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One of the most prominent complaints about the Corolla Cross is its lack of power, but there is no information available in one place that compares the Cross' power to other vehicles in an objective way. Exactly how bad is it, if at all? I wanted to find an objective answer to that question, free of any bias or opinion.

While horsepower, torque and weight are all readily-available figures, apparently calculating how these affect the performance of the car isn't quite so simple. Other factors are at play such as aerodynamics, turbocharging and transmission gear ratios. I'd welcome any input on how to derive figures that best objectively depict a vehicle's performance in the context of its perceived lack of (or adequate) power.

For starters, the following are rankings using power-to-weight ratio (horsepower divided by curb weight), torque, torque-to-weight ratio (torque divided by curb weight) and 0-to-60mph time. These are all 2022 model year specs (except for the Cross Hybrid, a 2023 model).

Power-to-Weight Ratio Rankings (HP/Curb Weight)
  1. Toyota Rav4 - 0.060 (3380lb, 203hp)
  2. Toyota Rav4 Hybrid - 0.059 (3710lb, 219hp)
  3. Honda CR-V - 0.057 (3337lb, 190hp)
  4. Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid - 0.057 (3384lb, 194hp)
  5. Hyundai Tucson - 0.056 (3329lb, 187hp)
  6. Nissan Rogue - 0.056 (3569lb, 201hp)
  7. Kia Sportage - 0.055 (3305lb, 181hp)
  8. Toyota Corolla Cross LE FWD - 0.054 (3115lb, 169hp)
  9. Toyota Corolla Cross LE AWD - 0.051 (3285lb, 169hp)
  10. Mazda CX-50 - 0.050 (3706lb, 187hp)
  11. Mazda CX-5 - 0.050 (3713lb, 187hp)
  12. Kia Seltos - 0.050 (2948lb, 146hp)
  13. Subaru Crosstrek - 0.049 (3117lb, 152hp)
  14. Mitsubishi Outlander - 0.049 (3714lb, 181hp)
  15. Toyota CH-R - 0.044 (3300lb, 144hp)
Extra: Toyota sedans for comparison:
  1. Toyota Camry - 0.061 (3310lb, 203hp)
  2. Toyota Corolla - 0.048 (2910lb, 139hp)
  3. Toyota Prius - 0.040 (3010lb, 121hp)
Torque Rankings

The torque value on hybrid vehicle spec sheets seems to only list the torque of the gasoline engine, not the combined torque of the engine and motor. I don't know how to derive that number, so I left hybrids out of this list. I'd welcome any input on how to include them here.
  1. Nissan Rogue - 225 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm
  2. Mazda CX-50 - 186 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
  3. Mazda CX-5 - 186 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
  4. Toyota Rav4 - 184 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm
  5. Mitsubishi Outlander - 181 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm
  6. Honda CR-V - 179 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm
  7. Hyundai Tucson - 178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
  8. Kia Sportage - 175 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
  9. Toyota Corolla Cross LE FWD - 150 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
  10. Toyota Corolla Cross LE AWD - 150 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
  11. Subaru Crosstrek - 145 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
  12. Toyota CH-R - 139 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm
  13. Kia Seltos - 132 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Torque-to-Weight Ratio Rankings (Torque/Curb Weight)
  1. Nissan Rogue - 0.063 (3569lb, 225 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm)
  2. Toyota Rav4 - 0.054 (3380lb, 184 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm)
  3. Honda CR-V - 0.054 (3337lb, 179 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm)
  4. Hyundai Tucson - 0.053 (3329lb, 178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm)
  5. Kia Sportage - 0.053 (3305lb, 175 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm)
  6. Mazda CX-50 - 0.050 (3706lb, 186 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm)
  7. Mazda CX-5 - 0.050 (3713lb, 186 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm)
  8. Mitsubishi Outlander - 0.049 (3714lb, 181 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm)
  9. Toyota Corolla Cross LE FWD - 0.048 (3115lb, 150 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm)
  10. Subaru Crosstrek - 0.047 (3117lb, 145 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm)
  11. Toyota Corolla Cross LE AWD - 0.046 (3285lb, 150 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm)
  12. Kia Seltos - 0.045 (2945lb, 132 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm)
  13. Toyota CH-R - 0.042 (3300lb, 139 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm)
Extra: Toyota sedans for comparison:
  1. Toyota Camry - 0.056 (3310lb, 184 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm)
  2. Toyota Corolla - 0.043 (2910lb, 126 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm)
Zero-to-60mph Time Rankings

