2021 Toyota C-HR

Rating7.3

Ranked #10 in Subcompact Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$21,445 - $26,500

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Key Spec of 2021 Toyota C-HR
fuel economy

-

fuel type

Regular unleaded

horsepower

144 hp @ 6100 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

2021 Toyota C-HR Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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With an aggressive styling with sporty elements and a feature-packed cabin, Toyota hits the track with its all-new C-HR that is a serious contender for all the good one may hope for. With affordability and reasonable multi-facet stature, the 2021 Toyota C-HR comes at a starting price of $21,595 which may increase a bit by some $5,000.


ProsConsWhat's New

Fuel efficiency

Rear Seating Arrangement

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 along with advanced safety features is offered as a standard

Safety aids

Performance curve

Nightshade Edition 

Enticing Design 

No available AWD

Over All Rating

7.3

Out of 10

Pricing and Features8.00
Engine and Performance6.40
Fuel Economy8.40
Interior6.60
Exterior7.00
Safety8.00
Competition8.00
Notable Rankings

#10 in Subcompact Suv

#18 in Suv


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Trims

LE$21,445 onwards

  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Heated mirrors
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite, Radio

XLE$23,480 onwards

  • 18-inch machined w/painted accents aluminum Wheels

Nightshade$24,245 onwards

  • 18-inch black aluminum Wheels

Limited$26,500 onwards

  • Driver and front passenger heated-cushion
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather Seat trim


Colors and Styles

2021 Toyota C-HR in Blue Eclipse Metallic color
Blue Eclipse Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The C-HR is available majorly in three trims with no variation in their powertrain units yet it manages to offer some better upgrades for this year in the safety and exterior outfit departments. The realm of this SUV is challenged by the likes of Chevrolet Trax, Hyundai Kona, and Honda HR-V and it would be as interesting as ever to gauge if its safety prowess and reliability would be enough to counter others.

2021 Toyota C-HR SUV Front View
2021 Toyota C-HR SUV Rear View

Features

With the 2021 model year of the C-HR, Toyota has offered 3 trims namely, LE, XLE, and Limited starting from $21,595 with an added edition of Nightshade which has black-accent all around from top to bottom. The LE has been given high value in terms of comfort and ambiance temperature as it gets Dual-zone front climate control and high-cushioning seats. Moreover, the 8.0-inch touchscreen display and 6-speaker audio system have also been embedded inside the cabin as normal. The XLE furthermore seems to add touches like the leatherette on the steering and shifter.

Trim

LE

XLE

Nightshade Edition

Limited

MSRP (FWD)

$21,595

$23,630

$24,395

$26,650

Key Features

Dual-zone front climate control

Adds/upgrades from the LE

Adds/upgrades from XLE

Adds/upgrades from XLE

 

Adaptive cruise control

Keyless ignition

Blacked-out exteriors

Leather seats

 

Cloth seats

Leather steering wheel

18-inch black painted-alloy wheels

Heated front seats with power driver lumbar

 

Satellite radio

18-inch alloy wheels

 

Blindspot monitoring

 

6-speaker audio system

USB connection

   
 

8.0-inch touchscreen display

     
 

Safety Sense 2.0

     
 

17-inch steel wheels

     

The highly packed Limited trim is even more impressive as it tends to get power-adjustable seats with a heating function in the enclosure. Not just that, the safety features like Blindspot monitoring and Adaptive cruise control come inherent in it. The ultimate wheel setup of 7" x 18" Sport Alloy wheels holds the Limited which can further be blacked-out to be strikingly dark for the Nightshade Edition whereas the LE has a smaller version of 17-inch steel wheels attached to the axles. Thus, it is easily one of the most featured SUVs in the market.

Which Trim should you buy?

Considering all aspects at once, the 2021 Toyota C-HR Limited appears to be the logical one among the siblings. It has all the basic comfort with power assistance and heating along with bigger wheels for a more muscular road appearance. All these with just an increment of $5,000 is worth giving attention to. Moreover, the leather upholstery reaches another level in this trim as compared to the other two which lack it more than expected. Hence, without a doubt go for the Limited. 

