We have written about the Toyota C-HR in the past, and believe it or not, we don’t mean to bash it. However, we do want to report our observations in the most objective way possible and as such, we found that Consumer Reports rated the C-HR lower than all its stablemates. In that case, the Toyota C-HR is the Toyota model you should never buy and here’s why.
It’s really slow
We’ve touched on it before, as have other reviewers, but we’ll talk about it again; the Toyota C-HR is really slow. It’s so slow that a Smart Fortwo could beat it in a drag race. The 0-60 time for the C-HR is a reported 11.2 seconds, while the Smart Fortwo clocked in at 10.5 seconds back in 2015. That further drives home the fact that 11.2 seconds is just downright unacceptable for 2020 standards and it’s a wonder that the C-HR can even get out of its own way.
Car and Driver wrote that the C-HR is “slower than most of its rivals.” And Consumer Reports commented on the car’s slow acceleration saying, “Any attempt to spur it into a gallop, however, results in a cacophony of unpleasant engine noise and rather embarrassing acceleration.”
Case in point, the Toyota C-HR is underpowered. You’ve been warned.
The rear seat room is terrible
Considering the Toyota C-HR is meant to seat five people and it isn’t exactly a sub-compact, you would figure that the rear seat has a decent amount of room, right? Not quite. According to U.S. News, “The back seat feels cramped, and there isn’t a lot of cargo space,” and Kelley Blue Book also listed the “claustrophobic back seat” as one of the major cons.
This might not be a big deal if you don’t have a family or more than one friend to cart around. But from an objective standpoint, for a car that’s unacceptable for a car that’s mean to be a small crossover. Part of the issue is due to the design of the car. Toyota designed the C-HR with very thick, angular C-pillars that contribute to the uniqueness of the car’s exterior design but encroach on the rear window space, making the rear seat feel more cramped than it already is.
No all-wheel drive
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but if you’re interested in the C-HR because of the way it looks and you don’t mind that it’s slow, you might care that it doesn’t have all-wheel drive. Again, the C-HR is meant to compete in the small crossover category with cars like the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3, both of which can be equipped with all-wheel drive.
So if you plan to do any driving in the snow or some really light off-roading, then you might have to cross the Toyota C-HR completely off your list.
On the bright side
There are some redeeming qualities to the Toyota C-HR. It’s priced competitively (between $22,000 and $27,000), gets pretty good mileage (close to 40 mpg), and it looks like nothing else on the road. So we say, if you’re looking for a small crossover that will turn heads and appeal to your “weird side,” then the C-HR is for you.
However, if you’re looking for a small crossover with a decent amount of utility and comfortable room for five (like a crossover should have), then you might be better off with the Toyota C-HR’s competitors. See, we’re not bashing it.