The 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid: Company of the Three was also tested

The 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid: Company of the Three was also tested

Update 6/1/23: This review has been updated with test numbers.

The Toyota Corolla Cross is the SUV for people who choose the ‘no spice’ option when ordering Indian food. It’s a very inoffensive mode of transportation that emphasizes value and familiarity more than distinction. That’s fine, but its internal-combustion powertrain is as weak as Popeye before spinach, and its fuel economy doesn’t tell such a happy story, either. That’s where the 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid comes in, adding three electric motors to get some much-needed horsepower and get better fuel economy, too.

Instead of being satisfied with the 169 horsepower of the Corolla Cross, the hybrid car raises this number to 196 horsepower. As in the all-wheel drive 2023 Toyota Prius, a 150-hp 2.0-liter Atkinson four-cylinder engine pairs with three electric motors: two up front that combine for 111 hp and a 40-hp motor on the rear axle that enables standard all-wheel drive. A small lithium-ion battery is located under the rear seats, and torque is delivered to the front axle via a continuously variable automatic transmission.

Even with its newfound power, the Corolla Cross Hybrid promises much better fuel economy than the non-hybrid model, and it delivers mostly good results. Toyota estimates 45 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, and 42 mpg combined, versus 29, 32, and 30 mpg, respectively, for the all-wheel-drive Corolla Cross. During a 75 mph highway fuel economy test, our XSE hybrid test car achieved 36 mpg, a hair below Toyota’s estimate of 38 mpg but still significantly better than the gas-powered model.

Highs: Extra efficiency, decent acceleration, improved infotainment system.

Acceleration is also improved; The Corolla Cross Hybrid requires 7.3 seconds to reach 60 mph. That cuts nearly two seconds off our test results with a non-hybrid Corolla Cross, even though the hybrid carries nearly 50 extra pounds. This mass may negatively affect braking, though our 182-foot stop from 70 mph is 10 feet longer than the 2022 non-hybrid example.

But you don’t need a Racelogic VBox to know that the Corolla Cross Hybrid is the quickest horse in the barn. Sensitive throttle and instant electric torque combine for more speed off the line than before, and the hybrid doesn’t give up the ghost on inclines the way the gas version does. The new model is more agreeable to joining highway traffic — the 50-70 sprint takes 5.7 seconds, three-tenths quicker than the gas model — although, as we’ve seen in many hybrids, performance suffers with a depleted battery.

Since the hybrid has more verve than any other Corolla Cross model, Toyota has seen fit to introduce a host of sportier elements into the hybrid – available only on the more youthful S, SE and For pedestrians. . This includes a standard “sport-tuned” suspension, which provides a slightly firmer ride than we’ve seen in non-S Corolla Cross models. Fortunately, it’s not also sharp; Aiming for mass appeal keeps things relatively soft, and the steering is over-boosted to a good extent.

The cabin is almost the same as in the standard Corolla Cross and differs only slightly from the Corolla cabin. There’s plenty of unused space above the dash, but other than that, it’s a comfortable interior with more than enough hidden openings to store anything that falls out of your pockets. Visibility is constant from all sides. The S and SE models offer some comfortable cloth seats that unfortunately lack heat. If you want heated seats, you’ll have to move up to the XSE trim, which adds goodies like LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a power driver’s seat.

Low levels: The hybrid block increases braking distance, and it cannot heat the seats in cheaper models.

Toyota also gave the 2023 Corolla Cross Hybrid its latest and greatest infotainment system, which is a good thing, because the old Entune setup left a lot to be desired. Toyota’s audio multimedia is a slicker, more sophisticated program that includes standard wireless phone mirroring, over-the-air updates, and—with a subscription—cloud-based navigation. It’s housed inside an 8.0-inch touchscreen on all three models.

Toyota’s driver assistance systems are integrated under the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 banner. This standard package includes automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are added to the mix on SE and XSE grades.

Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid 2023

Michael Simari|Car and driver

While the Corolla Cross Hybrid is more expensive than its gas counterparts, it’s still a few thousand less than comparably equipped RAV4 Hybrid models. The base S Hybrid sneaks just under the $30,000 mark ($29,305). bumping up to the better-equipped SE raises the window sticker to $30,625, while the XSE tops out at $32,400.

Verdict: The Prius’s hybrid powertrain does great things for this small urban commuter.

Since most small SUVs don’t offer hybrid variants, the 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid could be a big hit with buyers who want the same frugal experience as the Corolla Hybrid but in a longer package.

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Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid XSE 2023
Vehicle Type: Front-drive, front-rear-drive, 4-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

Base/as tested: $32,400/$35,565
Options: Convenience Package, $1,250; JBL Premium Sound, $800; Adaptive headlights, $615; Two-tone paint $500

Power generation
DOHC 16-valve 2.0L Atkinson cycle inline-4, 150 hp, 139 lb-ft + DC 3, 111 and 40 hp, 152 and 62 lb-ft (combined output: 196 hp, lithium-ion battery pack)
Transmission, F/R: Continuously variable automatic/direct drive

the structure
Suspension, F/R: Multi-link/struts
Brakes, F/R: 12.0-inch ventilated disc/11.1-inch disc
Tires: Goodyear quality guarantee
255/55R-18 98V M+S

Wheelbase: 103.9 inches
Height: 176.8 inches
Width: 71.9 inches
Height: 64.8 inches
Passenger Size, F/R: 52/37 ft3
Load size behind F/R: 40/22 feet3
Net Weight: 3433 lbs

grandfather Test results
60 mph: 7.3 seconds
1/4 mile: 15.6 seconds at 89 mph
100 mph: 20.2 seconds

The above results remove a 1-foot subtraction for 0.4 seconds.
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 7.8 seconds
Top Gear, 30-50 mph: 4.3 seconds
Top Gear, 50-70 mph: 5.7 seconds
Top speed (gov ltd): 113 mph
Braking, 0-70 mph: 182 ft
Road Holder, 300′ Skateboard: 0.82g

grandfather Fuel economy
Note: 35 mpg
Highway driving at 75 mph: 36 mpg
75 mph highway range: 380 miles

EPA fuel economy (MFR’S east)
Combined/City/Highway: 42/45/38 mpg

grandfather Test explained

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Cars are Andrew Crook’s jam, along with cranberries. After graduating with a degree in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009, Andrew began writing freelance magazine articles, and now has a decade of full-time reviewing experience under his belt. A Chicagoan by birth, he’s been a resident of Detroit since 2015. Maybe one day he’ll do something about the engineering degree he hasn’t finished yet.

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