2023 Toyota Corolla Cross review: GX hybrid (2023)

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Things we like Not so much Since landing just a couple of months ago, we've really put the Corolla Cross to work. JUMP AHEAD How much is it, and what do you get? Here’s something weird – Toyota reckons that this entry-level GX trim will be top seller in the Corolla Cross range. Hardly any other model in the country has its base model as the top seller and yet here we are. How do rivals compare on value? There are rivals aplenty in this packed space, from locations far-flung and close to home. But if you want a hybrid, the Toyota is by far the cheapest. Interior comfort, space and storage First impressions are important so a plastic steering wheel when you slide into the driver’s seat is not a good start. What is it like to drive? The basics Toyota hybrids are, generally speaking, excellent to drive due to a couple of decades of experience in working out how to get it all done smoothly and unobtrusively. RELATED VIDEO How is it on fuel? The fuel economy in this car is mighty impressive. Against a claimed 4.3L/100km on the ADR combined cycle, I got 4.8L/100km. How safe is it? The Toyota Corolla Cross scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating, the highest available. This is entirely unsurprising as the car is stacked with safety features. Warranty and running costs Toyota’s five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty applies to the Corolla Cross, as is only right and proper. VERDICT The Corolla Cross GX hybrid is easily the best of the two GXes, so push for the hybrid if you can. The other car is a ho-hum without the electrification you might as well get a Seltos. 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross GX hybrid specifications Things we like Not so much FAQs Videos

7.8/10Score

Score breakdown

7.5

Safety, value and features

7.5

Comfort and space

8.5

Engine and gearbox

8.0

Ride and handling

7.5

Technology

Things we like

  • Excellent drivetrain
  • Good chassis
  • GX good value for the segment

Not so much

  • No parking support brake on GX
  • Plastic steering wheel
  • So-so packaging
  • Connected Services' ongoing cost

Since landing just a couple of months ago, we've really put the Corolla Cross to work.

It has been in a four-way test with its main rivals and the Wheels COTY Mazda CX-30. We’ve also put it into twin tests with the Honda HR-V and again with the Mazda.

We have not messed about, because we knew this car would resonate with Australian buyers, with three badges they love – Toyota, Corolla and hybrid. Hybrids are huge business for Toyota, too, so you won’t see many tests of the sluggish petrol-only version.

Apart from snaffling one for a few months, the real test is having this car on the driveway for a week or two. It just so happened that it shared some of its time on my drive with a Corolla ZR hybrid too, so there was an interesting counterpoint sitting right there the whole time.

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JUMP AHEAD

  • How much is it, and what do you get?
  • How do rivals compare on value?
  • Interior comfort, space and storage
  • What is it like to drive?
  • How is it on fuel?
  • How safe is it?
  • Warranty and running costs
  • VERDICT
  • Specifications

How much is it, and what do you get?

Here’s something weird – Toyota reckons that this entry-level GX trim will be top seller in the Corolla Cross range. Hardly any other model in the country has its base model as the top seller and yet here we are.

The GX petrol front-wheel drive starts at $33,000 but the hybrid is $35,500 (both before on-road costs).

Although I don’t have the exact numbers, you can bet almost three-quarters of GX versions bought will be hybrids and, in this case, you can only have it in front-wheel drive. Which seems weird given it’s meant to be the highest-selling variant – why not give all-wheel drive a go?

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2023 Toyota Corolla Cross GX hybrid features
17-inch alloy wheelsPower windows front and rear
8.0-inch touchscreenPowered, heated and folding rear vision mirrors
Adaptive cruise controlReversing camera
Automatic LED headlightsSatellite navigation
DAB+ digital radioSingle-zone climate control
Front and rear parking sensorsSix-speaker stereo
Imitation leather interiorSpace-saver spare
Keyless entry and startToyota Connected Services
Part digital dashboardWireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto

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How do rivals compare on value?

There are rivals aplenty in this packed space, from locations far-flung and close to home. But if you want a hybrid, the Toyota is by far the cheapest.

Kia offers the Niro in all-electric and hybrid forms. It comes in limited numbers, which is just as well because it’s rather more expensive than the front-wheel drive Corolla Cross GX hybrid at $44,900 (before on-road costs), although it’s packed to the gills with equipment and also roomier.

The Honda HR-V, which fared well in our group test, is also markedly more expensive if you want hybrid power, landing at $47,000 drive-away. Again, it’s full of kit and again, it’s roomier.

