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2023 Toyota Corolla Cross

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3.7 (Good)

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2023 L 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $23,610
2023 L 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $24,910
2023 LE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $25,940
2023 LE 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,240
2023 XLE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,715
2023 XLE 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,015

Overview

What's New

The 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross gains a much-needed infotainment system update, a seven-inch digital gauge cluster, and a hybrid model (although full details have not been released).

Choosing Your Toyota Corolla Cross

The Corolla Cross is available in three trims: L, LE, and XLE. Base prices range from $24,395 to $28,500.

A Hybrid model is expected to go on sale in early 2023 and it will additionally be available in the sporty-themed S, SE, and XSE trims but skips the base L trim. Pricing has not yet been released.

Engine Choices

The gas-only model features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 169 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque that is sent through a continuously-variable transmission to the front wheels. An all-wheel-drive system is offered for $1,300 and reduces the EPA estimates from 32 miles per gallon combined to 30 mpg combined.

While details are sparse, Toyota has officially communicated that the hybrid will generate a combined 194 horsepower and feature a rear axle motor, granting standard all-wheel drive performance. Toyota expects it to return an EPA combined rating of 37 miles per gallon.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Corolla Cross shares its platform and name with the Corolla, the dimensional differences are notable. It sits 175.6 inches long which makes it about seven inches shorter than the sedan while its 104-inch wheelbase matches the even-shorter Corolla hatchback. Its width of 71.9 inches makes it slightly wider while its 8.1 inches of ground clearance meets the expectations of a modern crossover.

Inside, the Corolla Cross is smaller than the RAV4 (as intended) and backseat passengers are afforded just 32 inches of legroom, 52.4 inches of shoulder room, and 39 inches of headroom. Cargo space is better than either the Corolla sedan or hatchback with 26.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seat back which expands to 66.8 cubic feet with the seatbacks folded.

The small crossover is rated for towing 1,500 pounds, which is typical for this class.

Toyota Corolla Cross

Safety Features

The Corolla Cross features Toyota’s version 3.0 of its active safety systems package. The base L trim features automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, automatic high beams, and road sign assist. The SE and LE trims gain blind-spot detection and the XLE and XSE trims receive front and rear parking sensors with parking assist.

IIHS has evaluated the 2022 model and awarded the Corolla Cross with a 2022 Top Safety Pick+ award with Superior crash avoidance ratings. NHTSA has not yet rated the crossover.

Connectivity

All trims adopt Toyota’s latest infotainment system and make use of an eight-inch touchscreen with vastly improved graphics. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM, remote connectivity, Wi-Fi, and over-the-air update capability are included. The LE trim gains two additional USB charge ports and a wireless charging pad while it and the XLE trim offer an upgraded nine-speaker sound system.

Toyota Corolla Cross

2023 Toyota Corolla Cross L – MSRP From $24,395 (Gas only)

The most basic trim is equipped with 17-inch steel wheels, a molded-in black grille, lower rocker panels, and fender flares, LED projector headlights and brake lights, black heated mirrors, a cloth interior with a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat and a 4.2-inch driver information display.

2023 Toyota Corolla Cross S – MSRP From $TBD (Hybrid only)

The S trim’s details are slim as it is hybrid-only. It will adopt 18-inch alloy wheels, offer a two-tone paint job (featuring a black painted roof), and wear unique front and rear bumpers and grille designs.

2023 Toyota Corolla Cross LE – MSRP From $26,725

The LE builds off of the L with more equipment such as 17-inch alloy wheels, body-color mirrors with integrated turn signals, black roof rails, variable-speed wipers, and tinted windows. Proximity entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, and sun visors with illumination are also included while the Moonroof Package is offered for ($940) which can be combined with the upgraded sound system for a total of $1,740.

2023 Toyota Corolla Cross SE – MSRP From $TBD (Hybrid only)

The SE trim builds on the S trim with tinted windows, roof rails, and paddle shifters. More details will be released at a later date.

2023 Toyota Corolla Cross XLE – MSRP From $28,500

The XLE trim sees a number of additional features such as 18-inch machine-finished wheels, LED daytime running lights, full tail lights, and fog lights, chrome bumper trim, grille surround, and window trim, synthetic leather seating with heating up front, a seven-inch digital gauge cluster (new for 2023), a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, satin finish interior door handles, dual-zone climate control, and a rear folding armrest. The Convenience Package is offered for $1,250 and includes a sunroof and a power tailgate. Adaptive headlights and the upgraded audio can be further added for a total package cost of $2,665.

2023 Toyota Corolla Cross XSE – MSRP From $TBD (Hybrid only)

The top Corolla Cross trim receives unique 18-inch wheels, extended LED exterior lighting, synthetic leather seats with contrast stitching, heated front seats, and a power driver’s seat.

