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The 2018 Toyota C-HR is in the right place at the right time

In a lot of ways, the 2018 Toyota C-HR is just lucky. It’s simply the right car in the right place at the right time. Because these days, everybody and their family wants their piece of subcompact crossover.

They. Just. Make. Sense.

They’re the right size, surprisingly roomy and comfortable, while being nimble and efficient enough to be the ideal solution in congested city centers. They ride high enough to give drivers a good view of their surroundings, yet don’t require running boards or a stepladder to get inside. Their small engines are frugal, yet pack enough punch to safely flow along in traffic and have fun while you’re at it.

With the 2018 C-HR Toyota is stepping (or lunging) into this very popular segment. The newcomer comes with some pretty interesting features, too.

The 2018 C-HR, which stands for Coupe High-Rider, is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture, more commonly known as TNGA. It’s the same one that underpins the 2017 Camry as well as the all-new Prius. The fact that it shares a common design with those comfort-oriented vehicles speaks volumes about where Toyota wants to position its C-HR in the market.

Size-wise, the C-HR slots right under the RAV4. It may not look like it with the handles placed as they are on the C-pillars, but it has four standard doors. This means that the SUV is around the same dimensions as the late Matrix or Scion XD were.

The styling of the compact SUV is pretty different from other Toyota products. Some have accused the Japanese automaker of playing it safe when the time came to design the RAV4 and the Corolla, but the C-HR has definitely benefited from a healthy dose of dynamism.

Overall, it strikes an aggressive chord with sculpted and flowing sides emulating a coupe’s, a bold front end with an almost menacing look and a captivating rear profile with elongated tail lights. The unique 18-inch wheels that come with the XLE Premium upgrade stand out as one of the dominant features, especially when viewed from the side.

Overall, the C-HR manages to look young and athletic. And it does it without sacrificing practicality, like a great subcompact should.


The interior of the C-HR is also rather stylish, with a dashboard that flows around a centre-mounted 7-inch infotainment screen. The console is tall and ensconces the driver in his or her own little space.

The C-HR comes packed with lots of useful tech, too, including their Toyota Safety Sense Plus, which comes standard on all models and encompasses a suite of safety features like full-speed-range adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning with steering assist and other things we can’t remember how we ever lived without. Depending on the version, it can also come with heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, heated side mirrors and more.

To move the 2018 C-HR, Toyota’s engineers chose a 2.0-litre four-cylinder power plant that develops 144 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque, which is more than enough for a vehicle this size. Linking this engine to the wheels is a CVT gearbox that is capable of simulating 7 speeds. The combination is both fuel-efficient and peppy at the same time.

Toyota might not have been the first to throw their hat in the compact SUV segment. They took the time to evaluate what was out there and came up with a very competitive product. In that sense, it’s not luck at all that the 2018 Toyota C-HR is the right car at the right place, at the right time.

The 2018 Toyota C-HR will be arriving at Northwest Toyota in short order. For more information, reach out via the Contact Us tab on this page.

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