2021 Toyota C-HR

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2021 Toyota C-HR Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: August 12, 2020
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When the Toyota C-HR debuted in the subcompact-crossover class, it benefitted from sporty handling, plenty of standard features and youthful styling. It’s engine is where Toyota did the wrong math. Of all the subcompact crossovers out there, the C-HR is the slowest and least exciting. That said not everyone is out looking for performance crossovers but rather prefer a stylish urban commuter. The C-HR is one among them. Read on to find out more about the 2021 Toyota C-HR.

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Pros

Sporty handling

Comes with plenty of standard features

Distinct styling helps it stand out

Cons

Minimal cargo space on offer

Performance seems to be underwhelming

No AWD available.

What's New?

No new significant changes for 2021. Primarily because it came out as a fairly new car in 2018. Increased chances for a hybrid to be added to the lineup.


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Interior
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2021 Toyota C-HR in Silver Metallic color
Silver Metallic

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Ratings

Features

6.5

Engine And Performance

6.4

Fuel Economy

8.4

Interior

6.6

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

6.5

6.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 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

2021 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

2021 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

6.9

Overall Rating


The 2021 Toyota C-HR is a funky and unconventional approach to an otherwise boring segment. The C-HR is Toyota’s response to the Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax and the Hyundai Kona. Powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine, this urban commuter gets 141 hp driving its front wheels through a CVT gearbox. Dubbed as Compact high rider by Toyota, this compact crossover starts from $21,295 and goes to $26,350 in its fully loaded guise. Speaking of avatars, the Toyota C-HR is offered in 3 trims - LE, XLE and Limited. 

For 2021, the Toyota C-HR remains similar to the outgoing model apart from the addition of the Nightshade edition to its lineup and the option of an AWD drivetrain. Just like the Tacoma, Sequoia, 4Runner Nightshade editions changes remain aesthetic with blacked out bits splashed around giving it a more sporty appeal. 

2021 Toyota C-HR Front Third Quarter View
2021 Toyota C-HR Rear Third Quarter View

6.5/10
Features

 
 
 

6.4/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.4/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.6/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 

6.5/10
Competition

 
 

2021 Toyota C-HR Features

6.5/10

The Toyota C-HR is offered in 3 trim levels. They are namely LE, XLE and Limited. Apart from the trim levels there is nothing much in terms of options. Customers are limited to engine options and all models come with a 2.0-liter inline- 4 engine paired to a CVT box.

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

The LE trim starts from $21,295 and comes with more standard features than expected. Some of the standout ones are hill start assist, LED headlights, sport seats and a rear spoiler.

The XLE trim starts from $23,330 and comes with leather trimmed bucket seats along with color matching OSRVMs with blindspot warning, keyless entry, larger alloy wheels and Toyota safety sense (TSS 2.0) among many others. 

The Limited trim starts from $26,350 and is the top trim in the C-HR lineup. Standout features include larger 18 inch wheels, leather trimmed 8-way power-adjustable driver seat and auto levelling adaptive LED headlights. In terms of safety the limited trim uses Toyota’s TSS 2.0 which includes blindspot monitoring, cross traffic alert and Pre-collision system with pedestrian detection.

2021 Toyota C-HR Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Toyotas are generally considered to be the top player when it comes to reliability. Things are built to last in a Toyota and it has been the same for quite a long time. The C-HR too has seen a lot of technological advancements in its recent avatars and have been quite solid in terms of reliability. With more than thousands of C-HRs on the road each year, it’s no surprise the compact crossover is a hit amongst the general public especially considering Toyota’s build quality and reliability track record.

Reliability and ownership costs

The Toyota C-HR received an overall rating of 84 out of 100 in the J.D.Power ratings for reliability. The score has further been divided into different categories. It received 82 out of 100 for quality and reliability, 88 out of 100 for driving experience, 81 out of 100 for resale value and 83 out of 100 for dealership experience. As per the NHTSA, the Toyota C-HR has had no recalls. This goes on to show us how well built and technically sorted Toyotas are.

Ownership costs for the Toyota C-HR stand in at $1,910 for its first year. It includes a $220 maintenance and service cost , $520 worth of tires and a $1,170 insurance cost. Although it isn't anything too steep but there are cheaper ones out there as well. Given the C-HR is a decent compact crossover we think the cost is justified. 

The Toyota C-HR was launched in North America as a 2018 model year vehicle. At launch the C-HR was offered in XLE and Limited trims. Later on in 2019 a cheaper C-HR was offered in the LE trim in order to boost sales.

Years

LE

XLE

Limited

2018

N/A

$22,500

$24,350

2019

$21,145

$23,180

$26,200

2020

$21,295

$23,330

$26,350

Due to the strict pollution norms hitting the automotive fraternity every year, manufacturers have to add additional particulate filters and better fuel sensors. This in turn affects the prices of the cars and as per trend it lies between $400-$900 for normal cars and about $4,000-$8000 for high end exotic cars. As seen from the table the C-HR has seen a steady increase of around approximately $700 over the years.

Warranty

If things go south with your new C-HR, Toyota has your back with a comprehensive host of warranty packages. It should be said that the warranty packages are competitive and offer a great deal of reassurance. 

Criteria

Period

Bumper to Bumper warranty

3 years/ 36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain warranty

5 years/ 60,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Rust perforation warranty

5 years/ Unlimited miles

24-hour roadside assistance (No-cost-option)

5 years

In addition to this Toyota’s complimentary maintenance services are covered for 2 years or 25,000 miles (whichever is earlier) which is an added benefit on its own.

