Toyota C-HR gets new headlights, grille for 2020
'Poor' headlights prevented the 2019 model from earning Top Safety Pick honors.
Toyota has revised the popular C-HR for the 2020 model year, making a few adjustments to the front end.
The refresh introduces new designs for the headlights, bumper, grille and spoiler, complemented by a new 17-inch wheel design for the LE grade and unique 18-inch alloys for the Limited grade.
Dismal headlight performance was the only issue preventing the 2018-2019 C-HR from achieving a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Toyota is apparently among many automakers struggling to achieve strong results in the IIHS headlight tests, despite having a few years to review the IIHS evaluation protocol.
The IIHS rated the outgoing C-HR's halogen projector headlights 'poor,' with inadequate low- and high-beam visibility. Shockingly, the high beams appeared to barely extend forward lighting beyond the low beams, which created "excessive glare" for oncoming drivers. The 2020 edition gains new LED headlights that resemble the 2019 Rav4's LED reflector units, which received a 'marginal' rating in the IIHS tests.
Aside from the front-end tweaks, the C-HR also gains standard Android Auto compatibility, new red and orange exterior colors, and a silver R-Code roof option. The Limited trim also benefits from adaptive auto-leveling front headlights and an eight-way power driver's seat.