2019 Subaru Crosstrek VS 2019 Toyota C-HR Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

June 5, 2019

Crossover SUVs are popular here in Utah, and it's easy to see why! They give you the city-friendly performance and nimble handling you expect from a car, but add the higher seating and improved versatility of an SUV. The Subaru Crosstrek is as close as you can get to the platonic ideal of a crossover SUV, thanks to its standard AWD, exceptional quality, and off-road capability. It's much better suited to life in Salt Lake City than the similarly-priced 2019 Toyota C-HR. Want to know more? We've taken a look at how these two compare below. Once you've seen the difference, head to Nate Wade Subaru for a test drive.

Cargo packed into a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek, with a cargo cover obscuring it from prying eyes.

Subaru Crosstrek vs Toyota C-HR: Interior Space & Capacity

Crossover SUVs are known for their small footprints, and the Subaru Crosstrek is no exception. However, it has made excellent use of its interior volume, giving you 100.9 cubic feet of passenger space and 20.8 cubic feet of cargo volume. The 2019 Toyota C-HR, on the other hand, has just 83.8 cubic feet of passenger space and 19 cubic feet of cargo volume.

Need a little more space for cargo? The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek comes standard with roof rails. If you want roof rails on the Toyota C-HR, you'll have to pay extra.


Two people in a Subaru Crosstrek; the passenger reaches for the touchscreen to start up an app.

Subaru Crosstrek vs Toyota C-HR: Tech and Comfort Features

When it comes to your comfort, Subaru gives you more features for less money. Heated front seats are standard on all but the entry-level Subaru Crosstrek; to get them in the Toyota C-HR, you'll have to upgrade to the top-of-the-line trim, costing you much more. You can also get an available 8-speaker Harman Kardon audio system in the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek; six speakers are the most you'll find in the Toyota C-HR.

Are you one of the millions of people who use an Android device? If so, staying connected will be harder in the 2019 Toyota C-HR. While it comes with Apple CarPlay™, Android™ Auto is not available. You'll find both are standard in the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek.

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Close-up of a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek, showing its wheels as it drives on a dirt trail.

Subaru Crosstrek vs Toyota C-HR: Performance

Taking a look at the two engines in these vehicles, the first thing you may notice is that the Subaru engine is more powerful: it generates 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque, while the engine in the Toyota C-HR generates 144 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. However, the difference is even bigger than that. The 2019 Crosstrek is powered by a SUBARU BOXER® engine, compared to the inline engine in the Toyota. The BOXER® engine gives the Subaru Crosstrek better balance, a lower center of gravity, and a smoother ride with decreased vibrations.

Want to explore the great outdoors of Utah? Subaru is better for that, too. The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and 8.7 inches of ground clearance. You can get AWD on the Toyota C-HR, but it's a more expensive upgrade. What's more, the standard 5.9 inches of ground clearance mean you might scrape obstacles the Subaru could tackle with ease.


A 2019 Subaru Crosstrek drives down a wet highway, splashing water as it goes.

Subaru Crosstrek vs Toyota C-HR: Safety

In addition to making it great for exploration, the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive also gives the Subaru Crosstrek extra safety. This is because it gives you extra traction, even when road conditions aren't great. It's one of the many ways Subaru works hard to take care of your safety--but you don't have to take our word for it. The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek its most prestigious award, the 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award. The 2019 Toyota C-HR, on the other hand, got no IIHS awards at all.


Close-up view of the headlights on a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

Subaru Crosstrek vs Toyota C-HR: Driver Assist Technology

You'll find impressive driver assist features on both of these crossover SUVs. However, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek offers Reverse Automatic Braking. This is a feature that you won't find on any Toyota C-HR. You'll also find available Steering Responsive Headlights on the Subaru Crosstrek--another feature lacking on the Toyota C-HR.

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Why Choose Subaru?

You've already seen how the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek compares to the 2019 Toyota C-HR, but there's so much more that makes Subaru the natural choice for your Utah lifestyle. The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive that comes standard on most Subaru models makes them perfectly suited to an outdoor lifestyle of fun and exploration. Subaru has also been Kelley Blue Book's Most Trusted Brand for five years running, so you can be sure that your Subaru will last you a long time. What's more, Subaru is a company that truly cares. In addition to being the country's first Zero-Landfill automaker, Subaru encourages its dealerships to make their local communities better places.

As America's oldest exclusive Subaru retailer, Nate Wade Subaru has a long history of carrying on this way of life. We're part of the Subaru Eco-Friendly Retailer Program, and have also earned the 2019 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award. This means that we've been recognized for our exceptional customer service and our commitment to the community. We partner with local organizations like KUED and the Huntsman Cancer Institute the National Ability Center and Utah Food Bank to help make this happen. And of course, we also have a great selection of new Subaru models available for purchase or lease. We look forward to seeing you at 1207 South Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek2019 Toyota C-HR
$21,895Starting MSRP*$21,145
All-Wheel DriveDrivetrainFront-Wheel Drive
152Horsepower144
145 lb-ftTorque139 lb-ft
8.7 InchesGround Clearance5.9 Inches
100.9 Cubic FeetPassenger Space83.8 Cubic Feet
20.8 Cubic FeetCargo Volume19 Cubic Feet
55.3 Cubic FeetMax Cargo Volume36.4 Cubic Feet
StandardAndroid Auto CompatibilityNot Available
33 Highway - 27 City (MPG)Fuel Economy (Automatic Transmission)31 Highway - 27 City (MPG)

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.