Following Toyota’s closure of the Scion brand, the parent company absorbed the funky C-HR, which debuted as a Scion concept, and kept its design true to the concept when it hit showrooms in 2018. Following a few tweaks to the lineup that brought in new trim levels and more features, the 2020 Toyota C-HR will get a new front end, updated headlights, and more tech.
On the outside, the 2020 C-HR’s new front end will take some examining to spot all the differences, but a keen eye will pick up on the restyled bumper with a larger lower grille with a mesh insert and solid crossbar, the larger faux outer air vents, and smoother headlight design. The latter will now come standard with LED technology. On the range-topping Limited trim, the LED headlights will also gain standard adaptive front lighting with auto-leveling, which allows the headlights to move along with the steering wheel for enhanced vision while cornering.
Other exterior updates will include the addition of the Supersonic Red and Hot Lava color options, a new silver R-Code roof option in place of the white roof, and updated wheel options.
Inside, the 2020 Toyota C-HR will continue with its same funky looks, but it will gain a new gray headliner in the LE trim and two new interior color combinations: blue on black and black on brown. The big change will be the addition of standard Android Auto, which will join the already standard Apple CarPlay. Also newly standard will be SiriusXM radio.
The 2020 Toyota C-HR will continue with the same powertrain as the current model. This will include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that pushes 144 horsepower and 139 pound-feet through a continuously variable transmission and out to the front wheels.
The 2020 Toyota C-HR performs admirably in IIHS crash tests, scoring a “Good” rating in all tests. Thanks to its array of standard advanced safety equipment, which includes automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and more, it scored a “Superior” in front-crash prevention testing. Where the current C-HR failed was its “Poor” rating in the headlight test, which knocked it out of contention for a Top Safety Pick rating. The newly standard LED lighting and available adaptive front lighting with auto-leveling may solve this issue, but we will have to wait until the IIHS tests the 2020 C-HR.