While the Toyota Cross has been around only a few short years, the much needed hybrid model joins the lineup for 2023. Bringing a necessary dose of extra power and fuel range. With three electric motors and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, output is now 196 hp. All-wheel drive is also standard. This mixture makes for a much quicker compact SUV when compared to the standard, non-hybrid models. About two full seconds quicker in the race to 60 mph. Nothing neck-snapping of course, but at least respectable. Along with more power is the slightly sportier suspension tune in the hybrid model. Just enough to tighten things up a bit and make turning less of a body-rolling event. EPA-estimated mpg’s are 42 combined.
From the outside, the design remains largely unchanged from last year. It’s nice. There’s some ground-clearance, a large front grille, black contrast body panels, a two-tone paint scheme, roof rails and other little features that give it some rugged appeal. On the inside, anyone who’s been in the Toyota Corolla Sedan will feel right at home. Dashboard layout, cabin materials and other convenience features are practically identical. Pragmatic and practical. For a more fashion-forward experience, my XSE model mixes in good looking faux-leather upholstery, a sunroof, heated front seats and attractive ambient lighting.
Like the standard Corolla, the Cross comes with a long list of standard driver-assistance features. The list includes: adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, auto emergency braking and more. The Corolla Cross knows exactly what it is and isn’t pretending to be anything else through its looks and general performance. It’s affordable entry-point, reliable build, fuel-efficient powertrain and straightforward interior are all benchmarks of the Corolla nameplate. Even with the extra power and acceleration from the hybrid model, it’s as sensible and un-stimulating as ever.
Starting price for the top XSE trim: $32,400.00