2018 Toyota C-HR Overview
The 2018 Toyota C-HR is an all-new vehicle in the Toyota lineup designed to meet growing demand for subcompact SUVs. Overall, it makes a good first impression, with excellent handling, numerous standard convenience and safety technologies, and an interior far roomier than you would expect. Curiously, it left some features off the table, like all-wheel drive (AWD) and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but the Toyota C-HR nonetheless has all it needs to mark the start of a successful new line of crossovers for the Japanese automaker.
The 2018 Toyota C-HR is available in two trims: XLE and XLE Premium.
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What’s New for the 2018 Toyota C-HR?
The 2018 Toyota C-HR is an all-new vehicle for Toyota, though originally conceived and debuted in concept form as a Scion before the brand was re-absorbed into its parent company. The Toyota C-HR rides on the same platform as the new Prius and the upcoming new Camry.
2018 Toyota C-HR Exterior
The 2018 Toyota C-HR’s exterior design is no doubt polarizing. Some will love its strange marriage of angles and curves, with its diamond-like rear end and squinting headlights, while others will find it off-putting. The crossover shares its underpinnings with the new-gen Prius and it’s clear whoever had a hand in the latter’s design also had a go at the former. Either way there’s no denying the Toyota C-HR is interesting and full of character.
The 2018 Toyota C-HR is available in the following exterior colors: Silver Knockout Metallic, Ruby Flare Pearl, Blue Eclipse Metallic, Black Sand Pearl, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Blizzard Pearl, Radiant Green Mica R-Code, Ruby Flare Pearl R-Code, and Blue Eclipse Metallic R-Code.
2018 Toyota C-HR Exterior Photos:
Exterior available on XLE:
- Acoustic noise-reducing front windshield, Color-keyed power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, Color-keyed rear spoiler with center high-mount stop light and unique cantilevered design, Projector-beam halogen headlights with auto on/off feature, Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers and washer-linked intermittent rear wiper
Exterior available on XLE Premium (adds to or replaces features on XLE):
- Integrated fog lights; Color-keyed outside front and passenger door handles with touch-sensor lock/unlock feature; Outside hatchback door handle with touch-sensor lock/unlock feature; Color-keyed power outside mirrors with turn signal and blind spot warning indicators, puddle lights with “Toyota C-HR” projection, and auto-folding feature
2018 Toyota C-HR Performance
Only one engine is available under the hood of the 2018 Toyota C-HR: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that sends 144 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT). While those figures would do well in a sedan, it’s almost too much to ask for the engine to move the crossover’s 3,300 pounds, even with the Sequential Shiftmatic Mode that lets you manually shift between seven virtual gears.
Fortunately, the finely-tuned MacPherson suspension with SACHS dampers makes up for it in the corners and consequently you’ll find that it’s easier to carry speed and less necessary to get on the throttle in the first place. It’s not very powerful, but unlike most big vehicles the Toyota C-HR can be surprisingly fun to drive.
The 2018 Toyota C-HR comes with front-wheel drive (FWD) only.
2018 Toyota C-HR Efficiency
Though the EPA has yet to rate the 2018 Toyota C-HR for fuel economy, Toyota estimates it will earn 27 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined, which is on par a vehicle of its size.
2018 Toyota C-HR Interior
Where the 2018 Toyota C-HR exterior is almost flamboyant, the interior is much more subdued in comparison. It’s a comfortable, simple interior with good, supportive front seats and remarkably spacious rear seats, and plenty of toys to play with. In fact, one of the Toyota C-HR’s appeals is just how generously-equipped it comes right out of the box, with almost all its features available on just the base trim. These include a 7-inch Entune® touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and USB inputs, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, and auto up-down tech for all four windows, as well as all of the other features listed below.
2018 Toyota C-HR Interior Photos:
Interior available on XE:
- Features: Remote keyless entry system with lock, unlock and panic functions; Power windows with one-touch auto up/down in all positions; Sport fabric-trimmed front bucket seats; 6-way adjustable driver’s seat with sport bolsters; 6-way adjustable front passenger seat with sport bolsters; Leather-trimmed shift lever with satin-plated shift knob; Dual zone automatic climate control system with pollen filter and individual temperature settings for driver and front passenger
- Radio and Technology: 7-inch touch-screen Display Audio, AM/FM player, Aha Radio™ application with over 100,000 stations, six speakers, auxiliary audio jack, USB 2.0 port with iPod® connectivity and control, voice recognition with voice training, hands-free phone capability, phone book access and music streaming via Bluetooth® wireless technology, HD Radio™ Technology, and steering wheel controls; 4.2-inch TFT Multi-Information Display with customizable settings, odometer, Sport and ECO Modes, outside temperature, fuel economy and trip information, fuel economy history, current/average fuel economy, distance to empty, cruising range, average speed, trip distance with timer, TPMS, G-Force Monitor, driver’s assist, Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Pre-Collision System (PCS), warning messages, opening welcome animation during power-on, and trip summary when powering off; Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio, Multi-Information Display, Bluetooth® hands-free phone, voice-command, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) and trip controls
Interior available on XLE Premium (adds to or replaces features on XLE):
- Features: Sport fabric-trimmed heated front bucket seats; 8-way adjustable driver’s seat with sport bolsters and power lumbar support; 6-way adjustable front passenger seat with sport bolsters; Smart Key System on front doors with Push Button Start, remote keyless entry system with lock, unlock and panic functions, and remote illuminated entry
2018 Toyota C-HR Safety
Like most modern Toyota vehicles the 2018 Toyota C-HR comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ P, a suite of active safety technologies that includes lane departure warning with steering assist, full-range active cruise control, pre-collision with pedestrian detection, and more. This gives the Toyota C-HR a serious advantage over competing compact crossovers, many of which don’t even offer the technology as options.
The 2018 Toyota C-HR has yet to be crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Standard Safety Features
- Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS)
- Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
- Engine immobilizer
- Driver and front passenger seatbelt warning system
- Electric Parking Brake (EPB)
- Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) — Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
- Ten airbags — includes driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, driver and front passenger and rear seat-mounted side airbags, driver knee airbag, front passenger seat-cushion airbag, and front and rear side curtain airbags
- Star Safety System™— includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology® (SST)
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