2020 Toyota C-HR

2020 MODEL
$21,295 - $26,350
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2020 Toyota C-HR Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 15, 2020
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Launched in the year 2018, the Toyota C-HR is an entry-level crossover from the house of Toyota that slots itself between the Toyota Corolla Hatchback and the Toyota RAV4. The C-HR is a feature-heavy crossover, that comes with the USP of out of the blue looks, and an upscale interior. 

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Pros

Fun to drive around the city

Distinctive styling

Peppy interior

Cons

Low cargo space

No AWD option

Laggy acceleration

What's New?

Redesigned front fascia

Android auto now offered as a standard feature

LED headlights and satellite radio now offered as a standard feature across all trims


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21295

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

144 hp @ 6100 rpm

torque

139 lbs.-ft. @ 3900 rpm

transmission

2-speed CVT

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.8/11.8

dimensions

wheelbase

103.9 in.

length

172.6 in.

width

70.7 in.

height

61.6 in.

curb weight

3300 lbs.

ground clearance

5.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

86 cu ft.

cargo volume

37 cu ft.

towing capacity

1322 lbs.

payload capacity

1020 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

11 sec.

standing ¼-mile

18.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/31/29 mpg

highway range

409.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

2 yr. /unlimited


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Videos
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Styles

2020 Toyota C-HR in Black Sand Pearl color 2020 Toyota C-HR in blizzard pearl color 2020 Toyota C-HR in Blue Eclipse Metallic color 2020 Toyota C-HR in Magnetic Gray Metallic color 2020 Toyota C-HR in Supersonic Red color
Black Sand Pearl

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

4.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

4.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

6.5

5.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Toyota C-HR LE

LE

power
144 hp @ 6100 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$21,295


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $21,295 MSRP (27/29/31) 144 hp @ 6100 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
2-speed CVT front wheel drive 5

2020 Toyota C-HR XLE

XLE

power
144 hp @ 6100 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$23,330


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XLE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $23,330 MSRP (27/29/31) 144 hp @ 6100 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
2-speed CVT front wheel drive 5

2020 Toyota C-HR Limited

Limited

power
144 hp @ 6100 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$26,350


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $26,350 MSRP (27/29/31) 144 hp @ 6100 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
2-speed CVT front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

5.8

Overall Rating


The Toyota C-HR obtains power from a 2.0 Liter Inline-4, which can generate 144 hp and 139 lb.-ft. Of the spinning force. Though, the engine’s performance is definitely not the forte for the C-HR. However, the car offers some key-features which are often not seen in the contenders of this segment. Front struts and a dual-wishbone rear suspension arrangement, for instance, are one of those highlights. 

The Toyota C-HR brings to you a stand-out styling and a compact crossover character at a nominal price, but is C-HR the only car to pul all such things on offer? The answer is a big-big no. The compact crossover segment has many players running for the title, which have been at each other’s throat for a long time. The C-HR also finds itself pitted against some prominent contenders of this market fragment, such as the Honda H-RV, the Hyundai Kona, and the Chevrolet Trax. 

2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Rear View
2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Front View

7.0/10
Features

 

4.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

4.0/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

6.0/10
Safety

 

6.5/10
Competition

 
 

2020 Toyota C-HR Features

7.0/10

The Toyota C-HR is a compact SUV from the Japanese auto-maker and is available in three trims to choose from. These three trims go by the name - LE, XLE, and Limited. While there is absolutely no mechanical difference among these 3 trims, several interiors and exterior features on offer are what set them apart from each other. 

Model

LE

XLE

LIMITED

MSRP (FWD)

$21,295

$23,330

$26,350

Key Features

Aerodynamic rear fins with rear spoiler

Adds to/replaces LE features:

Adds to/replaces XLE features:

 

Multi-reflector LED headlights with auto on/off feature

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal and blind-spot warning indicators

LED projector low- and high-beam headlights with auto level control

 

Black front lower grille insert

Acoustic noise-reducing front windshield

Red rear bumper garnish

 

Sport fabric-trimmed front bucket seats

Leather-trimmed heated front bucket seats

Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel

 

Hill Start Assist Control

Brake Hold

Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

 

Dual sun visors with vanity mirrors

Seatback pockets

Dual sun visors with sliding extensions and illuminated vanity mirrors

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All 3 trims of the Toyota C-HR are exactly identical on mechanical terms. What differentiates them are certain interior and exterior tweaks here and there. We’d recommend you to go for the XLE trim, as it offers leather-trimmed interior bits, along with a noise-canceling windshield. Moreover, the XLE and the Limited trims also get 18-inch alloys, as compared to the 17-inch ones on the LE trim. 

