2018 Toyota C-HR

2018 Toyota C-HR

The 2018 Toyota C-HR is the newest member to the Toyota family and serves as its entry-level sub-compact crossover. For shoppers who do not need the space or amenities featured in the larger Toyota RAV4, the C-HR provides a higher riding position than a sedan, but not much more in the way of utility or capabilities.  Pricing starts at an MSRP of $22,500.

Pros: High Driving Position Versus Ordinary Hatchback, Standard Advanced Safety Tech, Agile Handling

Cons: No AWD Available, Unpleasant Interior, Road Noise, No Available Leather

Looks Best In: Ruby Flare Peal R-Code exterior/Black interior

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Competition: Mazda CX-3, Subaru Crosstrek, Nissan Rogue Sport, Honda H-RV, Kia Soul, Chevrolet Trax, Hyundai Kona, Ford EcoSport

Summary: The 2018 Toyota C-HR functions best as a city runabout. Its interior is a letdown and prevalent road noise means the C-HR would not be ideally suited to long road trips. The lack of AWD will be a deal breaker for some shoppers, however the truth is the C-HR, and any front-wheel-drive car for that matter, will function just fine in icy conditions with proper winter tires. The C-HR has a notable 4 MPG advantage in the city over the larger RAV4, however the advantage diminishes to just 1 MPG on the highway. So, if you plan to go on frequent long hauls, it might be worth upgrading to the RAV4 for the added comfort and minimal efficiency loss. A highlight is all the standard safety tech, including radar cruise control and lane keep assist.

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