2022 Toyota Corolla Cross fills the small SUV gap between C-HR and RAV4
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The seemingly inevitable happened, the Toyota Corolla Cross 2022 is coming to the USA. The country's insatiable appetite for crossovers of all sizes, so it was only natural to move this model below the RAV4 and above the C-HR into what we call the "in-betweener" segment for lack of a better term. And as the name suggests, it's basically a Corolla underneath, but made bigger and more aggressive.
You can frown and see the more upright shape, but harder to see is the increase in size compared to the Corolla on which it is based. It's 3.6 inches longer, 1.4 inches wider, and 7.7 inches taller than a Corolla hatchback. It also offers 3 inches more ground clearance. This also means an inch or two of head, leg and shoulder room for the passengers in the front and rear, as well as a little more cargo space. Depending on whether you get your Corolla Cross with a sunroof, it offers either 24.3 cubic feet or 25.5 cubic meters of cargo space, a little less than the Kia Seltos. The Corolla Hatchback is 17.8 cubic feet by default and 23 cubic feet when optionally equipped with a tire inflation kit instead of a spare tire. In addition, the Corolla Cross is rated for 1,500 pounds of towing.
As mentioned earlier, the Corolla Cross uses the regular Corolla platform, but with some significant changes. You can't get it with the Corolla's 1.8 liter engine. Instead, it's only available with the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 169 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. It's also only paired with a CVT. This powertrain can be combined with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The former gets a unique twist beam rear suspension instead of the independent multi-link setup of the all-wheel drive variant. The fuel economy is a bit worse than that of a Corolla hatchback. Toyota estimates 32 mpg combined for front-wheel drive and 30 mpg for all-wheel drive. That's better than the Seltos and Mazda CX-30, but obviously worse than the 35 mpg achieved by the CVT-equipped Corolla Hatchback.
The Toyota Corolla Cross 2022 hits the market this year. The price wasn't disclosed, but we'd expect it to land somewhere between the roughly $ 22,000 C-HR and the $ 27,000 RAV4. It will be available in the three trim levels L, LE and XLE and come standard with a 7-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane departure warning, automatic high beam and traffic sign recognition. The various optional functions include climate control, sunroof, electrically adjustable seats, front seat heating, electric tailgate, parking aid and monitoring of the blind spot.
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