This is a Motormouth couple car review of the all-new 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross small utility. Toyota is known for building crossovers that people love and I expect this budget-friendly Corolla Cross to be just as popular. The Corolla Cross has a 2L 4-cylinder engine matched with a CVT, 169 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. FWD and AWD options are available. The AWD system delivers up to 50% of engine torque to the rear wheels and completely disengages when not needed for improved fuel economy.
Built in Huntsville, Alabama, the Corolla Cross rides on the same platform as the C-HR, the Lexus UX and the Corolla sedan and hatchback. It has more ground clearance than all of them at 8.2 inches. The Corolla Cross is comfortable, versatile and practical offering excellent overall cargo capacity. This crossover has a modern exterior design that is unique to this model. It comes with a black grille with black accents throughout, 17” steel wheels are standard on the base trim, 17” alloy wheels on the LE and the top trim comes with 18” wheels. Where does it fit in the Toyota lineup? Right between the C-HR and RAV4. The Corolla Cross is longer than the C-HR by almost 5 inches and shorter than the RAV4 by 5.4 inches.
Overall cargo capacity is impressive getting between 65.5 – 66.8 cubic feet depending on whether you choose FWD or AWD. Where the Corolla Cross falls short against the competition is in second row legroom. Although it offers a little bit more than the C-HR, it has less than the Hyundai Kona, Jeep Compass, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taos and Subaru Crosstrek. They all offer between 2.6 – 6.3 inches more legroom. If you are looking for a vehicle with extra ground clearance, the Corolla Cross provides 8.2 inches, more than the competition except for the Compass, which has the same and the Crosstrek with 8.7 inches. There are three Corolla Cross trims available, the base trim comes with a 7-inch touchscreen, a 4.2-inch multi-information display, Apple Carplay and Android Auto, a 6-speaker audio system, heated front seats, manual driver and passenger seats, cloth upholstery and Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. The next trim up, the LE model comes with an 8” touchscreen, blind spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert. You can add the LE package for $2,100 CAD for the moonroof, wireless charger and roof rails. The top XLE trim has a 9-speaker JBL audio system, Softtex seats, 4-way power driver’s seat, 7” multi-information display, ambient lighting, a leather wrapped shift knob, wireless charger and power rear lift-gate.The Corolla Cross is slightly shorter than the Subaru Crosstrek but longer than the VW Taos, Kia Seltos, Jeep Compass and Hyundai Kona. The Crosstrek offers the most front legroom with the Corolla Cross coming in second amongst the competition. Second row legroom in the Corolla Cross falls short offering 32 inches of legroom, less than these competitors. Space behind the second row is not best-in-class but beats the Crosstrek. The Taos offers the most, followed by the Jeep Compass. The Taos and Toyota Cross have the most overall cargo space, the Corolla Cross offers 66.8 cubic feet for FWD and 65.5 Cubic feet for AWD. The Taos has 65.9 cubic feet.
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