Toyota Corolla Cross Research

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Bigger than the front-wheel-drive Toyota C-HR and riding higher than the Corolla sedan that shares its platform, the Toyota Corolla Cross has something in common with one of the bestselling crossover SUVs in the U.S., the RAV4—its looks.

With the Corolla Cross, Toyota adds a new small SUV to its ranks for the 2022 model year, one which offers all-wheel drive, unlike the smaller C-HR.

The Corolla Cross owes its name to Toyota's bestselling vehicle of all time, but the shape is pure RAV4, from the bluff front end to the squared-off wheel arches and the angle of the tailgate. The interior's similarly streamlined, with a big touchscreen perched on the dash.

With a body styled like that of the bigger RAV4, the Corolla Cross taps a 169-hp 2.0-liter inline-4 that's found in the Corolla S sedan. paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission, the Corolla Cross can be fitted with all-wheel drive, which brings a more sophisticated rear multi-link suspension, while front-drive models have a twist-beam rear end.

With all-wheel drive, the Corolla Cross can move up to half its power to the rear wheels, and can tow up to 1,500 pounds. Fuel economy ranges from 30 to 32 mpg combined. A hybrid edition is expected in the near future, too.

The Corolla Cross is 5.9 inches shorter than a RAV4, with an overall length of 175.6 inches. It's 3.8 inches shorter than the RAV4, too, and has 8.1 inches of ground clearance, a half-inch less than the larger crossover. However its wheelbase is just 2.0 inches shorter, which means interior space isn't much smaller for front passengers in the Corolla Cross. It's the rear seat that loses a half-foot of leg room, compared to the RAV4.

With its strong resemblance to the RAV4, the Corolla Cross comes in similar models as well: L, LE, and XLE. All come with a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 60/40-split folding rear seats, cloth upholstery, and driver-assistance features that include automatic emergency braking, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams. 

Cross Sport LEs and XLEs add standard blind-spot monitors, and rear automatic emergency braking comes with the XLE. Toyota offers an 8.0-inch touchscreen, two rear USB ports, wireless smartphone charging, a 9-speaker JBL sound system, synthetic leather seats, a sunroof, heated front seats, a 10-way power driver's seat, and adventure-ready accessories such as a bike rack. 

Toyota will announce prices for the 2022 Corolla Cross when it goes on sale later in 2021.

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