Can the sporty, new 2018 Toyota CH-R handle a weekend full of errands and kids? Thanks to our friends at Drive Shop and Toyota, we had the chance to put it to the test.
In our house, weekends are usually spent running errands or carting the kids from place to place. I’m not going to lie. As a busy working mom, the last thing I want to do on the weekend is hit up the grocery store or spend an obscene amount of money at Target. Add two kids into the mix and it makes for a really good time…not!
Fortunately, a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to do my weekend errand while driving around in the new 2018 Toyota CH-R. This sporty vehicle not only helped us get from place to place in style, but it actually made running errands a lot more fun.
2018 Toyota CH-R
Easy to Drive
The Toyota CH-R is a crossover vehicle. It has the feel of a sedan, but includes the room of an SUV. It handled great as I was able to fit into tight parking spaces and maneuver about with ease. As someone who drives a sedan on a daily basis, I didn’t feel overwhelmed by its size.
Plenty of Room Inside
The interior offered plenty of leg room in the back seat. That’s important when you’re driving with kids. They need to have their own space and not feel like they are sitting on top of each other. That aspect alone made for a very pleasant driving experience. The only downfall of the rear seats is the headroom. One big bump and a tall passenger may hit their head.
The trunk area had ample space for the amount of bags and packages we accumulated that day. The C-HR has 19 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 36.4 cubic feet with them folded. This area also has a cargo cover. When the trunk door is down, it will shield the contents that are inside. I didn’t have to worry about the packages being exposed as I went from store to store.
Winter in the Northeast can be brutal. The week we had the Toyota CH-R the temperature was in the 30s and 40s. That’s why I was grateful for the heated seats. With 3 heat settings, I could easily set it to the amount of heat that I needed. Plus, they heated up right away. No need to warm up the car. All I had to do was start the car, turn on the heated seats and go.
Have you ever been driving with your kids and one of them make a sound that makes it seem like one of their limbs have fallen off? That can easily divert your eyes from the road for a few seconds. The Toyota CH-R is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense. Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist will illuminate in the side view mirror and beep 3 times to let you know you’ve crossed into another lane. In addition, it will steer the car back to the lane you are driving in. This feature will also alert you to vehicles in your blind spot before changing lanes.
Another safety feature I really liked was the fact that the back up camera was located in the rear view mirror. It allows you to utilize both the mirror and the camera at the same time.
We had a great time test driving the new 2018 Toyota CH-R. Keep up with all the latest news from Toyota by joining the conversation on social media.