What does C-HR stand for?

February 19th, 2020 by


What Does Toyota C-HR Model Stand For?

The processes and ethos behind vehicle names are often convoluted and arbitrary. Or rather, it can feel like that a lot of the time. It can be simple. For instance, Camry is the English version of the Japanese word “kanmuri,” which means “crown.” Sometimes, names are just acronyms, like the RAV4, which stands for “recreational activity vehicle: 4-wheel drive.”

So that brings us to one of the newest and oddest-named additions to the Toyota lineup: the C-HR. It seems like it could be an acronym, but is it? What does C-HR stand for?

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What C-HR Means

The mysterious “C-HR” moniker is an acronym. According to the official Toyota press release, the name C-HR is “derived from Compact High Rider and Cross Hatch Run-about.” The idea of a “compact high rider” makes sense. “Compact” is self-explanatory; the C-HR is—dimensions-wise—a small crossover SUV. As the C-HR is also an SUV, it has a higher stance than the average sedan, hence the “high rider” part of the name. “Cross hatch” is also pretty intuitive, as it resembles the dual design philosophy of hatchbacks and crossover SUVs.

C-HR Specs

As a crossover SUV, the C-HR focuses on utility and performance. It has a 19.1 cu-ft of cargo space with the rear seats up, which is in line with a typical hatchback. With the rear seats folded down, the space expands to 37 cu-ft, resembling the average capacity of a two-row SUV. Under the hood of the C-HR is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 144 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque. The drivetrain is limited to FWD, much like a typical hatchback or sedan.

Interested in the 2020 C-HR?

Schedule a test drive for the 2020 C-HR here at Arlington Toyota in Palatine, IL. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call. We’re always happy to chat.


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