2020 Toyota C-HR Engine and Performance

4.0/10

The Toyota C-HR gets a 2.0L inline-4 engine underneath its hood which can churn out a skimpy 144 hp along with 139 lb.-ft. Of torque that kicks in at 3900 rpm. Though the power figures seem satisfactory on paper, the car is not really subtle on performance as we’ll be discussing in the coming parts.

The power is routed to the front wheels with the assistance of a CVT transmission which feels somewhat lazy with quite flat gear-ratios. The FWD is the only drivetrain on offer in the case of the C-HR. 

Models

Toyota C-HR

Honda HR-V

Chevrolet Trax

Hyundai Kona

MSRP

$21,295

$20,820

$21,300

$20,100

Engine

2.0L Inline-4

1.8L Inline-4

1.4L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD FWD

Transmission

CVT with intelligence and Shift Mode

CVT with Overdrive and Manual mode

6-speed automatic with auto-manual

CVT with Manual mode

Power (hp @ rpm)

144@6,100

141@6,500

138@4,900

147@6,200

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

139@3,900

127@4,300

148@1,850

132@4,500

The Toyota C-HR seems quite muscular when seen on paper, as it gets one of the biggest engines in the segment, and also generates one of the greatest set of power figures. The Hyundai Kona, however, leads the comparison table with 147 hp and 132 lb.-ft. Of torque. The Honda HR-V rakes in the third spot with 141 hp, followed up by the Chevrolet Trax. However, the Trax possesses the best in class torque figures. 

How fast is the Toyota C-HR?

As we mentioned earlier that the Toyota C-HR feels mighty on paper, but is an absolute disappointment on the road. What further bolsters this fact is the ride’s acceleration figures. 

The Toyota C-HR’s power-mill feels bland and lifeless, and will surely make you regret your buying decision every time you pin that throttle pedal. 

2020 Toyota C-HR SUV 0-60 MPH in just 11.0 sec

The company has made a desperate attempt to mask this shortcoming, as the ride launches up promisingly as you start pressing the accelerator, but as you keep digging in, the engine revs to its summit and gets stuck there, leaving you to feel helpless and abandoned. 

Model

Toyota C-HR

Honda HR-V

Chevrolet Trax

Hyundai Kona

0-60 MPH (sec)

11.0

9.3

9.3

10.0

Quarter Mile (sec)

18.4

16.8

16.8

17.3

Top Speed (MPH) 112 125 N/A 132

Engine

2.0L Inline-4

1.8L Inline-4

1.4L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr) N/A N/A N/A N/A

Despite getting one of the biggest engines and greatest power, the Toyota C-HR 0-60 figures look the meekest out there. The Honda HR-V and the Chevrolet Trax perform better than with identical 0-60 and quarter-mile time figures. 

What about the braking performance of the Toyota C-HR?

The Toyota C-HR gets ventilated disc brakes on all its wheels which do a decent job of decelerating or halting the car. The front end bears 11.8-inch rotors while the rear end does the job with 11.1-inch rotors.

2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Front Brake is 11.8 in.

However, the C-HR is one of the heaviest vehicles of the segment. With a healthy weight of 3300 lbs. The ride requires a longer distance in order to come to a standstill. However, the exact 60-0 figures are not yet available for the C-HR.

Model

Toyota C-HR

Honda HR-V

Chevrolet Trax

Hyundai Kona

Brake Rotors Front

(in)

11.8

11.5

11.8

11.8

Brake Rotors Rear

(in)

11.1

11.1

9.0

9.0 (Drum)

Curb Weight

(lbs)

3300

2906

2805

2890

60-0 MPH (ft)

N/A

125

N/A

129

What about its driving dynamics?

There is nothing exciting about the gray 2.0 Liter Inline-4 power-mill of the C-HR. The engine feels laggy and is least interested in setting the mood for a spirited drive. The power, which is routed to the front wheels, with the help of a snobbish CVT transmission, does not really excite the ride. Putting the ride in “Sport” mode makes the transmission imitate an automatic arrangement, with artificial gear ratios, but does no actual good in contributing to the performance. 

However, the C-HR, unlike most of its contenders, features a double-wishbone rear suspension setup, that makes it fun to drive around the town. Small road imperfections are simply swallowed by the ride, however, there is a bit of bouncing around, on larger bumps, but not as much as you’ll experience in other rides of this segment. The ride’s small footprint and compact turning radius make maneuvering the ride easier in urban traffic scenarios.

2020 Toyota C-HR Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The Toyota C-HR can go a distance of 27 city miles or 31 highway miles, as to where you set your mind to. Summing up these figures, we get a combined mpg figure of 29, which complies with the average tag with a tilt towards the “below average” side of the line.

