The 2018 Toyota C-HR: What the critics say
Toyota’s all-new C-HR is “a bit of a contradiction.” Billed as a crossover coupe, it delivers neither the utility of a crossover nor the driving pleasure that its rally-car styling promises. In fact, you can’t even opt for all-wheel drive, and highway acceleration is “painfully slow.” That said, it’s packed with safety features, and it looks cool zipping around on city streets, where its nimble handling shows best. For a niche buyer, this subcompact is “an excellent value.”
Most of its shortcomings seem fixable. Only one power train is available: a just-adequate four-cylinder connected to a continuously variable transmission. But the chassis is terrific, making the C-HR “genuinely enjoyable to huck around.” And the funky design is so well worked out that this youth-mobile arrives out of the box as one of Toyota’s “bestdriving and sharpest-looking” products.
There’s no fixing the back seat, though, which is “cramped and coffin-like at best.” Still, the C-HR has enough standard features to make up for some of its flaws. Though it lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it does boast adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, a backup camera, lane departure alert, bucket seats, and alloy wheels. “There is simply no other vehicle on the market currently offering features like these at such an affordable price.” ■