2018 Toyota C-HR: Absolutely Fun But Can Use Little BIt More Power

Jun 22, 2017 01:00 AM EDT | Paul Urban


The 2018 Toyota C-HR is promising as it is. Its looks suggest fun, which is what it is basically all about. With the younger generation as its target market, it is sure to hit the mark with them. However, is its fun demeanor the only factor to consider in buying?

The 2018 Toyota C-HR appeals mainly to its "millennial" clientele. It looks unique and just altogether entertaining to have. Its overall demeanor depicts the younger drivers of today — fun, practical, and free-spirited.

Obviously, the C-HR nails it in terms of its millennial appeal. However, it may be lacking in one of the most important components that a vehicle should have. While some of its buyers may just go for its looks, most would still want more power under the hood. Unfortunately, the C-HR may not be delivering that.

Its naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline-4 engine is capable of producing 144-horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. For its size, industry experts may consider it a little underpowered and underwhelming. Also, this may not be too advisable in the steep and winding roads of San Francisco. It is reviewed to be a little torturous.

Well, power may be lagging but it is one safe ride. The latest C-HR boasts of Standard Toyota Safety Sense P. It has Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), which takes cruising to the next level. It makes use of an intelligent camera to detect the speed and distance of the vehicle traveling directly ahead and adjust to the speed accordingly.

The reliable site, The Car Connection even just rated it 5.5 out of a scale of one to 10. It has received the highest rating of seven points for its Styling. The rest fall under the satisfactory marking with Comfort and Quality getting five points. Safety features received six points and Performance even falls below the midway mark having four points.

Look, the 2018 Toyota C-HR may not be one's go-to subcompact crossover SUV but it does have its perks. For its overall looks and character, it is considered a more affordable option. It may have mediocre reviews in performance but expect for it to still do well in sales. Toyota may still get the cash cow "mooing" with the C-HR.

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