The all-new Toyota C-HR, or Coupe High-Rider, is a futuristic-looking subcompact CUV. If you've ever wanted to drive a car that looks a little like a Batmobile, get the C-HR in Black Sand Pearl. Its chunky styling is similar, although it's quite a bit shorter and gets better mileage. Don't expect to go screaming around corners with the C-HR, though. It's not for chasing villains around Gotham City. It is a good little subcompact CUV that will get you to and from your destination safely. If you're looking for a new, well-equipped, inexpensive hatchback, you will definitely want to give this new C-HR a try.
How many different trim levels are available for the C-HR?
Toyota is only offering two trim levels on the C-HR. They are the basic C-HR XLE model and the C-HR XLE Premium model.
Is the new C-HR expensive?
The C-HR is reasonably priced for a subcompact CUV. The base XLE model has an MSRP of $23,545, and the XLE Premium starts out at $25,395. That includes a destination charge. You could conceivably drive home a nicely accessorized XLE Premium for right around $30,000.
Does the C-HR get good gas mileage?
The new C-HR has an EPA rating of 27 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which is very similar to other subcompact CUVs. When Car and Driver tested the XLE Premium on a 200-mile trek, however, they got a full six mpg higher or 37 mpg, which is much better than most other subcompact CUVs. It's actually even better than the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD, which gets 30 mpg on the highway.
How many passengers can fit in the C-HR?
There is room for five people in the C-HR, including the driver. The back seat is not what you would call roomy, though. If you are transporting people who are on the larger side of average, they may feel a bit constricted.
What type of infotainment equipment comes in the C-HR?
Both C-HR trim levels come with 7" touchscreen Display Audio, an AM/FM player, Aha Radio app with more than 100,000 available stations, six speakers, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity, voice recognition, hands-free phone capability and Bluetooth music streaming capability.
Can you get the C-HR with all-wheel-drive?
Unfortunately, the C-HR only comes in front-wheel-drive. There is no AWD option.
What type of engine does the C-HR have?
The new C-HR comes with a 2.0-L, 4-Cylinder, DOHC CVTi-S engine. That is the only option. It produces 144 hp at 6100 rpm and 139 lb-ft. of torque at 3900 rpm. In average driver speak, that translates to: this CUV isn't big on power. It takes more than 7 seconds to go from 50 mph to 70 mph. Leave plenty of room if you attempt to pass another vehicle on a two-lane highway.
Does the new C-HR have any good, hi-tech safety features?
Toyota's Safety Sense P and Star Safety System are standard in both C-HR trim levels. The Safety Sense P suite of safety features includes a Pre-collision Warning System, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. The Star Safety System includes Brake Assist, Traction Control, an Anti-lock Brake System, Smart Stop Technology, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Vehicle Stability Control.
Does the C-HR have lots of cargo space?
The C-HR isn't what you would call overly roomy, but the cargo space is respectable for a little subcompact CUV. When the back seat is in the upright position, there is 19 cubic feet of space in the back. If you fold the back seat down flat, there is a total of 36 cubic feet of room for cargo.
How safe is the C-HR?
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) haven't done any crash testing with the C-HR just yet. Toyota has a very good safety record, though. The RAV4 and Highlander both won the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award and got five-star overall safety ratings from the NHTSA. It think it is fairly safe to assume that the C-HR will test well.