2018 Toyota CHR Features Impressive and Unique Look, Great Comfort and Safety Features, and Impeccable Fuel Economy

Mar 06, 2017 06:20 AM EST | BC Tabotabo

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The 2018 Toyota CHR is a brand new vehicle that was available only in the auto-show circuit. Finally, it will join other Toyota hatchbacks in showrooms this spring.

The C-HR stands for "Coupe High-Rider." This is Toyota's first attempt at its own subcompact SUV. Many have commented that it looks very similar to the Nissan Juke especially with its haunch-heavy styling, but the Japanese car manufacturer makes it its own. The subcompact SUV comes with a non-turbo engine and a MeZONE driver-oriented infotainment system.

According to The Car Connection, the Toyota C-HR has a bold design filled with curves, sluts, up kicks, and crests. The SUV's shape is one that continues to intrigue and leaves many viewers astonished. It has animal-like jowls and cat-eye lamps that stand high on 18-inch tires. In addition, the sills and side stampings reveal a skeletal shape.

Inside, the CHR has an amazing cockpit similar to that seen in the Kia Forte, Honda Fit, and Honda HR-V. The center pod of the controls is called the "MeZONE." It has an array of stylish and unconventional switches and knobs as well as touchscreen controls that look quite attractive. The 7-inch display screen sits on the dash but is integrated better than most of its competitors.

Edmunds reported that the 2018 Toyota CHR has four doors that appear only to have two. It has eye-catch 18-inch wheels and is offered in two trims: XLE and XLE Premium. Both trims come well-equipped with dual-zone climate control and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. There is also an extensive array of advanced safety features such as the Toyota Safety Sense P. The XLE Premium also adds keyless entry and start as well as heated front seats.

Under the hood is a typical and conservative Toyota engine. The C-HR has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is pretty capable even without turbocharging. The projected input is 144 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque. It also has a CVT with a sport program with simulated seven-speed shifting.

The 2018 Toyota CHR will hit dealerships in spring, possibly in mid-2017. It will likely cost less than $20,000 and will see competition in the Honda HR-V, Nissan Juke, Mazda CX-3, and the Jeep Renegade.

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