Owners Aren’t Loving the 2020 Toyota C-HR

The Toyota C-HR is one of the most affordable SUVs that you can buy brand new. For many people, buying a car brand new means getting the most reliable option on the market paired with the latest and greatest tech. For a practical and spacious SUV that starts at around $21,000, the C-HR seems like it has a lot to offer for such a modest priced. There is more to this bargain of a vehicle than meets the eye, but owners don’t seem too thrilled with their purchase of their 2020 Toyota C-HR.

The 2020 Toyota C-HR seems great

From its modern style to its unique options for colors, there is a lot to love with the 2020 Toyota C-HR. There are a lot of reasons why you might want to buy the compact SUV after just your first test drive. On paper, the C-HR is an excellent option for any type of driver. It’s got a great fuel economy, offering an average of 29 mpg and up to 42 mpg on the highway, making it a responsible choice for saving money on gas.

A Toyota CH-R on display at an auto show
A Toyota C-HR on display | Anton Raharjo/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

It also comes with a lot of standard safety features that consumers are looking for. Many drivers are comfortable with the vehicle’s overall size, bordering between a crossover and a compact SUV. There is enough cargo space to fit shopping bags and soccer bags, and it doesn’t compromise backseat comfort either. All of that sounds great, so why are owners complaining?

A small recall

There also haven’t been any major concerns when it comes to the 2020 Toyota C-HR. So far this year there has been one minor recall regarding the seatbelts in the back row having a failing buckle assembly. The recall for this problem has already begun, and while it will affect less than 10,000 of the models put into production for the year, Toyota is working quickly to get the problem resolved for customers. Because it is a recall, the work is done at no cost to the owner, so that doesn’t really do much to explain what people don’t like about the car.

Toyota C-HR Hybrid compact crossover SUV interior | Sjoerd van der Wal

The root of the problems

Owners have more than a few complaints when it comes to this sporty-looking compact SUV. The first one might not seem obvious at first, but you can tell from the pictures that the car has some large blind spots. For a vehicle that was designed to have advanced safety features, it is surprising that Toyota would overlook such a dangerous engineering flaw. Also, for a car that looks as sporty as it does, the C-HR offers sluggish driving experience, but that’s what we often see with most cars that put fuel-economy first.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JANUARY 9:  Toyota C-HR Hybrid compact crossover SUV on display at Brussels Expo on January 9, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images)
Toyota C-HR Hybrid compact crossover SUV | Sjoerd van der Wal

The Toyota C-HR Is not Recommended

According to Consumer Reports many buyers of the 2020 Toyota C-HR aren’t all that happy with their purchase. While it’s easy to find things to hate about the car, it is still a great bargain for an SUV. With so much to offer, this sporty compact SUV might be worth a second look, if you are willing to accept the problems that many owners have voiced their opinions on.