The C-HR offers a fuel tank that can gulp more than 13 gallons of gasoline at a time, and lends this ride the abilities to go a distance of 356 miles in the city, or 409 expressway miles, on a single pump-up. Most of the other rides of this segment offer similar gasoline loading capacities, thus getting the C-HR right in the mix amongst this segment. 

Model

Toyota C-HR

Honda HR-V

Chevrolet Trax

Hyundai Kona

MPG (City)

27

28

26

27

MPG (Highway)

31

34

31

33

MPG (Combined)

29

30

28

30

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

13.2

13.2

14.0

13.2

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

356/409/382

370/449/396

364/434/392

356/436/396

The Toyota C-HR slots in the bottom half of the segment when seen from the fuel-efficiency aspect. The car offers a combined mpg of 29, which ranks below the Honda HR-V and the Hyundai Kona but is better than the Trax.

2020 Toyota C-HR Interior

4.0/10

The interior layout of the C-HR is pretty high and exudes a peppy charm. All the primary controls sit high on the dashboard, making it easier for the driver to access them. The focal touchscreen emerges from the dashboard, with the climate controls sitting just below. 

Though the idea is definitely a good one, the execution seems somewhat tasteless. 

2020 Toyota C-HR Cockpit Area

Most of the material and fabric, used inside the C-HR looks satisfying, feels subtle. The material looks well-chosen for a compact crossover and the details such as the simulated stitching, and faux leather touches definitely account for the upscale elements of the cabin. 

2020 Toyota C-HR Front Seats

Model

Toyota C-HR

Honda HR-V

Chevrolet Trax

Hyundai Kona

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.1/49.0/43.5

39.5/56.8/41.2

39.6/54.1/40.8

39.6/55.5/41.5

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.3/52.5/31.7

38.3/54.5/39.3

38.8/52.8/35.7

37.8/54.5/34.6

Speaking of the front seats, there is ample room in all dimensions for the passengers, to enjoy a leisurely ride. The rear seat also feels pretty welcoming, as it can also hold the occupants with comfort, however, they may need to duck a bit in order to steer clear of the dipping roofline without a knock to the head. 

2020 Toyota C-HR Rear Seats

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

The 2020 Toyota C-HR houses the company’s seasoned infotainment system which displays all the information via an 8.0-inch touchscreen in form of crisp graphics. The infotainment system offers decent feedback and can be operated with minimal distraction. Some other tech features the C-HR is high upon are: 

  • 6 speaker
  • Internet access
  • Stand-alone navigation mirroring app
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Radio data system
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite with seek-scan
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay

Creature comforts on offer in the Toyota C-HR

The C-HR is a compact crossover and totally rides like one. The car packs in several convenience features that make it fun to drive around the town. Some of these features are: 

  • 2 12V DC power outlets
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Automatic dual-zone front air conditioning
  • Distance pacing cruise control
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • 2 USB ports
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Safety connect emergency communication system

What about utility?

The Toyota C-HR along with a pair of comfortable rear seats also offers a decent cargo space underneath its trunk hood. The car offers a cargo volume of 19.1 cubic feet, which is a decent amount of space for any compact crossover. 

Fold the second row of seats down, and you find yourself with a total cargo space of 37 cubic feet, which can stuff a lot of luggage for you. The cabin offers an agreeable amount of space to store your belongings as well. 

Model

Toyota C-HR

Honda HR-V

Chevrolet Trax

Hyundai Kona

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

19.1

24.3

18.7

19.2

When it comes to utility, the HR-V is riding on a different cloud altogether. The ride offers a cargo volume of more than 24 cubic feet, which is the greatest in this segment. The Hyundai Kona follows up, with 19.2 cubic feet of space on offer, followed up closely by the C-HR, and lastly, the Trax. 

2020 Toyota C-HR Exterior

7.0/10

The engineers at Toyota definitely spent most of their time and resources on the external appearance of the car, and the results are totally their way. The C-HR looks the most distinctive and recognizable amongst all the other contenders. 

2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Third Quarter View

The front end of the car has received a cleaner treatment for 2020, with a less complex headlight structure, which, are now offered with LEDs across the trim lineup. The design is taken forward by the roofline that rises sharply from the front and then goes through a stark dip at the rear end. 

Model

Toyota C-HR

Honda HR-V

Chevrolet Trax

Hyundai Kona

Curb Weight (lbs)

3300

2906

3124

2890

Length (in)

172.6

170.4

167.6

164.0

Width (in)

70.7

69.8

69.9

70.9

Height (in)

61.6

63.2

64.9

61.0

Ground Clearance (in)

5.9

7.3

6.2

6.7

Wheelbase (in)

103.9

102.8

100.6

102.4

The C-HR is the heaviest, longest, and the widest car in this segment. These dimensions lend the ride a character that appears like an infusion of coupe and crossover or more of a “High-roof Coupe”. The C-HR rolls upon 17-inch alloys in for the LE trim and 18-inches for the XLE and the Limited variants. 

