2018 Toyota C-HR
- The Toyota C-HR is an all-new model
- Sporty handling makes it fun to zip around turns
- Comes standard with plenty of features, including advanced safety
- Swoopy styling helps it stand out
- Unlike on most rivals, all-wheel drive isn't available
- Even in this slow class, acceleration is lethargic
- Navigation, satellite radio and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto not offered
- Pervasive road and engine noise in the cabin
2018 Toyota C-HR pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which C-HR does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3 / 5
It's no secret that Americans don't buy hatchbacks and station wagons en masse anymore. But the last two decades have revealed that people really like them if they ride a bit higher, have optional all-wheel drive and look more like an SUV — i.e., a crossover. The outrageously successful Toyota RAV4 is a prime example, and now Toyota is hoping you'll have a similar affinity toward the all-new 2018 Toyota C-HR.
The C-HR is smaller and more affordable than the RAV4. In fact, it was originally developed for Toyota's now-defunct Scion brand, which largely explains the C-HR's flamboyant styling and sporty handling. These two key attributes, along with the extensive list of standard safety features, are the main reasons to consider the C-HR in our opinion.
Notably, we picked the 2018 Toyota C-HR as one of Edmunds' Best Small SUVs for this year.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Toyota C-HR comes in just two trim levels, though you do get a lot of standard features on both. The well-equipped base XLE comes loaded with just about everything the C-HR has to offer. Stepping up to the XLE Premium involves a relatively modest price bump and adds a few more luxury and safety features. Though there are no stand-alone factory options, a number of dealer-installed accessories are available, including a roof rack and cargo storage solutions.
Every C-HR is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (144 horsepower, 139 pound-feet of torque) matched to the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Standard features on the XLE include 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights with automatic high-beam control, LED daytime running lights, a rear spoiler, remote locking and unlocking, a driver information display, adjustable driving modes, a rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, height-adjustable front seats, a 60/40-split rear seat, a cargo cover, a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker audio system with HD radio and a USB port. Several advanced safety and convenience features are also standard, including traffic-adapting cruise control, brake hold at stoplights, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning and intervention.
Upgrading to the XLE Premium trim gets you foglights, keyless entry and ignition, power-folding mirrors, heated front seats with two-way power lumbar for the driver, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
Noise & vibration2
Ease of use3
Getting in/getting out3
Child safety seat accommodation3
Audio & navigation2.5
Most helpful consumer reviews
2018 Toyota C-HR videos
this is the Toyota CHR it's a subcompact made to transport five people get good fuel economy and look pretty stylish - question is what happens if it were a race car with 600 horsepower rather than just build a show car Twitter and partnered DG spec wanted to build a race car that actually works that goal meant a thorough reengineering of the car from racing slicks brakes and suspension to a replacement of the stock engine and CVT with a more durable engine and 5-speed manual transmission both built to withstand upwards of 600 horsepower the low front splitter and massive rear wing can create as much as 300 pounds of downforce so much that the team had to add bracing to the lift gate so it wouldn't warp under the load the interiors been stripped down to bare metal there's a roll cage but there are no front windows as Racing prepared as a CHR maybe there's only one in existence and we aren't the only people driving it today so there are some warnings to preserve the lifespan of the drivetrain the engine wasn't making full power and we were told to shift delicately and smoothly we couldn't go full throttle in first or second gear and there would be someone supervising us from the passenger seat and talking to us on the radio and we'd only get one lap [Music] it's like my 72 Chevy c10 so I just got out of the art tooned Toyota CHR and the thing that you don't realize about driving a car like this is it's just sensory overload the thing doesn't have windows it's really loud inside you've got somebody talking into your ears through a through your radio and there's so much to take in at once it's kind of weird driving position you're up a little higher but the steering is doesn't have a lot of feel but it's very quick and the car is moving very fast you know we're down a lot less in terms of horsepower versus the 600 horsepower they say it makes in like full race kill mode they have it a lot lower because they have a lot of people like me cycling through and they don't want to grenade the engine but still like I'm comfortable with where it's at for my first lap here at big willow there's a lot of tire on that car and a lot of braking capability on that car so it's being confident enough to approach those limits and learning how to approach them this is a car that has downforce a so they learn how to trust that and know what that feels like and it's one of the situations we have to go fast or in order to stick harder to the ground I'm not even approaching those limits yet they're saying this thing can do you know upwards of 150 and to turn eight here at big willow which is an absurd amount of speed and I wasn't even anywhere near that because it's a unique driving experience versus a traditional car one of the things if keep in mind is I'm shifting very gingerly because this is essentially a stock transmission it's been treated in a couple ways to make it stronger and more durable but the skier set is almost like what you get in a standard Scion tC so with that my shifting is not something you just bang the gear because that's how you break the transmission and likewise with clutch you see it to be very smooth because they're relying on a lot of Oh a hardware that can't with standard was not designed to withstand 600 horsepower and you know drivers like myself cycling through it over and over and over again overall a really cool experience and I hope we get to go back out again soon [Music] if you like what you see here hit subscribe or check out more on engine YouTube channel
Driving the Race-Prepped, 600-Horsepower Toyota C-HR R-Tuned
What does it take to turn the subcompact and fuel-efficient Toyota C-HR into a race car? That's what Toyota sought to find out with the C-HR R-Tuned. Built by Toyota partner DG-Spec, this car is no longer a friendly commuter — it now sports as much as 600 horsepower and 300 pounds of downforce. To prove its credibility, Toyota invited Edmunds Senior Writer Carlos Lago to Willow Springs International Raceway for a closer look and a brief test drive.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite C-HR safety features:
- Full-Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
- Maintains a set distance between the C-HR and the car in front while cruise control is active. Can bring the C-HR to a complete stop.
