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The newest member of the Toyota family—the crossover 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross—has been an instant success, merging elements of longstanding flagship models the Corolla and RAV4 to provide the best of both worlds: stellar handling, styling, performance, and versatility. Add in the reliability Toyota is known for, and it’s no wonder the Corolla Cross just won AJAC’s 2022 Best Small Utility Vehicle award. Read on to learn what it all means with your source for the Corolla Cross, and all the vehicles in the Toyota lineup, Calgary’s Stampede Toyota!

What is AJAC?

AJAC stands for the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, and it’s the number one source for unbiased, third-party vehicle information north of the 49th parallel. In a competition with other vehicles in its segment, judged by over 100 professional automotive journalists in Canada, the Corolla Cross was named the Best Small Utility Vehicle for Canada thanks the dominance of the following features:

  • Occupant environment
  • Cargo space usability
  • Safety features
  • Overall value

Winning ways of the 2022 Corolla Cross

So we know what led the members of AJAC to name the Corolla Cross the Best Small Utility Vehicle, but let’s look at exactly what this Toyota does better than the competition in each category.

Occupant environment

The Corolla Cross is well-equipped, offering an abundance of amenities to make every drive an enjoyable one. This includes standard heated front seats, as well as either a 7- or 8-inch colour touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, for exceptional connectivity. Available features like Toyota’s Smart Key System with Push Button Start and Audio Plus with Remote provide even more convenience on every trip. 

Cargo space usability

Speaking of convenience, the Corolla Cross offers a class-leading 608 litres of cargo space to help you whether you’re loading up groceries or turning this compact crossover SUV into a mobile office. Thanks to the 60/40 split-fold rear seats, you’ll have easy access to a range of cargo storage options, while the top trim XLE even offers a power rear door. 

Safety features

This one was easy, thanks to Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 coming standard on every Corolla Cross trim. This means active safety and driver assistance features like Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection & Bicycle Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist & Road Edge Detection, Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and more, making you feel as confident as you look behind the wheel of this handsome Toyota crossover.

Overall value

When it comes to all of the standard equipment mentioned above, and the low entry price of $24,890, it should come as no surprise that the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross provides impressive overall value. Not only can you enjoy luxurious amenities, smart safety features, and the reliability synonymous with the name Toyota, but you can also count on the Corolla Cross to save you money at the pump thanks to a combined fuel efficiency rating as low as 7.3 L/100 km in FWD (Front-Wheel Drive) models. And, just as a proverbial cherry on top, you’ll also have access to Toyota’s smartphone app, allowing you to start your vehicle, lock your doors, check your fuel, and more, all from the palm of your hand.

To learn more about what separates the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross from the competition, or to book a test drive, simply give us a call at Stampede Toyota. Or, stop by our Calgary dealership, where you can explore the full range of vehicles in Toyota’s model lineup, like the Corolla and RAV4 that inspired this award-winning crossover!