The Spymaster has had a good look at what was to be the next Scion model, but with the brand’s 2016 demise in, the new CH-R wagon has been moved to the Toyota lineup. As such, it’s not exactly a submodel to the RAV4, which is really what Toyota needs. The C-HR’s looks are an odd assortment of creases and squiggles that one auto reviewer described as ‘astonishing’. Nevertheless, the little wagon should draw in a younger audience, or those who find the Nissan Juke, Kia Soul and Jeep Renegade too conservative for their liking. Since both of those choices can be had with all-wheel-drive, it’s surprising that the CH-R will only come with front-wheel-drive. Another shocker is neither a navigation system or a power-operated sunroof are on the option sheet. The good news is that the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes a respectable 144 horsepower, which should be enough to make the C-HR a respectable performer. The base price of $23,500 includes lots of standard content, which is another plus.
The Toyota C-HR isn’t exactly a gap-filler between the Corolla and the RAV4, which is what the brand needs. (PHOTO: TOYOTA)