By on July 9, 2020

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A strange new animal has appeared overseas, bearing a name that’s very, very familiar to American drivers. Corolla Cross, by Toyota.

It’s a Corolla, only a crossover.

Let’s explore.

Revealed in Thailand Wednesday, the Corolla Cross borrows the TNGA platform found beneath the Corolla sedan and hatchback and adds a bulky new body, no doubt ensuring instant lust among vast swaths of the buying public.

Wheelbase grows a tiny amount, width increases by less than 2 inches, and overall length trails the longer Corolla sedan by just under 7 inches. Oh, and it’s taller. Overall, it slightly tops the subcompact C-HR in size. Power comes via a familiar 1.8-liter four-cylinder (140 horsepower, 129 lb-ft of torque) or a hybrid setup, with each powertrain incorporating front-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic.

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Bulging fenders aside, the Corolla Cross side-steps the wild angles and polarizing envelope of the C-HR for a more conventional appearance, with a somewhat homely front fascia aping both the full-size Sequoia and a really old Hyundai Santa Fe.

Via its Japanese webpage (helpfully translated by Google), Toyota claims the Corolla Cross combines an “appearance that makes you feel powerful” and “top-level luggage space,” adding, “we will gradually expand the number of countries in which it is introduced.”

Will America be one of those markets? Toyota has not yet confirmed it, though the automaker did trademarked the name in the U.S. back in August of 2018. It’s generally expected to appear on these shores next year.

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51 Comments on “Meet the Toyota Corolla… Cross...”


  • avatar
    Lie2me

    If this is the Corolla then what is the RAV4? I’m so confused

    • 0 avatar
      dukeisduke

      It’s about the same size as the C-HR, so I’d see it replacing that. I don’t know what C-HR sales have been like, but I rarely ever see one of those. Or the HR-V, for that matter. I see lots of of Traxes on the road (low transaction price?), but not many of the other offerings in this segment, including the Kicks and the EcoSport.

      • 0 avatar
        NTGD

        In this day and age it could exist with the CH-R, we have Encore & Encore GX, Trax & Trailblazer, Venue & Kona. As far as the RAV 4 goes didn’t it get a little bigger this gen? The current Rav4 shares a platform (TNGA-K) with the Camry, Avalon & Highlander now instead of the Corolla.

        • 0 avatar
          Lie2me

          RAV4 is Toyota MC platform which is also the Corolla platform, so this shares the same platform with the RAV4

          Clear as mud

          • 0 avatar
            Varezhka

            The current RAV4 is on the TNGA’s GA-K platform shared with Camry.

            This Corolla Cross, C-HR, and the Corolla is on the GA-C C segment platform which is a class smaller.

      • 0 avatar
        MRF 95 T-Bird

        I see plenty of C-HR and HR-V‘s around, not so may Trax. The C-HR doesn’t offer awd plus size wise it’s in the subcompact crossover class like a Kia Soul.

    • 0 avatar
      JimC2

      Think of this kinda like the RAV 3 1/2

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      This would be Toyota’s version of a Honda HR-V.

      ‘Cause Lord knows something with four wheels ain’t s**t unless it’s butched-up compact car with a high roof…

    • 0 avatar
      MiataReallyIsTheAnswer

      Rav4 has Camry engines, so presumably one size class up.

    • 0 avatar
      Steve Biro

      I understand why Toyota is doing this. And, arguably, it seems better than the C-HR. But 140hp with a CVT… ugh. I don’t expect it to be a hot rod but at least give people something in the 160-170hp range.

      • 0 avatar
        Kenn

        “I don’t expect it to be a hot rod, but…”

        Why would you expect Toyota to send it to the U.S. with a lower-powered engine than that in the 168 hp 2.0 liter Corolla?

