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2021 Toyota C-HR Review: Blows Hot And Cold

by Aiden Eksteen

As captivating as the 2021 Toyota C-HR's funky and one-of-a-kind design may be, don't let it fool you into thinking that the compact 5-door crossover possesses any level of performance proficiency or exciting driver engagement. With just a 144 horsepower from a naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder engine under the hood, the C-HR is a basic city runabout that provides just enough easy and fuel-efficient day-to-day commuting. With its modern and ergonomic cabin and a strong selection of comforts and conveniences, it also meets all the needs to make those trips as pleasant as possible, all at a very attractive price. There's a lot that hinders the Toyota C-HR's standing within the highly competitive segment, however, from its restrained powertrain and noisy cabin, to its cramped back seats and subpar cargo capacity. And with compelling and well-rounded crossovers such as the Kia Soul, Mazda CX-3, and Honda HR-V to contend within the USA, it's to commend the C-HR for the few qualities it does have. Toyota is imbuing the C-HR with more modish design elements and a healthier selection of driver-assists for the new year, but will this make it the car you're looking for?

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2021 Toyota C-HR Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2020 C-HR?

Toyota fans will notice, that for the 2021 model year, a new Nightshade Edition trim line has been added to the first-gen C-HR crossover range. This sporty model comes with a black chin spoiler, black badges, and other black accents that define its exterior along with 18-inch alloy wheels. Elsewhere, the range receives new exterior color choices like Oxide Bronze with a black roof, but other shades like Hot Lava and Knockout Silver Metallic have been discontinued. The 2021 C-HR now ships with the Toyota's Safety Sense 2.5 safety suite; this includes features like dynamic radar cruise control and lane departure alert.

Pros and Cons

  • Quirky, eye-catching exterior design
  • Sharp handling characteristics
  • Modern and ergonomic cabin
  • Extensive list of standard features
  • Traditional Toyota reliability standards
  • Engine is frustratingly underpowered
  • No all-wheel drivetrain is offered
  • Cabin gets noisy at higher speeds
  • Back seating is rather confined
  • Cargo area space is below-average

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2021 Toyota C-HR Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
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2021 C-HR Exterior

2021 Toyota C-HR Front Angle View Toyota
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  • Length 172.6 in
  • Wheelbase 103.9 in
  • Height 61.6 in
  • Max Width 70.7 in
  • Front Width 61.0 in
  • Rear Width 61.0 in
  • Curb Weight 3,300.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Black Sand Pearl
  • Bronze Oxide
  • Blizzard Pearl
  • Blue Eclipse Metallic
  • Supersonic Red
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic w/Black Roof
  • Blizzard Pearl w/Black Roof
  • Supersonic Red w/Black Roof
  • Black Sand Pearl w/Silver Roof
  • Blue Eclipse Metallic w/Black Roof

2021 C-HR Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    2.0L Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain

2021 C-HR Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 43.5 in
  • Front Head Room 38.1 in
  • Rear Leg Room 31.7 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.3 in

2021 C-HR Trunk and Cargo Space

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2021 C-HR Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    2 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    2 Years \ 25,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2021 Toyota C-HR A Good SUV?

As a Toyota, the C-HR crossover inherits the proven long-term ownership and dependability qualities that are synonymous with the brand. But with its characterless and unrefined powertrain, cramped back seats, and relatively small trunk, its brand-derived qualities are just about the only things keeping it going within this highly competitive segment. Competitors such as the Kia Soul, Mazda CX-3, and Honda HR-V simply offer more in the driving experiences they deliver, the value they package, and practicality, making them more well-rounded compact crossovers. With that said, the C-HR is still a pleasant and fairly good vehicle. It's an eye-catching and quirky crossover that possesses some pleasant handling flair. Toyota also carries the C-HR's funky and novel design through to its cabin, which is also intuitively designed and laden with modern features and tech. Many driver assists and safety features are included throughout the lineup, too, and the NHTSA's review of the 2021 Toyota C-HR resulted in a decent safety rating. Ultimately, the Toyota C-HR is a perfectly fine crossover for driving in urban settings and over short distances on a regular basis. Many other compact crossovers are more versatile and well-rounded, however, so it'd be worthwhile covering all your bases when perusing the market.

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