Toyota Reveals All-New 2022 AWD Corolla Cross

Toyota Reveals All-New 2022 AWD Corolla Cross

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross

Meet the new AWD Corolla Cross. For over 50-years, the Toyota Corolla has been a staple in the world of cars as a small front-wheel-drive sedan or hatchback, and that’s about to change.

For the 2022 model year, (fall this year) Corolla Cross comes to the market as a small SUV available, for the first time in all-wheel drive (AWD).

AWD Toyota Corolla

Standard features across the lineup include a rear spoiler, some LED lighting, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Trim levels on the 2022 AWD Corolla Cross are; L, LE and XLE.

Engine and Fuel Economy

Powering the new 2022 AWD Corolla Cross is a 2.0-liter engine and CVT transmission. Fuel economy estimates are around 30 mpg combined for AWD models. Dynamic Torque Control distributes power when needed for traction, or turns it off completely to assist in better fuel economy.

Corolla Cross SUV

Dimensions and Size

The overall length of the Corolla Cross is 175.6 inches, which makes it 4-inches longer than a CH-R, and 5 inches shorter than a RAV4. Ground clearance is 8.1-inches. Overall height (with antenna) is 64.8-inches and the width is 71.9-inches.

New AWD Corolla Cross

Corolla Cross Features by trim level


Here is some the standard equipment on the entry level L trim;

  • LED Projector low and high-beam with Automatic High Beams.
  • LED stop lights
  • Black grille
  • Black Rocker Body Panels and Black Overfenders
  • Color-keyed outside door handles
  • 17-inch steel wheels with covers
  • Manual Air Conditioning
  • Backup camera
  • Cloth seating
  • Safety Connect® button


  • Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal and blind spot warning
  • Color-keyed outside door handles with front row touch-sensor lock and unlock feature
  • Push-button start and Smart Key
  • 17-inch silver alloy wheels
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Black roof rails
  • Front zone auto air conditioning
  • Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging
  • 8-inch touchscreen and 6 speakers


Top of the range XLE trims features;

  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with on/off feature
  • LED stop lights, taillights, and fog lights
  • Black grille with metallic paint surround
  • 18-inch alloy wheels with black finish
  • Chrome side window molding
  • Front dual-zone air conditioning
  • Backup camera with dynamic gridlines
  • Softex (leather-like) trimmed seating
  • 10 way power driver seat
  • Heated seats
  • 7-inch multi-information display screen (for speedometer etc)
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • 6 cup holders
  • Tonneau cover


Across all trim of the Corolla SUV, is Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 which includes; Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams, Road Sign Assist, Lane Tracing Assist, and Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

New AWD Corolla Cross

2022 Corolla Cross Colors

For its release in the fall, the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross is available in the following colors;

  • Wind Chill Pearl
  • Sonic Silver
  • Celestite Gray Metallic
  • Jet Black
  • Barcelona Red Metallic
  • Cypress
  • Blue Crush Metallic
New AWD Corolla Cross
2022 Toyota Corolla Cross. Photo: Toyota.

Hidden pictures

There are 22 hidden icons throughout the car. Will you find them all?

Toyota says information on pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date of the AWD Corolla Cross later this fall. What do you think of the new AWD Corolla Cross, what do you expect the price to be? Let us know in the comments below.

Lauren has been working in the automotive industry both in the U.K and in the U.S. for over 10 years. She has driven hundreds of vehicles, not only new cars but beaters without heaters, fast cars on fire, slow cars in snow, off-road trucks in the mucks, and old pickups with pups. She’s driven heaps of Jeeps, miles in muscle and once took her gran in a car from Japan. Lauren is a member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press Association.

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Ford F-150 Lightning – 6 Best Features

Ford F-150 Lightning – 6 Best Features

On Wed 19th May 2021, the Ford F-150 Lightning all-electric pickup truck is revealed. A monumental step in automotive history as America’s most popular truck for decades becomes fully electrified. As one of the first all-electric trucks you can buy, you may have a few questions. You might also be wondering what the best features are, so here we’ll cover a few of them.

What is the Ford F-150 Lightning Range?

Quite possibly the biggest question. With many truck owners and fans living in rural areas where there’s a large distance between gas stations, never mind charging stations, the range could be an issue. The maximum range on the Ford F-150 Lightning is up to 300-miles with an extended-range battery. The standard-range battery has a target range of 230-miles.

There are several factors that will affect the total range capabilities of the truck, such as electronic load, temperature, payload, towing, wind, terrain, and driving habits.


To get the full range out of the F-150 Lightning, it must be charged fully. There are several different ways to charge the truck either at home or at a public charging station. There are also various levels/speeds of charging available depending on the type of charger. “Extended-range battery is estimated to achieve 15-80% charge in approximately 41 minutes,” says Ford.

F-150 Lightning Charging Options. “In the truck, Intelligent Range accurately calculates range while factoring in weather, traffic, payload, towing weights, and more. Cloud-connected navigation on SYNC 4 also identifies public charging locations and prompts owners to charge at convenient points on each drive“.Ford.

How fast is the F-150 Lightning?

0-60 mph is achieved by the all-electric F-150 in the mid-4-second range (that’s pretty quick!). A major advantage of having an electric-powered vehicle is the lower-end torque it produces. With 775 lb-ft of torque (almost as much as a heavy-duty diesel truck) and the equivalent of around 563 horsepower, this truck is faster than a Raptor.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat. Pre-production model with available features shown. Available starting spring 2022.

What is the F-150 Lightning Towing Capacity?

