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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2023 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross LE FWD

Vehicle Type: SUV Gasoline
 overall score
Category Ranking: 41

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $24,545
Price as Tested: $28,689

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 12.4
EPA City mpg31
EPA Highway mpg33
EPA Combined mpg32

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [O]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [O]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

The Corolla Cross, new in 2022, looks like a miniature version of Toyota’s best-selling RAV4 crossover. All 3 of its trim levels use the same powertrain- a naturally aspirated inline 4-cylinder engine paired with a CVT. Both front- and all-wheel drive (add $1,300) are available. The Cross’ cabin is roomy, with good front headroom and legroom. Fuel economy is high, and Toyota’s strong suite of advanced safety features, LED headlights with auto high beams, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration are standard. Ah, but a few possible deal-breakers are present, too, like a rough ride quality, a dated infotainment system, lots of noise from the engine and CVT, and some low-rent interior surfaces. A further annoying quality: Unless you go for the top trim level, you can’t get a lot of the features many people want - like dual-zone automatic climate control and power driver’s seats - even as options. But if you like the standard Corolla’s basic strengths - good overall value, strong ADAS features, complimentary 2 years/25,000 miles of maintenance - but want more versatility, you might find happiness with a Corolla Cross.

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • • Good value
  • • Lots of front headroom and legroom
  • • Good fuel-economy ratings

Weak Points

  • • Lacks normal amenities, even as options
  • • Rough ride quality
  • • Lots of engine noise penetrates the cabin

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2022
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 3120.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 175.6 / 71.9 / 64.8
Wheelbase (in): 103.9
Number of air bags: 10
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Michelin Primacy All Season
Front and rear tire size: 215/65 R17
Max towing capacity (lbs): 1,500
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: CVT
Drivetrain type: Front wheel
Engine/motor: 2.0L I4 DOHC VVT-i
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 169 @ 6,600

Test Data

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Handling: 6.23
Quality and Drivability: 6.38

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