    • 0 avatar
      spookiness

      Other interior photos are available elsewhere. The center console is different, but the dash and everything else inside are the same as Corolla sedan/hatch. The current interiors on those cars aren’t bad, with a few color selections and they’re not entirely the same monotonous color and texture throughout. Even the “black” has some gray in places, or blue, or there’s a “moonstone” and a beige. Different texture & stitch patterns, they’re nice for the price I guess.

  • avatar
    lstanley

    Well, the interior color isn’t the worst………

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    If Toyota built a Chevy Trax…

  • avatar

    This will sell like hotcakes if they bring it here. I like it.

  • avatar
    Vanillasludge

    If Ford can call a cuv a Mustang I’m totally ok with this.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    Steph, when I click on the “Login to Reply” button, the login dialog still has the TTAC name in red font instead of the newer black. Maybe someone missed that during the update awhile back?

  • avatar
    indi500fan

    If Sloan was alive today would he be saying “a SUV for every purse and purpose” ?

  • avatar
    slavuta

    I could waste 1 minute of my life looking at this thing. Instead, I spent 15 seconds to find the power spec. Once that was done, so was I

  • avatar
    indi500fan

    When it hits the states, they need to hire Christopher Cross as Jan’s sidekick to pitch this.

  • avatar
    Peter Gazis

    Not enough hard plastic in a regular Corolla? Now, from the country that taught Americans how to water board, comes the Corolla Cross. With 25% more hard plastic. 30% more road noise, and 80% more dropped calls. Expect the same torturous driving experience you’ve come to expect from Toyota.

    * Ball gag and butt plug sold separately.

    • 0 avatar
      JimC2

      Peter, Peter, Peter…. you’re gonna have to try harder than that.

    • 0 avatar
      MiataReallyIsTheAnswer

      QUOTE: “Expect the same torturous driving experience you’ve come to expect from Toyota”

      What all Toyota models have you found to drive torturously? I mean you yourself, that you’ve driven say 10 miles or more? My stepdaughter has had a Rav4 for years and is ROUGH on a vehicle, and it’s holding up admirably and when I drove it a few months back it drove great.
      My 2011 Camry XLE drives far better than I EVER would have expected, having taken in all the hate for Camrys in general over the years – it’s fantastic, and drives closer to my old dearly departed ’91 Accord SE than anything else I’ve driven in the past 2 decades. I literally cannot come up with one single complaint on that car, and I have a couple other much higher end cars.
      We’ve also had 2 different generations of Sienna van, same story there – for a van they drive wonderfully.

      • 0 avatar
        Peter Gazis

        My Regal GS is about to turn 5. My iPhone is brand new. They both work great together. Music, Navigation, Texts, Phone call’s all come through on the Cars infotainment system. Phone Messages show up on the touch screen.
        Come talk to me when when you could get a brand new Toyota or Lexus to do that.

        • 0 avatar
          tomLU86

          I think this Corolla Cross will do well. Eventually, it may become the Toyota Cross (it was a Corolla Tercel before it became a Tercel)

          Either way, I think the name will turn off a lot of people.

          And I would consider Corolla X, if only it came with manual trans.

          As to the comments here, I recently rented a Camry on work trip. I was very impressed! It reminded me of my 2011 Malibu, which was the best unexciting, unpretentious car I have ever owned. It had the one thing I wish my Malibu had–ice cold air. It had more power too. I’m not keen on the gaudy styling Camry styling.

          As for the Regal, I have one too. The 2013-17 Regal has to be one of the best kept secrets out there. I bought it used. It has super ride and handling, comfortable seat, and is a tremendous autobahn…er highway..cruiser. The computer says 30mpg at 80mph–with power to spare. It is the ultimate “Epsilon” Malibu–though the Regal will never match my Malibu’s reliability.

    • 0 avatar
      ToolGuy

      When I grow up, I want to be less like Peter Gazis. [Suggestions welcome.]

      :-)

      • 0 avatar
        JimC2

        You’re doing just fine- none of your posts have random capitalization or misplaced and/or missing apostrophes and you don’t jump between different tenses.

