Sometimes boring is good.
Jalopnik calls Toyota’s new sport utility vehicle with a name that many car buyers will recognize “a tame compact SUV that will sell in bunches.”
The 2022 Corolla Cross is, as its handle suggests, a crossover version of the popular Corolla model. The small sport utility vehicle, which fits in between the C-HR and RAV4, is expected to come with a price tag starting in the $24,000 range.
“Our loyal customers love the quality, durability and reliability that has helped make Corolla the best-selling nameplate in history,” Lisa Materazzo, group vice president of Toyota Marketing, said in a news release announcing the new wheels. “With the all-new Corolla Cross we are building upon that foundation and offering more versatility and fun to adapt to their evolving lifestyles.”
What is expected to attract buyers is the SUV’s function and affordability. The gas-powered vehicle comes in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder motor that gets 32 miles per gallon, according to the company.
“Compared with Toyota's other subcompact SUV, the C-HR, the Corolla Cross is far more conventional-looking,” Car and Driver’s Joey Capparella writes. “It's also longer, wider, and taller, with more rear-seat room and a few extra cubic feet of cargo space. But it’s still significantly smaller than the RAV4 and should be a lot cheaper, too.”
Car and Driver expect the Cross to hit the road by the end of this year, while Motor Trend pegs the release for the first half of 2022.
Toyota Recalls Cars Over Dangerous Defects
The new SUV comes as Toyota continues to have a hard time putting cars on the road that are safe to drive. The company - like other major auto manufacturers - recalls hundreds of thousands of vehicles each year because of serious defects that put people at risk.
Toyota recently announced, for example, that it is recalling some 280,000 Venza SUVs over malfunctioning side airbags that it said may not deploy when needed. That follows Toyota’s recall of more than 260,000 Prius vehicles last year over a software error that Toyota said could cause the cars to stall unexpectedly.
The company also called back some 700,000 vehicles over a separate fuel pump issue said to put those cars at risk of stalling.
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