2017 Toyota C-HR Gets Another Seal Of Approval, Well, Sort Of

It seems that Toyota’s 2017 C-HR sub-compact crossover is the type of car you buy only if you’re absolutely smitten with the way that it looks.

Much like the Nissan Juke, the C-HR is a funky little thing in terms of styling. It also has decent interior space for both passengers and their luggage, and it drives pretty well according to Carwow’s Mat Watson.

The problem is that you have to kind of take the good with the bad when it comes to this car. The interior, for example, looks pretty good, and the materials look alright (mostly), but you definitely don’t need to look too much in order to find flimsy or poor quality surfaces.

Then there’s the space in the back, which is surprisingly decent for a car this size. However, because of the C-pillar design, the car doesn’t have good visibility, and if your kids sit  in the back, they’ll be looking at the door panel rather than out the window.

Toyota offers the C-HR optionally with all-wheel drive, while if fuel economy is on your mind, you can get it with the same hybrid power unit you’ll find in the Toyota Prius.

In the end, Watson thinks you should consider the C-HR if you’re in the market for a small, non-premium sporty crossover. Although considering something and having it shortlisted as a potential buy are two very different things.


  • TheBelltower

    Some of these “minuses” are attributes to me. I like the looks of this, and would sacrifice some practicality to avoid driving something like a Rav4 or SantaFe.

    • MultiKdizzle

      Really, you like the looks?

      I think, alongside the Veloster, its the ugliest car sold today. But different strokes and all that.

      • TheBelltower

        I like cars that don’t look like camrys and corollas. I’d rather have something slightly flawed than accept mediocracy that hasn’t evolved in thirty years.

        • MultiKdizzle

          Except when Lexus does it, amirite

          • TheBelltower

            Lexus is mediocracy with a dab of stupidity on the front grille.

  • Kenneth

    As far as the “children in the back seat” problem that bloggers repeatedly moan about, regarding the outward visibility and/or raised rear door handles, Toyota reps have said, more than once, that this car is really intended for singles and couples, with the RAV4 being the better choice for families.

  • The boot space is really a joke when fitted with a full size spare wheel, less practical at best. Lovely car though, especially the Radiant Green!

  • JQPublic

    Ugly with a capital UGH!

  • Christian Wimmer

    I don’t keep up with automotive news as much as I should, so when I first saw this car on the streets (from a distance) I assumed it was a Honda product. It even has a Honda-style name! The rear looks similar to the Euro-spec Honda Civic Wagon and the side has a number of styling cues which I associate with modern Hondas.

    So imagine my surprise when I learned that this car was a Toyota product!

    Kudos to Toyota for something daring and unique, but I’m not a fan of the design.

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