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Toyota makes a pretty good-sized lineup of SUVs. Some of them are large brutish off-roaders like the Toyota Land Cruiser. Others are compact crossovers like the Toyota RAV4, which comes as both a hybrid and RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid. But what is the actual order of these SUVs from smallest to largest? What is the smallest Toyota SUV

A white Toyota CH-R in a press photo
2021 Toyota CH-R | Toyota USA

For anyone looking to get into a Toyota SUV without going big, there are actually a few options. That said, the Toyota CH-R is the smallest Toyota SUV. The most entry-level option for buyers that are shopping for a Toyota SUV is this small subcompact crossover. 

Is the 2021 Toyota CH-R a good car? 

The Toyota CH-R was released in 2018. Its styling has attracted a number of buyers. However, most of those buyers say they wouldn’t go back for another CH-R according to Consumer Reports data. This subcompact crossover is the smallest Toyota SUV. 

It competes with others like the Honda HR-V, Subaru Crosstrek, and Mazda CX-3. But all of these options have available all-wheel drive. The Crosstrek has this feature as standard equipment, in fact, while the 2021 Toyota CH-R doesn’t even offer it. 

In addition, Consumer Reports tests show an acceleration from 0-60 mph time of over 11 seconds. That means that this attractive little subcompact crossover is also very slow. One more reason the 2021 Toyota CH-R isn’t recommended by CR is that both side and rear visibility in the CH-R are “horrendous.” 

However, it does have great fuel economy. CR tests show 42 mpg on the highway, 19 mpg in the city, and 29 mpg combined. This is actually even better than the EPA estimate Toyota shows of 27 mpg in the city and 31 mpg in on the highway. While there are downsides, if you don’t care about punchy acceleration the CH-R makes a great entry level subcompact SUV with high predicted reliability scores. 

How much is this subcompact crossover? 

the rear quarter view of a 2021 Toyota CH-R driving at speed in the city
2021 Toyota CH-R | Toyota USA

According to Toyota’s website, the 2021 Toyota CH-R starts at $21,595. The LE is the base trim for the CH-R subcompact crossover. Moving up through the trim levels are the XLE, which starts at $23,630. This trim adds upgraded wheels and things like blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. 

New for 2021 is the Nightshade Edition CH-R. This trim adds black wheels and other blacked out details, starting for $24,395. The range topping Limited trim is fully loaded with a starting price of $26,650. 

The smallest Toyota SUV 

a blue 2021 Toyota CH-R driving at speed in a press photo
2021 Toyota CH-R | Toyota USA

The Toyota RAV4 is the next size up from the CH-R. Its compact size and the fact that Toyota offers hybrid options make this one of the most popular vehicles in the U.S. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 starts for $26,250.

So for buyers that can’t spend that few thousand dollars extra (or don’t want to) there’s the smaller 2021 CH-R. It’s a solid entry-level choice for Toyota fans. Though it has its drawbacks, it does have a spot in the lineup. The 2021 Toyota CH-R is a decent subcompact crossover and is just the right price––and size––for some shoppers.


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