Baby RAV4 with big tech. Don’t let the name fool you; the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross is more RAV4 than Corolla. And that’s likely a good thing. This baby RAV4 also boasts a slew of standards and optional tech and a low MSRP, making it a great value.

However, its RAV4 copying may be a little too heavyhanded for some buyers, and its powertrain options are underwhelming. Find out below if these flaws affect its ability to compete in this important segment.

Powered-up four-pot but still sluggish. The Corolla Cross is a good bit heavier than its source material, the Corolla. Thankfully, Toyota recognized this and equipped it standard with the uprated 2.0-liter engine that delivers 169 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. This also helps it tow up to 1,500 pounds, which isn’t bad for this type of SUV.

While this engine is decent for its class, the 3,125- to 3,325-pound 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross is still rather sluggish. Plus, its off-the-line noise is very high, making it a relatively unrefined rig. For some extra refinement, you can look to the Mazda CX-30.

Sharp, RAV4-inspired design. You can see Toyota’s intention with the Corolla Cross. Despite its name, this Corolla-based crossover is basically a baby RAV4 in styling. It features clear callbacks to its larger sibling inside and out, which is far from a bad thing.

That said, the Corolla Cross is a little on the nose with its duplication. So many cues are direct knock-offs of the RAV4, which may throw off buyers debating between the two rigs.

Buyers seeking a similarly rugged design in a subcompact crossover but with more uniqueness can look at the Hyundai Venue or Kia Seltos.

Good tech, but where’s the powertrain tech? Even in its $23,410 base L trim, the 2022 Corolla Cross is loaded with technology, such as a seven-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, LED headlights, and more. Moving up to the $25,760 LE adds an eight-inch touchscreen, keyless ignition, wireless phone charging, and more.

The safety tech is also on point, as this small crossover comes standard with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and automatic high beam. Want blind-spot monitors? Move up to the LE trim. If you jump to the XLE trim, you get parking sensors and rear cross-traffic braking too.

While that side of the technology is great, the Corolla Cross lacks a hybrid option. Hybrids aren’t overly common in this class. Still, with so many hybrid options across the Toyota lineup, it seems like a big oversight not to offer on in the Corolla Cross, especially considering the Corolla has a hybrid variant.

Fortunately, there is reportedly a hybrid variant in the pipeline for 2023.

Final thoughts. The 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross is stylish, well-equipped, and an excellent value, making it a great option for just about any subcompact crossover shopper. However, those who want a hybrid variant must wait until 2023.

Folks seeking a more unique design can look to the Kia Seltos or Hyundai Venue. And if you want a more refined powertrain, the Mazda CX-30 is a great option to consider.

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