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You Definitely Won’t Miss Toyota’s Quirky New Crossover

The Toyota C-HR was unveiled Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 at the LA Auto Show. The Toyota C-HR was unveiled Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 at the LA Auto Show.
The Toyota C-HR was unveiled Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 at the LA Auto Show. Photo by Kirsten Korosec

The Toyota C-HR, which was unveiled Thursday at the LA Auto Show, isn’t your average crossover. There’s some funk in there. And that’s OK.

Toyota describes the 2018 Toyota C-HR, which stands for Coupe High-Rider, as a stylish, athletic, and tech-filled. The kind of crossover that is meant to appeal to young trendsetters, who might be OK, even thrilled with some of the unusual lines and design details.

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The vehicle appears wider than other crossovers. The projector-beam halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights sweep up and around, giving the vehicle an even wider, stout stance.

The Toyota C-HR. Notice the headlights. Photo of Kirsten Korosec
Photo of Kirsten Korosec

The middle of the body appears to narrow. Moving towards the back, you’ll find one of the cooler details. The backseat door handles are integrated into the top of the door.


A lot is going on at the rear of the vehicle, including tail lights that protrude outward in an unusual way; it almost looks as if the back panels were cut away from

Photo by Kirsten Korosec
Photo by Kirsten Korosec

The hatchback, which has a lip spoiler and functional top wing, tapers in and gives the vehicle a wider appearance.

The C-HR will be available in two grades at launch, XLE and XLE Premium, both of which will have 18-inch alloy wheels, bucket seating, a 7-inch audio display, and its advanced driver assistance system that has a pre-collision vehicle and pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, and dynamic radar cruise control.

The Toyota C-HR might look familiar. The automaker’s Scion brand—which was killed off earlier this year—debuted a C-HR concept at the 2015 LA Auto Show. The automaker announced in February it would phase out the brand and rebadge three 2017 model Scion cars as Toyotas beginning in August.