The wild-styled C-HR is nimble and enjoyable to drive, but it also has several notable deficiencies. Unlike other subcompact-SUV competitors, this genre-bending model has no all-wheel-drive option. Visibility is horrendous, and the C-HR is tortoise-slow, taking more than 11 seconds in the 0-60 mph dash. At least it gets a very good 29 mpg overall. The continuously variable transmission is mostly unobtrusive, but it amplifies engine noise. The ride is firm and tightly controlled. Wind noise is pronounced at highway speeds. Hidden rear door handles give the impression of a two-door coupe, but they make it difficult for kids to open the doors. The XLE Premium trim has more comfortable seats. Although the rear seat is roomy, the small windows create a dark, cave-like cabin. Advanced safety features are standard.
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