Ford is aiming for a maximum towing capacity of up to 10,000 lbs on XLT and Lariat models when equipped with the Max Trailer Tow package and extended-range battery. Payload is expected to be around 2,000 lbs. Towing of course inherently reduces the range. No figures are published yet about towing range, however, the Intelligent Range meter is able to calculate range on the go based on what the vehicle is doing and how much load it has.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat. Pre-production model with available features shown. Available starting spring 2022. Max towing on XLT and LARIAT models with available extended-range battery and Max Trailer Tow Pkg. Max towing varies based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories and number of passengers.

How much does the F-150 Lightning Cost?

Entry-level XL (commercial work truck trim) models start at $39,974 MSRP (before any federal or state tax credits). An XLT trim Ford says will be around $52,974 MSRP and the top-level Platinum trim around $90,474 MSRP.

What is a ‘Frunk’?

Ford invented the word Frunk which means front trunk. With no combustion engine taking up space under the hood, there’s extra cargo room available. Power activated, and lockable, the frunk offers 400-liters of volume (enough for 2 sets of golf clubs according to Ford).

Available in the Frunk is the ProPower Onboard feature. ProPower Onboard provides 2.4 kilowatts of power. Lariat and Platinum trims come standard with 9.6 kilowatts of power via 7.2 kilowatts through outlets in the cab and bed and another 2.4 kilowatts from the outlets in the frunk. Ford says this is enough energy to power your home for 3 days in an emergency (yes you can power your house from the truck).

Is it 4×4?

Yes. The F-150 Lightning is full-time 4×4. Available drive modes include; Normal, Sport, Off-Road, and Tow/Haul. Talking of off-road, in case you are wondering about the battery in relation to off-road, the truck equipped with underbody protection and skid plates to protect the electric motors and batteries. A waterproof casing surrounds the battery.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat. Pre-production model with available features shown. Available starting spring 2022. Always consult the owner’s manual before off-road driving, know your terrain and trail difficulty and use appropriate safety gear.

Where can I buy the all-electric Ford pickup truck?

Reserve a Ford F-150 Lightning online on the Ford website or through a Ford dealership near you, with a refundable $100 deposit. According to Autoblog, 20,000 orders have already been placed within the first 12 hours! Trucks are due to arrive in the spring of 2022.

New Rugged Ford Explorer Timberline Announced

New Rugged Ford Explorer Timberline Announced

Ford say this Explorer is the, “Most off-road capable Explorer yet.”

2021 Explorer Timberline Exterior

To give the Explorer Timberline a rugged exterior appearance, the 3 row SUV comes with a pair of Red Ember tow hooks, Timberline badging, LED fog lamps, and high-gloss painted aluminum wheels that feature a laser-etched Timberline logo.

Forged Green Metallic (a new color) is the color the vehicle will launches in. A dark Carbonized Gray grille comes with a wiring harness ready to set up Ford Performance auxiliary lights (dealer install) which have 160,000 candelas to illuminate nighttime trails. The unique front and rear fascias aren’t just for looks. Read on to find out more.

Off Road Explorer Timberline
Photo: Ford.

Timberline Off-Road Features

Not just rugged on the outside, the 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline features a host of usable off-road features. Steel skid-plates on the underbody protect important parts of the vehicle such as the engine and transmission. Steering and suspension are specially tuned for off-roading, including the front spring rebound to prevent abrupt jarring.

A Torsen® limited-slip rear differential aids in transferring power/grip between wheels when splipping occurs in order to maximize grip.

Off-Road Explorer

Timberline Explorer also benefits from an extra 0.8-inches of ride height, increasing grousing clearance to 8.7-inches. A front a rear fascia redesign allows the SUV to have more aggressive approach and departure angles (clearance for steep/short distance angles). To be more specific the approach angle is 23.5 degrees and the departure angle is 23.7 degrees.

Standard features on all 4WD Explorer’s include Intelligent-Four-Wheel-Drive, Hill Descent Control, and the Terrain Management System with drive modes. Drive modes include;  Normal, Trail, Deep Snow/Sand, slippery, Sport, Tow/Haul, and Eco.

Tires are Bridgestone Dueler P265/65R-18 all-terrain tires, which Ford says, have a “tread pattern that balances off-road traction and on-road quietness.”


2021 Ford Explorer Timberline
2021 Ford Explorer Timberline- Interior. Photo: Ford.

On the inside, the 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline comes in a Deep Cypress trim color. The instrument panels get a Stone Mech applique, while other accents such as the center stack, armrest trim and door armrest trim are Satin Silver Twilight.

Seats are (heated) cloth with easy-to-clean ActiveX trim around the edges and orange decorative stitching.

Explorer Timberline Active Safety

Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Speed Sign Recognition, Evasive Steering Assist, and Lane Centering are all available as part of the Ford Co-Pilot360 or Co-Pilot360 Assist+ package. A 360-degree camera provides a view of obstacles around the vehicle. A front camera provides useful views ahead while navigating off-road terrain.

2021 Ford Explorer Timberline models are available to order now, and due to arrive in Ford dealerships this summer.

How Much Can a 2021 RAM 1500 Truck Tow

How Much Can a 2021 RAM 1500 Truck Tow

If you’re planning a camper, trailer, moving, or using a truck for work, you might be wondering, how much can a 2021 RAM 1500 truck tow. Half-ton pickup trucks have come a long way, not just in safety or technology, but towing and easier towing have been at the forefront of truck engineers. This means, that over the years, towing capacity has increased substantially.