Engine and Performance
6.4/10

Under the hood of the 2021 Toyota C-HR lies a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine which churns out a modest 144 hp and 139 lb-ft of maximum torque. There are no powertrain options provided by Toyota. The engine is mated to a CVT gearbox and comes with a front-wheel-drive as standard which also can’t be upgraded to either AWD or 4WD.

2021 Toyota C-HR SUV Takes 11s to reach 0-60 mph speed

Talking about accelerations, the C-HR does the sprint from 0-60 mph in 11.0 seconds which is pretty slow considering the segment. It even has slower quarter-mile timings with 18.4 seconds. All in all, its CVT may allow gliding past in the city with easy gear shifting but is evidently sluggish for its acceleration.

Models

2021 Toyota C-HR

2021 Chevrolet Trax

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Honda HR-V

MSRP

$21,595

$21,400

$20,500

$21,020

Engine

2.0-liter Naturally Aspirated inline 4

1.4-liter Turbocharged inline 4

2.0-liter Naturally Aspirated inline 4

1.8-liter Naturally Aspirated inline 4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

Continuously variable-speed 

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

Continuously variable-speed 

Power (hp @ RPM

144 @ 6,100 RPM

138 @ 4,900 RPM

147 @ 6,200 RPM

141 @ 6,500 RPM

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

139 @ 3,900 RPM

148 @ 1850 RPM

132 @ 4,500 RPM

127 @ 4,300 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

11

9.3

9.2

8.6

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

18.4

17.1

16.3

16.5

Top-Speed (MPH)

112

116

99

116

Hyundai Kona has slightly more power than what the competition has on offer, with Honda and Toyota being very similar in terms of engine specs, the fortune places the Chevy at the last. But the real-world performance is quite different. It is surprising to see the Hyundai Kona and Chevy Trax perform similarly to each other in 0-60 mph runs yet lag behind the obvious Honda HR-V that is the quickest, taking 8.6 seconds. On top of that, the Trax is capable of outclassing all except the Honda with its top speed of 116 mph as well. 

How well does the 2021 Toyota C-HR handle?

The Toyota C-HR is quite a heavy machinery except that it achieves reasonable steering response and feedback along with undulation dampening by the combination of front strut and rear multi-link suspension. The Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering keeps the driver’s effort at the lowest for easy maneuvering but because of its sheer weight, the front diving while hard braking becomes obvious and inevitable.

The sensor-packed frame allows one to have a grasp on the surroundings with the Blind-Spot Monitor and other collision mitigation features. Moreover, the driving experience is also a plus point in its narration as the panel and cabin both negate the vibration. However, it is important to note that the weight with such Bodystyle increases the risk of body roll. Fortunately, that has been taken into consideration by Toyota.

Braking Performance

Toyota has developed an adequate braking system for the C-HR. With 11.8-inch front discs and 11.1-inch rear discs, it takes 133 feet to stop from 60 mph which is decent but not the best. Moreover, disc ventilation has also been incorporated into the design which can keep continuous hard braking a viable possibility. Additionally, the 4-wheel ABS, Brake Assist, and Electric Parking Brake are also there for extra inches of assurance. 

Models

2021 Toyota C-HR

2021 Chevrolet Trax

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Honda HR-V

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

11.8

N/A

12.0

11.5

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.1

N/A

11.2

11.1

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,300

3,124

2,890

2,906

60-0 (feet)

133

121

129

114

As per data, Honda HR-V steals the show with an impeccable braking performance in comparison to others in the segment coming to a halt in 114ft while the Chevy Trax comes in a close second taking 121ft. Even though the Hyundai Kona is the lightest it still gets outmatched by the heavier rivals, probably because of its undermarked weight distribution throughout the platform, meanwhile, the Toyota C-HR seems to be the least whelming for what it offers.

