There are a lot of SUV options available today. Toyota alone offers seven different models, ranging from the subcompact 2022 Toyota C-HR to the full-size 2022 Toyota Sequoia, plus three hybrid variants designed for improved fuel economy. While models like the 2022 Toyota RAV4 and 2022 Toyota Highlander are top-sellers, what if you are looking for something a little smaller and more affordable? In that case, the C-HR is likely to fit the bill. With a manageable footprint and reasonable price tag, this model is ideal for single drivers looking for more than a sedan can provide. However, unlike many subcompact SUV models from other manufacturers, the 2022 Toyota C-HR is not a stripped-down model designed to keep the price down at all costs. Instead, its stylish exterior announces a vehicle filled with safety and convenience features that will leave you wondering how Toyota manages to make a profit. From the standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 suite of driver-assist technology to the generous infotainment features, this small SUV is ready to punch far above its weight.
When shopping for more affordable models, it can be disheartening to realize how many manufacturers are willing to cut corners when it comes to safety. Far too many subcompact SUVs have questionable crash test scores, and many lack modern driver-assist technology altogether. But the 2022 Toyota C-HR is a different story. Toyota is firmly committed to building some of the safest vehicles on the road and can be counted on to equip all of its models with the most up-to-date safety features possible. While the C-HR may be affordable, it boasts a level of safety that many much larger vehicles would be envious of.
There is no vehicle safety award more prestigious than being named an IIHS Top Safety Pick. In order to make the grade, a vehicle must not only score top ratings in every crash test scenario, but it must also have advanced front crash prevention technology and bright headlights that properly illuminate the road ahead. Fewer than a dozen subcompact SUVs received this prestigious rating in 2021, but the Toyota C-HR was one of them. In fact, it even surpassed the standards, with its driver-assist technology and available headlights receiving top scores in IIHS testing. If you are looking for a safe and affordable SUV, the C-HR will provide exactly that.
While subcompact SUVs like the Honda HR-V only offer driver-assist technology on their top trims, and models like the Chevy Trax don’t offer important safety features at all, the 2022 Toyota C-HR comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 suite. This comprehensive collection of driver-assist features helps mitigate many of the most common types of accidents, enhancing your safety on the road. Using its advanced Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, the C-HR can automatically apply the brakes to prevent frontal collisions and make minor steering inputs keep you safely in your lane. However, these systems are only the beginning.
Although even many far more expensive vehicles only offer blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control as options, Toyota makes these features standard on the 2022 C-HR. The Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert will warn you if you are changing lanes into an unseen car or backing out of a parking space into oncoming traffic, an invaluable assistant when navigating the roads around Reading. Dynamic Radar Cruise Control allows you to set a top speed and safe following distance, then sit back as your C-HR automatically adjusts its speed to match the flow of traffic on the highway. And these are only a few highlights of the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 suite–every 2022 C-HR also comes standard with numerous other systems designed to keep you safe on the road.
Subcompact SUVs aren’t known for having the most spectacular interiors, but Toyota is changing the game with the 2022 C-HR. Not only will you find the upright seating position and generous cargo space expected of a small SUV, but you will likely be surprised at just how many upscale features this model is loaded with. Even better, the majority of those features are standard on every trim at no extra cost. While many models in this price range come with hard plastic touchpoints, the C-HR breaks from the mold with its standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, giving it a surprisingly upscale feel. The seats themselves are a comfortable cloth in the two lower trims, but leather seats are standard in the top Limited trim.
Other standard niceties you may be surprised to find include one-touch power window switches for all four windows, allowing you to quickly roll the windows up or down without having to keep your hand on the switches. Dual-zone automatic climate control is also standard, and standard heated side mirrors will melt off any ice or snow during cold Pennsylvania winters. All of these are features that can normally only be found as extra-cost options, even on much larger and more expensive vehicles. Getting them standard on such an affordable model is simply amazing.
The 2022 C-HR also exceeds expectations with its standard infotainment technology suite. An upright 8-inch touchscreen is standard in every trim, providing convenient access to all of your favorite tech features, from navigation to entertainment. This is a fairly remarkable inclusion given that models like the Ford EcoSport and Honda HR-V still come standard with 5-inch or smaller LCD displays. The Toyota C-HR also includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard, allowing you to seamlessly sync your smartphone and access your apps through the vehicle’s touchscreen. Add in a standard six-speaker audio system with a three-month free trial of SiriusXM, and you will be enjoying all your favorite music, talk shows, and podcasts wherever the road takes you.
The 2022 Toyota C-HR is designed to offer all the practical performance that you expect from a subcompact SUV, combining a commanding view of the road and a roomy interior with an efficient powertrain that will save you money at the pump. However, while many vehicles in this segment are designed for affordability, the CH-R brings a higher level of style to the table. With sculpted lines and three available two-tone color options, this is one small SUV that isn’t going to get lost in the crowd. Even if you prefer a more traditional single-color scheme, paint options like SuperSonic Red and Blue Eclipse Metallic are sure to make an impression on anyone who sees you drive past.
These eye-catching elements are combined with a spectacular level of exterior features rarely found in this segment. For instance, the C-HR comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, while competitors like the Hyundai Kona and Nissan Kicks only have 16-inch wheels on their base trims. Toyota also equips its subcompact SUV with standard full-LED exterior lighting, including both the headlights and daytime running lights, providing brilliant illumination at night. Aside from upgrading the vehicle’s style, LED lights are 90% more efficient than traditional halogen lights, improving fuel economy, and last far longer without replacement.
While style may be important, the Toyota C-HR doesn’t sacrifice any of the practicality that you would expect from an SUV. The rear liftgate gives you easy access to a generous cargo area that can fit far more than the trunk of any sedan. A standard tonneau cover is included to shield your cargo from prying eyes, but it can be easily removed and the rear seats folded down to accommodate larger items. With both rear seats folded, the 2022 C-HR can fit up to 37 cubic feet of cargo. And thanks to the 60/40 split rear seat, you can choose any combination of passengers and cargo that you need to get your errands done.
Toyota has also designed the C-HR with an extremely efficient powertrain designed to reduce your gas bill. The reliable four-cylinder engine and fuel-saving transmission design result in a fuel economy rating of 29 MPG combined. That’s noticeably better than some other popular options in this segment, such as the 27 MPG Chevy Trax or the 25 MPG Ford EcoSport. Plus, as a Toyota, you know that you can count on a 2022 C-HR to continue providing dependable performance for many years to come. Toyota sticks to its high standards for reliability in every vehicle it builds, and with the free factory scheduled maintenance for life available here at Performance Toyota, your C-HR will serve you well for tens of thousands of miles.