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Auto review: Why buy a 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross SUV? Did I mention it's a Toyota?

Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Automotive News

How much? What features do you get?

Corolla Cross prices start at $22,195 for a front-wheel drive model. All Crosses get Toyota’s unique take on a continuously variable transmission, which features a fixed-ratio first gear the automaker believes improves the driving experience.

All-wheel drive is available on all three trim levels. It costs $1,300. Toyota expects about half of sales to be AWD.

The base price is a cool $2,120 more than the starting price for a base 2022 Corolla sedan, even before you started adding goodies like AWD to half of sales or more.

Therein lies the reason automakers are deserting sedans for SUV-style vehicles. Most customers prefer SUVs, which tend to offer a higher seating position and a more appealing image than sedans.

The price difference isn’t all markup. The Cross is roomier and offers more features than the Corolla sedan.

 

Toyota’s not in this for its health, though. The Corolla Cross is probably at least two to three times as profitable as a Corolla sedan.

That’s true of all automakers’ small SUVs. Whether it be the Chevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Elantra or Nissan Sentra, every manufacturer makes more on the small SUVs that are rapidly replacing compact and subcompact cars.

I tested several Corolla Crosses, including front- and all-wheel drive models.

For the purposes of this column, I’m focusing on an AWD XLE that offered just about every available feature.

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