Toyota released the C-HR back at the end of 2016 in Europe and a few other markets around the World. However, the US market only received the car as the 2018 Toyota C-HR a few months back. Despite being late, the US model is not all that different from the those found in the other markets. This means the C-HR remains a quirky-looking crossover and that’s about it. However, let’s take a closer look at it and see what Toyota missed. For starters, the C-HR is not really a crossover as it is a car. It is based on the same TNGA architecture as the Prius. Thanks to that, it features a low center of gravity and it is relatively light. A fully equipped car will usually weigh the same as a similarly equipped hatchback which is quite impressive.
2018 Toyota C-HR Review
However, not everything is great with the C-HR. If we leave the design aside, the car is basically using the same underpinnings as the Prius, including the same running gear. This means it isn’t exactly sporty to drive.
In fact, the C-HR is one of the more comfortable crossovers in its class which is quite impressive. It also drives relatively well, but in a composed manner rather than a sporty one.
One of its big drawbacks has to be the brakes which are merely adequate for this price range. Luckily though, the C-HR is quite affordable. It starts at just $23,500 and it goes up from there. However, this is where most good things end.
The NVH level is just too high for this class. In fact, it feels like a far cheaper car from inside the cabin. This is mostly due to the drone of the transmission which is otherwise not an issue in some of its rivals.
One of the main selling points of the 2018 Toyota C-HR is the way it looks. There is no denial about the fact the car looks great. In the front, it features Toyota’s latest corporate look with the big headlights and really slim grille.
The lower bumper features an intake similar to that of a sports car while the vertical air vents on the sides make the car seem quite a bit wider than it really is. When seen from the side, the coupe-like roof-line is quite visible. The sharp-looking glasshouse and the really large roof-spoiler make the car stand out.
The rear is a bit more unusual as it is more similar to the Prius than anything else. However, it actually blends it nicely with its design which is quite impressive.
While the 2018 Toyota C-HR is great on the outside, the interior not so much. The car is lacking in terms of technology or visibility. Due to its really aggressive window-line, the rear windows are far smaller than they should.
This means the rear passengers might feel claustrophobic inside which is not a pleasant feeling. On top of that, the rear has far less space than its rivals and the trunk is quite small due to the roof’s rake. Luckily the front seats are more comfortable than some would expect.
Unfortunately, the biggest problem remains the car’s set of features. The infotainment system is slow and it features a low-res screen. On top of that, the materials are not really on par with the rest and the layout of the dashboard is more similar to a car released 10 years ago than a new one.
Engine and Specs
The US version of the 2018 Toyota C-HR features just one engine choice. This is a 2.0 liter naturally aspirated inline-four gasoline unit which is good for 144 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque.
This is an engine sporting port fuel injection, so it is not that efficient with just 28 to 29 MPG on average. All of its power is routed to the front wheels via a CVT gearbox which is slow and noisy. Unfortunately, an all-wheel-drive system is not available. On top of that, Toyota is offering the C-HR with two additional engines in Europe.
|2018 Toyota C-HR||Test results|
|0-60 mph||11 sec|
|0-100 mph||33.8 sec|
|0-110 mph||48.6 sec|
|Top gear 30-50 mph||5.5 sec|
|Top gear 50-70 mph||7.5 sec|
|Top Speed||115 mph|
None of these is available in the US which is surprising considering there is a real demand for hybrid cars here as well. We do hope that at least next year they will decide to release at least one more engine option for the C-HR.
2018 Toyota C-HR Price
Toyota offers C-HR in two levels of equipment:
|Mini Cooper Countryman||$26,900|
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