Here’s why the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross offers the best value for money

Green 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross

After selling 50 million Corollas, Toyota to celebrate within the four walls of their headquarters – and adding different body styles with the same badge on them is a smart idea. The Corolla is deservedly the best-selling car in the United States and around the world. With the addition of the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross, the Corolla bloodline has grown stronger given the popularity of crossovers in every part of the world.

The Corolla Cross has a few tricks up its sleeve: it’s reasonably priced and includes features not normally found in a small crossover. This is where it has what the others don’t: an upper hand when it comes to dynamics equivalent to that of a small car, along with the functionality of a large crossover.

The Corolla Cross is based on the hugely celebrated Corolla sedan and is available from a suggested retail price of $22,445 for the base front-wheel drive trim. Plus, you get four-wheel drive for an extra $1,300. It is assembled in the United States, the Corolla Cross, at the newest Mazda Toyota plant in Alabama. The plant has the capacity to produce 150,000 Corolla Cross crossovers annually.

The only other thing that matches a Corolla in reliability might be an aerosol WD-40. Let’s not forget that the Corolla has also proved economical and safe. With the Corolla Cross, versatility and extra comfort have been added for good measure.

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Crossover appeal is evident in Toyota’s Corolla Cross

The Toyota Corolla Cross is available in three trim levels: L, LE and XLE. Whatever you choose, you will have a Toyota that you will enjoy looking at. It looks well built, not flimsy – and there are lots of lines and curved surfaces that give it its own distinct identity, and we couldn’t be happier about that. Thanks to the revised TNGA-C platform, it stands upright.

The strikingly large grille – not overly large – fits snugly into the front panel and is flanked by LED lighting with black body trim, giving it that all-important SUV look. It looks great from the rear too, with some stylish design touches, an integrated rear spoiler and again LED taillights. Customers can choose from 17-inch steel wheels (a bit of analog flair still lives on) for the base finish and 18-inch alloy wheels for the XLE finish.

The raised impressions on the front and rear fenders give it that much-needed muscle. The horizontal taillights are a nice finishing touch for those who will follow the Japanese crossover.

Toyota Corolla Cross interior is well built and feature rich

Getting into the Corolla Cross is just as fun as getting into another Toyota; features abound, also seen on its sedan and hatchback siblings. The Corolla Cross can be supplied with an electric sunroof, automatic operation with one or two zones; best of all, all trims have heating and air conditioning as standard for rear seat passengers.

The XLE trim gets a standard 10-way power driver’s seat, allowing for a comfortable seating position. The rear seats can be folded down on all trims, while the XLE models have a center armrest with two additional cup holders. The Corolla Cross also has a power tailgate that is height adjustable. Additional accessories include a tow bar, all-weather floor mats and a roof rack with cross bars that can be used to transport bicycles.

Toyota Corolla Cross packs value, not punch

The Corolla Cross is powered by a Dynamic Force, 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve with dual variable valve timing. It pushes 169 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque, combined with a CVT gearbox. The Corolla Cross gets fully independent suspension on the four-wheel drive models, while the front-wheel drive models have a new rear torsion system.

Again, since this is the US market, the Corolla Cross has a towing capacity of up to 1,500 lbs – that’s enough to pull a small boat out to the lakeside for fishing. Customers who choose AWD will get their Toyota with Dynamic Torque Control, which sends up to 50% of the power to the rear wheels – but only when needed. The result is high fuel consumption.

Bradley of Hotcars drove it for a review a few days ago and found that the upgrades really made driving a better experience. He was impressed with the cabin, sound system and luggage storage. But when he drove through Georgia, he found that the engine wasn’t at its best at high revs, while the CVT, on the other hand, proved to be quite handy to use. Even the real MPG numbers weren’t that impressive. However, he does agree that the Corolla is quite an icon.

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Nothing beats the Toyota Corolla Cross for 2022 for value

Bradley does not deny admitting that it got the job done quite well. In terms of reliability, versatility and usability, the Corolla Cross does a good job of covering everything perfectly. The XLE trim costs more than a RAV-4, but that matters little to someone who wants a Corolla, and nothing else.

A hybrid version is also in the pipeline – and we expect it to add significantly to Toyota’s sales pie simply because it will have more power without sacrificing fuel economy.

Source: Toyota