2018 Toyota C-HR SUV

#18
in Subcompact SUVs
2018 MODEL

$22,500 - $24,350

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Overview

Compact crossovers are propping up everywhere like wild grass and Toyota is late to the hustle – with C-HR. What to do to make your presence felt when you are late? Yes, be wildly distinctive – the word that describes the 2018 Toyota C-HR styling. The creases, curves and layered surfaces run everywhere and everything scream “look at me”. Young extroverts will love it.

Young extroverts will also love the cool interiors with “Diamond Details” spicing up everything. However, friends of the extrovert owner will have to bear the claustrophobic rear seats as the wild styling has taken a toll on the outside visibility. The styling has also compromised available cargo space – far less practical than the Honda HRV.

The 2.0 Liter engine, however, fails to excite as much as the exteriors and same is the case with the ancient CVT. The 2018 Toyota C-HR surprisingly has outdated infotainment too without any provision for Android Auto and Apple Carplay. However, handling impresses and so does the fuel economy. The 2018 C-HR is only available in two trims – lower one retails at $23,495.

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Pros

Wild design

Even base model is feature packed

Driver-centric cockpit

Satisfying handling

Great fuel economy

Cons

Wild design

Mediocre engine

Claustrophobic rear seats

Boot not as large as the competitors

Base trim more expensive than rivals

What's New?

No significant changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22500

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

115 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu. in.

horsepower

144 hp @ 6100 rpm

torque

139 lb.-ft. @ 3900 rpm

transmission

cvt

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11.1 in. ventilated front disc/11.8 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

103.9 in.

length

171.2 in.

width

70.7 in.

height

61.6 in.

curb weight

3300 lbs.

ground clearance

5.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

83.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

19 cu ft.

towing capacity

6200 lbs.

payload capacity

835 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

11 sec.

zero to 100 mph

33.8 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

11.8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

18.4 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

174 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/29/31 mpg

highway range

409.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Toyota C-HR SUV in Silver Knockout Metallic color  2018 Toyota C-HR SUV in Ruby Flare Pearl color  2018 Toyota C-HR SUV in Radiant Green Mica color  2018 Toyota C-HR SUV in Magnetite Gray Metallic color  2018 Toyota C-HR SUV in Blue Eclipse Metallic color  2018 Toyota C-HR SUV in blizzard pearl color  2018 Toyota C-HR SUV in Black Sand Pearl color
Silver Knockout Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

6.4

Engine

5.4

Fuel Economy

8.4

Interior

5.9

Exterior

5.4

Driving

9.2

6.8

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Toyota C-HR SUV XLE

XLE

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$22,500

Configurations
XLE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: CVT
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (27/29/31)
Torque: 139 lbs.-ft. @ 3,900 rpm

 2018 Toyota C-HR SUV XLE Premium

XLE Premium

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$24,350

Configurations
XLE Premium 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: CVT
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (27/29/31)
Torque: 139 lbs.-ft. @ 3,900 rpm

Expert Review


carhp editor October 26, 2018

6.8

Overall Rating


6.4/10
Features

 

5.4/10
Engine

 

8.4/10
Fuel Economy

 

5.9/10
Interior

 

5.4/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Onne of the newest entrants to the Compact SUV market, the Toyota Coupe High Rise or C-HR is out to make a mark in the segment. Toyota C-HR's  2.0 Liter engine develops 144 bhp @ 6100 rpm and 139 pounds-feet of torque at 3900 rpm. The prices for the C-HR start at $23,495. C-HR's handling is impressive and so is the fuel economy. The 2018 C-HR is only available in two trims, XLE and XLE Premium.

Features

6.4/10

The Toyota C-HR`s intended audience tends to be confused. To address confusion in the intended audience, Toyota offers the C-HR in just two trims – XLE and the intuitively named XLE premium. These two trims are mechanically identical.

The base XLE starts at 23,495 – substantially higher than the competition (the HRV for example, starts at 19,570). However, the XLE trim is equipped as good as higher trims of competitors and that levels the playing field.

