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LAcarGUY Exclusive First Drive: 2018 Toyota C-HR

March 8, 2017 lacarguy New Cars, Toyota, Toyota of Hollywood, Toyota Santa Monica Tags: ,

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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.

The Toyota C-HR Will be Used at Nurburgring

January 12, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , ,

If you thought racing the Lexus XT 200h at Nurburgring back in 2011 was one of the strangest moves you’d ever see from a team you’re about to be even more shocked at the team’s latest decision. Not only does Toyota Gazoo Racing plan on using some standard race cars for the event, but the team also plans to enter the C-HR, that’s right a crossover vehicle is going to be entered in a race that’s dominated by cars.

Toyota C-HR Concept

What the Heck are they Thinking?

It’s hard to know exactly what they are thinking. This is clearly an experimental move and the team is using standard cars as backups, but they really believe that the crossover is going to do great things. The team stated that they were creating a better race vehicle from a crossover body instead of relying on what you get with a car.

Changes to the C-HR

There are no details about the exact changes made to the C-HR, but there were clearly some modifications made ot the vehicle that you can see with your eye. It comes with a more aggressive front fascia that could be to improve aerodynamics, but is likely for aesthetics more than anything else. The vehicle is also fitted with a massive wing at the back and it has a set of vents along the hood. These improvements make a pretty large engine likely, but it’s only speculation at this point.

Introducing the Latest C-HR

Toyota plans to release the production C-HR at the Geneva Motor Show this year. It’s supposed to have the same shape of the concept version that was shown off at the 2015 LA Auto Show and since it was previewed with a Scion badge it’s likely to show up in the United States as well.

2016 makes ten years from Toyota Gazoo Racing competing at Nurburgring. Have they lost their minds or is the team onto something really great with this latest decision? Only time will tell when we see the results from the race. Either way, we’ll all get to see how well crossovers stand up to cars in a race setting. That’s a pretty exciting experiment for everyone, and you could see more crossovers at the starting line next year if things go well for the team.

Toyota to Present their Smallest Crossover Yet at the Paris Motor Show

September 16, 2014 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , , 0 Comments

Toyota is breaking new ground on their lineup once again by shifting to a smaller SUV that is likely to come in under the size of the RAV4. They have dubbed this concept vehicle the C-HR and are set to show it off at the Paris Motor Show next month. During the show onlookers will get a view of exactly what the smallest crossover in Toyota’s lineup looks like.

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Predicting the Size of the All-New Model

Back in July a modified version of the Toyota Auris was witnessed during testing at Nurburgring in Germany. The vehicle was modified to be high-riding and it makes sense that the C-HR concept will be around the same size as the Auris. This would put the new crossover at just a little bit smaller than the RAV4.

A Hybrid Powertrain

Not only is the crossover designed to be quite compact, but it’s going to feature a hybrid powertrain for impressive fuel economy figures. Toyota stresses that the new vehicle will be sporty and fun to drive. It sounds like it’s going to be a model tailored toward commuters more than anyone else, but the C-HR could be the next big thing.

The Look

Toyota’s released a few teaser images of their latest crossover project and from these pictures it looks like a sportier, more lifted version of the Toyota Auris. You get an Auris transformed into an SUV and given more sharp defined edges. Although you can’t see the whole vehicle yet, the overall layout looks similar to a stretched out Porsche Macan.

When will it be on Display?

The new concept is set to be on display at the Paris Motor show from the 2nd of October until the 19th. The new vehicle isn’t expected to be up for sale until 2017, but the reveal will give everyone a good look at what’s to come. The C-HR is expected to be available globally and will likely be a big hit in countries preferring compact vehicles.

Keep a close eye on the Paris Motor Show and wait for more details to be released about the vehicle in October. The C-HR sounds like a good option for someone looking for a more rugged compact vehicle, and it could fit the needs of younger drivers looking for a more economical way around.