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At the moment, that’s pretty much it for hybrids. You can look to Volkswagen for the T-Roc 1.4 or Skoda for the Kamiq, but neither are hybrid and both are over forty grand to drive away.

The Kia Seltos starts at under $30,000 (just) for the basic, steel-wheeled S. In front-wheel drive format with an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT), the $32,700 (before on-road costs) Sport comes close to the petrol-only Corolla Cross GX for specification and is a more spacious alternative. No hybrid though.

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Interior comfort, space and storage

First impressions are important so a plastic steering wheel when you slide into the driver’s seat is not a good start.

It feels nasty, and is nasty for a car over thirty grand. Not even the Seltos S still has a plastic steering wheel.

The Corolla Cross’s dash is basically the same as the Corolla hatch. As I said, I had these two cars at the same time and it’s remarkable what a lower-grade plastic choice can do to an interior, not to mention how blanks in the dashboard make you feel.

Although impeccably assembled, the GX looks and feels cheap. You kind of expect more from Toyota, especially when paying more than the hatchback. The GXL seemed slightly better, but my wife remarked how bitty it felt.

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Toyota’s new-found love of good front seats does improve matters, with very comfortable and very manual chairs (apart from the generous inclusion of powered lumbar support) to keep you held in place and ache-free for many miles. These are great seats.

You don’t get a wireless charging pad to go with the wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is wired, so you’ll need to use the USB for that too.

A pair of cup holders are provided, along with single-zone climate control and bottle holders in the doors.

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Moving to the back, if you’re over about 170cm tall, things are a bit on the tight side, particularly when you consider how roomy competitors such as the Niro and HR-V are. It’s tight in the Toyota and the back seat isn’t especially comfortable, either, but you do get a centre armrest and two cup holders. Apart from that, it’s fairly sparse.

Boot space is rather better than its hatchback counterpart at 425 litres and it has a space-saver spare. It’s just 11 litres down on the non-hybrid Corolla Cross and a mere 35 litres more than the tiny Yaris Cross. That said, it’s almost double that of a hybrid Corolla hatchback, so that’s a win (but says more about packaging issues afflicting the hatch).

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What is it like to drive?

The basics

2023 Toyota Corolla Cross GX hybrid
Drivefront-wheel
Engine power126kW @ 6000rpm
Engine torque190Nm @ 4400-5200rpm
Compression ratio14.0 : 1
Electric motorfront-wheel
Electric power and torque83kW/206Nm
Combined power146kW
Combined torquenot specified
Batterylithium-ion
Transmissioncontinuously variable

Toyota hybrids are, generally speaking, excellent to drive due to a couple of decades of experience in working out how to get it all done smoothly and unobtrusively.

For some reason, the Corolla Cross doesn’t quite nail that.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s still pretty good and probably better than most other hybrids on the road, it’s just not as good as (again) the Corolla hybrid I had the same week. At low speeds it’s terrific, pootling slowly around on electrons fed by the new lithium-ion battery.

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There’s just that edge on the braking that made me sit up and take notice. If it had been in any other car I’d barely have registered it but going back-to-back with the hatch made me realise it wasn’t quite right.

Like their Yaris Cross brethren, front-wheel drive Corolla Cross variants have cheaper torsion beam rear suspension whereas all-wheel drive comes with an independent rear end. That translates to a less lovely ride quality (the Corolla hatch has double wishbones) and a propensity to crash over speed bumps and skip on mid-corner bumps.

But you know what? This car is fun. It’s got plenty of get-up-and-go from its overall power figure of 146kW and unspecified-but-feels-like-plenty Nm of torque. It dashes to 100km/h in under eight seconds, which is quick for this kind of car.

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The steering is nicely weighted and the Corolla Cross will cheerfully allow itself to be chucked about. The ride, as I’ve mentioned, will be a little crotchety on the rough stuff but never “I’m going to spit you off the road” grumpy.

In town, you’ll barely notice the difference so if you never experience the all-wheel-drive version, you won’t care. As with most hybrids, this is where the Corolla Cross works best. With strong acceleration to beat the other hordes of SUVs with around 100kW and 200Nm (this is a joke I make and I will keep making it until it is funny), you’ll have no trouble getting ahead of traffic.

By the same token, the hybrid system with its more powerful and lighter battery than previous Toyota set-ups will move you along for longer and at higher speeds in traffic, which makes this car very relaxing. Except when you get a bit of a grab on the brakes. And then there’s the fuel economy…

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How is it on fuel?

The fuel economy in this car is mighty impressive. Against a claimed 4.3L/100km on the ADR combined cycle, I got 4.8L/100km.

