Toyota made a stunning entrance to the subcompact segment with the C-HR crossover. According to various sources, the company is redesigning the small vehicle. The second generation is just around the corner. The 2023 Toyota C-HR will be an all-new model, with more tech features and increased price. Some say the MSRP could jump by $2,000 and the carmaker is about to drop the entry-level LE package. There are more unofficial details about the crossover, and Toyota is still quiet with public statements.
The vehicle is agile and fun to drive. Still, the power has low limits and if you need a ride for long family trips, or for towing, look for a larger model, such as Rav4. Also, compared to its siblings, the 2023 Toyota C-HR is not going to offer a hybrid version. Interesting, the company opted not to install an all-wheel drive. Well, this is not a popular feature on subcompact crossover, and C-HR is not the only model in the segment without this option.
So, if you are looking for a good-looking vehicle with sporty handling for the city drive, this is going to be a near-perfect solution. The gas mileage is another strong side, returning 27 mpg in the city. Finally, include reliability and the resale value to the deal. If you don’t like the C-HR, you will lose the least if you decide to get rid of it and try something else.
Powertrain: Pros and Cons
Under the hood of the 2023 Toyota C-HR is a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine. It won’t impress anyone with 145 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque. The front-wheel drive is the only system mated to this engine, and you can count on 27/31 mpg. A CVT is a power router. It is a very good output, but still not enough to top some other subcompact crossovers. On the other hand, those won’t return the same driving impression.
The lack of all-wheel drive can be considered as a downside. In most cases, not really, since you won’t use the C-HR for off-roading. A better option would be the additional engine. A turbo-four with 200 horsepower seems to be a good alternative. Then, a hybrid would bring even better gas mileage. Nevertheless, bosses in Toyota are still sticking to the proven 2.0-liter mill and look no further. Since the big redesign is coming next season, powertrain changes could be included.
2023 Toyota C-HR Redesign
The all-new 2023 Toyota C-HR is on the way. Reports from Europe and leading automotive magazines have their sources claiming the subcompact SUV is about to introduce many new things. It is time, though. The first C-HR was at dealerships as the 2017 YM, and the last facelift we saw in 2019 for the following season. The new model will change a lot of things. Still, the company needs to keep strong sides.
Those are aggressive styling and agility. The C-HR made an instant impact with its eye-catching appearance. Futuristic, yet practical. On the other hand, passengers at the back won’t agree that everything is so perfect. First, there is no room in the second row. Well, we don’t expect a high dose of comfort, but compared to the competition, the C-HR is even tighter. Plus, the visibility is suffering, although Toyota made it up with the new Safety Sense 2.0 package. So, those are the two biggest changes we expect for the upcoming vehicle. Of course, there will be more upgrades, especially in the infotainment system. We also can’t wait to see the new color palette for the 2023 Toyota C-HR.
Price Will be Higher
The company is ready to drop the base LE trim. That means the entry-level version is going to be the XLE, whose price starts at $25,000. This is not a great choice for the subcompact crossover world, where we can find some models around $20,000 and when companies offer special deals, even below that mark. If the LE is not going to be a part of the lineup anymore, the company will have to find a replacement. One thing is sure, the 2023 Toyota C-HR will be one of the most expensive options in the class. We expect the reappearance of the Nightshade edition. It is slightly more expensive than the XLE. The top-tier model is C-HR Limited.
European sources are not mentioning the release date of the upcoming crossover. A model for 2022 is a bit late. It won’t be around for too long, that is for sure. But, Toyota will give it some time, so the premiere of the all-new C-HR won’t happen before the second half of 2022. The sales won’t start until the final quarter of the season.