Toyota expanded its lineup for the 2022 model year with a new crossover based on one of its most popular car models. The Corolla Cross slots into the Toyota lineup beneath the RAV4 and mimics many of its namesake's styling touches and tech features. Though the standard gas-powered Corolla Cross returns a respectable 32 mpg combined, Toyota has announced a new Corolla Cross Hybrid that delivers even better fuel economy.
Since the Corolla Cross just debuted, changes for the Hybrid model are few. In addition to its new powertrain, Toyota gives the new hybrid its latest infotainment system and two new trim levels. The Corolla Cross Hybrid comes in five trims: S, SE, XSE, LE, and XLE.
Toyota hasn't elaborated on when the Corolla Cross Hybrid will land or how much it will cost, but we can gather some clues from the standard model. The 2022 Corolla Cross starts at around $24,000, so the Hybrid will come with a slight markup. The automaker will build the Corolla Cross Hybrid at the joint Mazda Toyota Manufacturing facility in Huntsville, Alabama. Toyota says it will eventually have the capacity to produce up to 150,000 Corolla Cross units each year.
Though it's a crossover, the Corolla Cross Hybrid does its best sedan impersonation. The vehicle looks like a lifted, stretched Corolla, and shares many of the car's design details, including the headlight shape. LED lighting is standard, and Toyota will offer different colors depending on the trim. Two-tone color options are available, with the primary color on the lower body and a black contrast color for the roof. The S and SE trims come with 17-inch wheels, and the SE and XSE get 18-inch alloys.
Toyota says it will offer the Corolla Cross Hybrid with accessories such as a roof rack, bicycle mount, all-weather floormats, and more.
The Corolla Cross Hybrid's interior also follows the Corolla's design, including its infotainment screen location, steering wheel and gauge cluster, and overall dash design. The 8-inch touchscreen is mounted high on the dash, flanked by physical controls for infotainment navigation and climate functions. Fabric upholstery is standard, and the top two trims come with synthetic leather.
Toyota offers a power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and folding rear seats. An adjustable-height power liftgate is available.
Toyota hasn't detailed the SUV's hybrid system but says the 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid sees 194 horsepower from its powertrain. According to the automaker, it's capable of an 8-second run from zero-to-60 mph, making it quicker than the non-hybrid Corolla Cross, and AWD is standard. Toyota estimates the vehicle returns 37 mpg combined.
Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 comes standard. It improves on much of the functionality offered by version 2.0, with new tech such as motorcyclist detection and intersection turn assistance. Toyota says the system's lane recognition is better than before and that it has improved the package's sensors to detect dangers from further away. Blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert and hill-start assist are also standard.
Toyota has long lagged behind its rivals in infotainment technology, though that is changing. The Corolla Cross Hybrid gets the new Toyota Audio Multimedia infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, USB-C charging ports, over-the-air updates, and more. The interface also offers cloud-based navigation that updates automatically based on traffic and road conditions, and Google Points-of-Interest data makes it easy to find the destination. The vehicle's destination-assist function offers 24/7 live agents to assist with finding map locations.
Toyota says its new interface can handle up to five Bluetooth connections with two paired simultaneously. Other standard features include HD Radio, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross competes with the Hyundai Kona, Kia Soul, and the Volkswagen Taos.
Toyota is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of June 1, 2022, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker's website or your local dealership.
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