Flash Drive

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Premium

2018 Toyota C-HRModel Tested: 2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Premium

Powertrain: 2.0-Liter In-line 4-cylinder; Electronic fuel injection; 144 Horsepower; Continuously Variable Transmission; Front-Wheel-Drive (AWD)

EPA Rating: 27-mpg city, 31-mpg highway, 29-mpg combined

Base Price: $24,350

As Tested: $26,375

Driving modes: Eco, Sport

Performance: We would term acceleration as somewhat leisurely. Handling is respectable, and significantly better than prior small-size Toyota vehicles. Cornering at speed, the C-HR feels secure and well-planted. While steering isn’t nearly as numb as typical Toyotas, and the ride is quite smooth, the C-HR just doesn’t measure up to competitors like Mazda for handling.

Safety Features: Pre-collision system with pedestrian detection;

Blind Spot and Lane Departure monitors;

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert;

Adaptive Cruise Control;

Smart Stop Technology;

Projector Beam Halogen headlights

Electric parking brake and brake hold;

Stability and Traction Controls;

10 Airbags;

Automatic High-Beams;

Four-wheel ABS Disc Brakes;

Integrated fog lights

Comfort: Slightly above average interior materials for a small car;

Excellent fit and finish;

Decent Ergonomics;

Audio system with AM-FM-HD Satellite radio;

Good front legroom;

Excellent headroom;

Comfortable, supportive seats with power lumbar adjustment for the driver;

Heated front seats;

Roomy rear seats with good head and legroom

Utility: 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system;

Backup camera;

USB Port with iPod connectivity;

18-inch alloy wheels;

Smart Key with push button start;

Split back seats fold into a flat load floor;

19 cubic feet of storage with the rear seats upright, 32.4 folded

WOW Factors: Easy to handle and park in urban settings;

Great interior room;

Whines: No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto available

Noticeable engine noise

Cargo floor is somewhat high, impeding cargo loading

Bottom Line: Styling is very un-Toyota-like, but obviously meant to attract younger buyers. While the design is either a love it or hate it affair, Toyota hopes enough buyers will fall into the first category. The price point is a bit high for a compact, but both trim levels are well-equipped, with only one factory option offered. However, like Toyota’s now defunct Scion brand, dealers can offer plenty of personalization options.