Vehicle Profile: 2018 Toyota CH-R
Say hello to Toyota’s all-new crossover
The 2018 Toyota CH-R is an all-new vehicle in the North American Toyota lineup. It entered the crowded subcompact crossover market in early 2017 and immediately made a splash with its unique, eye-catching styling and efficient powertrain.
The 2018 Toyota C-HR embraces the late Toyota penchant toward distinctive styling marked by angular body lines, squinting headlights and taillights that protrude from the bodywork. Combined with the angled doors, nose, roof and hood, the Toyota C-HR’s exterior appearance is one that will be sure to turn heads everywhere. Though the crossover is offered in mostly neutral color tones, it also comes with an R-Code option that paints the roof white on some models, giving the Toyota C-HR a more sophisticated look.
All 2018 Toyota C-HR models are powered by the same 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine. It produces 144 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque, which goes to the front wheels via a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The transmission has both a Manual and a Sport driving mode to help spruce up its feel under acceleration and give the driver more control, which goes well with its nimble handling. That being said, the Toyota C-HR is at its strongest when it is simply cruising down the highway, which earns it an EPA-estimated 31 miles per gallon*—excellent mileage for a gas-powered, non-hybrid crossover.
Comfort and features
The 2018 Toyota C-HR is well equipped regardless of trim level. The Toyota Safety Sense-P suite of active safety technologies comes standard, as does the 7.0-inch Entune® touchscreen infotainment system, auto-dimming rearview mirror and dual-zone automatic climate control. Interior space and style are impressive as well: at the front the seats are supportive and comfortable, while at the rear there is plenty of leg- and headroom even for tall passengers—a rarity in the subcompact crossover segment. Cargo space is also generous: 19 cubic feet behind the second row and 36.4 cubic feet with the seats folded down.
Overall, the all-new 2018 Toyota C-HR is a success. Despite tough competition, it manages to stand out thanks to its excellent value, superior mileage and features that the whole family can appreciate.