As the baby crossover of Toyota’s lineup, the 2021 Toyota C-HR soldiers on as the entry point to the brand’s SUVs. Toyota hasn’t released official pricing or feature details, but we expect few changes for the new model year.
2020 brought a styling refresh to the C-HR, and we think it worked well. Compact crossovers rely heavily on flashy styling, and the C-HR looks unique without being too polarizing or distracting. Contrast roofs are all the rage these days, and you’ll find a good one here.
Inside, the current C-HR relies more on features than on space. The current C-HR comes with automatic dual-zone climate control and an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, even in base trim. 2020 brought the welcome addition of Android Auto.
Cargo space is mediocre against competitors, and leg room is uninspiring. With the C-HR platform unchanged for 2021, we expect these gripes to continue. Unusual cutouts at the rear doors make ingress slightly more difficult than the C-HR's “high-rider” moniker might suggest.
We expect no new powertrains for the C-HR, which isn’t exactly a cause for celebration. The current 2.0-liter engine produces only 144 horsepower, making the crossover feel sluggish on big hills or passing maneuvers. Snow-state buyers will also want to look elsewhere — the C-HR remains a front-wheel drive vehicle.
As far as small SUVs go, the C-HR is among the safer options. Toyota’s comprehensive suite of safety tech includes automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control as standard. The outgoing C-HR scored well in federal and independent safety testing, and we expect the new car to be equally impressive. Our only complaint is that the C-HR's futuristic styling makes outward visibility less than ideal.