Originally planned as Scion’s next crossover extraordinaire, the C-HR has finally seen the light in 2018 under the Toyota brand name—and it’s all the better for it. As the RAV4’s younger, more aggressively fine-tuned hatchback-ian cousin, the all-new 2018 Toyota C-HR is a prime example of good things coming in small(er) packages. But how does it compare with the newest Honda HR-V, a subcompact crossover that was also recently added to its respective automaker’s lineup?
The C-HR vs. HR-V Nitty-Gritty
To keep customers from getting overburdened by endless options, Toyota offers the 2018 C-HR in just two well-equipped trims: the base XLE and range-topping XLE Premium. All C-HR models come equipped with a robust little 2.0L inline-four that brings along 144 ponies and 139 pound-feet of torque. In the MPG department, the C-HR returns 29 MPG combined.
Honda also keeps HR-V options limited—someone got the memo, I guess—by offering three trims: the starter LX, EX, and EX-L Navi. Every HR-V trim comes packed with a 1.8L I-4 that makes 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. It matches the C-HR’s fuel efficiency, as well.
Relatively equal, you say? Let’s compare the two top trims to see which of these 2018 crossovers is truly the better buy.
With the C-HR XLE Premium, owners will receive a horde of standard features that aren’t available in the priciest HR-V EX-L Navi, including:
· Front sport seats with advanced lumbar support (driver)
· Dual-zone front air conditioning
· Driver-side knee airbags
· Headlight washer
· AUX port
· Metal-accented shifter
· Glovebox light
· One-touch power windows (front and rear)
· Headlight washers
· 2 main LCD screens (vs. a single screen in the HR-V)
Most notable, however, is the C-HR’s standard inclusion of Toyota Safety Sense™ P features, which the HR-V doesn’t even attempt to offer; such features come with both CH-R trims and include the following:
· Dynamic Radar Cruise Control – Also known as “adaptive cruise control,” this system aims to make driving simpler by detecting the speed and distance of the vehicle ahead of the C-HR, then adjusting speed accordingly. There’s no better way to endure Sedalia traffic, making it the perfect accompaniment to an already-packed crossover.
· Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection – Using a camera, sensor, and millimeter-wave radar, this system scans the road and identifies objects, vehicles, and pedestrians that you may very well want to avoid. When something or someone is detected, your C-HR will sound the alarm; if you don’t act to avoid the impending collision, the crossover’s automatic braking system will engage.
· Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist – We’ve all weaved in and out of lanes, even if we all also know how dangerous it can be. With this standard lane-departure system, you can enjoy your French fries without worrying (too much) about if you’re within your lane markers. It identifies those markings, then issues audible and visual alerts when you cross them; if you’re not correcting course quickly enough, the Steering Assist function will kick in and nudge you on your merry way.
· Automatic High Beams – Visibility is the crux of any safe vehicle, and the C-HR takes visibility to another level with standard automatic headlights and high beams. Whether you’ve got poor night vision or simply fear literally crossing paths with jaywalking werewolves, these high beams will ease your worries thanks to its illumination distance of 2,000 feet. Should another vehicle come into sight, your C-HR will switch to low beams.
· Blind Spot Monitor (standard on XLE Premium) – Although the Honda HR-V comes with its integrated LaneWatch™ feature, it’s the C-HR that comes with a complete blind-spot warning system. If a vehicle, motorcycle, or cyclist donning tight yellow spandex is riding in your blind spot, this system will warn you with a little light on the side-view mirror.
· Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (standard on XLE Premium) – Similar to Blind Spot Monitor, this safety feature gives you peace of mind when changing lanes, backing out of parking spots, or merging onto the I-65.
Although the 2018 Toyota C-HR hasn’t yet received any crash test grades from the IIHS or NHTSA, our Sedalia Toyota dealer expects the SUV to do quite well considering its inclusion of such fantastic safety features. In fact, we’d eat an old shoelace if the HR-V fares better than Toyota’s newest C-HR in standard safety tests*.
Great Deals on the New C-HR at McCarthy Toyota of Sedalia
Not only does the 2018 C-HR have a cabin chockful of modern features and safety systems, but it also has a price that’s a couple thousand less than the HR-V—even more savings can be had when you shop at our Sedalia Toyota dealership—making it the best value between the two. But you’ll just have to see for yourself why the C-HR puts Honda’s SUV to shame.
Give us a call at (660) 530-2282 or stop by our car dealership in Sedalia, MO at 3110 West Broadway to test drive the 2018 Toyota C-HR or any of our other new Toyota models for sale. We’ll surely have an amazing Honda lease offer to entice you into the driver’s seat too, so be sure to ask! From Whiteman Air Force Base to Knob Noster, McCarthy Toyota of Sedalia is your trusted source for great prices on some of the best cars in Missouri.
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