This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross; how it drove on our track, its long roster of advanced safety features, and who this small SUV might appeal to. With major flooding affecting many parts of the country, we discuss all the ways water can damage a car, and give tips on how to spot and avoid a waterlogged vehicle when buying a used car. Other topics this week include: what is the difference between a vehicle refresh and redesign; if bright LED daytime running lights can cause drivers to not turn on their car's headlights; why EVs seem to have less space for tall drivers; and how Consumer Reports decides which vehicles to buy for our test program, and what happens to our cars after testing is completed.
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00:00 – Introduction
00:35 – How To Avoid Buying a Flooded Car
08:17 – 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross First Impressions
17:46 – Question #1: What is the difference between a vehicle refresh and a redesign?
26:00 – Question #2: Are bright LED daytime running lights causing drivers to not turn on their car’s headlights?
29:24 – Question #3: Why does it seem that new EVs have less space for taller drivers?
32:59 – Question #4: How does Consumer Reports decide which vehicles to buy for their test program?
Beware a Flood of Flooded Cars
Flooded Cars: How to Spot One Before You Buy
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First Drive: 2022 Toyota Corolla CROss Is a Sensible SUV
Best Cars for Tall People
Guide to Car Safety
How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home
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I had a flooded car, it was totaled by the insurance company. I was sued (won), and also called by multiple dealerships faced with my old (new but sunken) car asking about why the pre were so many problems with it, electrical, motor, electric motors, radio/CD player issues, touchscreen issues, etc. I feel for the subsequent owners.
Too much talking!
‘TOYOTA – Sufficiently Adequate’
It’s going to come in hybrid I’m really excited for the hybrid version it’s gonna be more powerful and I love hybrids Toyota hybrids I wish you talk about the hybrid version of it when it comes out
Hey Talking Cars team, great information of identifying flood damage vehicles. A local salvage dealer here in Southwest Virginia often advertises “low flood damage” cars and trucks. Is there a difference between a “low flood damaged” vehicle and a normal flood damage vehicle. Love the show, watch it regularly on Utube. Keep up the great work!
Everyone is not looking for exciting. We want smooth and reliable. I recently rented a VW Jetta in Florida. Within a few hours after pickup, a dashboard warning light came on. I’d worked for a rental car company once and ‘knew’ the light was NOT indicating a significant problem. But I took the car back to MIA Airport and simply stated, “Do you have a Corolla available?” Left the parking lot in peace.
When I did work at the rental car dealer, the new style Rav-4 came out. I was excited until I had to drive one. It was loud, it was noisy, have a tinny feel, hard ride, and too much hard plastic. I was shocked Toyota didn’t put much thought into it. I’d steer customers to the previous generation RAV 4, or a Tucson, or even a Ford Escape, if we had any.
However, if the new Corolla Cross rides like the new Corolla, I could consider that. My last Toyota, a 1999 Toyota Camry Solara V6 manual, lasted about 295,000 miles trouble-free, until another driver t-boned it. A previous Corolla, went more than 328,000 miles trouble free. So I won’t accept low benchmark products from Toyota.
My old 1999 Grand Am and 2000 Toyota Camry had auto headlights. How is this not standard?
CR, Toyota’s new Corolla Makes Me Cross® seriously disappoints with a tepid engine that burns too much gas and a retrograde Torture Beam Rear Suspension™ on FWD models. Send it back to the drawing board and bring it back with a more efficient, AWD, Hybrid system. It is not too late for the 219 hp 2.5 system from the RAV4 Hybrid to save the day.
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Having owned a 2020 Mazda 3 sedan and now a 2021 Mazda CX-30 and having a number of 59 – 62 cm road bikes, I might be able to answer your question. I could get the bikes in the Mazda 3 but it was a chore each time. With the 30, it’s easy. Taking the front wheel off makes it even easier. Take your bike to the dealer. Problem solved.
29:25 go try them out yourself? Lol
I recently bought a CX-30, so the Corolla Cross seems like a reasonable product to me because it’s basically a Toyota version of the same concept.