Compare 2018 Toyota C-HR vs Honda HR-V

2018 Toyota C-HR vs Honda HR-V
2018 Toyota C-HR 2017 Honda HR-V
  144 hp 141 hp
Fuel Economy (city/hwy) *
  27/31 mpg 25/33 mpg
  139 ft-lbs. @ 3900 rpm 127 ft-lbs. @ 4300 rpm

2018 Toyota C-HR vs Honda HR-V

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There's a lot of excitement surrounding the newest Toyota. It's called the Coupe High-Rider or Toyota C-HR, and it promises to shake up the compact crossover world. One of its highest competitors is the impressive Honda HR-V, but how do the two compare? This simple review will give you an idea.

A Greater Personality

While the HR-V is a typical small crossover, the C-HR is aiming for personality. Influenced by sports cars, the C-HR has a bold, outgoing character. Muscular and dynamic, it exudes an edgy, even sexy vibe. An assertive fascia and strategic headlight placement add to its aggressive stance. The interior continues the idea by utilizing a diamond pattern. It shows up as part of the black headliner, makes an appearance on the speaker surrounds, and even decorates the dual-zone climate controls. Toyota utilizes an angled dashboard that positions key instrumentation nearer to the driver. This MeZone also serves the dual purpose of creating a driver-centric cockpit. A 4.2-inch multi-information display sits between the two-ring instrument cluster. Unique to the C-HR, a slender steering wheel is clearly influenced by racecars.

Bigger Size and Better Sound

While the two crossovers sit five people, only the C-HR has been designed to maximize the space. Furthermore, while both have sound insulation, the new Toyota works harder to keep out the noise. Cabin and seat designers got together to create a smarter backseat. As such, there is a chamfered headliner, slanting up to give the backseat riders more headroom. Then there are foot well cubbies where passengers can stretch their legs. Scalloped front seatbacks help take care of the kneeroom that adults need. To keep out noise, engineers have gone the extra mile. The C-HR door trim, ceiling, and A-pillars have had a generous application of sound insulation to supplement the triple-sealed doors and other, more traditional insulated areas. The engine itself received close attention with many efforts made to reduce noisy tendencies.

2018 Toyota C-HR vs Honda HR-V Interior

Better Build

While the HR-V is built for more carlike handling, Toyota again went further with the C-HR. The vehicle is deliberately lighter weight, allowing it to do more with its power outlay. The C-HR also has a slight horsepower advantage over the Honda HR-V. A low center of gravity helps ensure better handling. A unique feature, Toyota's preload differential can balance torque between the two sides, providing better low-speed operation. The front suspension is assisted by a large diameter stabilizer bar. The rear suspension benefits from Sachs shock absorbers. If reflexes aren't quick enough for the driver's wishes, a Sport mode makes driving more fun. If you want to take over the shifting, you just push the stick to the left, and you are in charge.

Better Build

The C-HR has ten airbags, which is four more than the HR-V. Furthermore, Toyota Safety Sense features are a class-leading standard. While the HR-V offers many of these systems, you have to pay extra to get them. C-HR crossovers have a pedestrian alert, forward collision alert, and related autobrake. You also get a lane departure alert and a related assist. All C-HR drivers can employ an adaptive cruise control system that slows and goes to match the moment's traffic.

To see the C-HR for yourself, head to Prestige Toyota in Ramset, NJ. A test drive is a good way to find out if this exciting new Toyota is right for you.

* 2017 EPA-estimated city/highway mileage. Actual mileage will vary.