First-Ever Toyota Corolla Cross vs. Best-Selling Toyota Corolla

February 2nd, 2022 by

The best-selling car of all time, the Toyota Corolla, has spawned a new, roomier counterpart. The all-new, first-ever Toyota Corolla Cross expands – literally – on driver’s favorite aspects of the Toyota Corolla with a new SUV body style. People familiar with the original Toyota Corolla will find many similarities in the spacious cabin but enjoy a higher ride height, more cargo space and available AWD. Toyota designed the 2022 Corolla Cross to appeal to America’s growing demand for crossover SUVs while capitalizing on the proven features of the best-selling Corolla.

All-New Body Style

In 2021, the Toyota Corolla hit 50 million sales globally, and with that milestone came the announcement of the first-ever 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross. As its name suggests, the Corolla Cross is a new crossover SUV based on the design and functionality of the Toyota Corolla sedan. However, the new Corolla Cross features an all-new body style and unique design elements with a modern twist. The Corolla Cross is slightly larger than the Toyota C-HR but smaller than the Toyota RAV4. Its versatile style and shape appeal to urban and suburban drivers alike.

SUV Functionality

Drivers who prefer an SUV for its higher ride height, increased visibility, and ample cargo space will be right at home in the new 2022 Corolla Cross. Plus, the new Corolla Cross boasts 1,500 lbs of towing capacity and offers AWD, neither found in the Toyota Corolla sedan nor Corolla hatchback. Ground clearance of 8.1 inches will take the new Corolla Cross farther off the beaten path so you can go from regular weekday driving to off-road weekend adventures with greater ease.

While the cabin in the Toyota Corolla Cross borrows heavily from the Corolla (why change what works?), the new Corolla Cross adds more space for passengers, especially in rear legroom. Plus, cargo capacity increases to 26.5 cu-ft. in the Corolla Cross, up from 23 cu-ft. in the Corolla Hatchback or 13.1 cu-ft. in the Corolla Sedan.

Toyota Efficiency

Available in three trims – L, LE and XLE – the new Corolla Cross runs on a 2.0-L four-cylinder engine with CVT and 169 horsepower and gets up to 32 mpg.*

The 2022 Corolla comes in five trims – L, LE, SE, XLE, XSE, three special editions – SE Nightshade, SE Apex, XSE Apex, a single hybrid trim (LE), and offers two gas powertrains or the hybrid option. The standard 2022 Corolla 1.8-L four-cylinder engine produces 139-hp with 34 mpg.* Or upgrade to the 2.0-L with 169-hp and 151 lb-ft of torque that offers a CVT or 6-speed manual and gets about 34 mpg.* Both engines are available on the new Corolla Sedan, while the more powerful engine option is standard on the Corolla Hatchback.

The 2022 Corolla Hybrid, only available as a Corolla Sedan, produces 121-hp but boasts 52 mpg.* Expect a new Corolla Cross Hybrid to arrive in 2023.

Toyota Corolla Favorite Features

The all-new 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross and 2022 Toyota Corolla share many of the same features, including:

  • Moonroof
  • LED headlights
  • Heated front seats
  • Qi wireless charger
  • SofTex® trimmed seats
  • Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0
  • Power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Apple CarPlay® / Android Auto™
  • Leather trimmed steering wheel
  • Standard 7-in multimedia touchscreen
  • Available JBL® premium audio system
  • Independent McPherson strut front suspension with stabilizer bar

New features for the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross SUV include:

  • Roof rails
  • Available AWD
  • Cargo tonneau cover
  • Torsion beam rear suspension, coil springs, hydraulic shock absorbers

Unique to the 2022 Toyota Corolla:

  • Tire options
  • Various wheel sizes
  • Available 6-speed manual
  • Multi-link rear suspension
  • Hybrid powertrain (for now!)
  • More trims and special editions, package

If you want the room and off-road capability that an SUV offers, the all-new 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross is sure to exceed your expectations. If fuel efficiency is your motivating factor, the best-selling Toyota Corolla is for you. Both new Toyotas start at very affordable price points, at around $20-22k.

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*2022 Toyota Corolla: EPA-estimated 31 city/27 hwy/34 combined mpg rating for 2022 Corolla SE CVT; 31 cuty/38 hwy/34 combined mpg rating for 2022 Corolla SE Nightshade, SE Apex CVT, XSE and XSE Apex; 30 city/38 hwy/33 combined mpg rating for 2022 Corolla L and LE; 29 city/37 hwy/32 combined mpg rating for 2022 Corolla XLE; 29 city/36 hwy/32 combined mpg rating for 2022 Corolla SE 6MT; 28 city/36 hwy/31 combined mpg rating for 2022 Corolla SE Apex 6MT. 2022 Corolla Hybrid: EPA-estimated 53 city/52 hwy/52 combined mpg rating for 2022 Corolla Hybrid LE. 2022 Corolla Cross: EPA-estimated 31 city/33 hwy/32 combined mpg rating for 2022 Corolla Cross L FWD, LW FWD, XLE FWD; 29 city/32 hwy/30 combined mpg rating for 2022 Corolla Cross L AWD, LE AWD, and XLE AWD. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See

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