That's impressive for a decent-sized car with SUV aerodynamics, achieved with a lot of city driving and a run up to Katoomba in Sydney’s Blue Mountains.

The only problem is the improbably small fuel tank of just 36 litres. Still, it’s only 11 fewer than the non-electrified version.

2023 Toyota Corolla Cross GX hybrid fuel consumption
Fuel consumption (claimed)4.3L/100km
Fuel consumption (trip computer)4.8L/100km
Fuel capacity36 litres
Fuel type91 RON / E10

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How safe is it?

The Toyota Corolla Cross scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating, the highest available. This is entirely unsurprising as the car is stacked with safety features.

2023 Toyota Corolla Cross GX hybrid safety features
8 airbagsLane departure warning
Anti-lock brakesLane-keep assist
Blind-spot monitoringParking support brake
Electronic stability controlRear cross-traffic alert
Forward auto emergency brakingReversing camera
Front cross-traffic alert with AEBTraction control

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The Corolla Cross’s lavish airbag count includes a driver’s knee airbag and a front centre airbag meant to avoid head clashes in a side impact.

Its forward auto emergency braking (AEB) also features front cross-traffic alert with braking (which stops you from turning across oncoming traffic). The base GX misses out on the low-speed brake support that stops you bumping into things at low speeds. Not critical, just worth knowing.

For the kids, there are two sets of ISOFIX points and three top-tether anchors.

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Warranty and running costs

Toyota’s five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty applies to the Corolla Cross, as is only right and proper.

Capped-price servicing lasts for the first five services – which are spaced at 12 months or 15,000km – and cost $230 each, $25 more than the hatch. That works out at $1150 over five services, which is pretty good going.

If you want to keep Toyota Connected Services going after the initial 12 months – where it reverts to a small subset of features – you’ll have to pay $9.95 per month for remote connectivity to locking, engine start and climate control. If you want to keep the fancy sat-nav features, that’s another $12 a month. More than Netflix.

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VERDICT

The Corolla Cross GX hybrid is easily the best of the two GXes, so push for the hybrid if you can. The other car is a ho-hum without the electrification you might as well get a Seltos.

And again, stretch for the Corolla Cross GXL hybrid if you can – it’s got nicer stuff like the bigger screen, better cameras, rear USB charge ports and a not-plastic steering wheel.

Yes, I’m going on about it. Yes, I’m spoilt. (To be fair, every brand does this, pointedly giving you in-your-face reasons to upgrade to a more compelling variant.)

At its core, the Corolla Cross is a good car as long as it’s a hybrid. All-wheel drive is just a nice-to-have as I was perfectly happy with front-wheel drive.

Most owners probably will too, with the extra few grand in their pockets and a spare tyre in the boot.

Is the Corolla Cross a better car than the hatch? If you carry people and things, most definitely.

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Everything Toyota

2023 Toyota Corolla Cross GX hybrid specifications

Body5-door, 5-seat small SUV
Drivefront-wheel
Power126kW @ 6000rpm
Torque190Nm @ 4400-5200rpm
Compression ratio14.0 : 1
Electric motorfront-wheel
Electric power and torque83kW/206Nm
Combined power146kW
Combined torquenot specified
Batterylithium-ion
Transmissioncontinuously variable
0-100km/h7.5 seconds (claimed)
Fuel consumption (claimed)4.3L/100km
Weight1545kg
SuspensionMacPherson struts front/trailing arms rear
L/W/H4460/1825/1620
Wheelbase2640mm
Brakes305mm ventilated discs front/281m solid discs rear
Tyres215/60 R17 Bridgestone Alenza
Wheels17-inch alloys (space-saver spare)
Price$35,500 + on-road costs

7.8/10Score

Score breakdown

7.5

Safety, value and features

7.5

Comfort and space

8.5

Engine and gearbox

8.0

Ride and handling

7.5

Technology

Things we like

  • Excellent drivetrain
  • Good chassis
  • GX good value for the segment

Not so much

  • No parking support brake on GX
  • Plastic steering wheel
  • So-so packaging
  • Connected Services' ongoing cost

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FAQs

Is the Corolla Cross hybrid a good car? ›

The 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross' massive cargo hold, great fuel economy and straightforward infotainment controls make it a solid pick in the subcompact SUV class. However, it fails to compete in the performance department because of a lackluster powertrain.

