Toyota Debuts All-New Corolla Cross

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, Automotive Editor - June 4, 2021

Customers continue to demand SUVs and automakers are happy to keep pumping them out. The newest SUV on the market is the Toyota Corolla Cross – a subcompact option that expands the Corolla’s historic nameplate to new heights. Based on the compact Corolla sedan, the Corolla Cross slots in between the subcompact C-HR and compact RAV4 to give the automaker another option in the growing class.

Before the vehicle’s official debut, we knew the subcompact Corolla Cross would sit in between the C-HR and RAV4. That’s all we really knew. We saw what the Corolla Cross would look like when Toyota introduced the vehicle for the Thailand market, but have been waiting since this May to get a look at the version that would come to the U.S.

From the outside, the Corolla Cross is a strange mix of Corolla and RAV4. Compared to the Corolla sedan, the Corolla Cross shares a similar grille and slim taillight design, but features the rugged body cladding and tall ride height from the RAV4. It’s a unique mix that’s sure to be a better hit than the C-HR’s athletic stance. The interior of the all-new Corolla Cross is nearly identical to the Corolla.

Toyota Corolla Cross

While we thought the Corolla Cross might come with the GR Yaris’ powertrain, the subcompact crossover will come with a powertrain that’s been plucked from the Corolla S. Under the hood, the SUV comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 169 horsepower. The Corolla Cross will be available with both front- and all-wheel drive. Toyota claims a Corolla Cross with FWD will be able to get up to 32 mpg combined, while AWD models will be rated at 30 mpg combined.

The Corolla Cross will be available in three trim levels: L, LE, and XLE. While Toyota didn’t provide information on what kind of features lower trims would come with, the subcompact SUV will be available with an 8-inch touchscreen, a 7-inch display in the instrument cluster, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a nine-speaker audio system, Amazon Alex compatibility, and satellite radio. On the safety front, the Corolla Cross comes with Toyota Safety Sense, which includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams. Higher trim levels will come with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

With the new Corolla Cross, Toyota now offers seven SUVs – not including the automaker’s hybrids and plug-in hybrids. In the subcompact class, the Corolla Cross will compete with the Mazda CX-30, Hyundai Kona, Honda HR-V, Subaru Crosstrek, Nissan Rogue Sport, Kia Seltos, Chevrolet Trailblazer, and Buick Encore GX. Having a more competitive option in this class will greatly help Toyota, as the C-HR isn’t exactly a competitive choice.

Toyota didn’t provide information on when the 2022 Corolla Cross would go on sale or how much it would cost. A good estimate is around $23,000, which would put it directly in the middle of the C-HR and RAV4. Pricing should be announced closer to the Corolla Cross’ on-sale date and we expect the subcompact SUV to arrive at dealerships before the end of the year.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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