2022 Toyota Corolla Cross

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2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Test Drive Review: Dependable, Useful, And A Little Bit Taller

Although Toyota already has strong representation in the crossover segment, the new Corolla Cross is set to strengthen this position even further. The Corolla Cross is an all-new model but, as the name suggests, it rides on the same architecture as the Corolla sedan and hatch. That means Toyota is introducing its new small crossover with plenty of name recognition, and it slips perfectly into the small gap left between the C-HR and the wildly popular RAV4. It shares the 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine from the Corolla sedan and the Direct-Shift CVT transmission used in sportier flavors of the Corolla. In size, the Corolla Cross has more space in the back than the cramped C-HR and, in a segment full of small crossovers, goes head to head with vehicles like the Nissan Rogue Sport and the Kia Seltos. For the more adventurous, the increase in ride height can be complemented by an optional all-wheel-drive system.

While the Corolla Cross is all-but-guaranteed to be a big seller for Toyota, the automaker hasn't gone out on a limb in any way here. The styling is vanilla, the powertrain, for now, a single gas-powered option known for fuel-sipping and reliability, and the standard feature set is strong enough to be competitive at the Corolla Cross's price points. While that can be seen as a downside, there's a lot to be said for a crossover that does exactly what's needed and nothing more. Sales figures will no doubt demonstrate that fact over coming years. A hybrid version is inevitable later down the line, as is an all-electric Corolla Cross if Toyota sticks to its electrification plan over the next couple of years.

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2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross?

Toyota currently offers six crossovers and SUVs in the USA, and the all-new 2022 Corolla Cross brings that number to seven. The Corolla Cross does not replace anything, but it slots in between the C-HR and RAV4. Why? The simple answer is to make the Corolla more appealing. As crossovers become the new norm, more people are moving away from traditional sedans like the Corolla. The Cross fills that small but significant gap between existing products by slightly lifting the Corolla and giving it a more rugged appearance.

Pros and Cons

  • People know and love the Corolla name
  • Generous standard safety spec
  • Comfortable ride
  • It's affordable
  • Lots of space
  • Frugal engine
  • It's bland
  • No real off-road ability
  • Only one engine choice

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2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
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2022 Corolla Cross Exterior

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  • Length 175.6 in
  • Wheelbase 103.9 in
  • Height 64.8 in
  • Max Width 71.9 in
  • Curb Weight 3,125.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Celestite
  • Barcelona Red Metallic
  • Cypress
  • Blue Crush Metallic
  • Sonic Silver
  • Jet Black
  • Wind Chill Pearl

2022 Corolla Cross Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    2.0L Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Corolla Cross takes full advantage of Toyota's still-new TNGA-C platform shared with the sedan and hatchback. The ride is smooth and compliant to the point of being faultless for its price point. The suspension isn't tuned to be sporty, but the Corolla Cross is willing to change direction quickly at lower speeds and has a tight turning circle that makes it ideal for city dwellers. The steering is light and breezy, which is, again, ideal for cities. FWD models make do with a rear torsion beam suspension setup, and at higher speeds, the Corolla Cross is less confident. The fully independent rear suspension setup on AWD models is more sure of itself, but we barely noticed the difference in ride comfort. Comfort and ease of driving day-to-day are definitely the main keywords in the design brief.

2022 Corolla Cross Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 42.9 in
  • Front Head Room 38.6 in
  • Rear Leg Room 32.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.0 in

2022 Corolla Cross Trunk and Cargo Space

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2022 Corolla Cross Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    2 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    2 Years \ 25,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross A Good car?

The Corolla Cross crossover is certainly a good car and we won't be surprised to see it become a best seller for Toyota. If you're looking for a small crossover that will cart around friends or family, it's sure to be as robust and useful as any other small Toyota. That sounds like we're damning it with faint praise, but there's a lot to be said for a dependable, comfortable, and feature-packed package that will serve its owner well for years to come. The 2.0-liter engine won't set your pants on fire and the same goes for the generic styling. For buyers craving more of an emotional connection with their vehicle, something like the turbocharged Kia Seltos proves to be a more appealing prospect. But for the purposes of getting from point A to point B without any fuss, the Corolla Cross will be tough to beat.

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Comparisons

Toyota RAV4
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CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Toyota Corolla Cross169 hp31/33 mpg$23,610
Toyota RAV4 203 hp27/35 mpg$28,275
Mazda CX-30 191 hp26/33 mpg$22,950

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross vs Toyota RAV4

For nearly the same amount as a top-spec Corolla Cross, you can get into a base RAV4. Toyota is quite good at separating its crossovers and SUVs, with little overlap between them. The RAV4 seems like the obvious choice. It has a more potent 2.5-liter NA four-cylinder engine providing 203 hp and 184 lb-ft. The Corolla Cross only has 169 hp/150 lb-ft, and you can only have it with a CVT transmission. In the RAV4, you get a better eight-speed automatic transmission. The RAV4 also looks better, whereas the Corolla Cross is just 16 feet of generic SUV. The RAV4 even has a bigger trunk, providing over 37 cubes of space - over ten cubes more than you get in the Corolla Cross.

It seems like the RAV4 is the obvious choice, but we think the average Corolla Cross owner is looking for something simple, reliable, and unassuming. They don't know much about the automotive world, but they know the words "Toyota" and "Corolla" are bywords for reliability. Previous versions of the Corolla were also extremely dull, but Toyota sold millions to people who simply wanted a reliable set of wheels.

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2022 Toyota Corolla Cross vs Mazda CX-30

Mazda uses the same formula to ensure the continued existence of the 3. They took the 3, lifted it a bit, and added an "X" to the name to make it sound crossover-y. It also retails at an affordable price, and it has a reliable Mazda badge pasted to the front. The Corolla Cross has a trunk offering up to 26.5 cubes, while the CX-30 only offers 20.2 cubes.

In almost every other department, the CX-30 is in the lead. Its naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter engine provides 186 hp and 186 lb-ft and is mated to an old-school six-speed automatic transmission. It's so much better to drive, though not nearly as frugal as the Toyota. The Mazda also has a much nicer minimalist interior, not to mention an exterior that can be described as handsome. We'd happily sacrifice the additional trunk capacity for the Mazda's style and driving experience.

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