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2018 XLE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sport Utility
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Price:   -  From $22,500
2018 XLE Premium 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $24,350
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Overview

The Scion brand may be gone but its youthful DNA lives on with the Toyota C-HR, as the high-volume Japanese automaker hopes to take advantage of the burgeoning subcompact CUV market.

What's New for 2018

The C-HR is an all-new model.

Toyota C-HR

Choosing Your Toyota C-HR

To say the design of the C-HR is polarizing could be an understatement, but as brand-new vehicle models enter the automotive landscape seemingly as quickly as redesigned ones do, a distinctive style will get one noticed regardless. And although its looks may convey disarray, the upside of the C-HR is its simplicity.

In staying true to its Scion roots, Toyota’s demographic target for the C-HR is millennials and as such offers simplified pricing and options. There are only two trims (XLE and XLE Premium) and a single option for both: R-Code White-painted outside mirrors and a “floating” rooftop. Exterior colors are standard fare with six choices, and all are paired with a black interior.

The 43.5 inches of front legroom beats direct competitors but front headroom is toward the back of the pack at 38.1 inches. Rear legroom is equally dismal at 31.7 inches. Although the C-HR offers 19.0 cubic feet of rear cargo volume with the rear seats folded flat, overall capacity is a meager 36.4 cu-ft. Similar-sized vehicles can offer up to 58.8 cu-ft of storage capacity.

However, for a small vehicle, standard safety technology abounds. Toyota's Safety Sense suite packs all the important electronic nannies, including lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beams, radar cruise control, and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection.

All C-HRs are front-wheel-drive – a fact that's sure to cause some consternation among northern drivers – and feature a continuously variable transmission. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder with an output of 144 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque is the only engine. Toyota estimates the EPA mileage to be 27 miles per gallon city, 31 highway, and 29 combined.

The five-passenger subcompact SUV is offered in two trims:

Toyota C-HR

XLE

Essentially the base model, the XLE starts at $23,460 (including $960 destination charge) and features 18-inch alloy wheels, projector-beam auto on/off halogen headlights, LED daytime running lights, and an aerodynamic body kit.

Interior features include dual-zone climate control, a 4.2-inch display in the instrument cluster, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with an integrated backup camera, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter, a seven-inch touchscreen audio system, a six-speaker sound system, and Bluetooth.

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XLE Premium

Starting at $25,310, the Premium trim adds fog lights, push-button start, heated front seats, and illuminated vanity mirrors. Added safety features include blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

CarsDirect Tip

Subcompact SUVs are all the rage, but the Toyota C-HR disappoints in its glaring omission of modern technology. Navigation and smartphone integration via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay are not available. Also, while the vehicle excels with its safety technology, its aggressive design creates blind spots and poor visibility, making the equipment a necessity rather than a nice-to-have. Opt for the XLE Premium, the only trim equipped with blind spot monitoring.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The 2018 Toyota C-HR enters the hot subcompact crossover segment with a plethora of standard advanced active safety features, above average interior room, and a quiet ride. On the other hand, its love-it-or-hate-it design, tepid performance, lack of all-wheel drive, and less-than stellar fuel economy numbers rank it below most of its competitors.

Best Value

SinceToyotaoriginally intended the C-HR to be a Scion, only two trim levels are offered. The base XLE starts at $23,495, while an uplevel XLE Premium, with the optional R-Code paint scheme (the only available option that consists of contrasting white roof and mirror caps) costs $25,845. Keeping things Scion-simple is one engine (a 2.0-liter four-cylinder) and a single transmission choice (a CVT automatic) with power going to the front wheels only.

Neither model offers any factory option packages, instead relying on a long list of standard equipment. Both trims come with the usual power features (windows, locks, mirrors), as well as LED running lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and normal, sport, and Eco drive modes. The Premium trim adds fog lights, blind spot detection, auto-folding power outside mirrors, more aggressively-bolstered heated front seats, and proximity entry (front doors and hatch) with push-button start.

With that in mind, here's how we'd build it:

  • Model: 2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Premium
  • Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Output: 144 hp / 139 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Fuel economy: 27 City / 31 Hwy
  • Exterior color: Ruby Flare Pearl R-Code
  • Interior color: Black
  • Options: Ruby Flare Pearl R-Code ($500, color-keyed body with white roof and mirror caps)
  • Base Price: $25,345
  • As Tested: $25,845

Performance Pros

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  • Very little engine noise enters the cabin, even under hard acceleration.
  • Toyota's latest 1.5-liter engine feels more refined than earlier versions.
  • The C-HR's handling is better than past small Toyotas.

Performance Cons

  • Unlike its competitors, the C-HR is not offered with the option of all-wheel-drive – at least in the US.
  • Despite three different driving modes, acceleration skews toward the languid regardless of which one is chosen.
  • The C-HR's lackluster performance and front-drive-only powertrain don't translate into better-than-average fuel economy numbers.

Interior Pros

  • Its tall shape translates into a spacious interior with plenty of head room for both front and rear seat occupants.
  • The rear seat is surprisingly generous, with enough room for three adults.
  • The flip and fold rear seats create a flat floor – something not typically found in this class.

Interior Cons

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  • The C-HR lacks the cargo space with the seats up.
  • Average interior materials and plenty of hard plastics give the cabin a low-rent feel.
  • Bits of silver trim don't do much to liven up the all-black interior.

Our Favorite Thing

The CH-R's small footprint belies a large interior with plenty of head and legroom for everyone – including up to three adults in the rear seat.

Our Least Favorite Thing

Toyota C-HR

Despite having better than average handling characteristics for a smallToyota, the C-HR's lack of performance mean it just isn't much fun to drive.

Right For

Both C-HR models come with a long list of active safety features including a rear view camera, pre-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, and automatic high beams. The Limited trim adds blind spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert. In general, this is a solid choice for the safety conscious.

Wrong For

Enthusiasts need not apply. With a portly 3,300-pound curb weight that's anywhere from 176 pounds (Chevrolet Trax) to 491 pounds (Mazda CX-3) heavier than its competitors, an uninspiring 2.0-liter four, and performance-robbing CVT, there are much more enjoyable vehicles in this class.

The Bottom Line

Designed for urban environs, where its lack of performance is less of an issue, the C-HR excels. But tasked with navigating suburban sprawl and freeways or cosseting drivers during traffic jams, it's too compromised to stand out.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 144 HP / 139 ft.lbs.
Transmission
2-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
27 / 31 / 29 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 144 HP / 139 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
27 / 31 / 29 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$50
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
36.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
84 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
171.2 "
Exterior Width
70.7 "
Exterior Height
61.6 "
Front Headroom
38.1 "
Rear Headroom
38.3 "
Front Legroom
43.5 "
Rear Legroom
31.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
49.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
52.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,300 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
17.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Two-tone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black
Rear Spoiler
Wing
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm/hd, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Toyota Safety Sense P Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Alert (lda) W/steering Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Pre Collision System With Pedestrian Detection Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Vehicle Sway Warning Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High Beam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 25,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
24 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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