With its cute, pug-dog styling and available hybrid powertrain, the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross appears ready to take on mini-SUVs in the fierce American crossover sales war. Toyota said it was going on sale in Thailand first when it debuted in summer, 2020 and would launch later in other markets. We think it’s destined for North America. The Corolla Cross will slot into the Toyota SUV lineup between the smaller C-HR and larger RAV4, which puts it in a familiar in-between category with rivals such as the Kia Seltos, the Jeep Compass, and the Nissan Rogue Sport. It’s hard to say yet what will power the North American version of the Corolla Cross. In Thailand, the SUV can be had with an optional hybrid powertrain, but our version could offer that as standard as Toyota moves to a more hybrid-focused business model as evidenced by the all-new Sienna and Venza.
What’s New for 2021?
Although it wears the familiar Corolla name, the Cross is definitely not a variation of the current-production Corolla sedan or hatchback; it will be an all-new model for the Toyota brand when it arrives in American showrooms. It’s unlikely that the new SUV will appear before the 2022 model year but could make its debut in late 2021.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Toyota has not released any information on pricing, trim levels, or available features so it’s difficult to choose which model will offer the best value. When we find out more about the Corolla Cross’s on-sale date, powertrain, and amenities, we’ll update this story with details.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
We aren’t sure yet what powertrains the Corolla Cross will offer in the United States, but in Thailand the subcompact SUV offers a 138-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive. If that sounds familiar, it’s because the same setup is offered in both the Corolla sedan and the C-HR SUV. Interestingly, the Corolla Cross also offers an optional hybrid powertrain in global markets, which adds two electric motors to the mix. It’s possible that Toyota may make the hybrid powertrain standard equipment when the Corolla Cross makes its way to North America—and if so, it could mean that all-wheel drive will be a possibility.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA has not released fuel economy ratings for the Corolla Cross yet and we likely won’t know what those estimated numbers are until closer to the SUV’s on-sale date. When we get a chance to test drive the Corolla Cross, we’ll subject it to our 75-mph highway fuel economy test and update this story with results.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
We haven’t had a chance to sit inside the Corolla Cross, but its exterior dimensions are larger than the C-HR and Corolla hatchback models, which should help with passenger and cargo space. From photos we can see a dashboard wrapped with faux-leather, the interior’s ambient lighting, and what looks like a partially digital gauge display. These parts seem to be shared with the Corolla; the interior design appears to have been influenced by the C-HR. We aren’t sure what features will be standard or optional, but we’re hoping to receive more information from Toyota about the Corolla Cross soon.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Out of the Corolla Cross’s dashboard sprouts a square infotainment display flanked by shortcut buttons. This same setup is used in several current Toyota models, which offer 7.0- and 8.0-inch displays. The Corolla Cross is likely to use the current version of Toyota’s infotainment interface, which isn’t particularly modern but is fairly straightforward in its operation. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will likely be standard but in-dash navigation and a JBL stereo system will surely be optional extras.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have not released crash test results for the 2022 Corolla Cross. We expect Toyota to continue its current trend of standardizing driver-assistance features with this model though, so even high-tech features such as adaptive cruise control should be included on every model. Key safety features will likely include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
New Toyota models come with a fairly basic standard warranty package but the company throws in two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance to sweeten the deal. Rivals such as the Kia Seltos or the Hyundai Kona may offer more value for high-mileage drivers with their 100,000 mile policies.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for two years or 25,000 miles