2018 Toyota C-HR: A Good Looking Crossover for Practical and Mainstream Use

Mar 28, 2017 10:26 AM EDT | Yen Palec

The 2018 Toyota C-HR is expected to compete with the Nissan Juke in a market that has slowly gained mainstream attention in the past couple of years. The C-HR, with its sharp exterior design, is expected to appeal to millennials and young professionals.

The Toyota C-HR looks impressive, and, on some angles, a bit futuristic. The crossover is nothing short of stylish, and on top of that one can pick conventional features like satellite radio, sunroofs, and a wide option for interior colors.

The C-HR moniker stands for "Coupe High-Rider." In essence, it combines elements of a coupe and integrates it into a crossover, according to Jalopnik. It is practical to drive, and easy to the eyes. Handling is well within decent and it has big usable interior space.

As part of its development, Toyota even went as far as enter the C-HR in the 24 Hours Nurburgring and use gathered information from that race in order to improve the production model. This simply shows that Toyota is committed to bringing not only a practical car, but with improved performance as well.

According to Car and Driver, the 2018 Toyota C-HR packs a 2.0liter four-cylinder engine with 144 horsepower and 136lb-ft of torque. All these power is delivered to the two front wheels through a CVT automatic transmission. Unfortunately, the C-HR is only available in front-drive variant. In terms of mileage, it has an impressive rating of 31mpg for highway, 27mpg for city, and 29mpg combined.

Aside from the Juke, the C-HR will also compete with the Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3, and Honda HR-V. The 2018 Toyota C-HR is expected to hit showrooms in April. The base XLE model costs $22,500 while the upgraded XLE Premium model costs $24,350.

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