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2018 Toyota C-HR Review

The 2018 Toyota C-HR sits in the bottom half of our subcompact SUV rankings. It boasts a solid predicted reliability rating, but it falters in nearly every other area.

Pros & Cons

  • Great predicted reliability rating
  • Decent ride quality and handling ability
  • Weak acceleration
  • Cramped, plastic-heavy interior
  • Unimpressive cargo volume
  • Repetitive infotainment controls

Rankings & Research

The 2018 Toyota C-HR's #10 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Toyota C-HR has a score of 7.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 21 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 6.3
Performance: 6.3
Interior: 5.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
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2018 Toyota C-HR Overview

Is the 2018 Toyota C-HR a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the C-HR is a decent subcompact SUV, but it's one with limited appeal. It has a long list of standard safety features and a strong predicted reliability rating, but it's all downhill from there for this sport utility vehicle. An anemic engine dismisses any notion of "sport," and a shortage of passenger and cargo space doesn't give you much "utility." It does have the "vehicle" thing going for it though.

The 2018 C-HR's strengths are few:

  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Long list of standard features

It has many more weaknesses:

  • Wimpy engine power
  • Not available with all-wheel drive
  • Low-rent interior quality
  • Dated, clunky infotainment interface
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Below-average cargo space
Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 21 Toyota C-HR reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2018 Toyota C-HR?

Based on listings for the 2018 Toyota C-HR on our site, the average list price is about $20,300. Prices range from around $17,900 to around $23,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Toyota C-HR Cost to Own?

The 2018 Toyota C-HR’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $22,600, or about $4,520 per year. That’s about average for a subcompact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Toyota C-HR?

The Toyota C-HR was an all-new vehicle for the 2018 model year, so there are no older versions to choose from. Toyota made a couple of enhancements for the 2019 C-HR that might make it a better buy. The size of the infotainment screen increases from 7 inches to 8 inches, and Apple CarPlay joins the C-HR's features list as standard. For 2019, the C-HR is also available with navigation and satellite radio – features you won't find in any 2018 model.

If you must have the features introduced for 2019, consider buying a new C-HR instead of an old one. Otherwise, stick with a used model, which likely costs less to buy. Prices for the 2018 C-HR range from around $18,000 to about $23,000, while a 2019 C-HR starts at around $21,000 and can exceed $26,000 in upper trims.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Toyota C-HR?

The Toyota C-HR has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Toyota C-HR Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one safety recall for the 2018 Toyota C-HR:

  • The electronic parking brake may not operate properly, increasing risk of an unintended rollaway

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Toyota C-HR Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Toyota C-HR comes in XLE and XLE Premium trims. All C-HR models feature a four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Most infotainment features and advanced safety technology are standard in the base XLE model. Upgrade to the XLE Premium if you want features like heated seats, proximity keyless entry, and blind spot monitoring.

  • Toyota C-HR XLE: The 2018 Toyota C-HR comes standard with cloth upholstery, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with an integrated rearview camera. The standard infotainment system has a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, voice recognition, and HD Radio. The standard Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) pre-collision system includes automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.
  • Toyota C-HR XLE Premium: The Toyota C-HR XLE Premium adds heated front seats, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Mazda, Hyundai, and Honda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the C-HR?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Toyota C-HR an overall rating of five out of five stars. The SUV earned five stars in the side crash test, and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the C-HR the highest rating of Good in all six physical crash tests. The C-HR earned top marks for the performance of its standard front crash prevention features, but it received the lowest possible score for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • automatic high beams
  • adaptive cruise control
  • lane departure warning
  • lane keep assist
  • forward collision warning
  • pedestrian detection
  • automatic emergency braking

Available advanced safety features:

  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert

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2018 Toyota C-HR Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota C-HR or 2018 Honda HR-V

The 2018 Honda HR-V has one of the most spacious cargo bays in the class, and its second row is adult-friendly even on longer trips. Plus, you can configure the seats in many different ways to hold gear of all shapes and sizes. The HR-V also has more well-rounded performance and a nicer interior than the C-HR. Unlike the Toyota C-HR, the Honda HR-V is available with all-wheel drive. The Toyota comes with more active safety and infotainment features, though neither car's touch screen is particularly user-friendly. The C-HR boasts a better safety and predicted reliability rating than the HR-V, but that's not enough to recommend it over the commendable HR-V.  

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota C-HR or 2018 Nissan Kicks

The 2018 Nissan Kicks serves up a good amount of passenger and cargo space, and it comes standard with a user-friendly touch-screen infotainment system. The Kicks also offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, which you can't get in the C-HR. Both of these SUVs have so-so driving dynamics, but the Kicks is among the most fuel-efficient members of the subcompact SUV class. Although the C-HR has a higher predicted reliability rating, you're still better off getting your kicks with this Nissan.

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2018 C-HR Performance

How Does the 2018 Toyota C-HR Drive?

The 2018 Toyota C-HR is only available with a weak four-cylinder engine. It's fine for driving around town or in crowded city traffic, but you really have to jam on the gas to get moving quickly from a stop, or to dash up to highway speeds. Passing other cars on the freeway will probably require careful planning as well. With its continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), the C-HR whines and drones under heavy acceleration.

If there's a silver lining to the C-HR's performance, it's the handling ability and ride quality. This front-wheel-drive crossover has well-weighted steering that gives good feedback through turns. The C-HR takes corners with confidence and exhibits little body lean, though it still offers a comfortable ride.

  • Base engine: 144-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: continuously variable automatic (CVT)
Does the 2018 Toyota C-HR Get Good Gas Mileage?

Fuel economy in the 2018 C-HR is about average for a subcompact SUV.

  • 27/31 mpg city/highway

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2018 C-HR Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 C-HR Seat?

The 2018 C-HR seats five people in two rows. Accommodations in the front seats are good enough, with sufficient room for taller drivers and passengers. However, small rear windows and thick pillars hamper outward visibility and create some sizeable blind spots. In the back, the seats are cramped, and the small doors make entry and exit difficult. The sloping roof cuts into rear headroom, and there's little legroom for passengers to get comfortable.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • six-way manually adjustable front seats
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

Available seating features:

  • heated front seats
  • eight-way manually-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Toyota C-HR?

The 2018 C-HR has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the highest score of Good for ease of use. All of the anchors are clearly marked and easy to access.

2018 Toyota C-HR Features

The C-HR comes standard with an infotainment system, but the screen's graphics are dull and appear outdated. It also takes repetitive steps to perform some functions. Most of the controls are within easy reach for the driver, including some physical switches for climate and temperature. However, those buttons are small and not clearly labeled. The C-HR also doesn't offer features that many rivals do, like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker stereo, voice recognition, and HD Radio 
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control and an auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Other available features: proximity keyless entry and push-button start

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2018 Toyota C-HR Dimensions

Toyota C-HR Cargo Space

With 19 cubic feet of space behind the back seats, the 2018 Toyota C-HR has a typical amount of cargo room for a subcompact SUV. Fold down those seats, and the C-HR offers 36.4 cubic feet, which is low for the segment.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Toyota C-HR Length and Weight
  • Length: 14 feet, 3 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,300 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 4,330 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Toyota C-HR Built?

Toyota built the C-HR in Japan.

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