The 2024 Toyota Corolla Cross is the new crossover in the lineup, based on the legendary sedan. The lineup with the Corolla badge is now extended to the new class. Now we have the base sedan, a performance-oriented GR model, a hatchback, and this is the fourth member of the squad. The Corolla Cross takes the position between Rav4 and C-HR. Some experts claim it will replace the C-HR as the new smallest crossover in the family.
There won’t be plenty of options available for the new model. We can pick one out of three trim levels – L, LE, and XLE. Under the hood is a naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine. No alternative there. The performance is one of the weak spots for the crossover. The 2024 Toyota Corolla Cross might get a reinforcement.
Fans expected either a smaller turbo-four unit or a hybrid system at the debut. The 2024 YM needs to offer a secondary choice. Besides that, we doubt any upgrade will be worth of mention. Maybe some new colors.
2024 Toyota Corolla Cross Performance
So, a 2.0-liter mill is the only source of power for the small crossover. That is the same unit the C-HR is using, but with more power. The 2024 Toyota Corolla Cross gets 169 hp, compared to the 144 horsepower the smaller sibling is getting.
Still, the performance is not going to impress you. Acceleration is sluggish and the gas mileage is not anywhere close to the rating of the Rav4 Hybrid.
The Corolla Cross returns 31/33 mpg and the consumption increases if you select an AWD. Still, it is better than the C-HR can do. A CVT is a power router.
There should be some kind of alternative for the Corolla Cross. For example, the sedan is available with a hybrid setup. But, it can be driven with 122 hp, while it is underwhelming for the crossover segment. The Corolla Cross needs more power, although the system is very efficient, returning over 50 mpg on the sedan.
The crossover is bigger and heavier, so achieving such numbers is probably impossible. We are already stunned by the Rav4 and its 41 mpg rating with a hybrid engine.
2024 Toyota Corolla Cross GR
Another option is the partnership with Gazoo Racing. This company already builds cool packages for many other models, including the hatchback version. The performance version will bring a sportier ride and outputs similar to the Rav4 Prime plug-in hybrid.
However, the GR Corolla Cross won’t return exceptional gas mileage. Even the hatchback will offer just 21/28 mpg. But, the main downside, the performance, will get a big boost… As well as the price, since this package costs $12,000 for the hatchback.
Grades and Equipment
The base version of the crossover is the L. Highlights of the entry-level model are 17-inch steel wheels, LED lights, and keyless entry. Inside, the infotainment system is not so great, but it still offers a 7-inch screen, 6-speaker audio, and smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto). On the safety side, the situation is much better thanks to lane departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams.
The LE edition upgrades the offer with alloy wheels, roof rails, and a push-button start. Leather steering wheel, automatic climate control and a larger screen will make the ride more comfortable. The wireless charger is added, as well as USB ports. The safety is enhanced by the blind-spot monitor, which also features the rear cross-traffic alert.
The 2024 Toyota Corolla Cross XLE is currently top of the range option. You are getting larger wheels, SofTex upholstery (simulated leather), power-adjustable driver’s bucket, heated front row seats, parking sensors and automatic emergency braking for reverse. Optionally, there are a sunroof, JBL audio, or power liftgate to add.
Jet Black, Celestite and Sonic Silver are standard paints for the crossover. The only premium color for the current edition is the Wind Chill Pearl. The 2024 Toyota Corolla Cross might add another option or two. Inside, the designers choose a light gray theme. The LE package offers more options, inside and outside. You can also choose Cypress, Barcelona Red Metallic, or Blue Crush Metallic, while inside there is also dark fabric. The XLE doesn’t add any special exterior paint, but the SofTex can be purchased in black, or the Macadamia/Mocha combo.
2024 Toyota Corolla Cross Prices
The GR model would take the offer to a new level. But, there is no official statement about this grade yet. Fans will have to wait until the end of this year for updates about the 2024 Toyota Corolla Cross and all the versions. After the debut as the 2022 YM, the next one became more expensive, although unchanged.
The next one can also have higher prices across the lineup. The base version starts at $23,000 and the 2024 YM could make it around $23,500. LE adds around $2,500 and another 2 grands are needed for the XLE. The GR Corolla Cross will be between $34k and $37k, depending on all the upgrades.