2018 Toyota C-HR: Everything You Need To Know

The 2018 Toyota C-HR raises the bar on design to give an astonishing all-new model subcompact SUV that targets the young and hippy.

It has so much in common with the “coupes” with its raked roofline, four doors and raised beltline.

Despite the bold design, this ride does not offer all-wheel-drive, just front-wheel-drive, thus defeating the crossover label.

Nonetheless, the C-HR makes use of a new platform from Toyota, the same one that produced similar successes in their latest auto releases.

Exterior


The C-HR’s expressive design sports a hatch back, a rising window line, high stance, 18-inch alloy wheels and a unique curving character line along the C-HR’s body.

Moreover, the front bumper, large rear spoiler, rounded tail lamps, and triangular faux vents out back are certainly a part of the sporty disguise that makes the C-HR stand out.

The exterior is structured around the same Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) that underpins current Prius models.

Love or hate, this design demands a second look.

Interior


The roomy and comfortable interior is unlike Toyota and much to the critic’s dismay.

On the rear bench seat, three people need not squeeze as with other compact cars, plus there is ample leg room.

Fold those back seats flat, and you can fit in 768 cans of Red Bull in the cargo space. There are equally plenty of places to store smaller items.

The seats are pretty basic, but soft enough and well-built to be comfortable on a long drive.

The dashboard is unlike the expressive exterior design and could have been better designed.

The dashboards electronics feel a little antiquated with only one USB port and a 7-inch touchscreen which merely shows digital audio and a hands-free phone interface.

Engine and performance


Once behind the wheel, the disappointment in the C-HR’s cabin electronics is lost.

The car drives solidly, with engine, transmission, steering and suspension all working in harmony.

It gets a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder DOHC engine mated to Toyota’s new CVTi-S continuously variable automatic transmission that simulates seven gears.

The engine makes 144 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque, and it gets an EPA estimated 27 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.

These numbers are modestly sporty at best and It does seem as though there’s room to improve on those numbers.

Still, when the going gets bumpy, the C-HR delivers a taut yet fairly comfy ride compared to many subcompact SUVs.

Standard features

The C-HR comes standard with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is not available.

It also features power and heated side mirrors, a rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch touchscreen, HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, and voice recognition.

Unfortunately, smartphone integration tech (such as Apple CarPlay or Android Auto) and Navigation isn’t available either.

2018 Toyota CHR Safety Features

Toyota is all about safety and the C-HR doesn’t disappoint. It sports the Toyota Safety Sense suite, which includes pre-collision alert with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.

The rearview camera, hill-start assist, rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring are all in place for both driver and pedestrian protection.

2018 Toyota CHR Pros and cons


Pros

  • Adventurous design
  • Steady handling makes it fun to ride
  • Safety features are top notch

Cons

  • Navigation is not available
  • All-wheel drive isn’t available
  • The speed and fuel consumption need improvement

2018 Toyota CHR Specs


  • Engine: 2.0-liter DOHC turbo inline 4
  • Power: 144 HP at 6,100 RPM / 139 lb-ft at 3,900 RPM
  • Transmission: Continuously Variable Transmission with intelligence and Shift mode (CVTi-S) with seven simulated gears in Sequential Shitfmatic mode
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • Curb Weight: 3,300 lbs
  • Seating: 5
  • MPG: 29 combined / 27 city / 31 highway
  • Alternatives: Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Kia Soul, Nissan Juke
  • Passenger Volume:102.8 cu ft

2018 Toyota CHR Price & Release date

The C-HR comes in two trims: XLE and XLE Premium. The premium trim adds things like heated front seats and a push-button start.

For $25,395, the XLE Premium can be purchased while the XLE comes at $2000 less ($23,545).

The US should get the C-HR in the spring of 2017.

The Verdict

Nissan has its Juke, Honda has its HR-V, Mazda has its CX-3, and now Toyota has its C-HR.

This crossover has arrived fashionably late, and it stand out from the automotive crowd with an athletic profile, wide stance and muscular style.