      • 0 avatar
        Peter Gazis

        Toolguy

        If you don’t want to be like me you should stop going to Math class. Because once you get good at math. The writers and most of the commenters on this sight look very dumb.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    I’m surprised it’s not here already. But I’d expect the model name to be some kind of riff on “RAV4”, as Honda did with the HR-V. Lord knows we can’t name this ruff-‘n-tuff off-road warrior after a Corolla…that’d be too…not SUV…

  • avatar
    Lightspeed

    Remember when the Corolla included cool stuff like the AE86 GT? Yeah, those days are never coming back.

  • avatar
    spookiness

    I’d call it the “All-Trac” but that doesn’t work because apparently these aren’t AWD by default. Anyhow, they’ll probably sell a ton. The Corolla hatch is a bit tight, and the RAV4 has gotten a little chunky. This will be attractive to singles, empty-nesters, DINKs and young small families who don’t need/want a big car. I’ll look at it if it’s around this time next year.

  • avatar
    MiataReallyIsTheAnswer

    Lord help me, I really don’t hate the looks of it.

  • avatar
    quaquaqua

    I just read this is somehow gonna be smaller inside than a C-HR? That doesn’t sound right…

    Anyway, this segment is apparently important now and I think this’ll do pretty well. Nothing in this segment is lighting the world on fire, though. The Seltos is my fav but it’s too noisy and choppy. Par for the course in this segment.

  • avatar
    18726543

    Didn’t Nissan kinda do this with the Juke/Cube? If you want ugly you bought the Juke, if you want …less ugly you bought the Cube. Similarly sized, similar mission, different visability.

  • avatar
    MoparRocker74

    A fwd minivan with a 1.8 engine “makes you feel powerful”….

    Ummmmm…..ok.

  • avatar
    Varezhka

    So it’s basically a C-HR with a more traditional shape, even sharing the same wheelbase.

    Given how polarizing the C-HR design can be, it’s probably a good idea. I’m guessing a little more space and a little more modern interior too.

    I do wonder if this will replace the C-HR or be sold alongside if it comes stateside (presumably with the same 2L I4 and FWD).

  • avatar
    N8iveVA

    Did I miss the mention of AWD? Or is it FWD only like the CH-R?

  • avatar
    MKizzy

    The Corolla Cross (AKA the RAV3) is at least easy on the eyes and may actually be pretty snazzy with the right sport appearence package,although more power is unlikely to accompany it. We should expect a hybrid version too.

    If nothing else, the CC’s cleaner styling compared to the RAV4 hopefully provides a sneak peak of how a refreshed RAV4 might look.

  • avatar
    Whatnext

    You know it is from Toyota Motor Co if it has an ugly mug. Seriously this thing’s face looks like an angry cartoon character. Or maybe it is crying…

  • avatar
    tankinbeans

    Is Cross going to be the new Spider/Spyder suffix? Eclipse Cross, Corolla Cross, wasn’t there a Yaris Cross proposed?

    Also, why did they beat the already homely RAV4 with the derpstick to extrude this?

  • avatar
    Superdessucke

    This looks nothing like a Corolla to me. It looks like an Anymake CUV. Yawn.

  • avatar
    pveezy

    With the 2019 model the RAV4 stopped being the SUV cousin of the Corolla and became the SUV cousin of the camry.

  • avatar
    Randall CArlisle

    Didn’t Toyota have this in the Matrix a few years ago? It was Corrola based and more or less a wagon, which is all that CUVs are. Call them whatever you want. But now they can be CROSSOVERS with added gray plastic and a few more bulges here and there. THE Matrix was a “hatchback”, which places it in teh same calss as a Hyundai Accent, right?

    I liked the Matrix and lesser Pontiac version. Test drove a M Theory which was pretty cool. Glad it’s back, no matter what it’s called.

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