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Toyota takes a chance with bold design for new C-HR

Toyota's new compact SUV, the C-HR, looks a bit more youthful than the majority of its lineup, and it could be just the styling shot the company needs.

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Toyota began showing its C-HR in concept form at auto shows in 2014, signaling an intent to get into the compact SUV segment.

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Introduced as a production vehicle at the Los Angeles auto show, the C-HR retained the concept's extreme styling.

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The C-HR hits the US and global markets as a front-wheel-drive compact SUV, or it could also be considered a hatchback on risers.

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The front end uses pure Toyota styling language, as seen on other models in the lineup.

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The styling gets stronger down the sides, and at the rear end. Prominent fenders accent the standard 18-inch wheels.

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Missing from crossover expectations for the US market, Toyota will not offer an all-wheel-drive system for the C-HR.

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Instead of creating a better approach angle for hill climbs, Toyota gives the C-HR a big front air dam, suggesting it is more of an urban vehicle.

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LED running lights come on the top XLE Premium trim. Automatic high-beams comes standard on all trims.

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The only engine available in the US is a 2-liter four cylinder making 144 horsepower.

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The name C-HR stands for "coupe high-ride", which doesn't exactly line up with other Toyota model names.

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Head room inside the cabin feels adequate. Toyota says that the rear seat has as much head room as a Prius.

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Standard camera and radar sensors give the C-HR a set of safety and convenience features, including pedestrian detection with precollision braking, and adaptive cruise control that can bring the car to a complete stop when traffic is backed up ahead.

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These 18-inch wheels come standard.

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The C-HR drives well, with generally good ride comfort, low road noise and composed handling.

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