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Toyota’s 2022 Corolla Cross is a potent little SUV
Lauren Fix, The Car Coach -- Automotive Expert -- Consultant Lauren Fix, The Car Coach -- Automotive Expert -- Consultant
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Dateline: New York, NY
Monday, October 11, 2021


With the compact SUV market on fire, it’s of little surprise to see Toyota make a move with its new 2022 Corolla Cross. This all-new SUV based on the popular Corolla brand, slots itself right between the C-HR and Rav4 in terms of size. 

The Corolla Cross has a very distinctive design from other Toyota vehicles. Little details such as the Cross logo on the headlights, tail lights and even on the c-pillars. In all, there are over 20 hidden icons of the log scattered throughout the Cross. 

Bright LED lighting comes standard on all trim levels, while the XLE trim features LED fog lights as well. Other standard features include a rear spoiler and LED taillights. Toyota has done a nice job with the body lines of the Corolla Cross with good-looking fender wheel arches, sort of an urban edge and roof rails for mounting various rack systems. In all, there are seven available exterior colors to choose from. 

Powertrain and towing:

Power delivery comes by way of a 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder engine that churns out a paltry 169 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, the available automatic transmission is a CVT (continuously variable transmission). CVTs deliver what is perhaps the most excitement-numbing power distribution. 

Towing capacity isn’t too shabby at 1,500 pounds and the EPA provides a fuel economy rating of 32 miles per gallon combined city/highway for the front-wheel-drive model and 30MPG combined for the all-wheel-drive. There is a Hybrid version in the works, however, as of press time, we don’t have the release date.

If you opt for the AWD version, Toyota uses its latest Multi-link dynamic torque control that puts anywhere from 10-percent, up to 50-percent power to the rear wheels. All current models ride on 17-inch wheels. Steel wheels for the L model, and alloy on the LE and XLE trim levels. 

Inside and seating:

All of the seats are comfortable, however, only the driver gets the 10-way power adjustable seat. Even the front passenger is kicked to the curb with only manual adjustments. Opt for the XLE trim and you’ll get heated front seats as well. 

We like the JBL infotainment system with the optional 8-inch (LE and XLE trim) screen. It provides very good audio playback through nine-speakers — one of which is a subwoofer in the rear compartment. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, on all trim levels. 

Plenty of USB ports are available with 3 standard USB ports and 1 USB-C port on the LE and XLE trim levels. Additionally, there’s also a 12-volt power port as well. 

On the road, you’ll quickly discover its lack of power, off the line. However, at freeway speeds, it fares much better. The Corolla Cross handles itself rather well around corners and has minimal body roll. On most all kinds of street situations, you’ll find that it handles itself very well and rather predictably. Assuming you get a good set of winter tires, you should have little issues getting around with the AWD version, all year long. 

Overall, Toyoyta has a great little SUV on its hands that offers excellent safety, decent economy and is chocked full with enough features and solid handling to make it a worthy competitor. 

Pros :

• Budget-friendly SUV

  • All-wheel drive available on all trims
  • Many standard active safety features
  • Solid fuel economy
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard


  • Base L trim is basic inside
  • Engine is under powered
  • Exterior design plays it (very) safe
  • Competes in a hugely competitive segment

Competes with:

Subaru Cross Trek
KIA Seltos
Hyundai Kona
Toyota CHR
Honda HRV
Mazda CX30
Buick Encore
Ford Escape

Car Coach Rating: 

Performance: 7
Handling: 9
Safety: 10
Visibility: 7
Seating: 7
Technology: 7
Features: 9
Design: 9
Quality: 9
Value: 10

Total Score: 84

Lauren Fix, The Car Coach®, is a nationally recognized automotive expert, sector analyst, journalist, author, keynote speaker and television host.  A trusted car expert, Lauren provides an insider’s perspective on a wide range of automotive topics and aspects, energy, industry, consumer news and safety issues.  Her analysis is honest and straightforward.

Lauren is the CEO of Automotive Aspects and the Editor-in-Chief of Car Coach Reports, a global automotive news outlet. She is an automotive contributor to national and local television news shows including Fox News, Fox Business, CNN International, The Weather Channel, Inside Edition, Community Digital News, Local Now News, NewsMax and more. Lauren also co-hosts a regular show “His Turn - Her Turn” on ABC.com; “Total Car Score” podcast and hosts a weekly radio segment on GCN Radio.

Lauren is honored to be inducted into the Women’s Transportation Hall of Fame and a Board Member of  is the Buffalo Motorcar Museum and Juror / President for the North American Car, Utility & Truck of the Year Awards.  

Lauren is the author of three books and inherited her love of all things automotive from her father. She has been advising drivers for almost all her life.

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