Chevrolet Trailblazer vs. Toyota Corolla Cross

The Toyota Corolla Cross is one of the more prominent all-new models for 2022. It takes advantage of the popular Corolla nameplate and should appeal to buyers looking for an entry-level crossover SUV. Like its competitors, the Corolla Cross offers a higher seating position and much larger SUV utility but at a lower price. High fuel economy is also attractive. But it’s competing in the very competitive small SUV division. Is this baby Toyota SUV a home run or just a single infield?

Edmunds experts compared it to the Chevrolet Trailblazer to find out. This little Chevy SUV is debuting for the 2021 model year and also goes by some legacy names. This is one of Edmunds’ top-rated extra-small SUVs thanks to its roomy seating and abundance of features. Read on to find out which one is a better buy.

INTERIOR AND TECHNOLOGY

We appreciate the simplicity of the Trailblazer’s interior layout, especially on the center console. The front angle of the screen is less than ideal, but the shape, resolution and intuitive controls are excellent. Toyota gave the Corolla Cross a very capable interface, but not as sharp or responsive as the Trailblazer.

Both the Trailblazer and Corolla Cross work well in integrating your smartphone’s functions and apps via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That’s a plus because neither model offers an integrated navigation system. The Trailblazer makes a slight upgrade to the Corolla as you can connect your phone wirelessly, while the Corolla Cross still requires a tether to a USB port.

The Toyota has a little more cargo space behind its rear seats, but the Trailblazer has a larger 7.4-inch rear legroom than the Corolla Cross. We found the difference in legroom makes a real difference to the comfort of rear seat passengers as well as ease of installation of the child safety seat.

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