2018 Toyota C-HR Review Jun 19, 2017 by Jet (Driver Weekly)
Take a look at the latest Toyota lineup and you will notice a new model: the 2018 Toyota C-HR. The crossover sports a fresh look for the reliable automaker and an unusual naming convention. Let’s take a look and see if the C-HR has the power and features to match the edgy appearance.
The C-HR stands for “Compact High-Rider” or “Coupe High-Rider.” That being said, it has four doors instead of two like most coupes and actually sits lower to the road than you might expect. While the C-HR doesn’t necessarily seem like a coupe or a high-rider, it is aesthetically pleasing with an edgy and distinctive style and precision-cut lines. The standard 18-inch Sport alloy wheels are vortex-styled for some extra flair, and every model comes standard with halogens for the headlights and taillights. They are complimented by cluster LED Daytime Running Lights for extra visibility. In addition to those halogen taillights, the rear of the C-HR also features a cantilevered rear spoiler to add to its aerodynamics and style. Those in search of standing out will appreciate the optional R-Code paint treatments, including Radiant Green Mica.
Under the Hood
The C-HR uses a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that works together with a CVT to deliver 144 horsepower. Front-wheel drive is standard, and given the model’s design cues, the fact that it is the only drivetrain seems like a lack of forethought. However, the C-HR excels in terms of efficiency, delivering 27 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway. There is also a sport-tuned suspension for extra fun while driving.
Sitting Inside the C-HR
When you get inside, you won’t be able to help but notice the diamond-inspired interior look while your hands appreciate the premium leather-trimmed steering wheel. This is a standard feature complemented by the satin-plated shift knob. Dual-zone automatic climate control also comes standard. Those in search of increased amenities can select the available heated front seats, while everyone will find themselves taking advantage of the C-HR’s 60/40 rear seats. The interior technology is just as abundant as the other features, including the option of the Smart Key System with Push Button Start and a standard 4.2-inch Multi-Information Display. You also get a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen with high resolution to connect your devices with ease and access apps.
Excellent Safety Features
The C-HR comes standard with the latest version of Toyota Safety Sense P, meaning drivers are always entitled to full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control, a pre-collision system featuring pedestrian detection, lane departure alert featuring steering assist, and automatic high beams. To make the model even safer, Toyota also includes all the expected advanced technologies optionally, including Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Monitor. Standard safety includes an impressive ten airbags and the Star Safety System.
Standard interior and safety features are worth the MSRP, but we’re not impressed with the lack of powertrain options and aggressive but confused styling. This compact crossover is a stylish successor for the Toyota Matrix that seems aimed at younger buyers who want a bold look but a boring choice.