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You know that feeling, we’ve all been there. You’re sitting at home binging on the latest “must watch” series on Netflix your co-worker said you had to check out. Meanwhile you’re scrolling through your social media feeds taking a glimpse at what’s going on in the “real world” and seeing everyone having a good time wishing you were a part of the mix. Yep, that’s when FOMO sets in. That all too familiar feeling of missing out.
The good folks over at Toyota have cooked up the perfect remedy. Enter the first-ever 2018 Toyota C-HR. We recently had the opportunity to partner with Toyota to test drive the all-new C-HR. With summer activities winding to a close, Orlando served as the perfect backdrop to take in one final summer weekend for the ultimate #FOMOCure.
When my C-HR was delivered one of the first things I noticed aside from the blue eclipse metallic exterior, was how spacious the interior was. The driver seat sits high enough to almost give you that SUV feeling. It took just a couple of minutes to get acclimated to the cabin, but once my phone was paired via Bluetooth and my tunes cued up, I was ready to begin my adventure.
I had a fairly busy week of events planned including my birthday, so this couldn’t have arrived at a better time. To kick things off, we had a dinner with the rest of the Toyota crew and fellow influencers at the Snap! art space in downtown Orlando where we enjoyed a specially chef prepared 4-course meal while sipping on signature drinks that spoke to various aspects of the car. DJ Dizzle Phunk provided the soundtrack for the evening as well as some impromptu DJ lessons.
Friday night we met up once again with the rest of the team at a relatively new spot in town, M Lounge in the Ivanhoe neighborhood. This place was dope! The vibes were chill and we had great eats provided by TR Fire Grill. Saturday morning was highlighted by our VIP experience at Artlando. This was definitely the perfect end to a very busy week and the kick off to my birthday weekend.
As I cruised around town going to events and spending time with the C-HR, I was getting questions from friends and family about what my thoughts were about the car. It’s almost surreal to be driving a car that is currently running in commercials as I’m typing this.
A few of my favorite features include the backup camera that was placed in the auto-dimming rear-view mirror, the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, the lane departure warning, dual zone climate control and incredible sound system. Overall it’s a very fun car to drive that you feel extremely safe in.
For a crossover with a 144-hp 2.0 liter inline engine, it handles extremely well and is zippy. You can feel it grip the road as you weave in and out of Orlando traffic that can test every nerve you have and the ones you didn’t even know about.
Toyota has done a fantastic job with the “Coupe High-Rider”. If you’re someone that’s torn between a car and a crossover, Toyota has the perfect cure for you in the all-new C-HR.
Special thank you to Toyota for taking incredibly good care of us this week. Learn more about the 2018 Toyota C-HR here.
Maro Onokpise / Founder/Editor