• 2022 Toyota C-HR Review: A Fairly Desirable Crossover At An Affordable Price

Is Toyota’s baby Crossover SUV a good choice to buy as a daily driver?

Ever since landing in American dealerships in 2017, the Toyota C-HR has had a great amount of time to make an impression on the consumer. In its time, the C-HR has only been given one facelift in late 2019. With over 200,000 units sold in the States, there is no doubt that the C-HR has made its way into many driveways, and won many hearts, of the American people.

I recently got the keys to this crossover SUV for a week to see what the buzz is all about. Now I only had one question to answer; is the C-HR a desirable vehicle to be daily driven? To find out, let’s dive in, shall we?

  • 2022 Toyota C-HR Review: A Fairly Desirable Crossover At An Affordable Price
  • Year:
    2022
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    CVT
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    144
  • MPG(Cty):
    27
  • MPG(Hwy):
    31
  • Torque @ RPM:
    139
  • Energy:
    Fuel/Gasoline
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • Price:
    24130

Exterior Styling

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The exterior styling of the C-HR has to be one of the most exciting and flawless to look at, thanks to all the curves and edges. With the larger grille and black-trimmed fog lights, the front fascia has a more menacing appearance compared to other Toyotas. To help with this demeanor, the headlights tilt in a way that they appear like a predator ready to pounce on its prey.

The side profile is nothing short of spectacular. The flowing prominent line that starts below the headlight and runs over the wheel to the lowest part of the door panels, finishes at the tail light and adds definition to the C-HR’s design. The rear with the protruding tail light assemblies and rear wing adds to the final touch of what a vehicle should look like from the back.

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My only issue with the exterior of the C-HR is that rear wing. After closing the trunk I noticed that the wing uncomfortably shook. I do not know if this is due to not being properly tightened or if it is a quality issue. I really hope it’s the former.

As for the dimensions of the C-HR, it is 173 inches long, 71 inches wide, and 62 inches tall. The wheelbase of the C-HR is 108.9 inches and sits on 18-inch alloy wheels. My particular tester came with "Blue Eclipse Metallic" paint, which is one of the standard colors.

Exterior Dimensions
Length 173 inches
Width 71 inches
Height 62 inches
Wheelbase 108.9 inches

Interior Design

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If you think the exterior design was exciting, the interior is almost the complete opposite. Sure the plastic, leather, and metal come together to make up the interior you see, but it has a flaw that I can’t skip. It is the placement of the cup holders. While one cup holder sits almost directly in line behind the shifter knob, where you will most likely knock into someone’s beverage when changing gears, you’ll find the other one underneath the dashboard making it difficult to access your drink.

As far as seating and cabin space goes, the C-HR has plenty of it. At least for those in the front. As for those occupying the back seats, it really depends on who’s in front of them. Sure, I could fit myself, a 6-foot 2-inch tall person in the front but I couldn’t comfortably sit behind myself for that matter. The front seat leg room offers 43.5 inches of space while the passengers in the back only get 31.7 inches of leg room.

The seats themselves offer great comfort and support needed for driving around on a daily basis. But once more, they are like bucket seats, hugging and tucking you in place to make sure you don’t spill out while turning.

The two things I liked about the interior that really stands out are the perforated pattern on the doors and how easily accessible the LATCH system is for securing car seats. As for trunk space, it has a 19.1 cubic feet capacity and doubles to 37 cubic feet of space with the back seats folded. It is not a lot of room for a family trip for a weekend but great for groceries.

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Cargo Room
Cargo Room
Seats Up 19.1 cubic feet
Seats Down 37 cubic feet

Comfort And Convenience Features That Stand Out

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  • Audio Plus 8.0-inch touchscreen with six speakers (the only option added at $465)
  • Bluetooth Connectivity with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities
  • Sirius XM Radio, and AM/FM radio
  • Power driver seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Adaptive front lighting system

Safety Features That Stand Out

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  • Toyota Safety Sense 2.5: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane Tracing Assist
  • Road Sign Assist
  • 10 Standard Airbags
  • Blindspot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Performance

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The 2.0-liter four-cylinder under the hood of the C-HR has a mere 144 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. Power goes to the front wheels through the CVTi-automatic transmission. Acceleration is completely lackadaisical and to get from a dead stop to highway speeds feels like it takes an eternity.

