The Chevy Trailblazer has yet another new rival to contend with after this week’s debut of the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross subcompact crossover.
The Toyota Corolla Cross rides on the same TNGA-C platform as the current, twelfth-generation Corolla sedan and promises to offer the same quality, durability and reliability that has made the compact car one of the best-selling nameplates worldwide. Power comes from a naturally aspirated 2.0L four-cylinder engine producing 169 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque, while shifting is handled by Toyota’s Direct Shift CVT, which features a physical first gear for a superior feel when accelerating from a stop. Front wheel drive comes standard and all-wheel-drive is available for extra. The AWD system comes with Toyota’s Dynamic Torque Control system, as well, which can direct up to 50 percent of power to the rear wheels when it’s needed.
Toyota says the interior of the Corolla Cross ” shares many similarities with its sedan and hatchback siblings,” featuring a similar dash design/layout and the same available 8-inch multimedia touchscreen. The available Audio Plus multimedia with Remote Connect system offers buyers a little more interior tech, adding a nine-speaker JBL audio system, Amazon Alexa AI assistant and SiriusXM All Access with a free trial subscription. Toyota’s Safety Sense suite is also standard across all trim levels, adding safety equipment such as Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams and a Pre-Collision System.
The 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross will be available in three trim levels from launch: L, LE, and XLE. It will enter production at Toyota’s new joint venture plant with Mazda in Huntsville, Alabama later this year and will arrive at dealerships in the United States and Canada shortly thereafter. Prices are expected to start at around $24,000 – a touch more expensive than the Chevy Trailblazer, which starts at $20,195 for the entry-level L trim with front-wheel-drive.