How much is a 2023 cross hybrid Corolla? ›

The 2023 Corolla Cross L has an MSRP of $24,395 including a destination charge of $1,335. That's $615 more than the $23,780 price of the 2022 model and equates to a 2.6% price increase.

What is the mileage of the Corolla Cross hybrid? ›

All-wheel drive is standard. According to Toyota, the 2023 Corolla Cross hybrid will return a combined city/highway fuel economy rating of around 37 mpg.

Will there be a 2023 Corolla Hybrid? ›

(Oct. 18, 2022) – The Toyota Corolla Hybrid enters the 2023 model year as a thoroughly upgraded model. Make that five, as the 2023 Corolla Hybrid now offers a choice of five model grades versus just one before.

Is Corolla hybrid good for highway driving? ›

The added power makes the 2023 Corolla Hybrid a better car to drive. You'll still need to plan your passes on the highway, but you might feel that much more confident. We look forward to putting the new sedan through MotorTrend's testing regimen.

Does Corolla hybrid save gas? ›

Previously, the front-drive-only Corolla hybrid earned 53 mpg in the city and 52 mpg on the highway, netting an impressive combined EPA rating of 52 mpg. For 2023, the front-drive model now sees its combined EPA rating drop by 5 mpg to 47 mpg; its city and highway estimates also drop to 50 and 43, respectively.

Is Corolla hybrid better than Prius? ›

It depends. With its standard FWD drivetrain, the Toyota Prius gets better fuel efficiency—an EPA estimated 58/53/56 MPG vs the Corolla Hybrid's 53/52/52 MPG. However, with the optional AWD drivetrain equipped, the Prius gets a less fuel-efficient 51/47/49 MPG instead.

How many miles does a Corolla hybrid get per tank? ›

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2022 Toyota Corolla Hybrid
EPA Fuel EconomyRegular Gasoline
52 MPG 53 52 combined city/highway city highway
1.9 gal/100mi
593 miles Total Range
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Are hybrid cars worth it? ›

The Worth It Verdict:

The initial fuel savings they provide are tempting to most buyers, but other factors are often overlooked. If you are simply looking to buy a fuel-efficient car, reduce your carbon footprint and keep the car for as long as possible, a hybrid is absolutely worth it. And that is the key.

Do you need to charge the Corolla Cross hybrid? ›

The vehicle doesn't need to be plugged in to charge, the petrol motor charges the electric motor so it's completely self-contained. Turn it on and you don't hear anything it's running, but there's no motor start, you just put it in gear and you start driving and it's completely silent.

How long does the Corolla hybrid battery last? ›

While average car batteries only last between 3 and 5 years, hybrid batteries typically last for between 8 and 10 years. Generally speaking, a hybrid battery pack will last between 80,000 and 100,000 miles.

How far can a Corolla Cross go on a full tank? ›

The Toyota Corolla has a driving range of over 435 miles with one fuel tank. Like mentioned before, the 2022 Toyota Corolla has lasted for many generations and high fuel mileage is a big reason why.

Is there a hybrid version of the Corolla cross? ›

The 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a hybrid system that has three electric motors to deliver 194 horsepower. You can expect to go from zero to 60 mph in just eight seconds with the hybrid powertrain.

How much should I pay for a Toyota Corolla Hybrid? ›

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Pricing

The 2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid starts at $22,800 for the base LE model, $25,200 for the SE trim, and $26,600 for the top XLE model. AWD is a $1,400 option for the LE and SE trims. A $1,095 destination fee applies to all Corolla models.

How much is the Corolla Cross hybrid? ›

2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid Updates and Pricing

The 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid comes with a starting MSRP of 22,800 and will now be available in three new trims: S, SE, and XSE, along with the familiar LE and XLE.

How far does Toyota Corolla hybrid go on battery? ›

During the course of 200 miles of tooling around Dallas for a week, we easily achieved that figure, which theoretically delivers nearly 600 miles of range per fill-up.

Can the Toyota Corolla Hybrid run on electric only? ›

The 1.3 kWh battery can provide electric only driving for brief periods. There is an EV Mode however it will automatically get disengaged if the speed climbs beyond 30 km/h (18 mph) or if you push too hard on the throttle pedal.

What is the best hybrid for long distance driving? ›

Hybrid Cars That Can Travel The Distance: Our Top Picks
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  • Series Hybrid. ...
  • Plug-In Hybrid. ...
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  • 5 Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSI E.

What happens when a Toyota hybrid runs out of gas? ›

All Toyota and Lexus systems are programmed to attempt to start the gasoline engine when the battery reaches its "recharge threshold." If the engine does not start after three attempts, the system shuts down and requires a technician to reset a fault code before the vehicle can get moving again, even if fuel is added ...