Thankfully, the engine is frugal. With my driving habits, I was able to achieve about 30 miles per gallon. Before having to put fuel in the tank, I had covered close to 300 miles. The fuel tank has a capacity of 13.2 gallons.

As for steering, there is almost no feedback from the tires but it is tight and direct. Braking is as good as it should be, especially with the help of the ventilated front and rear brakes. From 60 miles per hour to zero, the C-HR comes to a complete stop in 119 feet.

Onto ride comfort now and the C-HR is really good for short-distance A to B driving. Sure, the independent front and rear suspension with stabilizing bars and dampers keep the C-HR from wobbling all around the place when going over bumps and uneven roads, but that is the issue.

The suspension is too stiff and reminds me of a sports car. It is great in the corners but falls flat on uneven bumpy roads. The only upside here is the seats, which make up for the stiff ride. Toyota does make some of the most comfortable seats on the market.

2022 Toyota CH-R Limited Specifications
Model Toyota C-HR Limited
Engine Type 2.0L naturally Aspirated 4-cylinder
Drive Type Front-wheel Drive
Transmission CVTi-Automatic
Power 144 hp
Torque 139 lb.-ft.
0-60(mph) 10.5 seconds
Quarter-mile 18 seconds
Top Speed 112 mph
Braking Distance (60-0) 119 ft.

Key Issues I Had With The C-HR

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As great as the C-HR is, it does have a couple of drawbacks. The first thing that comes to mind is its stiff ride. Sure, it is not the worst I have driven but when the seats are the only good takeaway after driving for almost two hours on a road trip, you expect more in terms of ride comfort.

Since we are talking about seats, the heated seat feature should not exist. Once turned on, most seats get hot enough to feel something. This is not the case for the C-HR. I didn’t even work up a sweat without the air conditioning on with the recent hot summer days. But the biggest issue I had with the C-HR is the huge blind spot caused by the rear doors since the handle has to be on the top of the door on the outside.

When trying to change lanes and looking to see if there is anyone in my blind spot, it is like trying to look out of a porthole. Luckily, there is a blind-spot monitoring system but not everyone notices it. Some people are just still old-fashioned.

Pricing, Warranties, and Competition

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How much does this 2022 Toyota C-HR cost? After adding everything up from just $26,900 with the "Limited" lineup, the total cost comes to an affordable $28,580. The base model C-HR (XLE) starts at just $24,130. That is only a $4,450 price difference the Limited C-HR has from the base model. The Limited is the highest trim available.
The next step above the base model is the "Nightshade" trim which starts at $24,895.

2022 Toyota CH-R Price
Price
Toyota C-HR XLE $24,130
Toyota C-HR Nightshade $24,895
Toyota C-HR Limited $26,900

As for warranties, this C-HR comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic coverage new vehicle warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, a 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion perforation coverage, and ToyotaCare which covers normal factory maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. As far as warranties go, it all seems quite lousy to me, but Toyota does have a good reliability reputation.

As for competition, the Toyota C-HR has quite a few vehicles it has to go up against. To name a few, there is the Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona, and the Mazda CX-30. The Honda HR-V has a base price of $21,870. The Hyundai Kona has a base price of $21,300. Last but not least, the Mazda CX-30 has a base price of $22,500. Sure, there is not much of a price gap but the only difference with the competition is that the Hyundai Kona has the best bang for the buck, especially in the warranties department.

2022 Toyota CH-R Competition Prices
Price
Toyota C-HR Limited $26,900
Hyundai Kona $21,300
Mazda CX-30 $22,500
Honda HR-V $21,870

Conclusion

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So, to answer my question, is the Toyota C-HR a desirable crossover to be daily driven? In short, yes it is. But that is about it. It is a great vehicle to drive wherever you need to go as long as it is a short trip.

The warranties compared to its competition, especially against Hyundai, don’t make the C-HR as desirable. Luckily though, Toyota has reliability on its side. Some of the oldest cars that are daily driven on the roads are Toyotas. The C-HR is not any different. I just would not want to take the chance with it in today’s world, as I like driving long distances for vacation.

Charles North VI
Charles North VI
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