Ouch, that is not a satisfying statistic. Consumer Reports says that the 2022 Toyota C-HR was one of the least satisfying crossover SUVs on the market. What makes this car lacking, and what is a better alternative to buy?
Is the Toyota C-HR a good car?
The 2022 Toyota C-HR isn’t a lousy compact SUV, but it could be improved. On the list of similar compact cars that Consumer Reports ranked, the Toyota C-HR was at the back of the pack. It scored a respectable 58 overall, with a 64 out of 100 on the road test. The predicted reliability is a three out of five. Unfortunately, the owner satisfaction scored a one out of five.
Toyota isn’t used to messing up a compact SUV crossover such as the C-HR. In fact, most Toyotas score above-average across the board when tested by Consumer Reports. It seems that the Toyota C-HR (also known as the Coupe High-Rider) is having a bit of an identity crisis. CR calls it a compact car; Toyota lists it as a crossover or SUV.
The Toyota car/SUV doesn’t seem to excel in either category. Consumer Reports says it offers good fuel economy, which is the only attribute listed in the “highs” category. In the “lows” section, the faults are numerous. It has slow acceleration, “horrendous visibility,” no all-wheel drive option, and a windy cabin.
Consumer Reports had some positive things to say about the 2022 Toyota C-HR
Consumer Reports says that the 2022 Toyota C-HR “has a few glaring faults that may take it out of contention for potential buyers.” It does many things but doesn’t excel in any of those things. The zero to 60 mph time is an incredibly slow 11 seconds. It also has terrible visibility out of the rear and side windows, making it harder to maneuver.
The driving experience isn’t bad; CR calls it decent. It also musters up a respectable 29 mpg overall. But the rear door handles are awkward, and the rear seats aren’t very roomy. The interior doesn’t look high-end and feels a bit on the low end of things. The CH-R does offer plenty of advanced safety systems, such as automatic emergency braking (AEB), forward collision warning (FCW), and lane departure (LDW) standard. More options are available on higher trim levels.
The Toyota C-HR is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick. It comes with a basic three-year or 36,000-mile warranty and two years or 25,000 miles of maintenance.
There might be other options in a similar category
If you are looking for a more capable vehicle, the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and Subaru Crosstrek are good options. These vehicles all offer all-wheel drive, which is a substantial upgrade. That also puts the C-HR in the car category more than SUV or crossover.
If you are Toyota loyal and can’t decide on an SUV or a car, the 2022 Toyota C-HR might be the right choice. If you want something else, the 2022 Toyota Corolla is a good car, and the Honda CR-V is a solid SUV choice.