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2018 Toyota C-HR Pricing

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pros & cons

pros

  • Sporty handling makes it fun to zip around turns
  • Comes standard with plenty of features, including advanced safety
  • Swoopy styling helps it stand out

cons

  • Unlike on most rivals, all-wheel drive isn't available
  • Can seem slow when accelerating to highway speeds
  • Navigation, satellite radio and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto not offered
Toyota C-HR 4dr SUV MSRP: $22500
Based on the XLE Auto FWD 5-passenger 4-dr 4dr SUV with typically equipped options.
EPA Est. MPG 29
Transmission Automatic
Drive Train Front Wheel Drive
Displacement 2 L
Passenger Volume 102.8 cu ft
Wheelbase 103 in
Length 171 in
Width 70 in
Height 61 in
Curb Weight 3300 lbs
Toyota C-HR 4dr SUV MSRP: $22500
Based on the XLE Auto FWD 5-passenger 4-dr 4dr SUV with typically equipped options.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Bluetooth
  • Trip Computer
  • Tire Pressure Warning
  • Pre-collision safety system
  • Multi-Zone Climate Control
  • Aux Audio Inputs
  • Rear Bench Seats
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Stability Control
  • USB Inputs
  • Auto Climate Control
  • Back-up camera
  • Fold Flat Rear Seats
  • Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel

Toyota C-HR 2018

2018 Toyota C-HR Model Review

For Edmunds Senior Writer Mark Takahashi, the all-new 2018 Toyota C-HR is not an easy car to review. Its flamboyant style, CVT and interior leave him conflicted. It's definitely not a fast car, hitting 60 mph at 10.6 seconds at the test track, making it the sixth slowest car we've ever tested. But Mark takes a close look at Toyota's subcompact crossover SUV, from its styling to drive to interior. Watch the video to see his verdict.

