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Review of the Toyota Corolla Cross 2022: Introducing a Strong New Competitor

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The 2022 Corolla Cross, Toyota’s latest crossover-SUV offering, draws inspiration from its popular models as it enters the compact crossover market with the ability to have all-wheel drive. This smaller alternative to Toyota’s front-wheel-drive C-HR and taller than the Corolla sedan, the Corolla Cross takes design cues from the larger RAV4. When comparing, consider the Honda HR-V, Subaru Crosstrek, and Hyundai Kona.

With a design reminiscent of the RAV4, the Corolla Cross presents a sleek and compact look that resonates well due to its family resemblance. Sporting a distinctive “mailbox” grille, curved fenders, and slim LED lighting, the Corolla Cross sets itself apart while maintaining its appeal. While not as sporty as the RAV4, it moves away from its economy-car roots with its refined appearance.

In terms of performance, the Corolla Cross is powered by a 169-hp 2.0-liter inline-4 engine providing 150 lb-ft of torque. It may lack quick acceleration but delivers steady performance, complemented by a CVT that can distribute power to the front or all four wheels. Depending on the model, the suspension setup varies, with the front-drive models offering a more relaxed driving experience compared to the all-wheel-drive versions that provide better control.

When it comes to efficiency, the Corolla Cross offers decent gas mileage ratings, with front-wheel-drive models achieving 31 mpg city, 33 highway, and 32 combined. Safety features are a strong suit of the Corolla Cross, earning top crash-test scores and boasting standard safety technologies like automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.

Inside, the Corolla Cross mirrors the RAV4’s layout, featuring a user-friendly touchscreen and well-appointed interior materials. It offers ample space for four passengers and cargo, making it a practical choice for everyday use. With a range of trim levels available, buyers can choose from a variety of features and options to suit their preferences.

In conclusion, the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross presents a compelling option in the small SUV segment, offering a blend of performance, safety, and value. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or looking for a reliable daily driver, the Corolla Cross ticks many boxes in terms of practicality and overall appeal.

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