Corolla Cross

2023 Toyota Corolla Cross: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - October 21, 2021

Model Preview

In 2022, Toyota revealed its newest small crossover, the Corolla Cross. This Toyota Corolla-based crossover is expected to be a carryover model, but there are rumors of a greener hybrid or plug-in hybrid variant in its second model year.

Despite its name, the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross bears no resemblance to its namesake. Instead, it boasts a brand-new look that borrows some outward styling cues from the larger RAV4. Speaking of size, this subcompact crossover bridges the gap between the C-HR and RAV4, filling the demand for a small crossover that can actually haul some cargo. We expect the 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross to carry on with the same design inside and out.

Under its hood, the current Corolla Cross offers one engine option: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 169 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a continuously variable transmission and ships power to the front or all four wheels. The biggest difference with the smaller C-HR is the option to buy a Corolla Cross with all-wheel drive. We expect this engine to carry on unchanged in the 2023 Corolla Cross.

There are confirmed reports that Toyota will launch a hybrid Corolla Cross, but its powertrain details are under lock and key. Logic says it’ll be an upgraded version of the Corolla Hybrid’s 121-hp 1.8-liter hybrid unit, as this will likely be too underpowered for this size of the vehicle. There are also unconfirmed reports of a potential plug-in hybrid model. Corolla Cross PHEV range remains an option question.

Like most Toyota models, the Corolla Cross has a lot of standard safety gear, including automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and automatic high beams. LE models gain blind-spot monitors, and XLEs get parking sensors and rear cross-traffic braking. We expect these standard features to remain the same in 2023. The IIHS and NHTS haven’t tested the Corolla Cross yet.

Pricing & Release Date

There’s no official on-sale date for the 2023 Corolla Cross, but we expect it to arrive in the fall of 2022, following the current model’s release schedule.

Pricing is also unconfirmed, but we expect the bulk of the prices to see only inflationary increases from the current MSRP range of $23,410 to $28,840 (destination fees included). The hybrid and potential PHEV models will certainly push the upper end of the pricing upward.

This tiny crossover will battle the Mazda CX-30, Volkswagen Taos, and Honda HR-V.

Pictured: 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross

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