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Detroit, Michigan

The tiniest new SUVs – we like to call them ‘subcompact crossovers’ – come in all sort of shapes and sizes. Because it’s such a new segment, there aren’t as many rigid rules and expectations as in, say, the long-established midsize sedan class. And that means that something like the Toyota C-HR can be quite different from many of its competitors.

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For starters, just look at that styling: love it or hate it, it makes an impression and inspires double-takes from passersby. As to equipment and pricing, the C-HR is affordable to start and boasts a generous amount of active-safety technology. But if you want more luxurious features, you’ll find that even a fully loaded C-HR lacks some of the gadgets available on its competitors. And if you’re shopping small SUVs because you’re worried about traction in the snow, be aware that all-wheel drive is not offered for any price.

On the other hand, the C-HR delivers decent fuel efficiency, and its compact dimensions make it a cinch to park in busy cities. Plus, it’s far more affordable than Toyota’s other well-known crossover, the RAV4. Does the Toyota C-HR have what it takes to compete in the urban jungle? Watch the latest episode of Why Buy? to find out.

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Toyota C-HR

Engine 2.0-Liter I4
Output 144 Horsepower / 139 Pound-Feet
Transmission CVT
Drive Type Front-Wheel Drive
Weight 3,300 Pounds
Fuel Economy 27 City / 31 Highway / 29 MPG Combined
Seating Capacity 5
Cargo Volume 19.0 / 36.4 Cubic Feet
Base Price $22,500
As-Tested Price $25,633

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