2024 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid: Ideal millennial car for the U.S.?

We’re certain that every regional Toyota office in the world has been paying attention to the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid since it was announced in Thailand in July 2020.

If you think of it, the Toyota Corolla Cross is the perfect overlap of a Venn diagram: the most popular vehicle nameplate (more than 150 countries and regions around the world have experienced a Corolla) with the trending body style of a crossover. Plus, Toyota has offered it internationally as a hybrid right from the start.

After being available in other markets for nearly two years, the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid finally premiered the U.S. on June 1, 2022, and this winter, the MY2024 Corolla Cross Hybrid is set to reach U.S. dealers. Here’s everything you need to know about the Toyota hybrid car.

Design

The Toyota Corolla Cross is a compact SUV positioned between the C-HR and RAV4. It features a crossover-like silhouette that’s softer than the RAV4, but it does look tougher than the C-HR, which was recently discontinued in the U.S. At the front, the Corolla Cross puts on an imposing look with a double-trapezoid grille. Moreover, it features curvy headlamps that get slimmer as they flow inwards to meet the radiator grille and a skid plate.

On the sides, flared fenders, a convex surface on the door panels, and strongly defined curves give the Corolla Cross a sense of toughness and a confident stance. At the rear, the compact SUV features a slanted windscreen, wide combination lamps, and a roof spoiler.

The Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid features unique styling at the front and rear. Toyota has repositioned, enlarged, and sharpened the black grille and made the upper portion of the front-end look cleaner. The bumper is smoother and adds to the more aerodynamic appearance at the front. Instead of the typical blue brand logo for hybrids, Toyota has used a black brand logo at the front and rear, and it has applied a gloss black surround around the brand logo at the front. The communication is very clear—hybrid does not translate to weird or boring looks.

Interior

The interior design of the Corolla Cross is the same as that of the rest of the Corolla range – plain and simple. While the Euro-spec model gets a unique dashboard layout with a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster and a 10.5-inch touchscreen, the U.S.-spec Corolla Cross settles for the more straightforward dashboard layout with a 7-inch MID and an 8-inch touchscreen. For MY2024, the Hybrid version has gained an updated wireless phone charger.

2024 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid Interior
The Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid isn’t available with a digital instrument cluster even for MY2024. Image Source: Toyota

The S variant comes with fabric-trimmed seats in Black/Gray, SE gets fabric-trimmed seats in Black/Gray or Black/Blue, and the XSE has SofTex-trimmed seats in Black or Black/Blue. All variants get the Toyota Audio Multimedia system, with Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and OTA capability.

Variants & Features

The 2024 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid is available in three grades: S, SE, and XSE. The S and SE come with standard 17-inch alloy wheels, an 8-inch touchscreen, sport-tuned suspension, LED headlamps and taillamps, and smart key access. In addition, the SE grade includes privacy glass, roof rails, and paddle shifters. It also comes with standard Blind-Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) for added safety.

The XSE grade, the highest among the three, builds upon the features of the SE grade. It comes standard with bigger 18-inch alloy wheels, premium LED headlamps, tail lamps, and fog lamps. Inside, the XSE includes SofTex-trimmed seats, heated front seats, and a power driver’s seat, providing additional comfort and convenience for the occupants.

2024 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid Nightshade Edition
Besides the special color, the Nightshade edition comes standard accessories like a roof rack, wireless phone charger, frameless HomeLink Rearview Mirror, and standard carpet floor mats. Image: Toyota

Toyota has included a Nightshade edition for MY2024, which is based on the SE grade and gets blacked-out badges, door handles and mirrors, and an integrated rear lip spoiler, besides the contrast roof and additional accessories.

On the safety front, Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 is standard across the Corolla Cross range. Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beam, and Rear Seat Reminder are some of the TSS 3.0’s main features. Other standard safety features include Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Hill Start Assist Control.

Specifications

The Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid rides on the TNGA-C platform, which is already well-scaled for the Corolla and C-HR. The Corolla Cross shares the 103.9-inch wheelbase with the recently-discontinued C-HR. However, measuring 176.8 inches in length, 71.9 inches in width, and 64.8 inches in height, it is a larger and boxier SUV that is even more practical for small families.

2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid engine bay
Overseas, Toyota markets the Corolla Cross Hybrid’s quiet starts and smooth and powerful acceleration as its powertrain’s top features. In the U.S., the company is also highlighting its standard e-AWD system. Image Source: Toyota

The Corolla Cross Hybrid comes with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine mated to a Permanent Magnet Synchronous motor, which combined, produces 196 hp. The motor draws energy from a 0.9 kWh battery, and the electrified AWD crossover offers a manufacturer-estimated fuel economy of 42 mpg. The vehicle’s practicality is further improved by the 21.5 cubic feet of rear cargo space when the rear seats are up, 1,500 pounds of towing capacity, and a ground clearance of 8 inches.

50+ million Corollas

The Toyota Corolla reached a new sales milestone of 50 million units in July 2021. In its twelfth generation and fifty-sixth year of production, Corolla is Toyota’s one of its top-selling cars. From 1966 through 2023, it’s offered in many different styles and configurations, and now it’s also an SUV!

Release Date & Price

The Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid, in the MY2024 avatar, will hit dealers this winter. The MY2023 Corolla Cross Hybrid has been available since earlier this year.

The Corolla Cross Hybrid Nightshade Edition and the rest of the Corolla Cross Hybrid lineup (MY2024) is expected to arrive at Toyota Dealerships this winter.

Toyota Motor Sales USA in an announcement on September 26, 2023

The current hybrid crossover is priced between $27,970 and $31,065, and the MY2024 range is not expected to be much different in this regard.

Manufacturing

The production of the Toyota Corolla Cross began in September 2021 at the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing (MTM) plant in Huntsville, Alabama. This plant has an annual capacity of 150,000 Toyota vehicles. Toyota began assembling the 2023 Corolla Cross Hybrid alongside the conventional gas variant in Huntsville, earlier this year.

TopElectricSUV says

The new Corolla Cross variant is just what the automaker needs to appeal to a younger demographic in the United States. It comes with the proven hybrid drivetrain from the Corolla sedan and resembles a traditional SUV with its modest styling and enhanced practicality.

The Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid provides excellent value for money, packing all the essential features, delivering a high fuel economy, and costing under USD 30,000. It could be suitable for customers who don’t need or cannot afford a model as big or capable as the RAV4 Hybrid.

Featured image: Toyota