Toyota C-HR is a Fun to Drive Hybrid Crossover

Mike Schlee
by Mike Schlee

Yup, it’s another crossover concept, this time coming from Toyota. With how hot the segment is right now, can you really blame them?

Called the C-HR, the new small crossover is said to combine the original late-90s RAV4 with the Prius and the GT86. Yes, that is correct; the C-HR is a hybrid crossover that is supposedly fun to drive.

The C-HR features a new, aggressive look that Toyota calls “diamond architecture styling.” This hints at a new styling theme and future design direction for Toyota vehicles.

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Based on an entirely new platform, the C-HR is 171.3-inches long and 72.8-inches wide. That is significantly larger than another funky looking crossover – the Nissan Juke. But with an overall height of just 59 inches, it is nearly three inches shorter, giving the C-HR a sportier look and lower center of gravity.

Toyota is being aloof on the concept’s technical details but has confirmed a new, full hybrid powertrain will be in the C-HR with “significantly improved fuel efficiency.”

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Mike Schlee
Mike Schlee

A 20+ year industry veteran, Mike rejoins the AutoGuide team as the Managing Editor. He started his career at a young age working at dealerships, car rentals, and used car advertisers. He then found his true passion, automotive writing. After contributing to multiple websites for several years, he spent the next six years working at the head office of an automotive OEM, before returning back to the field he loves. He is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA). He's the recipient of a feature writing of the year award and multiple video of the year awards.

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  • Shawn Shawn on Oct 21, 2014

    Still waiting to be impressed! It seems we have lost our ability to chose what kind of car we want to buy and drive in this country. Yes, there are many different shiny colors and brand name options, but not actual car options. Very disappointing.

  • Cory Ray Cory Ray on Nov 08, 2014

    I like the front end. Autoguide got the cover pic from a complementary angle. Then I went through the gallery and saw the rear... Whoever thought that was a good idea should be flogged. On the bright side, there's no predator-grille. I see the black strip coming off of the side window and wrapping around to the rear glass. Is that a window or is that accent molding? Even if it is glass, it's so thin you could barely see out of it.