5 things that make Toyota Corolla Cross an Eco-Smart hybrid crossover

Updated Feb 22, 2022 | Same topic: Branded

Intelligent, efficient, and safe – Toyota’s newest crossover ticks the right boxes.

Toyota’s latest iteration of the Corolla series isn’t another sedan, hatchback, or station wagon. The Toyota Corolla Cross might seem superfluous in the bigger scheme of things, especially with the continued presence of the RAV4 in Toyota’s local lineup, but this subcompact crossover has a lot more going for it than just riding on the renowned Corolla nameplate. Later in 2022, Toyota Corolla Cross Price Philippines starts at ₱1,303,000 for the entry-level G 1.8 CVT, while the top-of-the-line Toyota Corolla Cross GR-S 1.8 CVT is priced at ₱1,774,000

Corolla Cross 1

Toyota is marketing this crossover as more than just a Corolla on stilts

If you’re looking for a vehicle that’s both smart and efficient while offering loads of practicality, it shouldn’t be surprising to find the Corolla Cross at the top of your list. Here are five reasons why it deserves your consideration.

1. It’s got a hybrid powertrain

The top-spec Corolla Cross utilizes hybrid technology for propulsion, combining the proven 1.8L VVT-i gasoline engine with an electric motor for a combined output of 120 hp. It’s not going to set the pavement on fire, but the main draw of this setup is fuel efficiency, which translates into squeezing out more kilometers per liter and spending less time at the pumps.

Corolla Cross engine bay

The top-spec variant boasts hybrid power which is rare in its class

Reducing fuel consumption also cuts down on emissions, making the air cleaner with every journey. The lighter body is made possible by the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform shared with the Corolla and RAV4, contributing to even more savings while providing a performance-oriented yet comfortable ride.

2. It uses a CVT

Its quirks notwithstanding, a continuously variable transmission or CVT is generally regarded as the most ideal for fuel-saving applications. This kind of gearbox also provides smooth acceleration in frequent stop-and-go traffic, making it less stressful for drivers to operate even in city driving. And since a CVT isn’t tied down by a fixed number of forward gears, it has the flexibility to choose the most suitable gear ratio that can match the engine speed at any given moment.

3. Bi-LED headlamps light the way

Standard halogen headlamps are steadily giving way to LEDs, which provide higher levels of illumination while using up less power, since the alternator doesn’t have to work as hard. LEDs also last longer, which lessens the amount of waste you’ll generate throughout the vehicle’s lifetime. And since they come stock on the Corolla Cross, there’s no need to fork out cash for dicey aftermarket modifications.

Corolla Cross fascia

Say goodbye to those tacky (and dangerous) aftermarket LED installations

Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus showed the first example of LED technology for automotive lighting, and the Corolla Cross is the latest to benefit from this application.

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4. Connectivity however you want it

The centerpiece of the dashboard on the Corolla Cross is an 8-inch touchscreen head unit, offering a slew of default connectivity options such as Bluetooth, USB, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Smart Device Link. These make it easier to stream multimedia content, information, and navigation on the go.

Corolla Cross interior

You'll never lack for connectivity options no matter what smartphone you use

The audio system also features intelligent voice command so that you can make adjustments without having to take your hands off the wheel and your eyes away from the road.

5. Toyota Safety Sense has your back (and front)

What makes a smart and sophisticated vehicle even more desirable, especially for young families? A host of safety features, which the Corolla Cross is more than capable of delivering.

Corolla Cross profile

Built-in Toyota Safety Sense helps you preserve that pristine exterior, among other things

The standard anti-lock brakes, seven airbags, traction/stability control, and hill start assist are reinforced by Toyota Safety Sense, bringing an array of driver-assist technologies such as Pre-Collision System, Automatic High Beam, Lane Tracing Assist, Lane Departure Alert, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

A rear camera paired with sensors all around the vehicle provide you with eyes and ears on your blind spots. All these ensure that everyone on board is protected, no matter the journey.

Learn more about the Toyota Corolla Cross by visiting Toyota Motor Philippines' official website.

Know more about Toyota Corolla Cross 2022

Toyota Corolla Cross

The Toyota Corolla Cross is essentially the crossover version of the Corolla Altis. It shares the same TNGA-C platform as its sedan brother, and it has the same selection of powertrains at least for the local market.  

Currently, there are two available variants for the Corolla Cross. The entry-level variant is the Corolla Cross G 1.8 CVT and it has a price tag of Php 1,285,000. The top-spec model meanwhile is the Corolla Cross Hybrid V 1.8 CVT, which can be had for Php 1,650,000. Later in 2022, Toyota PH then added the Corolla Cross GR-S, which is priced at Php 1,774,000.

The Philippine-spec Corolla Cross has two available engine options. For the G-trim, it uses a 1.8-liter inline-4 gasoline engine that can produce up to 138 horsepower and 172 Nm of torque. The V-trim and GR-S in turn both use a 1.8-liter hybrid engine capable of making up to 120 horsepower and 142 Nm of torque. All variants are front-wheel-drive, and all use a continuously variable transmission.  

Size-wise, the Toyota Corolla Cross measures 4,460mm in length, 1,825mm in width, and 1,620mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,640mm, and a ground clearance of 161 mm. 

Locally, this Toyota-made crossover competes against the likes of the Subaru XV, the Honda HR-V, Ford Territory, Kia Seltos, and the Mazda CX-30

₱ 1,303,000 - ₱ 1,774,000

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being Philkotse.com’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.

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