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CarsDirect Tip

The Toyota Corolla Cross makes the most sense as an inexpensive alternative to the RAV4 and as such, the LE trim gets the nod with its healthy balance of features and reasonable base price.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Relatively spacious
  • Strong standard safety
  • Corolla sensibility in a RAV4-esque package
Cons
  • Dull to drive
  • Rough ride with AWD
  • Unimpressive seats
Expert Rating
3.7 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Outlasting competition. With Toyota axing the C-HR for the 2023 model year, the Corolla Cross will be running unopposed as the brand’s sole compact crossover offering. The two models both ride on the TNGA-C platform, but it will be the Corolla Cross that soldiers on. The C-HR has a quirkier design, with its floating roof design and funky door handles, but it couldn’t keep up with the larger, more utilitarian Corolla Cross.

Impressive standard safety suite. Keeping true to one of Toyota’s hallmarks, the Corolla Cross’ standard safety and driver assistance features are numerous. Automatic hi-beams, automatic emergency braking (with pedestrian detection), active lane control, and adaptive cruise control are all standard. You will have to shell out for an LE model if you want blind-spot monitoring though, and standard parking sensors and rear cross-traffic braking are only found on the XLE.

The 2023 model has yet to finish crash testing, but the 2022 earned exemplary marks from both the NHTSA and IIHS.

Underwhelming powertrain. Although there’s a hybrid model coming soon, the only powertrain you can get in the Corolla Cross for the time being is a 169-horsepower 2.0L four-cylinder. The four-pot takes over nine seconds to drag the Corolla Cross to 60 mph, and sounds buzzy and labored at high rpm. Competitors like the Mazda CX-30 offer turbocharged engine options and offer a more engaging driving experience.

The upcoming hybrid model will also feature a 2.0L four-cylinder, but this time it’ll be paired with three electric motors, with a power output reaching 194 hp. Hopefully, the added oomph will add some much-needed refinement and performance.

Unrefined all-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available on the Corolla Cross as a $1,300 option. Although it’s nice to have the choice, especially if you live in a climate that’s unfriendly to front-wheel drive vehicles, we were underwhelmed by its performance. The rear suspension in AWD-equipped Corolla Crosses is a sophisticated multi-link system, compared to the relatively primitive torsion bar in the FWD models. Oddly, the ride in the AWD models is noticeably harsher over rough roads, and even worse when fitted with the optional 18” wheels.

Well packaged. The Corolla Cross is about six inches shorter than its larger counterpart, the RAV4. However, thanks to a comparatively long wheelbase, the smaller Corolla Cross has an extra spacious front cabin. Its 42.9” of front legroom is actually more than you get in a RAV4, although the rear is on par with other compact crossovers, meaning you’ll have to squeeze in tight to accommodate a fifth passenger. Its 26.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity is solid for this segment.

Toyota Corolla Cross

Corolla-esque interior. While the Corolla Cross’ exterior and dimensions are reminiscent of the RAV4, its interior is truer to its namesake. If you’ve been in a “normal” Corolla, then the budget-friendly materials and thoughtfully laid-out controls should make you feel right at home. Toyota has been churning out Corollas with simple and durable interiors for over half a century, and the Cross is no different. It is worth noting that the seats offer lackluster support on a long ride, and could do with plusher bolstering.

On the tech front, the L and LE trims come with a 4.2” multifunction display, while the XLE gets a larger 8.0” unit. The lower trims are generally pretty spartan, but upgrading to the XLE also gets you ambient lighting, an auto-dimming mirror, keyless entry, heated seats, rear armrests, automatic dual-zone front climate control, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

Good, but not great, fuel economy. The 2023 Corolla Cross received EPA ratings of 31 mpg city, 33 highway, and 32 combined for front-wheel drive models. AWD-equipped crosses fall to 29/32/30. Those figures are fine, but one might expect more from such a small vehicle. Once again, the eventual hybrid will likely improve upon those numbers.

Warranty doesn’t keep up. As is the case with most Toyotas right now, the Corolla Cross comes with a three-year or 36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Two years of complimentary maintenance is a nice touch, but Korean competitors like the Hyundai Kona and Kia Seltos offer 100,000-mile warranties.

Final thoughts. The 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross embodies the ethos of the original Corolla. It’s a simple car that’s both sensible and practical. Unfortunately, it does so at the cost of being a bit dull to drive, look at, and sit in, but if you just need a vehicle to get you and your stuff where you need to go, that’ll do you just fine.

That being said, rivals like the Mazda CX-30, Kia Seltos, Hyundai Kona, and Volkswagen Taos are all more interesting and can offer just as good if not better value, depending on how you spec them.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 169 HP / 151 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Dynamic Shift 10-spd sequential shift control w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
31 / 33 / 32 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 169 HP / 151 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
31 / 33 / 32 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
12.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$47
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
95 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
175.6 "
Exterior Width
71.9 "
Exterior Height
64.8 "
Front Headroom
38.6 "
Rear Headroom
39.0 "
Front Legroom
42.9 "
Rear Legroom
32.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
52.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
52.4 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,125 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
17.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Steel
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored With Body-colored Insert
Grille Moldings
Black
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Pre-collision System (pcs) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Alert (lda) W/steering Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Lane Tracing Assist (lta) Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Pre-collision System With Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Vehicle Sway Warning Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Automatic High Beams (ahb) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 25,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
24 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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