Toyota sells three versions of the Corolla Cross: L, LE, and XLE. A 169-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine provides the power. It works with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that manages the standard front-wheel drive (FWD) or optional all-wheel-drive (AWD).
With the proper equipment, the Corolla Cross can tow up to 1,500 pounds. The cargo capacity behind the rear seat is 24 cubic feet for an FWD-equipped Corolla Cross or 21.5 cubic feet with AWD. With FWD, the EPA-estimated fuel economy is 31 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. AWD changes the ratings to 29 mpg around town and 32 mpg on the open road.
As the base trim, the Corolla Cross L hits the road with fabric upholstery, manual air conditioning with rear-seat vents, LED headlights (with an auto-off feature), heated power side mirrors, manually controlled front seats, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, intermittent windshield wipers, a 4.2-inch driver information display, and 17-inch steel wheels with covers.
Among the upgrades for the LE are proximity keyless entry, single-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, rear privacy glass, heated power side mirrors with integrated turn-signal indicators, variable intermittent windshield wipers, an intermittent rear window wiper, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, black roof rails, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The available LE Moonroof Package also adds a cargo-area cover.
The XLE gets SofTex-trimmed seating, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a ten-way power driver’s seat, a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, a leather-wrapped shift knob, full LED exterior lighting with fog lights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a cargo-area cover, a rear folding armrest, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The XLE Convenience Package adds a power moonroof and a power liftgate.
Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 comes on every Corolla Cross trim. The technologies within this grouping are forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, lane-tracing assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and road sign assist. The LE and XLE add blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and safe exit assist. The XLE also has front and rear parking sensors with automatic braking.
The supporting safety equipment on every trim includes nine airbags, vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, Smart Stop Technology (to prevent unintended acceleration), hill start assist, and a rearview monitor (the XLE’s monitor has dynamic guidelines).
An 8-inch touchscreen is used to manage the infotainment features in all ’23 Corolla Cross trims. The system’s components are an audio unit with six speakers, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth, and multiple USB ports. The LE and XLE get wireless device charging and can be upgraded with an optional nine-speaker JBL sound system. All trims have access to Toyota connected services for emergency assistance, vehicle monitoring, remote vehicle access, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Cloud-based navigation is optional.