Review and Test Drive: 2018 Toyota C-HR

By Jonathan Spira on 19 July 2018
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Unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the Toyota C-HR keeps everyone guessing what C-HR might stand for. In introducing the car, Toyota said the name was derived from both Compact High Rider and Cross Hatch Run-about, but that really doesn’t matter.

What does matter is that it has a distinctively funky exterior and a solid cabin design. Toyota says it’s based on what it refers to as a Sensual Speed Cross design concept, where sensual represents “eye-catching details,” Speed covers the “sleek” body, and Cross infers the “powerful suspension” of an SUV.

The C-HR is powered by a 2.0-liter four banger that develops 144 horsepower and is available in front-wheel drive versions only. Shifting is accomplished via a continuously variable transmission. It’s limited on the infotainment side but will satisfy those focused on safety, with many driver assistance technologies.

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If you’re wondering why it doesn’t look like its Toyota brethren, the answer is simple: it was originally slated to be a Scion, before that brand’s demise (hence the less conservative design).


The C-HR is available in three trim levels, LE, XLE, and XLE Premium.  The XLE Premium, which would be our pick, comes with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, keyless start and entry, fog lamps, and sports seats.

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