The new toyota c-hr hybrid is being touted as the automaker’s best effort since the Supra and there are plenty of reasons behind this claim. This small crossover hatchback is built on the same platform as the new Prius and is available with a hybrid engine. Read on to find out about some of the details regarding Toyota’s new hybrid.
Driving and Handling
The C-HR features a 1.8L engine and e-motor capable of providing an adequate 120bhp, though it is also available with a more powerful 1.2L 4-cyl turbo. The 1.8L comes paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission, while the 1.2L features a six-speed manual transmission for better handling. Either way, the C-HR provides a smooth ride.
Interior Space and Style
The interior styling for Toyota’s new C-HR gets all of the basics right, offering a simple layout and enough space to accommodate adult passengers comfortably in all available seats. It offers a comfortable and highly-adjustable driver’s seat, a 7-inch touchscreen, and plenty of cabin space. The new C-HR also offers plenty of visibility thanks to its thin front roof pillars, though it’s important to note that it doesn’t top the charts in terms of rear visibility, often necessitating the use of the rearview monitor while backing into parking spaces.
Price and Reliability
The automaker expects its C-HR Hybrid to out-perform its standard engine, which makes sense given Toyota is claiming that it gets up to 72mpg. Real-world tests have proven that this number is a bit lower, but it’s still better than its admittedly still fairly fuel-efficient petrol alternative. Most drivers find that Toyota generally produces reliable vehicles, though, so its new C-HR can be expected to perform well over time and to withstand a fair amount of wear and tear.
The new C-HR isn’t for everybody, though those who find that it’s right for them seem to really love its distinctive styling and sporty handling for its class. Most experts seem to agree that the base XLE form is more than well-equipped, though some recommend making the upgrade to the XLE Premium for the sake of its desirable features such as heated front seats and rear cross-traffic alerts.