2018 Toyota C-HR XLE: Fully Loaded and Ready to Roll

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | 9:54 PM

2018toyotachr475For 2018 Toyota introduces the all-new C-HR, a hold-over from the discontinued Scion brand, the C-HR is a subcompact crossover with a bit of pizzazz. Its design is all curves and angles with a fun to drive attitude.

The C-HR comes in just two trim levels: XLE and XLE Premium. This review will focus on the XLE trim.

2018toyotachrintStandard on the C-HR XLE are 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights with automatic high-beam control, LED daytime running lights, rear spoiler, remote locking and unlocking, driver information display, adjustable driving modes, rearview camera with the projection on the mirror, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, height-adjustable front seats, 60/40-split rear seat, a cargo cover, 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, and six-speaker audio system with HD radio and a USB port. There are also safety features included like traffic-adapting cruise control, brake hold at stoplights, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning and intervention.

A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine powers the car delivering 144 horses with 139 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission is the only offering. Mileage estimates are 27/city, 31/highway, and 29/combined mpg.

The interior of the C-HR is a nice place to be with comfortable supportive seats and a smooth ride. It’s a bit technologically impaired with no navigation or smartphone integration software. The backseat is fine except when tall people are in the front seat then legroom can be impacted.

2018toyotachrdashIt took me a minute to find the handles for the back door. The are up a the top of the door and seem to fade into the background. Cargo space is good at 19 cubic feet with the backseats up and 36.4 with the seats folded down.

The C-HR corners well which makes it fun to drive on curvy roads, but its engine is a bit slow to respond from a dead-stop. Going up hills you need to get a running start and the engine is noisy when it is taxed.

In the market for a subcompact crossover that has some spunk and is distinctive looking? Give the all-new 2018 Toyota C-HR a test drive.