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Toyota very competitive with new 2022 Corolla Cross

2022 Corolla Cross XLE AWD

Earlier this year we reported on the arrival of the new 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross.

We told you that consumers looking for dependability, fuel efficiency, safety and value in a small car from Toyota – for over fifty years meant getting a Corolla.

Originally offered as a sedan and then adding a hatchback a couple of years back, Toyota was touting the new Corolla Cross (starting at MSRP $22,445) as the new bold compact crossover you did not know you needed until now.

Slotted between their C-HR and RAV4 SUV models, Toyota got it pretty much right.

A couple weeks back, Toyota sent us a top-of-the-line 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross XLE AWD for a week-long evaluation in and around the Austin area.


With just a couple of minor concerns, we recommend you look at the Corolla Cross if you are looking for a value priced and dependable compact crossover.


Our test 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross XLE AWD was a good looker in Celestite (a light gray/blue) with Light Gray interior.

Styling detail included Black Grille w/Metallic Paint Surround, Black Rocker Body Panels and Black Overfenders, Black Painted Machine Finished Wheels, Black Roof Rails, Color Keyed Door Handles and Rear Spoiler and chromed trims.

Functional features included LED Projector Low and High Beam headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights, LED Fog Lights and LED Tail and Stop Lights, Power Heated Outside Mirrors and Variable Windshield Wiper and Intermittent Liftback Wiper.

Powertrain / Mechanical

The 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross XLE AWD is powered by their 2.0-liter Dynamic Force DOHC 4-cylinder engine producing 169 horsepower and 150 lb./ft. of torque to a Direct Shift-CVT. The All-Wheel Drive featured Dynamic Torque Control.

Frankly, we were disappointed in its performance.  It struggled to ‘get up and go’ which surprised us.  In testing Corolla sedans previously, this same powertrain performed very adequately.

We noted some testing by others reported that Corolla Cross had trouble accelerating 0-60 mph in under 10 seconds. Sadly, we confirmed finding the ‘lugging’ of the CVT under demand particularly annoying.

Underneath Corolla Cross XLE AWD is equipped with McPherson Strut suspension front and Multi-link rear. The XLE comes with 18-inch wheels mounted with 225/55R18 tires giving it good road presence.

Ride and handling were very satisfactory – we just would like to have had a bit more ‘zip’.


The interior of the Corolla Cross is based on the Corolla sedan. Our Cross XLE featured five passenger Softex-trimmed seating.  Front seating was heated and included 10-way power driver seat adjustment. A center console with armrest featured rear seat vents for the Dual Zone Air Conditioning.  Rear seating was 60/40 split-fold flat w/rear folding arm rest.

There were plenty of cup holders (6) though the placement in the front console was behind the shifter making reach and grab a bit awkward.

Front passenger space was pretty generous and easily accommodated larger and taller folks.  The rear seating was not so, particularly in the legroom space.  With front seats pushed back for taller persons, a rear seated passenger would be less than comfortable.

We noted the cargo space behind the liftback was generous and easily accessible.

Overall, materials and trims along with fit and finish were also very good.

Infotainment / Technology

Our Corolla Cross was nicely equipped including the optional Audio Plus infotainment upgrade (see pricing below).

Other technology features included Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, 7-inch Multi-Information Display Screen, Wireless Charging, Smart Key System Front Doors and Liftback w/keyless entry, Push-Button Start, Backup Camera w/dynamic gridlines

NOTE: We were disappointed in the control buttons on the edges of the 8-inch Audio Plus touchscreen.  In certain bright sunlight angles (frequent in Central Texas) the labeling of each knob was not readable resulting in some driver distraction.

Pricing as Tested

Our 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross XLE AWD had a MSRP of $27,627. As the top-of-the-line, it was loaded with the full range of standard equipment offered for this vehicle.

As noted, our Corolla Cross XLE had the Audio Plus optional upgrade. It included the 8-inch Touchscreen with Remote Connect, 9 JBL Speakers w/woofer and amplifier. The system was Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatible along with SiriusXM All Access – $1,465.

Other options added were:

  • Power Tilt & Slide Moonroof and Power Liftback – $1,250
  • Adaptive Auto-Leveling Front Lighting System – $515
  • Minor Accessories and Handling – $1,738

Total price in our garage was $32,693.

Overall, despite a couple of minor shortcomings (in our view) – a terrific value in a compact crossover with all of the quality and engineering inherit in every Toyota today.


The 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross is rated a IIHS Top Safety Pick+, the highest rating available.

The Cross is equipped with the Toyota Star Safety System, Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 and Toyota Safety Connect.

Key features include Pre-Collision System, Blind Spot Monitor w/Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Braking Assist, Front and Rear Parking Assist w/Automatic Braking, Hill Start Assist and more.

Corolla Cross Line-up

The new 2022 Corolla Cross is offered in three trim levels both FWD and AWD.  Pricing In FWD, ‘L’ MSRP $22,445, ‘LE’ MSRP $24,795 and ‘XLE’ MSRP $26,575.  For AWD, add $1,300.

Learn more about each trim at https://www.toyota.com/corollacross/.


KEY DATA:  2022 Toyota Corolla Cross XLE AWD

  • Model:                        Corolla Cross
  • Trim:                           XLE
  • Class:                          Compact Crossover
  • Seating:                       Five
  • MSRP:                         $27,625
  • As Tested:                   $32,693
  • Powertrain:                 2.0L 4-cylinder
  • Horsepower:               169 @6,600 rpm
  • Torque:                      150 lb.-ft. @4,400-4,800 rpm
  • Transmission:             Direct Shift CVT
  • Tow Capacity:             1,500 pounds
  • Drive System:             AWD
  • Acceleration:              0-60 mph <10-seconds
  • Top Speed:                 120 mph
  • Suspension:                McPherson Strut (F) / Multi-link (R)
  • Steering:                     Electric Power Assisted Rack & Pinion
  • Brakes                        12.0-inch Ventilated Disc / 11.1-inch Solid Disc
  • Wheels:                      18-inch Alloy
  • Tires:                          225/55 R18 Goodyear Assurance
  • Fuel Economy:            29/32/30 mpg – city/highway/combined
  • Fuel Tank:                  13.2 Gallons
  • Range:                        422 Miles Highway
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