2018 Toyota C-HR XLE
2.zero-liter inline-four, DOHC (one hundred forty four hp @ 6,one hundred rpm, 139 lb-ft @ three,900 rpm)
Constantly-variable transmission, entrance-wheel drive
27 metropolis / 31 freeway / 29 mixed (EPA Score, MPG)
28.four (noticed mileage, MPG)
Base Worth: $23,460 (USD)
As Examined: $23,783
Costs embrace $960 freight cost.
Think about if automotive historical past have been flipped a bit, and that crossovers have been the default compact household vehicle for many years, slightly than sedans. We’d be reliving the “longer, decrease, wider” craze of the late ‘50s within the trendy period, however with revolutionary issues referred to as “hatchbacks.”
Actually, that’s all a subcompact crossover is — a hatchback with a little bit of floor clearance, and typically a better roof. It’s a repackaging of an older idea to market to new clients.
Toyota was the trailblazer within the car-based mostly SUV enterprise with the unique RAV4, subsequently build up a strong lineup of crossovers giant and small. Now, with the polarizing styling and compact dimensions of the 2018 Toyota C-HR, Massive T takes purpose on the entry degree. Will the funky styling convey consumers, or will they defend their eyes?
Many car corporations have been lambasted (Toyota undoubtedly amongst them) for constructing uninteresting-wanting automobiles. No one can name the C-HR boring.
It’s, nevertheless, a bit odd, with curves, slashes, and contours clashing over each floor. In my tester’s darkish gray end, it’s just a little bit stealthy — a few of the extra vibrant hues on supply spotlight the C-HR’s critical funkiness. The road created by the decrease fringe of the aspect home windows dramatically rises to satisfy the drooping black line that creates a “floating” roof — and in addition locations the door handles for these rear doorways in a slightly excessive place.
I’m not a fan of these excessive handles, because the C-HR is more likely to be pushed by younger households with youngsters who have to get within the again seat by themselves, and who will discover themselves thwarted by a deal with nicely out of their attain. I’m positive the focused demographic is younger, upwardly cellular (I hate the time period “millennial”) singles or couples with out youngsters, however ultimately lots of these couples do what couples do and 9 months later the notice on a minivan is tough to swallow on prime of a 5-plus-determine obstetrics invoice.
My first-era Nissan Pathfinder equally had the rear door handles up excessive on the C-pillar, which brought about points for teenagers as nicely.
I discussed the bottom clearance benefit that a crossover theoretically holds over a standard car. The C-HR doesn’t meet that standards inside Toyota’s personal lineup, as a result of dimensionally it’s an oddball — it has 5.9 inches of floor clearance, in comparison with 5.5 inches within the subcompact Yaris, and 6.7 inches within the apparently path-prepared Corolla. General roof peak favors the C-HR, at sixty one.6 inches, in comparison with fifty nine.four and fifty seven.three for the Yaris and Corolla, respectively. These numbers add as much as a considerably bigger cabin than you’d anticipate; 102.eight cubic ft of interior quantity versus eighty five.1 on the Yaris, and ninety seven.5 on the Corolla. For slightly vehicle, it’s fairly roomy, however it doesn’t match the normal excellent of a SUV.
One other notch towards the C-HR in case you are in search of an SUV various: no all-wheel drive. It’s not even obtainable. Whether or not it wants all-wheel drive is one other matter. Until the snow or ice will get significantly deep, entrance-wheel drive paired with good tires will work properly in all climate circumstances. I didn’t get to test in something past rain, however anecdotal reports from acquaintances who personal their very own C-HRs inform me that it performs in addition to some other entrance-drive car.
A constructive relating to the car-like nature of this crossover — it truly handles very properly, with some driving experiences leaning dangerously near the enjoyable aspect of the equation. Physique roll is minimal when cornering, and switch-in is sharp and instant. The freeway experience is agency however composed, and the response from the one hundred forty four hp 2.zero-liter 4-cylinder isn’t too blunted by the constantly-variable transmission, which does higher than most at anticipating the suitable drive ratio for the state of affairs.
I did embrace an extended drive in my week with the C-HR, and as I discussed the experience itself is sort of good. Nevertheless, I struggled with the entrance seats. Whereas the seat is adjustable for rake, attain, and decrease-cushion peak, I couldn’t discover a place that match me nicely. I blame what appear to be very brief decrease bolsters, because the time I spent on that 5 hour street journey left my hamstrings in agony for a number of days after the drive. The seat’s entrance edge appeared to dig in, chopping off circulation.
At properly over six ft tall, I’ll concede that I’m dimensionally a freak, so many drivers might not endure behind the wheel like I did. However in case you are a ninetieth percentile grownup, ask your Toyota supplier for an extended-than-typical test drive earlier than signing.
Past the seats, there have been a number of particulars that appeared fairly odd within the in any other case nicely-laid-out interior. Word these odd projections from the inside door panel that appear to help the exterior mirrors. One would have thought that both the door panel might be made into one steady piece to cowl this area, or that the mounting for the exterior mirror could possibly be lowered 20mm or so to raised match this window line. Both means, it appears to be a symptom of the interior and exterior styling groups not speaking till totally too late within the ramp-as much as manufacturing.
Toyota quotes 19.zero cubic ft of cargo area behind the rear seats. I’m not sure how helpful each a type of cubes are, nevertheless, because the area is fairly shallow as a consequence of a excessive load flooring and the dramatically-slanted rear window. It’s sufficient to haul groceries or a couple of bigger gadgets, however cumbersome stuff would require folding of the rear seat.
Toyota is extremely daring for taking an opportunity on such an unusually-styled subcompact crossover. Whereas I’m clearly not demographically or bodily proper for the C-HR, I’m seeing loads of them on the street. There are clearly sufficient drivers who like a bit funk with their commute.
[Images: © 2018 Chris Tonn/TTAC]
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