- Pre-Collision System
- Warns the driver when it approaches an object in front too quickly. Automatically applies the brakes to prevent or reduce potential impacts.
- Lane Departure Alert w/ Steering Assist
- Alerts the driver if the C-HR wanders out of its lane. The C-HR is guided back to the lane if the adaptive cruise control system is active.
Toyota C-HR vs. the competition
2018 Toyota C-HR
2018 Honda HR-V
Toyota C-HR vs. Honda HR-V
These two subcompacts line up neatly, even with the format of their names. Neither will wow you with acceleration, but the HR-V is available with a six-speed manual transmission that makes it a more interesting driving choice for some. Along with slightly better fuel economy, the HR-V also offers available all-wheel drive and a lot more cargo space thanks to its clever folding rear-seat design.
Toyota C-HR vs. Mazda CX-3
The CX-3 may not stand out as much as the C-HR, but its classy styling looks more mature. It's also a little more enjoyable to drive. It has sportier handling, and its engine and transmission are more responsive than the C-HR's. The edge on fuel economy also goes to the CX-3, but only by a smidge. On the downside, the CX-3's cargo space behind the rear seat is among the tightest in the segment.
Toyota C-HR vs. Ford EcoSport
The EcoSport is Ford's new subcompact crossover SUV. Its turbocharged engine should make the EcoSport feel more powerful around town compared to the C-HR. Cargo space behind the rear seat is the same for both, but the EcoSport has more with the seats folded. While the EcoSport has slightly worse fuel economy, it is available with all-wheel drive and an easier-to-use infotainment system that offers superior phone integration.
2018 Toyota C-HR for Sale
The 2018 Toyota C-HR is a subcompact crossover that brings bold styling and sportiness to a segment typically defined by a low cost of entry and fuel efficiency. Its as-new starting price is notably higher than rivals, but a lengthy list of standard features helps justify the cost. While most Toyotas are offered in multiple trims, the C-HR is available in two well-equipped levels. This makes sense considering the C-HR was originally developed for Toyota's Scion brand (which typically sold vehicles in just one trim). There are no factory options aside from a two-tone exterior paint scheme that Toyota calls R-Code.
The 2018 Toyota C-HR is offered in XLE and XLE Premium trims. The base XLE boasts a high number of standard features, including dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen and HD radio. Toyota's Safety Sense P suite of driver aids comes with every C-HR and consists of a forward collision warning system with emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning and intervention. Most of these systems are only available on rivals in their top-trim configuration if they are available at all.
The XLE Premium doesn't cost much more and adds heated seats and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, along with a few other upgrades. We think the XLE Premium is the C-HR to get because the price premium is low relative to the features it adds. Blind-spot monitoring in particular is a desirable feature since the C-HR has wide rear pillars and small windows, which create significant blind spots.
The C-HR's sporty handling gives it a distinctive advantage over many competing subcompact crossovers. There's also enough headroom in the front for 6-foot-plus drivers, and its unique exterior and interior styling gives it an edge. However, there are several missing features that may discourage the younger buyers who Toyota is trying to court with this vehicle. There's no way to get leather or a sunroof on the C-HR, and features such as navigation, satellite radio and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto are not available.
Despite its comparatively high price and baffling exclusion of modern technology options, the C-HR is a great choice if you want a subcompact crossover that marches to its own beat. Use Edmunds' shopping tools to configure, price and find the perfect 2018 Toyota C-HR for you.
2018 Toyota C-HR Overview
The 2018 Toyota C-HR is offered in the following submodels: C-HR SUV. Available styles include XLE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), and XLE Premium 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT).
What do people think of the 2018 Toyota C-HR?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Toyota C-HR and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 C-HR 3.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 C-HR.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Toyota C-HR and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 C-HR featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
What's a good price for a New 2018 Toyota C-HR?
2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Premium 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
The 2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Premium 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,752. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Premium 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $2,702 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,702 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$23,050.
The average savings for the 2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Premium 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is10.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Toyota C-HR XLE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
The 2018 Toyota C-HR XLE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,168. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota C-HR XLE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $2,643 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,643 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$21,525.
The average savings for the 2018 Toyota C-HR XLE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is10.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 1 2018 Toyota C-HR XLE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
Which 2018 Toyota C-HRS are available in my area?
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Toyota C-HR?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.