Flash Drive

2023 Toyota Corolla Cross

Model Tested: 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid XSE

The 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid is a compact family SUV that’s attractively priced.

Engine: 2.0-liter hybrid I-4 with 3 electric motors, 196 combined horsepower and 139 lb-ft torque

Transmission: CVT automatic transmission, all-wheel drive

EPA Rating: 45-mpg city, 38-mpg highway, 42-mpg combined

Base Price: $31.065

As Tested: $36,275


Excellent, peppy performance

Sport mode makes a difference

The Corolla Cross has an efficient rear hatch for excellent cargo in/out.

Good freeway onramp speed

Great fuel economy–our best was 41.2-mpg combined

Tires slightly noisy on rougher freeways

Traditional console-mounted shifter

Three-motor hybrid system

Very good safety features in XSE trim levels


Nice synthetic leather upholstery

Comfy supportive heated front seats

The split rear seats fold almost flat.

Power driver’s seat with lumbar

Manual adjust passenger seat

Stretch-out front row legroom

Second row snug with fronts all back

Decent quality interior materials for price point

Thick slightly contoured leather steering wheel

Good tilt/telescopic column range

Nice infotainment system


Power-opening hatch/liftgate

Front seat room and comfort is excellent.

Large cargo area

Flat floor

Folding rear seats fold almost flat

Extra storage under cargo deck

Good dashboard layout and good info system

Single seatback pouch

Small console bin

Medium front door bins

No rear door bins

Medium glovebox with huge owner’s manual

Rear seat is a little snug if the front seats are all back.

WOW Factors:

Excellent fuel economy

Affordably priced

Good cargo capacity

Quicker than non-hybrid Corolla Cross


Inexpensive carpet in cargo area

Some wind noise from driver’s window

Rear liftgate opens a little low for tall people

Programming radio not very intuitive

There is good cargo space behind the second row seats.

No rear door bins

Bottom Line:

The new 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid is an impressive entry-level compact crossover hybrid SUV that provides an efficient way for budget-conscious buyers to join the excellent Toyota/Lexus hybrid lineup. The three-motor hybrid system and all-wheel drive provide peppy performance and all-weather confidence. The Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid is an excellent urban commuter vehicle and great for tight city parking.