“Considering the XLE is equipped more like the mid-level models of its competitors, we think the prices are competitive against the likes of the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 and especially the Kia Soul, which we think is the C-HR's most direct competitor.” – Kelley Blue Book

The XLE trim gets Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P). You also get:

  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated backup camera display
  • Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel and shift lever with satin-plated shift knob
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system
  • Vortex-styled 18-in. Sport alloy wheels with P225/50R18 tires

Trim (MSRP)

XLE

($22,500)

XLE Premium

($24,350)

Features

 

7" Touch Screen Display

Adds Features from the previous trim and gives the following ones in addition

Auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated backup camera display

Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert

Dual zone automatic climate control system Smart key with passive entry and push-button start
Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel and shift lever with satin-plated shift knob Integrated Front Fog lamps
  Red Rear Bumper Garnish

Trim we recommend

Out of the C-HR XLE and C-HR XLE Premium, we will go for the XLE trim as it saves almost $1800 and has all the features that are genuinely useful. If you do spend $25,345 and splurge to the XLE Premium, you also get:

  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Fog lamps
  • Smart key with passive entry and push-button start
  • Sports seats with lumbar support

Engine

5.4/10

“The CH-R's styling promises a lot of sport, but this small crossover only partly delivers. It's fun and nimble when going around turns, but the engine's 144 hp and CVT don't move the CH-R with any sense of urgency. Driving uphill requires pinning the accelerator to the floor.” – Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The 2.0 Liter engine develops 144 bhp @ 6100 rpm and 139 pounds-feet of torque at 3900 rpm. These numbers are not bad among the competitors. However, in real-world, the C-HR feels lethargic and the archaic CVT elevates the distressing situation further. To excite things a bit, Eco, normal and Sport mode are offered but these are a mere gimmick

  Toyota CH-R XLE Honda H-RV LX 2WD Chevrolet Trax Mazda CX-3 Sport
Engine 2.0 L 4 Cylinder Naturally Aspirated 1.8 L 4 Cylinder Naturally Aspirated 1.4 L 4 Cylinder Turbocharged Engine 2.0 L 4 Cylinder Naturally Aspirated
Torque 139 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm 127 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm 148 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm 146 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm
Power 144 bhp @ 6100 rpm 141 bhp @ 6500 rpm 138 bhp @ 4900 rpm 146 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Transmission CVT 6 Speed Manual 6 Speed Automatic 6 Speed Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Acceleration

We don’t expect hot rod performance from bread and butter cars either but for practicality, a car must be able to merge with freeway traffic effortlessly. In the C-HR, you have to plan your maneuvers like an army general before merging with fast traffic or during overtaking. This is evident through acceleration figures of the C-HR:

Vehicle Toyota C-HR Honda H-RV Mazda CX-3 Chevrolet Trax
0-60 11 Seconds 8.6 Seconds 8.1 Seconds 9.3 Seconds
Quarter Mile 18.4 Seconds 16.8 Seconds 16.3 Seconds 17.1 Seconds

Clearly, the 2018 Toyota CH-R is far slower than the closest rival. A look at the powertrain reveals that the CH-R is powered well among the competitors. The outdated CVT may be the performance-sapping member of the powertrain.

Ride and Handling

After lackluster straight line performance, the handling capability of this car comes as a pleasant surprise. The front end has strut type suspension while the rear end has multilink suspension. Although the car understeers – expected in this segment, the steering feels alive in your hand and you get exact information of what the front tires are up to.

The ride is pliant and the car gobbles up potholes at low speeds with ease. Also, at higher speeds, the crossover feels surefooted and body rolls are controlled well. However, hitting road imperfections at higher speeds will send quivers through the body associated with noise.

Braking

Car Toyota C-HR Honda HR-V Mazda CX-3 Chevrolet Trax
70-0(ft) 174 feet 176 181 164
Curb Weight(lbs) 3300 2888  2952

 3208

Brake Front(in) 11.8 11.5 11.6 11.8
Brake Rear(in) 11.1 11.1 11.1 10.6

The C-HR comes with ventilated disc brakes on all four wheels. The braking performance is average among its peers. The car comes to a dead halt from 70 mph in 175 feet compared to the best in class 164 feet of the Chevrolet Trax.

