With the funky designed 2018 Toyota C-HR, the Japanese carmaker hopes to make a splash and grab market share from rivals like Ford, Nissan, and GM. The root of the C-HR can be traced to the much-hyped Scion concept, a youth-oriented brand planned by Toyota that went defunct eventually. The C-HR has generated enough buzz but it remains to be seen what impact it has on target buyers.
2018 Toyota C-HR – Funky Styling
One look at the 2018 C-HR and you can be assured it looks unlike any of the models made by the noted Japanese carmaker. The funky styling is somewhat reminiscent of Nissan Juke and Hyundai Veloster but the C-HR looks unique- no two words about it! The raked roofline, curves at the side and sharp angles make it quite a looker on wheels. The boomerang protruding taillights and contrasting-color roof add to the look. The C-HR denotes Coupe-High Rider and Toyota says the model blends elements of SUV and Coupe. While the body cladding and fenders make it look rugged, there is no AWD- which reduces the SUV quotient. There are 2 trims- XLE Premium and XLE but you hardly get any customization option. The cargo space is good, but you will find the load floor high. A subtle diamond pattern and high-grade materials make the cabin look suave.
Safety and Amenities
The 2018 Toyota C-HR does moderately well in segments like safety and amenities. There is a 7-inch touchscreen with tablet type look. There are USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity but Smartphone mirroring gets a miss. The Toyota’s infotainment system needs some sprucing up though.
The safety features are abundant in the vehicle and you get forward collision warning and pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and automatic high-beam headlights. In XLE Premium adds puddle lamps, heated front seats, blind spot warning system.
2018 Toyota C-HR – Engine Specs
The 2018 Toyota C-HR is powered by a 2.0-liter four cylinder unit which generates 144-horsepower. It also gets a continuously variable automatic transmission gearbox. There is a sports mode but the car is no match for segment rivals when it comes to pure acceleration. Only in Japan, the C-HR is sold with AWD and a turbocharged engine. You will grudge the road and engine noise seeping into the cabin.
2018 Toyota C-HR – Availability and Price
The 2018 Toyota C-HR is going on sale next month in most markets. The base price is $23,460 which makes it costlier than rivals like Chevy Trax and Honda HR-V. The XLE Premium costs $25,310.
Summing it up
The Toyota C-HR 2018 is a promising compact crossover which gets some things right and then misses out on some others! The design- is a little over the top but the cabin is well designed. Safety features are good but you will miss some amenities. The customization options are limited and a section of target buyer will grudge about the omission of AWD.