Edmunds: 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.

Winner: Pioneers

POWER AND PERFORMANCE

This vehicle is not built for speed, but rather steady daily driving, and both achieve that goal. Every 2022 Corolla Cross is powered by a 169 horsepower four-cylinder engine. Buyers can choose between standard front-wheel drive or the available all-wheel drive. The base engine in the 2022 Trailblazer is a 137-horsepower turbocharged three-cylinder engine, also with front-wheel drive. Opting for the all-wheel drive Trailblazer upgrades you to a 155-horsepower turbocharged three-cylinder engine.

On paper, it looks like the Corolla Cross should zip up more, but the Chevy’s turbocharged nature makes its power and torque more accessible at low rpm. As a result, the Trailblazer goes faster, giving the driver more confidence to get through and accelerate onto the highway on an incline.

Winner: Pioneers

FUEL EFFICIENCY

In real-world Edmunds testing, the more powerful, all-wheel drive Trailblazer delivered 26.9 mpg, which is slightly lower than the EPA estimate of 28 mpg in combined city/highway driving. However, we’ll give Chevrolet points for having a turbocharged engine that doesn’t require premium fuel, saving a few dollars at the pump.

The Corolla Cross fared better in the Edmunds test, producing 33 mpg and exceeding the combined EPA estimates of 30 mpg for the fully loaded all-wheel-drive XLE model. For better fuel economy potential, the base front-wheel drive Corolla Cross gets a combined 32 mpg the EPA estimates.

Winner: Corolla Cross

FEATURES AND VALUE

Toyota spent a lot of time and money making sure its Corolla Cross had plenty of driver assistance features. Even in the base model starting at $23,780, the Corolla Cross includes forward collision mitigation, lane control system, traffic adaptive cruise control and automatic high beam as standard equipment.

The Trailblazer starts lower than the Toyota at $22,995 for the base LS trim level. It is also equipped with forward collision mitigation, lane guard system and following distance indicator. However, the LS trim doesn’t even come with standard cruise control, and adaptive cruise control is optional.

Both SUVs are priced at around $32,000 when fully loaded with features like a premium sound system, sunroof, and power liftgate. The basic warranty and powertrain are the same. While there is a slight difference in margins here, not enough difference to pick a winner.

Winner: tie

EDMUNDS said:

Both the Trailblazer and Corolla Cross are excellent all-around daily drivers. The Toyota Corolla Cross may be the best for you if you prioritize fuel economy, but we think most entry-level SUV buyers will be better served by the Trailblazer because of the additional rear legroom, preferred technological interface, and low-end power. pleasant.

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This story was provided to The Associated Press by automotive site Edmunds.

Kristin Shaw is a freelance writer at Edmunds. Follow Kristin on Twitter.

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