The impressive performance of the Trax can be attributed to the large brake rotor size - 11.8-inch compared to the 11.5-inch or smaller rotors of the competitors. The Toyota C-HR too has 11.8-inch brake rotors but its higher weight lengthens braking distance. The pedal feel, although not the best, is linear.

Fuel Economy

8.4/10

This is the area where the sacrifice in acceleration really bears its fruit. The Toyota C-HR`s drive train – small 2.0-liter engine, CVT, and FWD configuration - are all geared towards extracting maximum from every drop of fuel.

The EPA rating implies a competitive fuel economy among rivals – 27 mpg in city and 31 mpg on highway for a combined rating of 29 mpg. However, in our comparison, the C-HR produced fuel economy figures that were comfortably ahead of the rivals. This is a definite USP in this segment

Car MPG (City/Hwy/Combined) Honda HR-V Mazda CX-3 Chevrolet Trax
MPG(City) 27 28 27 25
MPG(Highway) 31 34 32 33
MPG(Combined) 29 31 29 28

Interior

5.9/10

The first thing that you will notice about the interior is that it's comparatively sedating as your senses still struggle to absorb all the snazzy design features that the exterior exhibit. However, that’s relative. The interior has trapezoid details everywhere - Toyota calls them “diamond detailing” and they look kind of cool.

The interior of compact crossovers are mostly driver focused. The Toyota CH-R takes this even further – to the point of ignoring the rear passenger. This is not a car for you if you envision carrying four souls around in comfort.

“Quality materials and nifty design details make the C-HR’s cabin impressive at first glance. It’s let down by cramped passenger space, a lack of features, and poor outward visibility.” – Car and Driver

Seating and Comfort

The driving position feels like a cockpit as the car fits around the driver like a glove. All the controls are focused towards the driver. Most of the materials used in the interior are of good quality – typical Toyota. Faux leather used on the dashboard with simulated stitching looks premium.

However, there are huge blind spots – extending almost fully from B pillar to the C pillar – a side effect of the rising shoulder line and high mounted rear door handle. The steeply raked rear window further reduces the rear visibility.

The wild styling haunts the rear passenger even more as the rising window line effectively shuts the outside world. Claustrophobic peoples, stay clear away from those rear benches. Hoping of getting a sunroof to make things airy? Not on offer sir.

Interior Space

The C-HR has an adequate amount of cubby holes for the driver and front passenger. The door pockets are reasonable in size and the console box is spacious too. Again, Toyota has neglected the rear passengers as they just get miserly door pockets to stow their belongings in.

Everything in the C-HR is oriented towards the driver – often at a cost of comfort for rear passengers. The front seat leg room is one of the best in class. Rear passengers, after experiencing the horror of not being able to see those passing vineyards will be treated to subpar legroom too.

Interior Dimensions

Toyota has literally followed the word "Compact" for its Compact SUV, the C-HR and kept the dimesnions as compact as possible without compromising on the interior space. The Toyota does feel a bit cramped in the front row as compared to the competition but its decently spaced for the rear passenger. 

Car

Front Seat Passenger Space

(Headroom/Legroom)

Rear Seat Passenger Space

(Headroom/Legroom)

Toyota CH-R (38.1/43.5) (38.3/31.7)
Honda H-RV (39.5/41.2) (38.3/39.3)
Mazda CX-3 (38.4/41.7) (37.2/35.0)
Chevrolet Trax (39.6/40.8) (38.8/35.7)

Infotainment System

Everything in the 2018 Toyota C-HR is geared towards the millennials. Ironically, the infotainment system – a top priority for millennials – has been ignored. To begin with, you don’t get Android Auto and Apple Carplay or even an onboard Wi-Fi Hotspot.

What you get is a 7.0 touchscreen system with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a single USB port and an auxiliary input jack as standard. However, when it comes to touch responsiveness and GUI, CH-R is far better than the otherwise well accomplished Honda HRV.

The infotainment screen raising from the dashboard looks cool too and is better positioned as the driver does not have to remove his eyes from the road too much for viewing the screen.

