The all-new C-HR’s Achille’s heel – one of them – is its attempt to squeeze itself into the incredibly competitive subcompact SUV field with nothing going for it to outclass its competition. Its acceleration is wimpy. It’s cramped, especially in the rear. Its smartphone technology is at least five years behind everyone else. Its cockpit seems designed by Mattell, and its interior noise is considerable. It’s ranked near the bottom of its segment by almost every accredited auto rag, and with good reason.
Incredibly, too, its starting price is higher than many in its class.
It’s not all bad news, though. Its list of standard safety features is generous, including lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision alert with pedestrian detection and more. It handles reasonably well. It also has an excellent reliability rating.
It comes in two trims, the XLE and XLE Premium trims. Your base XLE starts at $22,500, the XLE Premium trim starts at $24,350. Both trims seat five, and standard features include cloth upholstery, six-way manually adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats. Available features include heated seats and an eight-way manually adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support. The C-HR comes standard with 60/40 split-folding rear seats that fold flat. Additional storage space is available under the cargo floor, and there are plenty of places throughout the cabin to store smaller items. The car comes equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 144 horsepower. It comes with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which functions like an automatic. No other engines are available.
For die-hard Toyota fans who want Something Completely Different, the C-HR is your baby. If you want more bang for your buck, more power and something just a little bit more upscale, look elsewhere.