Toyota's U.S. lineup is getting another crossover this year with the addition of the Corolla Cross subcompact crossover. The Corolla Cross, which goes on sale next month, is powered by a four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine paired with a continuously variable transmission that delivers 169 hp. It will be offered in three trim lines — L, LE and XLE — in standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. Here are snippets of Corolla Cross reviews from the automotive media.
"Smooth is a good word to describe the Toyota Corolla Cross' on-road demeanor. Even on the XLE's 19-inch alloys — the largest on offer across the range — this crossover is quite good at soaking up humps and bumps and transmitting little to the cabin. It does get a little stiff on craggy surfaces, but hey, you can't win 'em all, and for the price I'm more than content with how this crossover feels. Burdening the axles with a full family and trunk will probably stiffen it a bit more, while opting for a lower trim with smaller wheels and more sidewall chonk should have the opposite effect.
"However, that additional heft will only compound the biggest problem with the Corolla Cross: being underpowered. The Cross is a couple hundred pounds heavier than the Corolla S sedan from which its powertrain is borrowed. Sporting 169 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque from a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-4, the Corolla Cross offers suitable acceleration on a flat plane. However, introduce hills and the experience becomes perilous. Sharp inclines are met with a speedometer that moves like a sundial as the continuously variable transmission ratchets up the revs in order to maintain or, if you're feeling optimistic, gain speed. Ditching the weight of all-wheel drive may help, and it'll save you $1,300 in the process, but a fully loaded XLE AWD with two adults and camera equipment in the trunk makes for a very pokey time."
— Andrew Krok, Roadshow by CNET