Which is better hybrid or non hybrid? ›

Hybrid cars are typically more fuel-efficient than their gas counterparts since they can switch between their gas and electric motors while being driven. The key reasons to consider buying a hybrid car are to save on gas and help reduce emissions while still getting the range capabilities of a gas car.

What happens to a hybrid when it runs out of gas? ›

Here's What Happens When a Hybrid Vehicle Runs Out of Gas

You can forget about the possibility of simply driving very slowly in an attempt to reach a gas station; the engine will completely shut off. These models are built this way because without gas, the large propulsion battery could sustain damage.

What is the downside of a hybrid? ›

Poor handling: Hybrids have more machinery than conventional cars, which adds extra weight and reduces fuel efficiency. So, hybrid car manufacturers have had to make smaller engines and batteries to cut down on weight. But this results in reduced power for the vehicle and support in the body and suspension.

What is the lifespan of a Toyota hybrid car? ›

Typically, leading hybrid car manufacturers like Honda and Toyota state that hybrid batteries last between 80,000 to 100,000 miles. But with regular maintenance and servicing, some hybrid car owners claim their batteries have lasted up to 200,000 miles!

Is a hybrid car better than all electric? ›

The primary benefit is range. While an electric vehicle can only travel as far as its batteries allow, plug-in hybrids also have a gasoline engine and an electric powertrain. The result is that plug-in drivers get the best of both worlds.

How often does a Toyota Corolla Hybrid need an oil change? ›

An oil change is one of the most basic and important services for your vehicle. Synthetic oil normally should be changed every 7,500 - 10,000 miles. Toyota recommends getting your 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid oil & filter changed every 3,000-5,000 miles for conventional oil.

How long can you leave a Toyota hybrid car without driving it? ›

The length of time that you can comfortably leave your hybrid unused will vary between different manufacturers and models. So, generally, if you're going to leave your car sitting for more than 30 days, it's best to have a look at your owner's manual to find specific storage instructions.

Which Toyota hybrid has the best mpg? ›

Out of all the 2021 Toyota models, the Toyota Prius Prime Plug-In Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient Toyota vehicle with an estimated 54 city mpg and 133 highway mpg.

Is now the right time to buy a hybrid car? ›

There is a deadline for the sale of new diesel and petrol vehicles across the country. This has been put in place for the year 2030, so making the decision to purchase a hybrid vehicle more important than ever. Stay ahead of what's to come, and consider making the switch to a hybrid vehicle now.

Are hybrid cars worth it for long distance driving? ›

Your hybrid can certainly handle long distance trips efficiently. However, there are some things to keep in mind. A hybrid operates more efficiently when kept under 50 miles per hour. So, city driving is a more efficient way to travel.

Do hybrids cost more to maintain? ›

One of the most common misconceptions is that it costs more to maintain a hybrid or electric vehicle than gasoline. Studies have shown that they are less expensive than conventional vehicles. In some instances, the lifetime cost of a hybrid car costs almost half as little.

Do you have to charge a hybrid every night? ›

The short answer to the question is no. In general, you should not charge your electric car every night. It isn't necessary in most cases. The practice of charging an electric vehicle every night can shorten the lifespan of the car's battery pack.

How does Corolla Cross hybrid work? ›

Thanks to a regenerative braking system, kinetic energy from the wheels is transformed into electricity and sent by the electric motor to the power control unit - and then stored in the hybrid battery. In other words, the electric motor becomes a generator, driven by the car's wheels.

Can Toyota hybrid run without hybrid battery? ›

A hybrid vehicle cannot run without the hybrid battery, so vehicle owners must invest in new hybrid batteries periodically, which can make vehicle maintenance expensive. Fortunately, hybrid technology is always evolving.

How much does it cost to replace a Toyota hybrid battery? ›

Hybrid battery replacement costs can vary anywhere from $2,000 to $8,000,although this price can vary depending on your Toyota model and even the service center.

What happens when a hybrid car runs out of battery? ›

If A Hybrid Battery Dies, Can You Still Drive The Car? Unfortunately, no. If your hybrid battery dies, you cannot drive the car anymore. You would have to replace the battery in order to keep driving the vehicle, even if it's a hybrid and it still has gasoline.

How often do you need to replace a hybrid battery? ›

Hybrid car battery replacement should be performed every 150,000 miles or 15 years (whichever comes first). Bear in mind that this is not a guarantee, but an average figure for how often hybrid battery replacement should be performed.