Cargo Capacity

The side effects of the bonkers styling keep on coming and this time the victim is cargo volume. Although, not the least among competitors at 19 cubic feet, it's far less than segment leader HRV that offers 24 cubic feet. The C-HR only betters the CX-3 in cargo volume.

Car Trunk Volume (Cubic Feet)
Toyota CH-R 19
Honda H-RV 24
Mazda CX-3 12
Chevrolet Trax 19

Exterior

5.4/10

“Insect-like, angular, diamond-themed, or just plain weird, there's no shortage of opinion on the new C-HR exterior” – Kelley Blue Book

Exterior Dimensions

The Exterior is where the 2018 Toyota C-HR distinguishes itself from the others – a good thing as Toyota is late to the party. It seems like a samurai approached a fairly large piece of stone with a sword and got down with his business. There are wild cuts and creases where you least expect them and the protruding tail lights looks almost like a protruding crystal – obvious as Toyota calls it “precision cut style”.

Some will find it attractive, some will call it tasteless. However, it’s sure to attract attention. The CH-R is also among the longest and widest in its class. The low height and wild looks give it a compact look.

Vehicle Length Width Height
Toyota CH-R 171.2 70.7 61.6
Honda H-RV 169.1 69.8 63.2
Mazda CX-3 168.3 68.1 60.7
Chevrolet Trax 167.2 69.9 64.8

Exterior Features

The 18-inch “vortex” wheels are equally distinctive and the large cantilevered spoilers add to the drama. The steeply raked rear glass almost give it a coupe silhouette and the high, almost hidden rear door handle add to the 2 door coupe feel. Those who find this all a bit too dull can get the R-Code paint scheme for a white roof and rear view mirror.

Safety

The 2018 Toyota CH-R comes with most of the active safety features you expect from a car in this class. The active safety features in XLE trim comes bundled in Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P):

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD)
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA)
  • Automatic High Beams (AHB)
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)

The Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is only available in XLE Premium trim.

The crash test results for the 2018 Toyota C-HR is not yet available on the NHTSA or the IISH website. However, C-HR gets following passive safety features:

  • Driver And Front Passenger Advanced Airbag System
  • Driver And Front Passenger And Rear Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Front Passenger Seat-Cushion Airbag
  • Front And Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • 3-Point Seatbelts For All Seating Positions
  • Driver-Side Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR)
  • Automatic/Emergency Locking Retractor (ALR/ELR) On All Passenger Seatbelts

 

Competition

Toyota CH-R vs Honda HRV

The Honda HRV is definitely the most well-rounded contender. The largest boot, spacious rear seat and immense practicality of Honda Magic Seat make it far more practical than the C-HR. The HRV has got peppy engine too. However, the C-HR has more responsive and intuitive infotainment system. More importantly, some may find the C-HR far more stylish and exciting than the HRV and that’s good enough reason for many.

Toyota CH-R vs  Chevrolet Trax

The Trax is far more conservatively styled than the C-HR. The Trax also handles well, like the C-HR and has lackluster engine – like the C-HR. However, availability of Android Auto and Google Carplay decidedly tips the scale in favor of the Trax.

Toyota CH-R vs Mazda CX-3

The CX-3 is sharply styled and more importantly, is the go-to car for anyone looking for driving pleasure in their compact crossover. The CX-3 also affords more room for the rear passengers than the C-HR and has a livelier engine. The boot volume is compromised though.

Final Verdict

The US-bound 2018 Toyota C-HR - with its wild styling, engaging handling and fuel-efficient engine – is sure to impress the young singles. It also offers a host of features as standard. The interior is driver-focused and of good quality.

However, the Toyota C-HR is far from accomplished. Its rear seats are claustrophobic, outside visibility is compromised, engines lack punch and infotainment system is outdated. Many will find the styling a bit too busy. All in all, the 2018 C-HR is definitely distinctive but it lacks the everyday practicality that’s expected from a compact crossover and there is a lot to be desired.

However, if that “look at me” styling impresses you and you can live with its shortcoming, the 2018 edition of Toyota C-HR makes a decent daily driver for the city backed by the trust of Toyota brand. However, if lack of practicality haunts you, get a Honda HRV and feel safe.

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