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2020 Toyota C-HR Review

The Toyota C-HR has poised handling, and user-friendly tech features, but it ranks toward the bottom of the subcompact SUV class due to its lethargic acceleration, small cargo area, and claustrophobic back seat.

Pros & Cons

  • Composed ride and handling
  • Many standard tech and safety features
  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Snug back seat and cargo space
  • All-wheel drive not available

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Toyota C-HR's #13 ranking is based on its score within the Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Toyota C-HR has a score of 6.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 28 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 4.8
Performance: 5.9
Interior: 5.4
Safety: 9.7
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Is the Toyota C-HR a Good SUV?

The 2020 Toyota C-HR isn’t a very good SUV, but it's not without its strengths. The C-HR offers composed handling and a comfortable ride, its styling is bound to turn heads, and it sports a long list of standard features, including Apple CarPlay and forward collision warning.

Unfortunately, these positives are outweighed by big drawbacks. The C-HR has leisurely acceleration, and its engine can be quite noisy at full throttle. The back seat feels cramped, and there isn’t a lot of cargo space. Also, all-wheel drive isn’t available in the C-HR, though you’ll find it in most other vehicles in the subcompact SUV class.

Should I Buy the Toyota C-HR?

No, you should skip the C-HR for one of its more capable and refined competitors. The Hyundai Kona is a top pick. It offers more seating and cargo space than the C-HR, a punchy engine option, and available all-wheel drive. The Honda HR-V is another practical choice because of its expansive cargo area. If you want an especially sporty SUV with great fuel economy, give the energetic Mazda CX-3 a test drive. All are better picks than this Toyota.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Toyota C-HR?

The Toyota C-HR launched for 2018 as an all-new model. There have been a few notable updates since. The 2019 C-HR gained Apple CarPlay and a larger touch screen, and navigation became available. The 2020 C-HR adds support for Android Auto. It also has a restyled grille, front bumper, and headlights.

If these changes are important to you, opt for a 2019 or 2020 C-HR. If they aren’t, shop for a pre-owned 2018 C-HR model to save some money.

Be sure to read our 2018 C-HR and 2019 C-HR reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 16 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 16 Toyota C-HR reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

This C-HR review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2018.

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How Much Does the Toyota C-HR Cost?

The 2020 Toyota C-HR has a starting price of around $21,100. That’s about average for the subcompact SUV segment. The price rises to just over $26,000 for the range-topping C-HR Limited model. Less expensive options in the Toyota lineup include the Yaris and Corolla hatchbacks ($17,750 and $20,290, respectively). The Toyota RAV4 SUV is a size up from the C-HR, and it carries a base price of $25,850.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Toyota dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Toyota deals page.

Toyota C-HR Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota C-HR or Subaru Crosstrek?

The Subaru Crosstrek and Toyota C-HR are both easy to drive and similarly priced, and they have several of the same tech and safety features. That said, the Subaru has a few advantages over its Toyota rival. The Crosstrek has roomier rear seats and a larger cargo area, making it a better people and cargo hauler. It also comes standard with all-wheel drive, a feature you won’t find in the C-HR. Check out the Crosstrek first.

Which Is Better: Toyota C-HR or Mazda CX-3?

The Mazda CX-3 is a better pick for most shoppers. The CX-3 feels more agile and fun to drive than the C-HR, and it has zippier acceleration and a better fuel economy rating. The Mazda also has a more luxurious interior and a larger cargo area. However, the CX-3 doesn’t support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Unless that’s a deal breaker for you, opt for the Mazda.

Which Is Better: Toyota C-HR or Toyota RAV4?

The Toyota RAV4 is a compact SUV, and it’s the next size up SUV in Toyota’s lineup. This means that the RAV4 costs a bit more than the C-HR, but overall, it’s money well spent. The RAV4 has more seating space and a much larger cargo area than the C-HR. It also has a punchier engine, better fuel economy, available all-wheel drive, and decent towing ability. Opt for the RAV4.

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C-HR Interior

How Many People Does the C-HR Seat?

The Toyota C-HR is a four-door SUV with five seats. The front seats are spacious and comfortable, and they provide good hip-hugging support. The driving position is nice as well, and it’s complemented by a wide view of the road ahead. There is adequate head- and legroom in the back seat for adults, but the sloping roofline, oddly shaped rear doors, and tiny windows make the rear feel cavelike. Rear visibility is poor for the same reasons.

Fabric-trimmed seats are standard. Available seating features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

C-HR and Child Car Seats

The C-HR has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats, as well as a tether anchor for the rear middle seat. The anchors are easy to locate and can’t be confused with other hardware.

C-HR Interior Quality

The C-HR’s interior styling is just as eclectic as its exterior. The cabin boasts dynamic lines and shapes, as well as a variety of textured surfaces, from the diamond print door panels to the gloss black trim and padded dashboard. Most of the cabin materials have a quality look and feel, apart from a few hard plastics on the center console.

C-HR Cargo Space

The C-HR has one of the smallest cargo areas in the subcompact SUV class. There’s just 19 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 36.4 cubic feet with them folded. If you want a small SUV that can haul a lot of cargo, check out the Honda HR-V or Nissan Rogue Sport.

