp at 6,100 rpm 152 hp at 6,000 rpm -8 hp
Torque 139 lb-ft at 3,900 rpm 145 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm -6 lb-ft
Standard transmission CVT 6-spd manual
Optional transmission
Driveline FWD AWD
0-60 time 11 seconds 9.2 seconds +1.8 seconds
Towing capacity Not recommended 1,500 pounds +1,500 pounds
MPG City 27 mpg 23 to 27 mpg 0 to +4 mpg
MPG Highway 31 mpg 29 to 33 mpg -2 to +2 mpg
MPG Combined 29 mpg 25 to 29 mpg 0 to +4 mpg
Optional engine
2.0-liter boxer-4
Engine horsepower
137 hp at 5,600 rpm
Engine torque
134 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm
Electric motor
Permanent magnet AC synchronous motor
Motor horsepower
118 hp
Motor torque
149 lb-ft
Total system horsepower
148 hp -4 hp
0-60 time
8.3 seconds +2.7 seconds
Towing capacity 1,000 pounds +1,000 pounds
Electric range
17 miles
MPG-e on electric
90 mpg-e
Charge time on 120 volts
~ 5 hours
Charge time on 240 volts
~ 2 hours
MPG City
MPG Highway
MPG Combined
35 mpg +6 mpg


Advantage: 2019 Toyota C-HR

  • Better base fuel economy
  • Sportier handling

Advantage: 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

  • Significantly quicker to 60 mph
  • Higher peak fuel economy
  • Legit off-roader

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Toyota C-HR has just three trim levels: LE, XLE, and Limited. Their starting prices range from $20,995 to $26,050.


There are four trims in the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek lineup — 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Limited, and Hybrid — and prices range from $21,895 to $34,995.

2019 Toyota C-HR Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LE: $20,995

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electric power steering
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Sport, Normal, and ECO modes
  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Aerodynamic rear lower diffuser
  • Color-keyed sport front and rear bumpers
  • Projector-beam halogen headlights with automatic-on/off
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Color-keyed outside door handles
  • Color-keyed, heated, power outside mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Black lower-grille insert
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Entune 3.0 Audio with App Suite
  • Six-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Scout GPS Link
  • 2.1-amp USB port
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • 4.2-inch multi-information display
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Urethane steering wheel
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Leather-trimmed shift lever with satin-plated shift knob
  • Cloth sport seats
  • Six-way manual front seats
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Power windows with one-touch up and down
  • Cargo cover
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Rearview camera
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure alert
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Full-speed adaptive cruise control
  • Hill-start assist
  • Electric parking brake
  • Brake hold


XLE: $23,030

  • All LE features, plus
  • 18-inch vortex-style wheels
  • Touch-to-unlock door handles
  • Mirror-integrated puddle lights
  • Auto-folding mirrors
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Keyless ignition
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert


Limited: $26,050

  • LED fog lights
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Red rear bumper garnish
  • Piano-black B-pillar
  • Chrome window trim
  • Entune 3.0 Audio Plus with App Suite
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM
  • Leather seats with sport bolsters in front

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Key Features and Pricing by Trim

2.0i: $21,895

  • 2.0-liter boxer-four engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • Active torque vectoring
  • Electric power steering
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Multireflector halogen headlights
  • Roof spoiler
  • Black, power mirrors with folding
  • Body-color door handles
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Black roof rails
  • Wheel arch body cladding
  • Daytime running lights
  • Keyless entry
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • Four-way manual passenger’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down front windows
  • Cruise control
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Manual climate control
  • STARLINK 6.5-inch Multimedia infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Pandora and Aha internet radio
  • 6.5-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Four-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • USB port
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Rearview camera
  • Antitheft security system


2.0i Premium: $22,895

  • All 2.0i features, plus
  • Fog lights
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with orange stitching
  • Cloth upholstery with orange stitching
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Rear  cargo tray
  • Retractable and removable
  • STARLINK 6.5-inch Multimedia Plus
  • Yelp
  • iHeart Radio
  • Magellan GPS app
  • SiriusXM
  • Six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system
  • Automatic collision notification
  • SOS emergency assistance
  • Enhanced roadside assistance
  • Maintenance notifications
  • Monthly vehicle health report
  • Diagnostic alerts
  • Remote lock/unlock
  • Concierge services


2.0i Limited: $27,195

  • All 2.0 Premium, plus
  • Continuously variable transmission with paddle shifters
  • X-MODE
  • Hill-descent control
  • 18-inch black alloy wheels with machined finish
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Six-way power driver’s seat
  • Leather-wrapped gear shifter with orange stitching
  • Leather upholstery with orange stitching
  • 6.3-inch color multifunction display
  • Keyless access
  • Keyless ignition
  • PIN pad unlock
  • Automatic climate control
  • STARLINK 8-inch Multimedia Plus
  • 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Dual USB ports
  • HD Radio
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-departure and sway warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Blind-spot detection
  • Reverse automatic emergency braking
  • Automatic high-beam headlights


Hybrid: $34,995

  • All Limited features, plus
  • Permanent magnet AC synchronous motor
  • 18-inch lightweight, high-strength alloy wheels
  • Low-profile roof rails
  • Blue contrast stitching

Who Should Buy the 2019 Toyota C-HR?

Looking for a sporty crossover that won’t cost an arm and a leg? The 2019 Toyota C-HR is the perfect option for you. Sure, there are compromises that come with it, but it still provides decent passenger and cargo room.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek?

For buyers seeking a more traditional crossover, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek will check all the boxes. Even fuel economy goes in the Crosstrek’s “win” column, especially in the Crosstrek Hybrid.


Ready to zip through the streets of Waukegan in the sharp-looking 2019 Toyota C-HR? Head to Garber Fox Lake Toyota today to put the 2019 C-HR through its paces in the McHenry area. If you can’t make it to our Toyota dealership serving the Waukegan and Crystal Lake areas today, you can check out our online inventory to see what 2019 C-HR models we have in stock. Armed with the C-HR that suits your needs, you can stop by our Waukegan Toyota showroom to test drive it at your earliest convenience.