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The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, located 54 miles south of Seattle, is a nature lover's paradise. As Washington's largest relatively undistrubed natural estuary, it is home to over 300 different species of fish and wildlife. Brings your hiking boots, because there are hundreds of acres to explore including a massive boardwalk that shoots out into the delta. (Sy Bean / Seattle Refined)

Let’s Go Places: Get wild in the wetlands

Coyotes, otters, and owlsoh my!

Just an hour from downtown Seattle sits the Nisqually River Delta—home to bountiful and diverse wildlife, fish, and birds. It’s where the freshwater of the Nisqually River combines with the saltwater of the Puget Sound, forming an inlet comprised of diverse reptiles, mammals, and amphibians.

To protect the animals and other species that call this area home, the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge was born. While most major estuaries in Washington have been filled, dredged, or developed, Nisqually River’s has been pristinely preserved.

Hike along the boardwalk trail, and you’ll spot rare, extraordinary animals. Some of the wildlife will catch your eye with no effort at all—similar to the 2018 Toyota Coupe High Rider (C-HR), a sporty vehicle that stands out for all the right reasons.

Bold character

Toyota’s deputy chief engineer Hiro Koba developed the first-ever C-HR, a stylish and technology-filled subcompact SUV crossover vehicle—representing a leap forward in design, manufacturing, and engineering.

For Pacific Northwesterners who are looking to color outside of the lines, this vehicle promises adventure in style. Designers sculpted an urban-dwelling crossover that navigates tight city streets effortlessly and stands out with an agile, dynamic expressiveness. Its shapely lower body sits atop standard large-diameter 18-inch wheels to give the city cruiser an extraordinarily powerful stance. Its sportiness, avant-garde physique, comfortable cabin, and bold character serve as a springboard of excitement and wanderlust for its trendsetting drivers.

Sparkling personality

Diamonds are a girl’s best friendand a car’s best feature. The Toyota C-HR’s interior design is diamond-inspired, with a standard soft-touch, leather-trimmed steering wheel, and satin-plated shift knob showcasing the C-HR’s signature diamond motif.

It also sports standard 60/40 split rear seats with hidden storage compartments located in the sidewall and below the deck storage so that drivers can carry more than before.

Safe temperament

With a driver-focused cockpit and standard Toyota Safety Sense P, the C-HR keeps drivers in command—giving it a serious advantage over other compact crossovers. The full suite of safety standards includes a integrated back-up camera in the rear-view mirror, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) to assist drivers.

The vehicle comes equipped with 10 standard airbags, high-strength materials to reinforce its body strength, and Toyota’s Star Safety System (an advanced integration of active safety technologies designed to enhance traction, braking, and more).


The Toyota C-HR not only scores high on style points but is also a hit when it comes to thrilling fun and impressive ride comfort. Years were spent developing on-road nimbleness and ride quality on some of the world’s most curvaceous and pitted roads, including an iconic racing circuit set in Germany’s Eifel mountains.


Driving pleasure is maximized with features unique to the C-HR XLE premium grade. What are they, you ask? Exclusive to this car is: front buckets seats with a heating feature to help drivers stay at the perfect temperature, integrated fog lights, door handles with a touch-sensor to lock and unlock the vehicle, outside mirrors with blind spot warning indicators, puddle lights with “Toyota C-HR” projection, an auto-folding feature, and an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat with sport bolsters and power lumbar support.

Under the hood, a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine provides 144 horsepower to play. With 6,100 rpm and 139 pound-feet of torque at 3,900 rpm, drivers have the hustle they need to get from place to place. Additionally, C-HR receives 29 mpg combined and seats up to five people.

The 2018 Toyota C-HR comes in two grades: The XLE starts with an MSRP of $22,500, and the XLE Premium starts at $24,350.

For more information about this fantastic vehicle, visit one of the local Western Washington Toyota Dealers near you today. You can also visit to read more about the 2018 Toyota C-HR and to see the interior and exterior pictures.