Toyota Adds Corolla Crossover to Lineup

Toyota has revealed its newest compact crossover vehicle in the entry SUV segment, the 2022 Corolla Cross, the automaker announced.

Aiming to build on the Corolla sedan’s reputation for dependability and great fuel efficiency ratings, the Corolla Cross is equipped with amenities and features that mirror the sedan.

“The interior is definitely inspired by the Corolla sedan,” said Erin Doughty, a planner in Vehicle Marketing and Communications at Toyota. “So, when you look at the dashboard, that area of the interior is very similar, in many ways identical, to what you see in the sedan.”

That spaciousness is one of the standout details of the Corolla Cross, Toyota said. Compared to the sedan, the Corolla Cross offers extra leg room and increased cargo capacity.

Inside, Corolla Cross’ interior shares many similarities with its sedan and hatchback siblings. The all-new model can be outfitted with a power moonroof, as well as either single- or dual-zone automatic climate control, with all grades featuring standard heating and air conditioning vents for rear seat passengers.

In back, storage space can be adjusted thanks to the 60/40-split folding rear seats that come standard on all grades, while XLE models also include a center armrest with two cupholders. A power liftgate with height adjustability is also available.

Corolla Cross will also be available with accessories that expand its capability including a roof rack with crossbars, an activity mount for carrying items, such as bicycles and all-weather floormats.

Toyota Adds Corolla Crossover to Lineup | THE SHOP

Interior appointments include an available 7-inch Multi-Information Display with a digital instrumentation layout and an available 8-inch multimedia touchscreen, along with standard compatibility for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Mobile devices will stay topped off through wireless charging (standard on LE and XLE), or through USB media port. LE and XLE grades offer two USB charging ports for rear seat passengers. The Audio Plus multimedia with Remote Connect and a nine-speaker JBL sound system is an available upgrade.

The Corolla Cross is available in both front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) configurations — a first for Toyota’s entry SUV segment offering. Both drivetrains are available in all three grades of the Corolla Cross–L, LE and XLE, and are powered by a 169-horsepower, 2.0-liter Dynamic Force Engine paired to a direct shift CVT. Wheel options range from 17-inch steel on L to 18-inch alloy on XLE.

The Corolla Cross is equipped with a fully independent for all-wheel-drive models, while front-wheel-drive vehicles feature a torsion beam system in the rear.

Additionally, every Corolla Cross is capable of towing up to 1,500 lbs.

AWD models are equipped with Toyota’s Dynamic Torque Control system, which can direct up to 50% of power to the rear wheels when it’s needed – and disengages completely when it’s not, Toyota said. This feature helps Corolla Cross maintain its fuel economy estimates– with an estimated 32 combined MPG for the FWD model and an estimated 30 combined MPG for the AWD model.

A.J. Hecht

A.J. Hecht is the managing editor of THE SHOP and host of the In Gear with THE SHOP podcast. Have an idea, a tip, or a question you’d like to see answered? Contact A.J. at ahecht@cahabamedia.com.

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