Slotting below the compact RAV4, the 2021 Toyota C-HR will be the newest and smallest crossover entry when it arrives next year. A short two years later, the C-HR’s few advantages have mostly evaporated in the face of newer rivals, pushing it out of our Top 10 rankings for subcompact SUVs. For 2021, it gains Android Auto, gets some revised front-end styling and loads up on more standard features, but these improvements aren’t enough to drag the Toyota C-HR from its lowly position. In addition to its poor performance, it continues to suffer from an abundance of road and wind noise, limited cargo space, and the absence of an all-wheel-drive option. The XLE trim upgrades to 18-inch alloy wheels, power-folding mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
Not much is known regarding what engine will power the North American-spec 2021 Toyota C-HR but it’s likely a 2.0-liter I-4 paired only to a CVT. It’s also likely that a new turbocharged engine could make its debut in the North American C-HR. A new version of the Entune infotainment system should find its way into the Toyota C-HR.
As with all Toyota models except the 86 sports coupe, the 2021 C-HR could get the TSS-P suite of active safety features as standard. It includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection is designed to help keep the road safe by detecting a vehicle or pedestrian in certain situation. By combining millimetre wave radar with a camera capable of shape recognition, the system provides audio and visual alert, warning you of possible collision under certain circumstances. If you didn’t react, the system is designed for automatic braking support to help mitigate the potential for a collision.