From the Auris and the Avensis to the Yaris and the RAV4, all of Toyota’s recent mainstream cars have been depressingly vanilla. White goods. Reliable, serviceable, capable—but as engaging as a washing machine or fridge freezer.
But with the C-HR—an acronym for Coupe-High Rider, if you were wondering—Toyota has built a mass market vehicle with some of the panache shown in more niche models like the GT86, hydrogen-powered Mirai, and new Prius. And all it had to do was take the 2014 Paris Motor Show C-HR Concept and put it into production.