Buyer's Guide

2021 Toyota C-hr
Select a Different Model (4 Available): LE
Fuel Economy $ 27 / 31 mpg
Horsepower 144@6,100
Torque 139@3,900
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2021 Toyota C-HR MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Generous standard feature content
  • Controlled handling
  • Good value

Cons

  • Overstressed engine
  • Noisy, claustrophobic cabin
  • Small cargo area

The C-HR is the smallest of Toyota's crossover offerings, positioned below the RAV4 and Highlander. Unlike most vehicles marketed as SUVs, the C-HR is exclusively offered with FWD; those seeking AWD will need to look elsewhere. Toyota introduced the C-HR for the 2018 model year and issued the model a light midcycle face-lift for 2020. The entry-level SUV competes with other small FWD crossovers including the Kia Soul, Nissan Kicks, and Hyundai Venue.

What's New

  • The more advanced TSS 2.0 driver-assist suite of safety features replaces TSS-P
  • Nightshade Edition
  • Oxide Bronze and Magnetic Gray Metallic replace Kickout Silver Metallic and Hot Lava

What We Think

In such a crowded and competitive segment, the C-HR is difficult to recommend. Starting with its strong points, this little ute is generously equipped with infotainment and active safety technology even on its entry-level trim. The infotainment display kind of looks like it came off the shelf at a big-box store, but standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto sweeten the deal.

We dig the handling, too. The C-HR exhibits minimal body roll and decent grip, but lifeless, non-linear steering feel saps the driver's confidence. Plus, there's only one available powertrain, and calling it underpowered would be an understatement. The unresponsive transmission tuning doesn't help.

Plenty of tire, wind, and engine noise infiltrate the C-HR's cabin while driving at speed. The cabin can feel claustrophobic, too, thanks to the tiny windows in the rear seat, and its measured cargo volume is less than that of some small hatchbacks. Toyota's smallest crossover is underwhelming to drive, cramped inside, and lacks the refinement of its strongest competitors. Unless you've fallen in love with the styling, we'd recommend you look elsewhere.

The C-HR finished last in a comparison test against the Kia Soul, Nissan Kicks, and Hyundai Venue. Get the full story here.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Regardless of trim, the C-HR is powered by a 2.0-liter non-turbocharged I-4 sending power through the front wheels with help from a CVT automatic. EPA fuel economy numbers read 27/31 mpg city/highway. The free-breathing four-cylinder develops 144 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque that, in a recent test, helped the C-HR eventually reach 60 mph in 10.1 seconds.

Safety

Toyota's littlest crossover is a strong performer in IIHS safety testing, earning the highest possible ratings in all six crashworthiness tests and a Superior rating for its standard front crash prevention system. Its standard headlights get the lowest rating of Poor with excessive glare and inadequate visibility, but the upgraded units standard on the C-HR Limited earn a Good rating. The C-HR also earns a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, despite a four-star rollover score.

The C-HR gains the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 collection of driver-assist features as standard for 2021, replacing last year's more basic TSS-P suite. It includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist with lane tracing, road sign assist, automatic high-beams, and adaptive cruise control.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

Although the C-HR technically seats five, its dimensions make accommodations tight inside. Front legroom measures a generous 43.5 inches, but rear seat passengers are forced to find comfort in just 31.7 inches of space. That said, one 6-foot-1 editor had no problem fitting behind his own driving position.

As for cargo space, the C-HR offers 19.1 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 37.0 if you fold those seats down. Those seeking a crossover for maximum cargo capacity may find themselves disappointed; you'd get more volume in a Honda Civic Hatchback.

Technology

Every C-HR features an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as standard. The only available audio system is a six-speaker setup, and integrated navigation is not offered on any trim. All models also include a 4.2-inch instrument cluster display.

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2021 TOYOTA C-HR SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 2.0 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, CVTi-S Continuously Variable Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode
Trim
LE
Class
Compact Utility
Horsepower
144@6,100
Standard MPG
27/31
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
24
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$500 Toyota announces a College Graduate Rebate on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021
$0 3.49% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021
$0 0.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021
$0 1.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021
$0 2.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60, 72 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021
$0 3.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021
$1000 Toyota announces a Customer Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021
$750 Toyota announces a Military Rebate on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021
$750 Toyota announces Bonus Cash on select models for eligible current owners. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021