The manufacturers don't do their own 0-to-60 time spec, this is done by independent reviewers and car publications. That means that sometimes there will be different values published for the same vehicle. When that is the case, I am including the range of times and ranking the vehicle based on the midpoint between those upper and lower values.
  1. Toyota Rav4 Prime - 5.6 seconds
  2. Mazda CX-5 - 6.5 seconds (6.1 to 6.8 seconds)
  3. Mazda CX-50 - 6.6 seconds
  4. Toyota Rav4 Hybrid - 7.4 seconds
  5. Nissan Rogue - 7.7 seconds (7.5 to 7.9 seconds)
  6. Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid - 8.0 seconds
  7. Kia Sportage - 8.4 seconds
  8. Kia Seltos - 8.6 seconds
  9. Toyota Rav4 - 8.7 seconds (8.3 to 9.1 seconds)
  10. Hyundai Tucson - 8.8 seconds
  11. Mitsubishi Outlander - 9.0 seconds (8.6 to 9.3 seconds)
  12. Honda CR-V - 9.3 seconds
  13. Toyota Corolla Cross LE AWD - 9.65 seconds (9.3 to 10.0 seconds)
  14. Subaru Crosstrek - 9.7 seconds
  15. Toyota CH-R - 10.5 seconds
Extra: Toyota sedans for comparison:
  1. Toyota Camry - 7.4 seconds (2.5L engine)
  2. Toyota Corolla - 9.4 seconds
  3. Toyota Prius - 11.4 seconds (11.1 to 11.7 seconds)
Again, I'd appreciate input on how to improve these comparisons (or scrap them altogether if they're completely useless)!
 

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I’ve been putting my Cross through the paces today on the madness that is St. Louis interstates. In other words, adequate acceleration is an absolute need here. I know opinions on vehicle power are subjective, but I can say that the Cross is perfectly fine. I have no issues at all with my normal driving in this thing. Unless you’re hypersensitive to the nuances of power and torque, you will have absolutely no complaints with this car.
 

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I’m waiting for my Silver Cross to arrive (any day now) but I drove another one they had on the lot. I read online that it is underpowered, and yes it is not fast, but I don’t think its that slow. And I’m coming from a 500hp V8 …

To answer your question, I think it depends on how you drive. If you like to drive fast or aggressively and floor it often, this is the wrong car to get for sure. If you drive chill most of the time, it’ll be a good ride that won’t feel slow. I‘ll be gently driving it and hoping I can get to the 31/33 mpg (and beyond) that Toyota claims.
 

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My daughter's Cross L AWD accelerates well if you push the gas pedal enough. The real 1st gear (direct shift CVT) probably helps versus a regular slushbox. It does get a bit noisy, but it's not a Lexus. I am adding a hood liner and engine vanity cover to see if that makes a difference, ordered from Aliexpress. This is not a Cross GR model for sure, take it easy.
 

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I’ve been putting my Cross through the paces today on the madness that is St. Louis interstates. In other words, adequate acceleration is an absolute need here. I know opinions on vehicle power are subjective, but I can say that the Cross is perfectly fine. I have no issues at all with my normal driving in this thing. Unless you’re hypersensitive to the nuances of power and torque, you will have absolutely no complaints with this car.
I find it fine in the city, a little lame after about 50 mph but not horrible, but I'm retired getting old and it's fine for me. Great otherwise.
 
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