First Drive: 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Is a Sensible SUV

This smart new model has easy controls, mild manners, and key safety features

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Photo: John Powers/Consumer Reports

The 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross is an all-new choice for shoppers seeking a small, fuel-efficient SUV that comes loaded with key safety features. 

It fits into the gap between the sporty-looking Toyota C-HR and popular RAV4, and it could be considered the spiritual successor of the boxy Corolla Wagon from the 1990s. 

The configurations are simple, with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. There are three trim levels (L, LE, and XLE) and a single four-cylinder engine paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Simplicity may be a key part of its appeal as a straightforward SUV without the dramatic styling found on the C-HR and RAV4.

This SUV can tow up to 1,500 pounds, which is good for a small utility trailer or a personal watercraft.

The Corolla Cross is among several new and updated models Toyota is rolling out, including the GR86 sports car and Tundra pickup truck. It has built at a new manufacturing facility in Alabama, in collaboration with Mazda.

Consumer Reports recently rented a Toyota Corolla Cross from the automaker to gain early impressions, ahead of us buying one to test when it goes on sale in October.

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What we rented: 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross XLE
Powertrain: 169-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine; continuously variable transmission; all-wheel drive
Base price: $22,195-$27,625
Destination: $1,215
Price as driven: $28,840

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