The Toyota C-HR Is not Recommended

Toyota makes some fantastic vehicles. Its a brand known for trusted reliability with models like the Toyota Tacoma that hold their value. Or worldwide best-sellers like the Toyota Corolla. It’s difficult to find much negative from Consumer Reports as far as Toyota vehicles go. But the 2020 Toyota C-HR is not recommended by Consumer Reports.

Low on the list, no AWD

On a list of 16 compact cars, the 2020 Toyota C-HR took number 13. Consumer Reports did not like the fact that the Toyota C-HR doesn’t have available all-wheel drive. Competitors in the segment such as the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and Subaru Crosstrek can each come equipped with such.

A new Toyota C-HR on display at an auto show
Toyota C-HR | Gerlach Delissen – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

It’s especially confusing that this vehicle lacks this feature, as many of the models in Toyota’s lineup have are available with this feature. You can have an Avalon or the RAV4 with a TRD pro package. But, not the smallest Toyota SUV. If you want a subcompact SUV or just a Toyota in general equipped with AWD, the Toyota C-HR is not recommended.

“Abnormally slow”

The CR review of this subcompact SUV declares the 2020 Toyota C-HR “abnormally slow.” The CR review didn’t hate everything about the CH-R, but they do not recommend it over many others on the market. They actually thought the 2020 Toyota C-HR handled OK.

“Once we got past the C-HR’s avant-garde styling, we found that this Toyota drives decently, but it has a few glaring faults that may take it out of contention for potential buyers.”

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One of those “glaring fault” is the sluggish acceleration. It takes over 11 seconds to get from 0-60. CR also reported loud wind noise, and cargo space that is some of the lowest in the subcompact class.

“Horrendous visibility”

CR docks the 2020 C-HR for its poor visibility. The Toyota has big problems with both side and rear visibility. According to CR:

“The small windows create a very dark cabin with difficult visibility, making parking maneuvers and merging rather dicey.”

Consumer Reoprts

This is one more reason the Toyota C-HR is not recommended. For a car that is advertised as an urban family vehicle, the 2020 C-HR might want to upgrade to some bigger windows. Safety matters when it comes to choosing a vehicle for the family. Combine the unsafe blind spots with the awkward, hidden door handles which are anything but kid-friendly, and it is pretty obvious why CR does not recommend the 2020 C-HR.

white 2020 Toyota C-HR in pink and blue lighting
2020 Toyota C-HR | Toyota

Poor predicted owner satisfaction rating

The 2020 Toyota C-HR received only a 1 out of 5 for the predicted owner satisfaction rating. In fact, less than half of the C-HR buyers surveyed said that would buy another Toyota C-HR if given the chance for a do-over. The Toyota C-HR, though it looks edgy and offers a competitive standard safety suite, isn’t winning people over.

According to CR, owners say its biggest downsides include an uncomfortable ride and poor “bang for your buck” appeal, as it lacks value. With a starting range of $21,295 – $26,350, the 2020 C-HR doesn’t compete well with models like the Nissan Kicks. In comparison, the Nissan option starts at $18,870 – $21,120, and it’s a value package that beats the Toyota.C


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The 2020 Toyota C-HR

The 2020 C-HR does boast an exciting exterior look and gas mileage we can appreciate. But overall, it’s a disappointing member of the Toyota lineup. There are enough great subcompact SUVs out there that exceed the C-HR, which makes this one easy to overlook. And chances are if you do overlook the C-HR, you probably won’t regret it.