Look-a-like: Toyota C-HR and…

Let me come clean right from the beginning: I am a big fan of the Toyota C-HR, as it is the only car right now that seems to be carrying the avant garde torch in the subcompact SUV segment that was once kick-started by the equally adventurous-looking Nissan Juke. What’s more, the model’s looks are clearly not hampering it with consumers, who have taken to the model really rather well (European sales data, US sales data, US subcompact SUV segment comparison). However, despite this love, I always found it curious that this willfully different-looking car is, from the rear, very similar looking to another car that came before it…

The 8th generation European Honda Civic. Yes, there are probably more things that are different between the two rears than there are similar (the bumpers, the Honda’s additional window, the Toyota’s spoiler), but this hardly matters when the rear is really defined by the lamps, which are almost identical on both models. Nothing wrong with that, mind you – the rear was arguably the best angle of the previous Civic, and the cool lamps give the rear of the C-HR not only a lot of personality, but because of the way they jut out of the body a certain lightness that’s hard to achieve in a crossover shape. 

About Krzysztof Wozniak

Kriss grew up in Poland reading German car magazines, before moving to England and graduating to the British magazines, which he still considers the best in the world and continues reading them after he’d moved to the US. In college he promised himself he’s buy himself a used Porsche before he turned 30 (not to be accused of having a mid-life crisis), but instead family needs dictated a Subaru Outback. Still waiting for that perfect moment to buy a used 2008-ish Cayman…
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  1. Losange says:

    @Kriss, you’re showing a picture of the 9th generation Civic 😉 (which was sort of a facelifted 8th generation Civic)

    It wouldn’t surprise me at all if this was done on purpose. Japanese brands always look at what their competitors do (e.g. 2nd gen. Honda Insight had a Prius-look). The C-HR is Toyota’s view on the Nissan Juke. It’s clear they thought the Civic looked great from the rear. Not very creative, but Honda can take it as a compliment.

    In general, car lights can look very similar. The tail lights of the new Rolls-Royce Phantom are very similar to those of the Fiat 500 facelift. In the same way the new Audi A8 looks very Saab-ish from the rear.

    • Losange, I thought I was the only one who could see the late Saab 9-5 in the back of the new Audi A8. And well spotted the Fiat and RR comparison. But to be honest, there’s only so much manufacturers can do to differentiate their cars, as they have to comply with different regulations from different countries…

  2. Losange says:

    Speaking about the 9th gen. Honda Civic, there is one car that has the same arrangement of tail lights and additional window: Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

    Just another Japanese brand copying the other.

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