Better suited for millennials
Toyota’s funky little crossover is back for 2020 with updated styling and new features, which Toyota hopes its millennial buyers will appreciate.
When the C-HR arrived in North America for the 2018 model year, it didn’t offer Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, or even satellite radio. Last year, however, the C-HR got a new infotainment system, a new rundown of trims, and standard Apple CarPlay. The 2020 Toyota C-HR takes things a step further and now includes standard Android Auto and an updated front end.
The 2020 Toyota C-HR’s design update starts with a new front fascia. The foglamps have been moved away from the grille and are now located below the headlights. The grille has also been updated with a honeycomb pattern, which looks fresher than the 2019 model. For 2020, 18-inch wheels are available for the top-trim Limited model; 17-inch alloy wheels are offered as an upgrade over the base LE model’s steelies.
Toyota is also adding two new exterior colors for the 2020 C-HR: Supersonic Red and Hot Lava (orange). Like the current Blizzard Pearl, the new colors will cost an extra $425 USD. If you’re looking to customize your C-HR even more, you can add the new silver R-Code roof option, which joins the black roof and replaces the 2019 model’s silver option.
Inside the 2020 C-HR, Android Auto is now standard through an 8.0-inch touchscreen. All three grades (LE, XLE, and Limited) now come with available Wi-Fi and a three-month trial of Sirius XM, something that was previously standard only on the XLE and Limited models. The top trim also gets an eight-way power driver’s seat and an adaptive front lighting system, which illuminates the sides of the road as you turn the steering wheel. The XLE grade now gets a new black interior that adds a touch of blue to the seats and instrument panel. We do wish Toyota had added more USB ports; the C-HR continues to offer only one port for the entire cabin.
The 2020 C-HR doesn’t get any powertrain changes. The front-drive crossover is still powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 144 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque, so it should maintain its 27/31 mpg (8.7/7.6 L/100 km) city/highway EPA rating. CVT continues to be the sole transmission option. Last time we tested a C-HR XLE, we complained about its slow acceleration, but we enjoyed the way it handled; the suspension did a great job absorbing impacts and controlling the body.
On the safety front, all 2020 C-HRs are still equipped with standard Toyota Safety Sense P, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high-beams, and adaptive cruise control. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert is standard on XLE and Limited models.
The 2020 Toyota C-HR will be arriving in North American dealers at the end of October, and prices will be raised $150 USD across the board. That means the 2020 C-HR LE model should start at $22,415 USD, the 2020 C-HR XLE will go for $24,450 USD, and the 2020 C-HR Limited will have a price tag of $27,470 USD.