The Toyota C-HR, which the automaker says stands for Coupe High Rider, is a brand-new vehicle from Toyota, aimed at buyers who want a little bit more aggressiveness from their compact SUV. The C-HR as it's known, is the latest vehicle to make the jump from outlandish concept car to street legal people hauler with surprisingly few changes to the styling.
The C-HR comes in one of just two trims for its first year on the market, XLE and XLE Premium. Both are powered by a compact 2.0L 4-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission sending power to the front wheels. In normal operation, the transmission will work to optimize fuel economy, but when put into sport mode, it will imitate a 7-speed sequential transmission. Toyota estimates the C-HR will achieve over 30 mpg on the highway and around 27 in the city.
One of the major selling points of the C-HR comes from the list of standard features. XLE versions come standard with LED daytime running lights, 18-inch wheels, powered rearview mirrors with integrated turn signals, Dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch touchscreen display for the sound system, a 4.2-inch screen in the instrument cluster, an electronically dimming rearview mirror with an integrated backup camera, a leather trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, power windows and keyless entry. Standard safety features include Toyota's Safety Sense P system, which includes a lane departure warning system, a pre-collision system, a pedestrian detection system, automatic high beams and radar controlled cruise control. Ten airbags are also standard.
The XLE Premium trim costs less than $2,000 extra, but includes fog lamps, touch sensors for the outside door handles and rear hatch, side mirrors that include blind spot warning indicators and puddle lights, heated front seats and a smart key with a remote start function.