Hip Whip: Does The “C” in Toyota C-HR Stand For Cool?

It’s distinctively stylish and it had its prime-time TV debut in May when the top four finalists of “The Voice” received one for making it as far as they did. This hip whip is the 2018 Toyota C-HR and this trendy crossover vehicle aiming to appeal to the younger, millennial-age consumer – thus the partnership with the NBC competition series.

I spent seven days in the CH-R, which stands for Coupe High Rider, and was surprised by how taken people were by this car when I would drive up to places. Folks asked questions and inquired about what it was and how did it drive. The eye-catchy car stopped folks in their tracks based on its looks alone.

Crossover vehicles are some of the bestsellers in the auto business right now. Traditional hatchbacks and station wagons are the cars consumers want, but they’re buying crossovers in record numbers. So for Toyota, their C-HR is a more affordable, trendy alternative to their highly-successful RAV4.

This small SUV has a solid drive and comfortable handling. It’s a sturdy vehicle that has most of the standard safety features you expect on new vehicles – forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, automatic high-beams, and adaptive cruise control.

While there are lots of other cool offerings, surprisingly Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available on the CH-R.

Two features I do love however are the car’s backup camera in the rear-view mirror. I may take you a few times to adjust to seeing the camera that way, but it’s convenient.

I also really liked the up entry door handle design for the rear seat doors on the car – those were a cool, contemporary touch.

And gas mileage on the CH-R was strong, offering 27 miles per gallon in the city and 31 on the highway.

While I found the vehicle visually stimulating and enjoyed its drive, it’s a pricier than I imagined with a buying range of $22,500 to 24,350.

Spin Control: Toyota’s C-HR is a solid crossover that’s aesthetically appealing and practical in its offering, but for all of its hip-factor they got to add the smart-phone capabilities to its next installment for its price point.

Status: B LIST

VIDEO: So check out my inside look into the 2018 Toyota C-HR and determine whether it’s an automobile that meets your needs.

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