What are those eye-catching features?

  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers with black rub strip
  • Black grille
  • Power remote manual-folding side-view door mirrors with turn signal indicator
  • Bodyside cladding
  • Wheel well moldings
  • Rear cargo tailgate

2020 Toyota C-HR Safety

6.0/10

The Toyota C-HR is high on features, and along with plenty of tech and comfort features, also offers a number of safety features, which ensure the safety of all the occupants, at all times. Some of the most prominent safety features on-board the C-HR are: 

  • Side-impact bars
  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
  • Electronic stability
  • Toyota Safety Sense P
  • Forward collision
  • Four-wheel ABS brakes
  • Traction control
  • Tailgate/rear door lock
  • Daytime running lights
  • 10 airbags
  • Panic alarm
  • Brake assist
  • Immobilizer

2020 Toyota C-HR Competition

6.5/10

Toyota C-HR vs. Honda HR-V

The Honda HR-V is the most balanced car out there in this segment. The Honda HR-V houses a 1.8 Liter Inline-4, that generates 141 hp and 127 lb.-ft. Of torque, which can make the ride go from 0-60 in just 9.3 seconds. The HR-V is definitely better than the C-HR in terms of power delivery and performance. The Honda offering also triumphs over its Japanese counterpart in terms of fuel economy and utilitarian prospect. 

2020 Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR vs. Hyundai Kona

Hyundai has played its trump in this segment. The Hyundai Kona is a great package of utility and styling that comes with one hell of a price tag. The Kona is the most reasonable offering of this segment, with a sticker price near the $20,000 mark. The Kona looks the most SUV-ish among all the crossovers of this segment. The ride, however, performs slightly better than the C-HR, in terms of sprinting, comfort on the road, and fuel-efficiency. However, the C-HR definitely has better interior ergonomics than the Kona.

2020 Hyundai Kona

 

2020 Toyota C-HR Final Verdict

The Toyota C-HR is an agreeable set of wheels, that lets you enter the “Crossover Coliseum”, with plenty of style, comfort, and utility. With prices starting from $21,295, the C-HR is a great deal for your bucks, only in case PERFORMANCE IS NOT WHAT YOU WISH FOR. The C-HR does everything fine, but its engine exhibits substandard performance. 

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Walter R. Paterson

2020 Toyota C-HR

Limited 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

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User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

C-HR is the least reliable of them all

Pros - Nothing lately

Cons - Reliability has been a real pain

Overall Review

1 /10 Overall Rating

Well for starters, it has been the least reliable car I ever leased till date. Parking brakes had issues and weren't able to hold it up in traffic where I needed to slam the foot brake to be able to stay in place. Got it fixed which only started the engine check light issue and it would light up itself and then turn off without having me doing anything about it. Dealerships said everything is fine but I knew that was not the case. Followed by all this, passenger side power window went haywire and won't open at all despite trying everything I saw on youtube. As I'm writing all this, I've been given a loaner car and apparently there is some issue in the engine as well. So for how does it drive? I won't be able to tell as it always has had me drive back and forth to the dealership since I got it.

1/10
Features
1/10
Interior
1/10
Design
1/10
Safety
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Deal Value
1/10
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Steve J. Metivier

2020 Toyota C-HR

XLE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Summer driver

Pros - Cargo space, paint protection,roof spoiler

Cons - No options for 4wd, tires need to be rotated every 3k miles, gas efficiency

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

I wish they had a 4wd option as well in it which would have made the driveability as good as that on sunny days. Never gave me problems but I'm paranoid of taking it out on snowy/rainy days. Mpg also has been an issue, something I actually bought it for.

9/10
Features
9/10
Interior
9/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
10/10
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C-HR is the least reliable of them all

Well for starters, it has been the least reliable car I ever leased till date. Parking brakes had issues and weren't able to hold it up in traffic where I needed to slam the foot brake to be able to stay in place. Got it fixed which only started the engine check light issue and it would light up itself and then turn off without having me doing anything about it. Dealerships said everything is fine...

by Walter R. Paterson

9

User Overall Rating

Summer driver

I wish they had a 4wd option as well in it which would have made the driveability as good as that on sunny days. Never gave me problems but I'm paranoid of taking it out on snowy/rainy days. Mpg also has been an issue, something I actually bought it for.

by Steve J. Metivier

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