Flash Drive

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross

Model Tested: 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross XLE AWD

The new 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross brings popular SUV styling to a sensible compact crossover.

Engine: 2.0-liter I-4, 169 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft torque

Transmission: CVT automatic transmission, all-wheel drive

EPA Rating: 29-mpg city, 32-mpg highway, 30-mpg combined

Base Price: $27,625

As Tested: $33,679


Smooth ride on highway and in city

Very good highway fuel economy—our best was 35.2-mpg

Acceleration on the leisurely side

The rear 3/4-view shows the liftgate and wheel arches.

Smooth shifting transmission

No specific AWD controls

Traditional console shifter

Electric E-brake on console easy to us


Great driver legroom, almost stretch-out

Driver power lumbar

Two temp heated front seats

Supportive, comfortable seats

Super stretch out front passenger legroom

Front seat room and comfort are excellent.

Good headroom

Nice medium thick contoured steering wheel

Ample auxiliary controls

Good range tilt/tele column

Ample second row legroom if front up slightly

Very good shoe room

Soft wide armrest second row

Tall floor hump


Good size infotainment screen

Rear seat room is very good as long as the front seats are up slightly.

Small but deep console bin

Phone charging pad

Medium size glove box but no lock

No rear door bins just bottle notches

One seatback pouch

Flat cargo deck

Good space behind second row seats

Split seats fold flat

Slight height difference between seats and cargo area

Power liftgate with ample clearance

Cargo space is reasonable with the rear seats up.

No lift-over to cargo area

WOW Factors:

Excellent fuel economy

Attractive pricing

Increased cargo space over Corolla hatchback

Ample driver assist features

Super roomy front passenger area


No specific AWD controls

Down on power

Small HVAC controls

The infotainment screen is large and driver controls are very good.

No rear door bins

Bottom Line:

The 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross has that SUV image that’s so popular while still being an excellent all-around family vehicle with an emphasis on urban driving but with AWD for more challenging roads and/or weather. The Toyota Corolla Cross has all the quality and reliability features buyers value in Toyotas with styling cues that disguise some of that practicality look. The Corolla Cross fits nicely between the C-HR and the RAV4 in the Toyota lineup.

The Corolla Cross side profile illustrates the favored SUV styling.