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2018 Toyota C-HR: First Drive Review – Video

If you’re looking for information on a newer Toyota C-HR, we’ve published an updated review: 2019 Toyota C-HR Review

This is the new 2018 Toyota C-HR. It’s a small crossover SUV-ish kind of thing that’s sort of hard to categorize. Think of it as a MINI Countryman or a Nissan Juke, only it’s a Toyota.

After driving the C-HR for a while, a few things really stand out:

First, it feels just powerful enough — not super-quick, but with a sporty-enough disposition to be fun. The 4-cylinder engine makes 144 hp, and the C-HR is front-wheel-drive only.

Next, it’s surprisingly quiet on the road. A little engine noise creeps in, but it really feels like a nicer car than the price would suggest. See the 2018 Toyota C-HR models for sale near you

The 2018 Toyota C-HR price starts at about $22,000. The one we tested is the XLE Premium, which is about $24,000.

But the interior is, again, surprisingly nice, with good-quality materials considering the price — even this sparkly trim on the dash is kind of cool. I wish there was more color inside — black is the only interior color available — and the lack of Apple CarPlay is a miss for sure. Still, Toyota has an interface that allows streaming Bluetooth, Aha radio and other apps.

What’s really amazing is that the C-HR comes with adaptive cruise control as standard equipment. Toyota’s Safety Sense is also included. The XLE Premium even has power-folding outside mirrors and blind spot monitoring as well as rear cross-traffic alert

Finally, you can opt for this cool paint scheme. The bright-blue body with the white roof is called "Blue Eclipse Metallic R-Code," and the two-tone treatment adds $500.

The Toyota C-HR is for anyone who wants the stance of a small SUV but doesn’t really need the off-road or all-weather ability. Add Toyota’s reputation for reliability and good resale value, and we expect Toyota will have no trouble finding buyers.

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Brian Moody
Brian Moody is an author specializing in transportation, automotive, electric cars, future vehicles as well as new, used, and certified pre-owned advice. He also specializes in liking ridiculous cars like the Buick Reatta, Studebaker Lark, and the GM A-Body wagons from the late 80s and mid-90s. Why? You'd have to ask him. Brian graduated from Cal State Long Beach and has been creating written and video content about cars and transportation for more than 15 years. Brian has contributed to such outlets as Autotrader, The Huffington Post, Kelley Blue Book, and MarketWatch.

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