What Is It?
The Toyota C-HR is a stylish new subcompact crossover. Previously revealed in concept form, the C-HR is now production-ready — and the production model looks to carry the stylish design of a concept car on to the streets.
On the outside, the C-HR looks nothing like many of today’s other subcompact crossovers, touting a sporty design, huge fender flares and a unique tapering roofline. It’s also defined by giant, sculpted headlights and taillights and highly noticeable unique character lines down both sides.
Although the crossover’s interior has not yet been revealed, Toyota has announced that the C-HR will offer three powertrains: a 120-horsepower hybrid 4-cylinder, a 1.2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder. We’re not sure which of those engines will make it to the U.S. market, but our money’s on the 2.0-liter and the hybrid. A continuously variable automatic transmission will be standard, while front- or all-wheel drive will be available.
Toyota hasn’t yet announced pricing, but we suspect it’ll be competitive with other subcompact crossovers with a starting MSRP of around $20,000.
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The subcompact-crossover segment is blowing up, and the Toyota C-HR looks like a credible contender. While some subcompact-crossover rivals offer standout styling (such as the Mazda CX-3 and Jeep Renegade) and some don’t (the Honda HR-V and Chevy Trax), the C-HR appears to offer an even more unique design than anything that’s already out there, save for possibly the Nissan Juke. A hybrid powertrain would be icing on the cake since it brings added efficiency to the small SUV.
Other Cars to Consider
2016 FIAT 500X — The FIAT 500X offers handsome, bold styling and surprisingly potent powertrains. We also like its reasonable pricing and impressive available technology.
2016 Honda HR-V — Though the HR-V isn’t as wildly styled as the C-HR, it offers an excellent driving experience, lots of features, reasonable pricing and typical Honda durability. Plus, it’s available now.
2016 Nissan Juke — Although the Juke is more expensive than we expect the C-HR will be, we also suspect that the Nissan will offer better performance. Whether or not you like the Juke’s unusual styling, however, is another matter.
Used Nissan Murano — If you like unusual design but need more space than you can get in the tiny C-HR, consider the boldly styled Nissan Murano. Prices are higher, though, so you may have to buy a used model.