Fuel Economy
8.4/10

The EPA has been very kind to the 2021 Toyota C-HR and has rated the same with 27 MPG for the city, 31 MPG on the highways, and a combined rating of 29 MPG. The underpowered engine with the CVT system and the front-wheel drivetrain has made it possible for the C-HR to achieve such exceptional figures. Coupled with a relatively smaller fuel tank of 13.2 gallons, the combined range stands at 382.8 miles which is quite manageable but confines its practicality and worthiness with respect to others. 

Models

2021 Toyota C-HR

2021 Chevrolet Trax

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Honda HR-V

MPG (City)

27

26

27

28

MPG (Highway)

31

31

33

34

MPG (Combined)

29

28

30

30

Tank Capacity (Gallons)

13.2

14.0

13.2

13.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

356.4/409.2/382.8

364.0/434.0/ 392.0

356.4/435.6/ 396.0

369.6/448.8/ 396.0

Both Honda and Hyundai do a good job in the competition in delivering a higher fuel economy than their Toyota and Chevy counterparts, especially in the highway mileage averaging 33 and 34 MPG, respectively. The Chevy Trax might be on the lower side when it comes to efficiency but has a slightly larger fuel tank that can hold 14-gallons of fuel to compensate for the lost MPGs as it gives some extra 10 miles on a daily basis and ranges close to the segment leaders.

Interior
6.6/10

The Toyota C-HR interior is in the middle of extremities with a decent list of features for comfort and convenience. The seats are nicely cushioned with high-bolstering. The feel might not be impressive with cloth-trim and plastic panels inside it for lower-tier but that changes to sport-leather finish in the highest trim with power-flexing.

2021 Toyota C-HR SUV Front Seats

In addition to that, the Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning maintains the temperature threshold, and heat recirculation in the seats assists for the same but in the reverse temperature meter. The egress and ingress are not at all a matter of contention irrespective of row seating.

Models

2021 Toyota C-HR

2021 Chevrolet Trax

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Honda HR-V

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.1/49.0/43.5

39.6/54.1/ 40.8

39.6/55.5/ 41.5

39.5/56.8/ 41.2

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.3/52.5/31.7

38.8/52.8/ 35.7

37.8/54.5/ 34.5

38.3/54.5/ 39.3

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

19.1

18.7

19.2

24.3

Apart from the Toyota C-HR, the other three SUVs offer a practical cabin with plenty of space for all the possible 5 passengers. The front row is very much commendable for the spaciousness with the C-HR but it is the second row where the differences come into light with exceptionally cramped legroom. On the other hand, the Honda HR-V has the most balanced cabin with ample rear room and is followed by the Hyundai and Chevy counterparts. For cargo capacity as well, Honda leads the path but this time Toyota is not that far behind from the sight with its 19.1 cubic feet of volume. 

A few of the standout features of the interior are:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Leather seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Driver seat power lumbar support
  • Keyless ignition

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The infotainment system on offer in the C-HR is very intuitive which encloses an 8.0-inch touchscreen that is pretty sensitive and easy to operate with no glaring at all. The listening rhythm is taken care of by the 6-speaker audio unit and Bluetooth Connectivity.

2021 Toyota C-HR SUV Infotainment System

One has those advanced voice recognition and hands-free phone capability along with Amazon Alexa compatibility for abuse. Moreover, as standard, the infotainment comes equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, SiriusXM, dual USB ports, and a lot more. On the whole, one should be content with what is being offered at such a price tag. 

A few of the important infotainment features are:

  • 8.0-inch touchscreen display
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • SiriusXM
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • USB and Bluetooth connectivity
Exterior
7.0/10

The 2021 Toyota C-HR is simply mouthwatering in its appeal. The sleekness in those large LEDs along with the black-accented grille on the front fascia gives that breezing appearance. The fender takes a hemispherical bulge over the 7" x 18" Sport Alloy wheels which is apt as per its side view.

2021 Toyota C-HR SUV Front Angle View

The body lines right from the front to rear flowing over the door panels look continuous with no abruption at all. The lip spoiler in the rear is married to the curviness on the power liftgate and the couple is no less than an eternity. Not just for look basis, but the spoiler is equally capable of generating enough downforce which is kind of a must for such silhouette dynamics.