Which is bigger RAV4 or Corolla Cross? ›

2022 Toyota RAV4: Interior. Roomier and more refined, the RAV4 has a decisive edge over the Corolla Cross when it comes to its cabin. To start, the RAV4 has more stretch-out space for passengers with nearly six inches more rear legroom over the Corolla Cross.

Is Corolla Cross too slow? ›

It delivers good gas mileage for its class, but behind the wheel, the Corolla Cross is unrefined and slow. With about 300 more pounds to lug around than the sedan, 60 mph can take nearly 10 raucous seconds to reach. Some drivers won't care, but many will be flooring it at every stoplight.

Is the Corolla good for long road trips? ›

For one thing, the Corolla's soft, squishy ride that the sports-car-loving snob in me loves to criticize actually works remarkably well for long highway stints. It isn't luxury-car smooth, but it comes close — especially for the money. Following that same theme, it's also packed with features that don't break the bank.

Is Corolla Cross hybrid an electric car? ›

The Corolla Cross Hybrid has won the SA Car of the Year' New Energy' category. Priced from R425 500 for the entry-level Hybrid XS model and R461 700 for the XR range-topper model. Hybrid models make use of an electric and petrol engine.

Is Corolla Cross bigger than Camry? ›

Toyota Camry vs Toyota Corolla: Dimensions

In terms of exterior dimensions, the Camry is longer at 192.1 inches; the Corolla measures 182.3 inches. The lengths and widths of the sedans are similar. 38.3/38 in. 38.3/37.1 in.

How fast is the Corolla Cross hybrid? ›

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

At our test track, our all-wheel drive test vehicle delivered a 9.2-second 60-mph time.

Is it worth buying a Corolla hybrid? ›

For $2000 over the standard petrol version, the 2022 Toyota Corolla Hatch ZR Hybrid makes a lot of sense. At under $35,000 before on-road costs it's more affordable than top-spec versions of most rivals, it's also the most efficient of its competitors, and squeezes in quite a lot of kit.

Are Corolla hybrids reliable? ›

We expect the 2023 Corolla Hybrid will be much more reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2020, 2021 and 2022 models.

Is hybrid cheaper than electric? ›

One of the most obvious benefits of owning a hybrid is that they're cheaper than an EV. Also, hybrids aren't limited in how far they can travel by needing to find charging stations along the route. You can expect most hybrids to go several hundred miles before needing to refuel.

Is the Corolla Cross electric or gas? ›

Based on the well-known sedan, Toyota launched the Corolla Cross SUV as a gasoline-only vehicle last year, slotting between the C-HR and RAV4.

How much will the 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross hybrid cost? ›

The 2023 Corolla Cross L has an MSRP of $24,395 including a destination charge of $1,335. That's $615 more than the $23,780 price of the 2022 model and equates to a 2.6% price increase.

Will the Corolla Cross hybrid be AWD? ›

Designed for a balance of power and efficiency, Corolla Cross Hybrid is perfect for when your night out turns into an impromptu weekend getaway. This AWD crossover packs 194 horsepower and increased fuel efficiency, allowing an enhanced driving experience for you to freely explore with fewer stops.

Is there a hybrid version of the Corolla Cross? ›

The 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a hybrid system that has three electric motors to deliver 194 horsepower. You can expect to go from zero to 60 mph in just eight seconds with the hybrid powertrain.

How far can a Toyota hybrid go on battery only? ›

With a full tank of gasoline and a full charge, the 2021 Toyota Prius Prime achieves a total driving range of up to 640 miles combined. The plug-in hybrid car also has an electric-only range of 25 miles in EV Mode.

How long does the battery in a Toyota Corolla Hybrid last? ›

Average Lifespan of a Toyota Hybrid Battery

However, on average, these batteries can last about 10 years. What's great, too, is that Toyota covers hybrid batteries for 10 years/150,000 miles (whichever comes first). This is an extension from the original warranty, which covered eight years/150,000 miles.

How far does Toyota Corolla Hybrid go on battery? ›

During the course of 200 miles of tooling around Dallas for a week, we easily achieved that figure, which theoretically delivers nearly 600 miles of range per fill-up.

Is the Corolla Cross hybrid slow? ›

It delivers good gas mileage for its class, but behind the wheel, the Corolla Cross is unrefined and slow. With about 300 more pounds to lug around than the sedan, 60 mph can take nearly 10 raucous seconds to reach.

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