When first jumping in this new crossover from Toyota, I had 2 questions: 1) why does Toyota need another crossover in this compact crossover segment, and 2) is this just a Corolla wagon on stilts?
Answering the first question, Toyota is positioning this Corolla Cross between the subcompact C-HR and the compact RAV4. The Corolla Cross is larger than the C-HR being categorized as a compact crossover but is cheaper than both the C-HR and RAV4. Answering the 2nd question is a bit harder. This crossover is built on the same platform as the Corolla but also shares its platform with the C-HR and Lexus UX. The Toyota rep that drove with me during this quick drive did insist that the Corolla Cross was a uniquely developed vehicle that just shares the Corolla nameplate.
The base price for the Corolla Cross is $22,445. You have 3 different trims available including the L, LE, and XLE. All are equipped with a 2.0-liter engine pushing 169 hp. Standard, you the Corolla Cross is FWD but has an AWD option.
Overall I really like the design here, much more than the C-HR, and the interior while similar to the Corolla, looks good here. I’d love to get a full week with this Corolla Cross but I definitely already see this as being a great option for young people either getting their first vehicle or upgrading to their first crossover.
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