The new Nightshade Edition trim level for the 2024 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid maintains the vehicle’s remarkable fuel efficiency.
The popular Corolla sedan and hatchback’s underpinnings and moniker inspired the Corolla Cross, a crossover that made its debut in 2022 but debuted as a hybrid in 2023. The only significant updates for 2024 are a new Nightshade Edition and an improved wireless device charger for the SE and XSE variants (but not the base S).
The Nightshade receives blacked-out external emblems, black outside door handles and mirrors, and a rear lip spoiler based on the SE grade. Additionally, a roof rack, wireless smartphone charging, and a frameless rearview mirror with Homelink compatibility are provided. Jet Black, Barcelona Red with a Jet Black roof, and Celestite Grey with a Jet Black roof are the three paint choices offered.
There were no mechanical alterations. The Corolla Cross Hybrid features an all-wheel-drive version of Toyota’s fifth-generation hybrid technology. It is specifically the “e-AWD” configuration seen in the Highlander and RAV4 hybrid vehicles, which uses a second electric motor to drive the back wheels. Toyota advertises 196 horsepower, a 0-60 time of 8.0 seconds, and a combined fuel economy of 42 mpg.
The 2024 Corolla Cross Hybrid, which is expected to arrive at showrooms this winter, doesn’t currently have a price. With a starting price around $30,000 and an EPA combined 42 mpg, the 2023 Corolla Cross Hybrid prioritises pricing and size while maximising mpg, for people who can’t plug in.
The Corolla Cross Hybrid falls short of the all-wheel-drive Corolla Hybrid sedan’s fuel economy (which was given the Nightshade treatment for 2023). Nevertheless, it is still one of many Toyota models that, through 2023 at least, manages to provide all-wheel drive with a high-mpg hybrid powertrain for under $30,000.