We like it a lot more than the CH-R.
With so many automakers offering multiple subcompact crossovers in their lineup, it seems odd that the 2021 Toyota C-HR hasn't received a smaller sibling in the US market. Such a vehicle already exists in other markets like Japan and Europe as the 2021 Toyota Yaris Cross. Though the Yaris name is dead in the US, the company revealed the new Yaris Cross last year and has now introduced two new trim levels for overseas markets.
Here we have the Toyota Yaris Cross Adventure. Much like the RAV4 Adventure, this trim level provides usability beyond city streets for thrill-seekers who enjoy driving off the beaten path. It's no 4Runner replacement but we think it looks quite cool and would sell well here in the US.
The Yaris Cross Adventure differentiates itself from the standard model with its lower bumper protection plates, silver roof rails, and 18-inch dark grey wheels. Inside it gets piano black trim, a black headliner, and durable leather-like seats, according to Toyota. Unlike the C-HR, which is only powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 144 horsepower, the Yaris Cross uses a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine paired with a hybrid system. The total output is just 116 hp, but the fuel economy is stellar. The Yaris Cross offers standard all-wheel-drive as well, while the C-HR remains a front-wheel-drive model.
Along with the Adventure (pictured above in white), Toyota showed off the Yaris Cross Premiere Edition (pictured below in yellow). This trim level takes the Adventure upgrades and adds exclusive leather seats, unique 18-inch machined alloy wheels, a powered liftgate with a kick sensor, head-up display, and available two-tone interior combinations. Toyota will only offer the Yaris Cross Premier Edition for pre-launch reservations for the first 12 months of sales. We hope this model proves to be popular in Europe so Toyota can bring it stateside.