Transcript

MARK TAKAHASHI: Sometimes we get cars that roll through here that are really easy to evaluate. Is this one of them? No. This one was tough. This one kept me up at night. This is the 2018 Toyota CH-R, originally designed as a Scion. So it's got a little more of edginess, a little more youthful spirit to it, and I like it. I don't love it, but I like it, and here's why. It's got this nice wrap around edge-to-edge, headlight-to-headlight thing going on. It's a little lower. It's a little more hatchback sportiness, all sorts of that stuff going on. The bummer for me up front, at least though, is this chin spoiler. It's really low, and it tends to scrape on driveways and parking blocks. For that reason don't think of it as a subcompact SUV. Think of it as a raised hatchback. On the side, this is where things get really cool. It's really scooped out. It's got all these surface treatments here that thin it out and make it look sportier and lighter. Unfortunately, and we'll get to this later, there's no such thing as speed with this. Another thing I really like is the white roof. It really works with this body style. It's got a coupe look to it, because these door handles are way up high and almost hidden, really easy. You do have to dip your head down quite a bit to get past the sloping roof line though. In the back, there's a lot of surfaces, really, really big tail lights that jut out from the bodywork. It all works to me, and I'm really kind of attracted to this car. I wasn't expecting to be. Prices for the CH-R start right around $23,000 for the base XLE trim. This is the XLE premium, which is about $25,000. For the extra $2,000 you get things like power-folding mirrors, which honestly, I don't think really makes sense on a car this small. Heated front seats, blind spot monitor, rear across traffic alert, fog lights, probably not worth the extra $2,000 when you consider that it's already pretty affordable. Regardless of what trim you go with, they all come with this, the two-liter, four-cylinder engine puts out 144 horsepower. Those numbers are right in there with the competition, but it really doesn't use power as well as the rivals. The EPA estimates this at 29 miles per gallon combined. That's two miles per gallon less than the competition. However, it is easy to get that figure, because I drove this on our loop and got just over 30 miles per gallon. But man, it really just needs a little bit more power, but we'll get to that on the drive. So I'm on the road now in this 2018 Toyota CH-R. I'm conflicted, and that carries over to the driving impressions. I partially blame the CVT, the Continuously-Variable Transmission. It's really slow to react, because it takes a while for this thing to spool up and finally build some power to pass. The same holds true for when you're leaving a line. There's a whole lot of nothing, at first, and then it starts producing more noise than power, and then you finally start getting some acceleration. So here we are passing a car. Yeah. We're going to get on the freeway here. All right, so here we go. Come on. Come on, you can do it. Yeah. You've got to plan way in advance. Write down a letter, ask for acceleration. Put it in an envelope, put a stamp on it, seal it. Send it off, and wait for something to happen. Now, in regard to visibility, it's actually pretty decent. This 8-pillar here really doesn't get in my way too much in a left turn. Mirrors are pretty decently sized. Rear visibility is really good for class. You don't really need to rely on that rear-view camera much, because visibility is really good, especially looking back. You get a really good indication of where the corners are, where the limits are when you're backing a really tight space. And that's also a good thing, because the rear-view camera's not so great. It projects into the rear-view mirror, and it's a really, really small picture, and not all that intuitive. Another thing assisting thing with low-speed maneuverability is the turning circle in this. It's really small, which means, in some cases, multiple point turns won't be necessary. That's a really good thing. So the CH-R does have a Sport Mode, doesn't do that much. It's an incremental increase in responsiveness. Now, not everybody needs performance. Some people just want to get from point A to point B. And in this case, it's a stylish fun way to get there. I get it, but consider this. At the track, it hit 60 miles an hour in 10.6 seconds. According to my colleague, it is the sixth slowest car we've ever tested, and this is against some very large cargo vans. Although, from what I can understand, it's not as slow as our long-term [INAUDIBLE]. Handling-wise, that's the weird one for me, in a good way. This thing handles really well, and maybe that's because it was originally intended to be a Scion, which is their more youthful, sporty brand. But man, on our evaluation loop, there's some pretty fun twisty roads in there, and this thing handled them like a champ. The drawback, however, is they put low-rolling resistance tires on this car. Now, that's for fuel economy, to help with getting better fuel economy. The payoff is, even in moderate cornering, this thing howl's. The tire squeal is really quite loud. As far as ride quality goes, it's a little tuned, I think. The one thing that does bother me, noise. There's a lot of road noise. There's even a lot of wind noise. The CH-R comes with frontal collision warning and mitigation, standard. This, in the XLE of premium trim, has a blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alerts, and also lane-keep assist. So the interior on the CH-R is really quite nice. The material's quality, exceeds my expectations, especially up here on the top door panel. It's soft to the touch. It looks really nice, simulated leather dash, mulit-tiered style for the dashboard is really nice too. Rather than just a plain piano black, which I'm really not that big a fan of, they put this kind of glitter in here, and I like it. It doesn't look like it's picking up as much dust as a regular piano Blackwood. It gives a little bit more contour. There is an overriding theme, diamonds. The buttons are arranged in little rounded off diamonds, buttons on the steering wheel, same diamond. The vents are diamond shaped. You have a diamond pattern in the door panels and even in the headliner. These subtle little embossed diamonds up here, cool. One thing I'm not a fan of, infotainment. Actually it's more entertainment than infotainment. This, even though it looks like a typical infotainment touch screen, it's really just a head unit for the audio, no car-related settings or additional stuff in there, pretty much typical for Toyota. They haven't gotten on the bandwagon with Apple Car Play, and that to me is a real bummer, because I really, really like it. So one thing that I wish I had more of is telescopic range off the steering wheel. It doesn't come far back enough for me, and I'm only 5' 10". Taller drivers are probably going to have even more of a problem with this. If it just came back a little more, it'd be in a comfortable reach. As of now, I feel like I have to slide the seat slightly more forward than I prefer, which puts me in a more upright, almost minivan-like, driving position, not my favorite. As far as convenience, well, we've got a decent-sized cup holder here, another one here, and this one has a little stopper in there. So you can get a really tall coffee cup in there as well. Center bin, it's pretty decent. It's not particularly long, but it is pretty deep. The problem, though, is there's no USB port in there, and there's only one right there. The door pockets they're all right. You can get one water bottle in there, and this little side part, it really doesn't serve much purpose, except maybe for aesthetics. So here I am in the backseat, and once again, I'm surprised. I have enough room, and I'm sitting behind the driver's seat that was set up for me. Plenty of room for my knees, and my feet are flat on the floor and getting enough thigh support. I'd be OK back here for a road trip, for sure. One thing that's a little bit concerning, but just a bummer I suppose, is this swooping door panel here. Kind of makes you feel a little claustrophobic, like you're not getting much of a view out, as you would with other vehicles. Then again, this isn't really meant for real family duty. For that, you'd step up to a slightly larger compact SUV. The material's quality is a little more hard plastic. It's little more durable, if you do have kids back here. Overall, I'm surprised how roomy it is. Good job, Toyota. When it comes to cargo capacity with CH-R, I'm impressed. It's 19 cubic feet behind the rear seats. That's five less than the Honda HRV, but it's almost double what the Mazda CX3 has. So there's no doubt you're going to get plenty of stuff back here. Now, this raked roof line is going to slice in as far as how bulky an object can get in there. But when you do have something that bulky, fold the seats forward pretty easily, just like that, one-handed. And you also have some small bins off the side here, but only on this side. The rest is taken up with tire tools and a spare tire. So yeah, overall it should handle everything you need, without even struggling. Like I said, the CH-R leaves me conflicted on a number of levels, but overall, I think it's a really good execution. It compares well against the Honda HRV, as well as the Mazda CX3. It would be a tough call between all three, because they're all pretty much the same price. Really, when it comes to the power issue I have with this, take your time to test drive. Really get to know the car, really lay your foot into it, and find out if it meets or misses your expectations. Let us know what you think. Leave a comment below and hit subscribe. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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