Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, trucks and SUVs took over the automotive market in a big way - and the most popular models were loud, proud, and oversized. Although the pickup truck and sport yute segment remains well-loved by North American drivers, there has been a notable emergence of compact SUVs in the market, and they’re growing in popularity year after year.
Crossovers and compact SUVs offer the best of two worlds: the agility and fuel economy of a sedan, and the spaciousness and off-road capabilities of an SUV. Versatility and efficiency? What’s not to love!
Toyota has become a dominant force in the crossover segment, bringing four impressive models to the table: the spunky C-HR, the modern Venza, the capable RAV4, and the all-new Corolla Cross. Each crossover offers a unique set of features, ensuring there’s a compact SUV in the Toyota lineup for everyone. In this post, we’re taking a closer look at the Toyota crossovers to help you decide which one is right for you.
The city-sized Toyota C-HR is spunky and funky, with easy handling, cool tech, and a roomy hatchback-style design. Its unique angles, selection of bold paint colours, and available two-tone styling make it a popular choice for drivers who want to show off a little personality as they cruise the West Coast. Don’t be fooled by its daring good looks - the C-HR still boasts plenty of SUV capabilities, including a versatile and spacious interior, and adventure-ready add-ons. With a starting price as low as $24,100, the C-HR makes for the perfect step up into the world of SUVs.
Elegant, capable, and economical: meet the Toyota Venza. This crossover comes exclusively with a hybrid powertrain that works efficiently to pump out 219 horsepower while using just 5.9/6.4 litres of fuel per 100 km (city/highway). You’ll have standard electronic on-demand all-wheel drive at your disposal, not to mention an advanced suite of intelligent safety features thanks to standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. The Venza is all class from headlights to trunk, offering a modern and capable crossover experience.
This OG compact SUV is a North American top-seller for good reason. The Toyota RAV4 (plus RAV4 Hybrid and new RAV4 Prime) delivers the space, sight lines, towing, and rugged capabilities that drivers demand from their SUVs, but ups the ante with an unbelievably smooth ride and top-tier tech and safety features. There’s not much the RAV4 can’t do, and in true Toyota fashion it scores huge points for value, offering countless standard features for an affordable price. From hockey practice to camping trips in the Selkirk's and everywhere in between, the RAV4 remains a steadfast and confident travel companion.
It’s hard to beat the dependability associated with the iconic Corolla name - so it comes as no surprise that the Toyota Corolla Cross has made such a huge splash as the newest addition to the crossover lineup. It may be mini, but it’s certainly mighty, providing a roomy interior, available AWD, agile handing, and on-demand technology. With a starting price tag under $25,000 and standard features galore, we expect to see many more Corolla Cross’ dotting the streets of Castlegar in the near future!
It’s one thing to read about these fantastic compact SUVs, but it’s another entirely to slip into the driver’s seat. Experience the performance, technology, and style of the Toyota crossover lineup right here at Castlegar Toyota. Whether you’re looking for an adventure-ready family chariot or a versatile daily warrior, our team will help pair you with the perfect vehicle for your needs. Stop by to test drive your favourite model or to reserve a brand-new Toyota today!