C-HR Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The C-HR comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen that supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa. Additional standard features include satellite radio, six speakers, a USB port, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, and power windows.

The touch screen infotainment system is user-friendly and features a simple menu structure. It also responds quickly to user inputs. The system benefits from having a few physical buttons and knobs, which makes it easy to adjust the audio and climate settings while driving. Available features include navigation, HD Radio, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start.

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C-HR Performance

C-HR Engine: Hurry Up and Wait

The Toyota C-HR is outfitted with a 144-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. A continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. This engine scoots the C-HR around town with decent pep, and the transmission operates smoothly. Step hard on the gas pedal, though, and the C-HR noisily struggles to get up to highway speeds. Once there, you won’t find much passing power.

C-HR Gas Mileage: Just Average

The C-HR gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. That’s about average for the subcompact SUV class. Consider the Nissan Kicks or Kia Soul if you want better fuel economy.

C-HR Ride and Handling: Surprisingly Balanced

The C-HR rides quite nicely for a small SUV. It remains stable around turns, the brakes provide sufficient stopping power, and the power steering has a light and responsive feel. The C-HR’s ride quality is forgiving. Its solid suspension helps glide the C-HR comfortably over most bumps and dips in the road, though larger rough patches can shimmy the SUV a bit.

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C-HR Reliability

Is the Toyota C-HR Reliable?

The 2020 C-HR has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Toyota C-HR Warranty

Toyota covers the C-HR with a three-year/36,000-mile new-car limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Toyota C-HR?

The cost of insuring a Toyota C-HR will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

C-HR Safety

C-HR Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 C-HR an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. The SUV earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover evaluation.

At the time of writing, the 2020 C-HR has not been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

C-HR Safety Features

The C-HR comes standard with a rearview camera, as well as the Toyota Safety Sense-P (TSS-P) suite of driver assistance features. This package includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic high-beam headlights. Available safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive pivoting headlights.

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Toyota C-HR Dimensions and Weight

The 2020 C-HR is about 14.3 feet long. Its curb weight is 3,300 pounds. Like most SUVs in this class, the C-HR is not rated to tow a trailer.

Where Is the 2020 Toyota C-HR Built?

Toyota builds the 2020 C-HR in Turkey.

Which Toyota C-HR Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 C-HR is offered in three trim levels: LE, XLE, and Limited. All trims are outfitted with a 144-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a continuously variable automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Most shoppers should be content with the base LE model. It comes standard with almost every feature you could want in a small SUV.

Toyota C-HR LE

The entry-level Toyota C-HR LE has a starting MSRP around $21,100. Standard features include an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, six speakers, a Wi-Fi hot spot, remote keyless entry, power windows, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats, LED headlights, heated side mirrors, and 17-inch steel wheels.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning with brake assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic high-beam headlights.

Toyota C-HR XLE

The midrange C-HR XLE trim starts at $23,180. It adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Toyota C-HR Limited

The C-HR Limited starts at $26,200, and it gains leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, HD Radio, adaptive pivoting headlights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. You can add navigation to this trim for $1,040.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Toyota dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Toyota deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Toyota C-HR is an unimpressive crossover vehicle. It’s well-equipped with standard tech and safety features, but ultimately, the C-HR is defined by its shortcomings: slow acceleration, a confined back seat, meager cargo space, and poor visibility. There are better subcompact SUVs to consider, like the Hyundai Kona and Honda HR-V.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Its wild styling, coupe-like body, and bright exterior-color choices will earn the 2020 C-HR plenty of admiring looks, but from behind the wheel, Toyota's smallest SUV is a bore. Its four-cylinder engine provides little power and acceleration is uninspiring at best; the C-HR is a front-wheel-drive-only affair with all-wheel drive appearing nowhere on the options sheet. The underpowered powertrain is at least fuel efficient, earning 37 mpg on our highway fuel-economy test route. Still, other small SUVs are probably better buys, especially those with larger cargo areas and more passenger space. The C-HR presents a good value—Toyota offers a long list of standard features—but so do many of its rivals that are better packages overall." -- Car and Driver
  • "We're still not fans of the weak engine and its lazy acceleration, while the lack of an all-wheel-drive option should continue to be a drawback for those in cold-weather climates." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "All told, the 2018 Toyota C-HR is a decent little vehicle. The style is striking and unique, and Toyota offers a suite of advanced safety and comfort equipment for a price that is hard to beat. When that's paired with Toyota's 60,000-mile warranty and Toyota Care, which covers normal factory maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance, it's a pretty good way to get millennial buyers interested in a stylish vehicle, meaning the world of ‘crossover coupes’ might just have to expand to include the Toyota C-HR." -- Autoweek (2018)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: January 30, 2020

Steady Sales: The C-HR placed in the lower half of the subcompact SUV sales rankings last year. It trailed far behind class-leading Subaru Crosstrek, which outsold the C-HR well over 2 to 1 in 2019. Sales in 2019 remained consistent with figures posted in 2018.

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