Miles per dollar

In this we’ll be factoring the annual maintenance cost and how many miles the car runs on average in a year. From what we dug up, the annual maintenance cost for a C-HR is on average around $200, $195 to be exact. On average, cars drive 15,000 miles a year, therefore if we factor both in we’ll get a definitive MPD (miles per dollar) ratio of 76.9. This indicates that the Toyota C-HR can run 76.9 miles for every dollar you spend on it. 

2021 Toyota C-HR Buying Advice

All three trims offered are identical in terms of powertrain. That being said, the XLE trim makes the most sense of them all as it's not a big jump from the base LE trim and it gets leather upholstery and noise reduction glass all around. 

How about a used Toyota C-HR?

Eyeing for a used C-HR is not a bad option. If you are planning to pick up a pre-owned Toyota C-HR, it can work in your favor, and you might just get a sweet deal for yourself. The Toyota C-HR on average depreciates around 14% in the first three years making it one of the few cars that retain its value longer. For a $21K mainstream crossover SUV that roughly translates to around $3,000 over 3 years and that’s not something a lot of SUVs do.

2021 Toyota C-HR Engine and Performance

6.4/10

The only engine option for the 2021 Toyota C-HR is a 2.0-liter Inline-4 that puts out 144 hp and 139 pound-feet of torque. The specs as of now remain identical to the outgoing model. Though the power figures seem satisfactory on paper, the car is not really subtle on performance

2021 Toyota C-HR Engine

The power is transferred to the front wheels through a CVT transmission, with flatter ratios. 

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 Hyundai Kona leads the comparison with 147 hp and 132 lb.-ft. of torque. The Honda HR-V rakes in the third spot with 141 hp, followed by the Chevrolet Trax. However, the Trax generates the most amount of torque here.

2021 Toyota C-HR Acceleration And Braking Performance

The Toyota C-HR feels mighty on paper, but is totally the opposite on the road. What further bolsters this fact is the ride’s acceleration figures.

2021 Toyota C-HR Accelerate 0-60 MPH Just In 11.0 Sec

It takes the Toyota C-HR 11 seconds to reach 60 mph and finishes the quarter-mile run in under 19 seconds. Flat out the Toyota C-HR will reach a top speed of 112 mph, which is not exactly that great. 

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

Curb Weight

(lbs)

3300

2906

2805

2890

60-0 MPH (ft)

133

125

124

129

Moving further the nippier Honda and the lighter Chevy lead the way by posting the quickest 0-60 time here. The Chevy even stops quicker too. It takes the shortest distance here to complete an emergency stop from 60 mph.

2021 Toyota C-HR Fuel Economy

8.4/10

Much like the 2020 CH-R’s mpg figures we expect possibly around a 3-4% increase in the 2021 CH-R. Since EPA norms are getting stringent with every passing year, it is not a surprise. The C-HR offers a fuel tank that can hold more than 13 gallons of gasoline and can go a distance of 369 miles in the city, or 422 miles on the highway, on a full tank of gas. 

Model

Toyota C-HR

Honda HR-V

Chevrolet Trax

Hyundai Kona

MPG (City)

28

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)

369/409/422

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 efficiency of 29 mpg, which ranks below the Honda HR-V and the Hyundai Kona but is a bit better than the Chevy Trax.

2021 Toyota C-HR Interior

6.6/10

The interior of the five-seater 2021 CH-R looks much like the interiors of the 2020 C-HR, nothing’s changed, that is prominent to notice. The model has a dashboard made of synthetic leather.

All the primary controls sit high on the dashboard, making it easier for the driver to access them. The touchscreen emerges from the dashboard making it the obvious thing when you first step in , sitting just below the screen is the climate controls.

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

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

19.1

24.3

18.7

19.2

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. 

How’s the 2021 Toyota C-HR’s infotainment system?

The 2021 C-HR will most likely include Apple CarPlay, seek-scan SiriusXM AM, FM, satellite radio, Android Auto, six-speaker sound system, and dual USB ports 12V outlets, and controls mounted on the steering wheel. Some of the other notable infotainment features 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

2021 Toyota C-HR Exterior

7.0/10

One of the relatively newer kids on the block, the C-HR is still in its first generation, and we would thus ask you to not expect much on the exterior front. That said, the C-HR looks the most distinctive and recognizable amongst all the other contenders. 

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. 

2021 Toyota C-HR Safety

8.0/10

The LSE and Limited trims of the 2021 C-HR gets cruise control with dynamic radar (DRCC), lane departure alert, steering assist, pedestrian detection, and collision prevention. THe NHTSA and IIHS are yet to test the 2021 C-HR, however we expect similar safety ratings to that of the 2020 CH-R. The key safety features of 2021 C-HR include:

  • DRCC
  • Lane Departure Alert
  • Steering Assist
  • Pedestrian Detection
  • Collision Prevention
  • 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

2021 Toyota C-HR Competition

6.5/10

2021 Toyota C-HR Vs Hyundai Kona

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.

 2021 Hyundai Kona

The Kona looks the most SUV-ish among all the crossovers of this segment. The C-HR fares better in terms of interior ergonomics and overall layout which induces a sportier driving intent. 

2021 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 2021 CH-R offers more horsepower, torque, and engine capacity than the 2020 Honda HR-V. However, the HR-V has better fuel efficiency than the C-HR.

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Toyota C-HR Final Verdict

If performance is something that you are ready to compromise on, then the Toyota C-HR will prove to be a good investment for your time and money. The trade-off isn’t outrageous but is evident in certain respects. For $21K, this is the sort of urban commuter you’d prefer given it’s dependability and how inexpensive it is to maintain. Or you can have a look at our inventory of other Toyota’s for sale.

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Walter R. Paterson

2020 Toyota C-HR

Limited 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

1

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
Dealer Review

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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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