Toyota adds a crossover to the mix for the venerable Corolla for 2022
Capitalizing on the popularity of small SUVs and the great reputation of the Corolla brand, Toyota has created the Corolla Cross for 2022, a combination of comfort and utility in an affordable and practical package.
The new five-seat Corolla Cross takes the idea of the Corolla Hatchback and builds on it to make the car more versatile, while adding the option of all-wheel drive.
Besides the available all-wheel drive, which distinguishes the Corolla Cross from the sedan, these are two important measures. First, the Cross has three inches more ground clearance than the sedan – 8.1 inches in total – which clearly puts it in the SUV category.
And second, the Cross has about eight cubic feet more cargo space behind the rear seat than the hatch – 25.5 cubic feet (24.3 with AWD). The Cross is also about six inches longer than the sedan.
Of course, the Corolla Cross also has an SUV-style liftback, with electric operation available.
Prices are similar, however. The Corolla Cross is available in three trim levels for 2022, starting with the front-drive L model at $22,445 (plus $1,215 freight). That compares to a starting price of $22,265 for the entry-level Corolla Hatchback SE with a continuously variable automatic transmission.
All-wheel drive costs an extra $1,300 for the Cross, but isn’t offered on the hatchback. That brings the price of the Cross L model to $23,745.
Other Corolla Cross models are the LE ($24,795, FWD; $26,095, AWD) and XLE ($26,575, FWD; $27,875, AWD).
All versions of the Corolla Cross are powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four gasoline engine developing 169 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. All models come with the CVT; no manual gearbox is available (unlike the Corolla Hatchback).