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Corolla Cross

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross (Image courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales)

The Toyota Corolla Cross has been available in Asia since 2016, and it finally makes its way Stateside for 2022. As you might expect, with the “Corolla” moniker, this will be a compact SUV on the entry-level side of the spectrum.

Here’s what we know so far.

Three trims

If you’re familiar with Toyota, the trim lineup shouldn’t surprise you. The Corolla Cross will have L, LE and XLE trims. You’ll see things like standard 17-inch wheels and a smaller infotainment screen will be standard with 18-inch wheels and an 8-inch info screen being available as you level up.

AWD availability

This is kind of a biggie for the compact SUV segment. Some automakers bank on the fact front-wheel drive will be enough for most buyers. But if you live in the snow belt like I do, all-wheel drive is a nice and necessary add. What’s even better, fuel economy won’t suffer. Even with AWD, you’re looking at an estimated 30 mpg for combined driving.

One powertrain

At launch there will be just one powertrain option, and it’s the same 169-horsepower, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine you see in the sporty S trims of the Corolla sedan. That means it’ll also have the direct-shift continuously variable transmission.

Corolla Cross

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross (Image courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales)

Standard safety

This is probably a “duh” point to make with Toyota, since all its new vehicles get standard safety equipment. But to be clear, the Corolla Cross will get the Toyota Safety Sense suite, which includes automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are standard on LE and XLE, and front and rear park assist are standard on XLE.

Tech-packed

While this is more on the entry-level side of the spectrum, I’m happy to say Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. Available features include a 7-inch behind-the-wheel information display, wireless charging, rear USB ports and a premium JBL sound system.

Corolla Cross

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross (Image courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales)

The bottom line on the Corolla Cross

Though Toyota hasn’t revealed U.S. pricing and availability yet, we do know the base price outside the U.S. is between $27k -$31k, but we don’t expect it to range that high here. Keep in mind, the base price of the C-HR is $22k and the RAV4 is $27K, so if we had to venture a guess, we’d put it around $24K. And while this might look like a mini-RAV4, the size proportions are going to be closer to the C-HR, and in fact, both vehicles have the same wheelbase. Thus, I have to wonder if the CH-R, which was the brainchild of now-defunct Scion, is on its way out.

Especially since the Corolla Cross looks more mainstream and has more available content.

I’ve been a huge fan of the new Corolla, and if this SUV bearing its name shares driving dynamics, it has the potential to be a huge hit for Toyota.

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is a syndicated automotive writer. Jill also manages the “Drive, She Said” blog for ChicagoNow and posts reviews to DriveChicago. She is the president emeritus of the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. She also serves as a judge for the Automotive Heritage Foundation Journalism Awards. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for the Sinclair Broadcast Group, the Chicago Sun-Times News Group and Pioneer Press Newspapers.

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