Crossover SUVs are all the rage these days and the Toyota C-HR is a fun, reliable option that’s an all-around great buy. The C-HR was first introduced in 2016 and was basically Toyota’s way of disrupting its own traditional, humdrum architectural design. The crossover’s offbeat style is attractive to young buyers but still appeals to more conventional customers looking for added flair to their ride.
Fashionably Funky Design
The C-HR was Toyota’s first car that didn’t really look like a Toyota, inside or out. Its funky-yet-graceful design is bold and in-your-face. The 2020 C-HR’s styling doesn’t differ much from previous models, and it doesn’t have to.
The 2020 model features slight enhancements including a polished front bumper, snazzier grille, and sharper headlights. Even the rear door handles make a bold statement. If you’re looking for an additional way to spice up this model there are roof paint treatments also available. The model comes in three trims: LE, XLE, and Limited.
While the C-HR’s car cabin is compact, it still offers plenty of leg and headroom. The 2020 model’s interior design remains consistent with previous versions. Its leather-trimmed front display has a quite similar look and feels to that of a Lexus. Dual-climate control now comes standard. A slight disadvantage interior-wise is that the windows almost seem to be too high for the car cabin’s lower, boxy configuration.
Connectivity Options and Safety Features
The C-HR has a user-friendly, eight-inch infotainment screen compatible with both Apple and Android devices. Sirius XM access is also available as well as the option to set up a wifi hotspot within the vehicle.
As far as safety goes, the C-HR has a long list of convenient features that come standard. These features include a backup camera, hill maneuvering assist, engine mobilizer, brake assist, and smart stop technology. There’s also an available blind-spot monitor system.
One safety feature qualm to be aware of is with changing lanes. At higher speeds, the C-HR is so precautious you won’t be able to change lanes without a signal if you’re at a higher speed, which can be aggravating when you need to make a last-minute change.
The C-HR is definitely more of a mild ride and less of a speedy roadster. It has a 2-liter 4-cylinder engine, 144-horsepower, and 139 lb-ft of torque. The crossover can accelerate to 60 mph in 10 seconds. It’s also a pretty fuel-efficient SUV at 27 city / 31 highway combined mpg. Other mechanical aspects include a variable automatic transmission, fuel injection for a smoother transition, and decent car suspension.
The Final Verdict
Overall, the 2020 Toyota C-HR is a compelling crossover that’s made for cruising around town. The exterior style is enticing, and it’s fun to drive and ride in. It may not be a speed demon but its functionality, safety features, and comfortable interior make it a great value at $29,540.
As the model continues to evolve, we are looking forward to Toyota’s plan of adding the C-HR to its athletic Gazoo Racing (GR) roster that will hopefully be available for sale in the U.S.