STATUS: Unchanged for 2020 - There are definitely cheaper, more practical and roomier Toyota models, but the C-HR is likely the most fun to drive. Now in its third year of production, the "Coupe High Rider" hatchback is the styling rebel of the Toyota lineup with squiggly lined body panels and low-slung rear deck that departs from Toyota's generally more conservative designs. The interior is just as extravagant with a busy assortment of pushbuttons for key vehicle functions, and a steering wheel that houses similar controls. The powertrain consists of a 144-horse 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with a continuously variable transmission. The shifter controls seven simulated gears, allowing you to manually hold the shift points longer to make the engine rev higher. The absence of all-wheel-drive as an option might be a drawback for those living in winter areas or at higher elevations, but some other competitors also don't offer it either. The two available trim levels come with a number of dynamic-safety systems designed to prevent contact with other vehicles and pedestrians.
Base price (incl. destination): $22,300
Type: Four-door compact wagon
Engine (h.p.): 2.0-liter I-4 (144)
Transmission: Continuously variable (CVT)
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 27/31/29
Base weight (lb.): 3,290