Volume 14 Issue 1 » 47 2018 Toyota C-HR » In case you’re wondering, C-HR stands for Coupe High-Rider. Basically Toyota wants you to think of its brand new mini crossover as a stylish four-door coupe, borrowing from the success that European auto manufacturers have seen from their similar offerings. According to Toyota, the C-HR’s mission brief was a mere two words: distinctive diamond. With a sloping roofline and the practicality from its hatch design, the C-HR looks rather fetching. It rides on Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, which also underpins the latest Prius. Under the hood is a 2.0L naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine with 144 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque routed through a CVT transmission with manual-shift mode. Engage Sport mode, throw it into manual mode and the transmission simulates seven forward gears while adding some heft to the electric power steering. Inside, you’ll find all of the latest modern conveniences such as a 7.0-inch infotainment screen and a 4.2-inch multifunction display between the gauges. There is an available blindspot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, heated front seats, and the obligatory Bluetooth with voice recognition. Regardless of whichever trim you choose, all C-HRs are equipped with Toyota’s Safety Sense system which includes forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automated emergency braking. There is also a complement of ten standard airbags and a rearview camera.