2018 Toyota C-HR vs. Its Competition

2018 Toyota C-HR
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

The C-HR has an unusual mission ahead of it: lure away style-conscious buyers who might be inclined to shop crossover SUVs, but don't really need any of the SUV capabilities.

The Honda HR-V might be an appealing alternative: it's all about utility, not at all about sport.

We think the same will be true of the Ford Ecosport when it arrives in 2018; it's been a long time coming.

The aging and alien-like Nissan Juke, with its high-winding turbo-4 and available all-wheel drive, is a similarly odd vehicle for non-mainstream tastes.

The Mazda CX-3 is small inside, but by far the most fun to drive among this list.

And the Kia Niro has hybrid hardware but lots of wagon-like cargo space, in the absence of all-wheel drive.

2018 Toyota C-HR2018 Toyota C-HR
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2018 Ford Ecosport2018 Ford Ecosport
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2018 Honda HR-V2018 Honda HR-V
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2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid2018 Kia Niro
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2018 Mazda CX-32018 Mazda CX-3
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2018 Nissan Kicks2018 Nissan Kicks
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Quick Specs
6.0
The 2018 Toyota C-HR rides high, with astonishing looks that we like (you may differ); they're the selling point for a slow car that doesn't offer all-wheel drive despite a crossover label.
5.2
The 2018 Ford EcoSport offers up cabin space and a low base price, but other Ford SUVs present a better value.
6.5
The 2018 Honda HR-V blends great rear-seat flexibility and gas mileage, but it’s slow.
6.4
The 2018 Kia Niro Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid breathe new life into the hybrid segment, with a practical wagon shape and excellent interior you’d never know was a hybrid.
6.3
The 2018 Mazda CX-3 is an attractive small crossover pick thanks to its good looks. We’d ask for more room, but fear that would spoil the CX-3’s low price.
5.2
The 2018 Nissan Kicks doesn’t thrill, but its pert styling and good value make it worth a look.
MSRP From     
$22,500$19,995$19,670$23,340$20,110$18,290
Gas Mileage     
27 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy46 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy31 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-3Regular Unleaded I-4Gas/Electric I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
XLE FWD (GS)S FWDLX 2WD ManualFE FWDSport FWDS FWD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
CVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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