The first-ever Toyota Corolla Cross aims to make waves by building on the success of the best-selling Corolla Compact and the hugely popular compact SUV crossover. However, it faces stiff competition from other SUVs and crossovers, including the Hyundai Tucson. Here are four reasons to buy a 2022 Hyundai Tucson, not a 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross.
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson outperforms the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross
The number one reason to buy a 2022 Hyundai Tucson instead of a 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross is that the Tucson does better than the Corolla Cross. Tucson offers three engine options, all of which are more powerful than the 169-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine of the Corolla Cross. This includes a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (187 hp), a hybrid engine (226 hp), and a plug-in hybrid engine (261 hp).
The Tucson’s more powerful engines translate to faster acceleration. Here are the 0-60 mph times for the Tucson and Corolla Cross:
- Gas-powered Tucson: 8.8 seconds
- Tucson Hybrid: 8.0 seconds
- Tucson Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV): 7.1 seconds
- Corolla Cross: 9.2 seconds
Unlike the 2022 Corolla Cross, Tucson 2022 offers hybrid models
The second reason to buy a 2022 Hyundai Tucson instead of a 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross is that unlike the Corolla Cross, the Tucson offers hybrid models. As mentioned earlier, Tucson offers a standard hybrid model and a plug-in hybrid model.
The most important benefit of a hybrid is efficiency. While the Corolla Cross gets higher fuel economy than the gas-powered Tucson (32 vs. 29 mpg combined), the Tucson hybrid versions get much higher gas mileage. The Tucson Hybrid has an estimated gas mileage of 38 mpg combined—and for even greater efficiency, the Tucson Plug-In Hybrid has an estimated fuel economy of 80 mpg combined in electric only and 35 mpg combined in hybrid mode. Also, the Tucson PHEV has the ability to drive on electric power only for up to approximately 33 miles.
Hyundai Tucson offers more interior space than Toyota Corolla Cross
The third reason to buy a Hyundai Tucson instead of a Toyota Corolla Cross is that the Tucson offers more interior space than the Corolla Cross. Total passenger volume is 108.2 cubic feet, compared to 95.0 cubic feet for the Corolla Cross. The biggest beneficiary of the larger interior space is the rear seat passengers. While the Corolla Cross offers just 32.0 inches of rear legroom, the Tucson offers 41.3 inches.
Also, Tucson offers more storage space. Its rear cargo capacity is 38.7 cubic feet, compared to 26.5 cubic feet in the Corolla Cross.