2018 Toyota C-HR-6

We were very happy to hear that with the sunset of the Scion brand, Toyota was still committed to bringing the C-HR to our showrooms.  We had the opportunity for a ride and drive last week in Austin, Texas of the new C-HR, and we think you are going to LOVE this new small crossover.

The C-HR (Coupé-High Riding) slots in just below the RAV4 in overall size and pricing, however, it is very roomy on the inside.  The C-HR will be a front-drive only crossover, no all-wheel drive is available, it is offered with a 2.0-liter four cylinder producing 144 horsepower and 139 lb/ft of torque, and this is backed by a CVT transmission with seven simulated gears.

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Perhaps in the past, you have experienced a CVT transmission where you put your foot down and the engine seems to rev to a point and never go beyond?  With the CVT in the C-HR, that is mostly eliminated by the seven simulated gears.  You get all the fuel efficiency of a CVT, yet it feels like a standard automatic transmission, it’s the best of both worlds.

In stop and go driving, and merging onto the highway, the C-HR has plenty of power so that you don’t have to worry about merging with oncoming traffic, nor getting away from stoplights.

On the road is where the C-HR really shines.  Built off the same platform as the new Prius, it has a double wishbone rear suspension and SACHS dampers at all four corners.  What this means to you is a very connected feeling to the road that is firm and well controlled while maintaining a pleasant ride quality.

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On the inside, the quality of materials is much better that you would expect for the price point.  There are plenty of soft-touch materials around, a rear vision camera integrated into the rearview mirror, a seven-inch touch screen display with Bluetooth and USB integration, dual zone climate controls on the XLE Premium trim, and a driver’s cockpit layout that will remind you of the Lexus IS!

Toyota is putting a premium on safety with the C-HR.  Included as standard on all cars is:

  • Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) – Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
  • Electric Parking Brake (EPB)
  • Star Safety SystemTM – includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology® (SST)
  • 10 airbags — includes driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, driver and front passenger and rear seat-mounted side airbags, driver knee airbag, front passenger seat cushion airbag, and front and rear side curtain airbags
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) includes lower anchors and tether anchors on
  • outboard second-row seats
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) – XLE Premium only
  • Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS). When the tire pressure drops to a critically low level, a light on the instrument panel alerts the driver.
  • Child-protector rear door locks

The styling for the C-HR is a standout!  It combines beautiful curves with diamond shaped angles.  The more you walk around the car, the more interesting shapes you find, and they all flow together in a fun and sporty package.

In keeping with the Scion heritage, the C-HR does not have any options other than paint color.  There will be two trim levels, XLE and XLE premium.  Pricing for C-HR XLE will be $22,500 and for the XLE Premium $24,350, with $960 for destination and delivery on top.

Fuel economy for the C-HR is also very good for the crossover market, it is EPA-rated at 27 MPG City, 31 MPG Highway and 29 MPG Combined.

The C-HR will arrive in our showrooms in April, and we can’t wait for you to come in and take one for a drive.