- the 2022 toyota corolla cross is the latest addition to the toyota suv lineup.
- it fits in between the c-hr and rav4 and will compete in the subcompact suv segment.
- we expect it to start around $24,000 and range up to above $30,000.
toyota is expanding the corolla lineup with a new crossover version called—surprise!—the corolla cross. this model was first shown for global markets last year and will be making its way to the u.s. later this year as a 2022 model. with a taller body than the corolla sedan and hatchback, optional all-wheel drive, and black plastic body cladding, it fits all the basic requirements for the subcompact suv segment in which it will compete. but it doesn't offer anything particularly novel such as a hybrid drivetrain or wild styling.
compared with toyota's other subcompact suv, the c-hr, the corolla cross is far more conventional-looking. it's also longer, wider, and taller, with more rear-seat room and a few extra cubic feet of cargo space. but it’s still significantly smaller than the rav4 and should be a lot cheaper, too. we anticipate a starting price of around $24,000 for a front-wheel-drive l, with loaded awd versions pushing above $30,000.
the standard engine is the same as the corolla sedan’s upgrade motor, a 2.0-liter inline four with 169 hp and 150 pound-feet of torque. an cvt automatic is the only transmission choice, and front-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel drive optional. toyota claims up to 32 mpg combined, and the corolla cross is rated to tow up to 1500 pounds.
inside, the crossover looks much like its sedan stablemate, with a similar dashboard design and a tablet-style infotainment screen that sprouts out of the center stack. the corolla cross is a five-seater with 60/40 split-folding rear seats; passengers back there enjoy standard air vents and optional usb ports, and a power liftgate is optional too.
toyota hasn't said exactly when the corolla cross goes on sale, but we expect it to reach u.s. dealerships by the end of the year. look for more details to come in the next few months.