2018 Toyota C-HR Crossover Drive Review

2018 Toyota C-HR Crossover Drive Review
- the C-HR was originally destined to wear a Scion badge in the States, it was a relatively painless process for Toyota to pivot and bring the funky crossover in as a Toyota. With vehicles such as the Nissan Juke, the Kia Soul, and the similarly sized Honda HR-V maintaining steady sales, it was critical that Toyota field a subcompact crossover in the United States

- C-HR’s trim, the XLE ($23,460), the XLE Premium ($25,310)

- standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with backup camera, cloth-trimmed front bucket seats with six-way adjustability, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, one USB port

- XLE Premium gets heated front seats, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, an eight-way driver’s seat and proximity entry and start

- three colors, Blue Eclipse Metallic, Ruby Flare Pearl and the R-code–exclusive Radiant Green Mica

- not available Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation

- the Bluetooth works fine, and using your phone in a mount is a perfectly workable navigation solution

- eight-way driver’s seat is entirely manual in operation except for power-operated lumbar support

- hard, embossed-plastic door panels, the lower dash conceals a tiny latch that opens a big storage bin

- door openings both front and rear are deceptively large

- enough adjustment to the front seats and the tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel

- the 103.9-inch wheelbase is 4.3 inches longer than the Juke’s, while the width is up only 1.2 inches on the Nissan

- front compartment is a tad more spacious and comfortable than those of the HR-V and the Juke.

- naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline-four, 144 horsepower at 6100 rpm, 139 lb-ft of torque at 3900 rpm, continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT)

- long and uphill travel can be torturous, caught napping when exiting corners

- standard 18-inch wheels, electrically assisted steering is the weak link, offering little feedback, smooth brakes

- 5.9 inches of ground clearance and standard all-season tires

- Toyota has big plans for the C-HR, will find the C-HR at Toyota showrooms in April

Starting Price XLE($23,460), XLE Premium($25,310)
Vehicle Type 4 door hatchback, front engine, front wheel drive
Engine DOHC 16-valve inline-4, port fuel injection
Transmission continuously variable automatic, manual shifting mode
Horsepower 144 hp @ 6100 rpm
Torque 139 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm
Displacement 121 cu in, 1987 cc
Wheelbase 103.9 in
Length 171.2 in
Width 70.7 in
Height 61.6 in
Curb weight 3300 lb
Passenger volume 84 cu ft
Cargo volume 19 cu ft
0-60 mph 10.5 sec
0-100 mph 55.0 sec
Top speed 105 mph
Fuel economy (city/highway) 27/31 mpg
Pros calm inside, more space, good body
Cons no Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or navigation, slow