Models

2021 Toyota C-HR

2021 Chevrolet Trax

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Honda HR-V

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,300

3,124

2,890

2,906

Length (inches)

172.6

167.6

164.0

170.4

Width (inches)

70.7

69.9

70.9

69.8

Height (inches)

61.6

64.9

61.0

63.2

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.9

6.2

6.7

7.3

Wheelbase (inches)

103.9

100.6

102.4

102.8

Toyota offers a heavier and lengthier SUV and that too with lower ground clearance, all of which only direct us towards its compromised stability around the corner. It is no debate that it will be leaning heavily when taking a steep turn followed by hard braking. The others are fairly better as far as weight transfer and distribution is concerned. The Hyundai Kona is reasonably compact among them and shares a podium with the HR-V but the latter becomes more practical without any compromise inside the cabin’s spaciousness despite that compactness.

A few of the key exterior features are:

  • Striking color options
  • Sharp LED headlights, DRLs, and taillights
  • 18-inch optional wheels
  • Sunroof (Optional)
  • Heated mirrors
  • Keyless entry
Safety
8.0/10

If you are someone who prioritizes safety, then the 2021 Toyota C-HR will impress you. Toyota has updated the safety features with the Safety Sense 2.0 which adds a lot of additional safety features like lane-departure warning and pedestrian detection. The list goes on to include other advanced readiness and alertness as well with the Pre-collision safety system, Post-collision safety system, and Adaptive Cruise Control for maintaining safe distance gaping. Apart from these, the C-HR has reference structural resilience as it was rated 5-stars by the NHTSA which is laudable. But it doesn't end there as the IIHS also rated it with a “Good” marking in every major category along with the “Top Safety Pick” title.

A few of the important safety features are:

  • Adaptive headlights
  • 4-wheel ABS with traction control
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Emergency braking assist
  • Pre-collision safety system
  • Post-collision safety system
  • Self-leveling headlights
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Pedestrian detection
Competition
8.0/10

2021 Toyota C-HR vs 2021 Chevrolet Trax

The Trax is a better value for money with better real-world performance, better EPA ratings, better braking performance, and a slightly spacious rear row.

2021 Chevrolet Trax

However, it has dull exterior looks when compared to the Toyota and does not pack a lot of features as the latter, and by that, it means the updated driver assistance features. Overall, the C-HR gives far better insurance of safer hauling while the Trax is cost-effective for daily purpose needs.

2021 Toyota C-HR vs 2021 Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona is better in almost all categories than the C-HR and does pack some very interesting features along with a more spacious cabin.

2021 Hyundai Kona

Except for safety and top speed parameters, the C-HR will prove to be a blow to your pocket. Be it economy, performance, range, or seating comfort, the Kona squeezes C-HR and swiftly passes it. Thus the lever would prefer to sway towards the Hyundai corner.

2021 Toyota C-HR vs 2021 Honda HR-V

The Honda HR-V is the most popular in its segment and offers more of everything that consumers want. The HR-V has been on the market for a longer time than the C-HR and has a lot of advantages over the C-HR like a more comfortable cabin, best mileage in the segment, and has a higher cargo capacity.

2021 Honda HR-V

The C-HR may take a lead when it is about road presence and safety but then it comes down to you at the end whether it is looks or practicality that matters. As far as our end is concerned, it is certainly HR-V.

Final Verdict

If you crave sharp design language, a host of safety features, tough build quality, a well-designed cabin with a lot of features, and a decent fuel economy then the 2021 Toyota C-HR is something you should consider. However, one should not be too negligent with all this chaos that he/she completely ignores the practicality which can be better found in the HR-V and Kona. Thus, it should not be your very first preference. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$24245

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

121 cu in

horse power

144 hp @ 6100 rpm

torque

139 lb.-ft. @ 3900 rpm

transmission

CVT

dimensions
length

172.6 in

wheelbase

103.9 in

width

70.7 in

curb weight

3300 lbs

Height

61.6 in

Ground Clearance

5.9 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

86 cu ft

cargo volume

37 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

27/29/31 mpg

highway range

409.2 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.