A tale of two sibling crossovers: Raize vs. Corolla Cross

A tale of two sibling crossovers: Raize vs. Corolla Cross

When the local gearheads got wind that the Toyota Raize was arriving in the Philippines, well, that wind quickly turned into a storm.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • How much will the Toyota Raize cost?

    Expected to be launched next month, the Raize subcompact crossover will retail between P746,000 to P1.036 million.
  • What are the key differences of the Raize and Corolla Cross?

    The Raize is more compact than the Corolla Cross, but both vehicles feature a comparable ride height and advanced safety features.
  • After all, we all know what the Toyota badge stands for and why it's the people's choice — and when the brand appears in the cutthroat subcompact crossover segment for the first time, surely there'll be blood.

    Other carmakers and the buying public will surely keep a wary and excited eye open for the Raize. 

    Part of the Raize's appeal is that it offers more beyond its badge. When the Raize was launched in Japan in 2019, with several ASEAN countries following soon after, Toyota touted the small crossover's newfound tech, as well as the toys expected in a vehicle in this class. 

    toyota raize jepang

    This advanced tech comes in the form of the powertrain combination, a one-liter, three-cylinder engine — which is borrowed from the Wigo, but with an added turbo — and a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

    Toyota said the Raize is its first product to use such a combo, and boasted that it achieves the performance and fuel-efficiency of a 1.5-liter engine. The CVT is said to use belt and gear drives at high speeds for improved transmission efficiency. 

    In the Japanese market, the Raize pairs its one-liter turbo with all-wheel drive alongside the standard front rollers. Called the Dynamic Torque Control 4WD, this system sends power to the rear wheels should they slip.   

    toyota raize meluncur

    With 4WD and decent ground clearance, the small crossover is looking to be like a bonafide SUV. Adding to the Raize's SUV look is its boxy posturing, which can be finished in two-tone paint jobs of bright colors over black. 

    In terms of equipment, the Raize is sure to attract buyers with its digital driver- and touchscreen displays, and a wealth of advanced safety features. 

    interior toyota raize

     

    The pricing of the Raize ranges from P746,000 to P1.036 million, with the turbo-engine equipped car being the range-topper, and the 1.2-liter versions comprising the lower end. 

    The Raize's pricing slots it below the Corolla Cross, a compact crossover that's also been bringing tech to the tall-car party since 2020. 

    Aside from carrying the popular Corolla nameplate, the Corolla Cross is also equipped with Toyota's famous hybrid powertrain.

    2021 Toyota Corolla Cross

    To motivate the Corolla Cross in the most fuel-saving and emission-lowering way, the car's 1.8-liter gasoline engine works with a battery and electric motors. The three available driving modes, EV, Power, and Eco, all help in the Corolla Cross' green mobility advocacy. 

    The Corolla Cross is as conscious to the environment as to its occupants, too, with its Toyota Safety Sense (TSS). This suite of safety aids include: automatic high beam, lane tracing assist, lane departure alert, adaptive cruise control, and the pre-collision system, among others.

    Of course, all of these tech comes with an SUV-like ride height and ground clearance. 

    2021 Toyota Corolla Cross rear

    To show you the differences between the Raize and its bigger brother, below are the spec sheets of the top-spec, front-wheel drive versions of each model.  

    SPECIFICATIONS

    Toyota Raize 1.0T CVT

    Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8 V HV

    Overall Length (mm)

    3,995

    4,460

    Overall Width (mm)

    1,710

    1,825

    Overall Height (mm)

    1,635

    1,620

    Ground Clearance (mm) 

    200

    161

    Luggage Capacity  (L)

    369

    487

    Engine Model

    1KR-VET

    2ZR-FXE

    Engine Type

    Three-cylinder, Inline, 12-Valve Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) with VVT-i

    Four-cylinder, Inline, 16-Valve, Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC), Chain Drive with VVT-i

    Displacement (cc)

    998

    1,798

    Maximum Power Output (hp/rpm)

    97/6,000

    122/6,400

    Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm)

    140/2,000 - 4,000

    142/3,600

    Fuel Tank Capacity (L)

    36

    50

    Transmission

    Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

    Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

    Drivetrain

    Front-Wheel Drive

     

    Front-Wheel Drive

     

    Suspension

    Front: MacPherson Strut 

    Rear: Torsion Beam

    Front: MacPherson Strut 

    Rear: Torsion Beam

    Brakes

    Front: Ventilated Discs

    Rear: Leading-Trailing Drums

    Front: Ventilated Discs

    Rear: Solid Discs

    Tires and Wheels

    205/60R17 Alloy

    225/50 R18 Alloy

    Headlamps

    LED with Auto Control and Sequential Turn Signal Lights

    Bi-Beam LED

    Tail Lamps

    LED

    LED with Line Guide + Bulb

    Daytime Running Lights

    LED

    LED with Line Guide

    Front Fog Lamps

    With

    LED

    Front Grille

    Black

    Gun Metallic 

    Seat Material

    Leather and Fabric 

    Leather

    Seat Type and Adjustment

    Driver: Sliding, Reclining, Height

    Front Passenger: Sliding, Reclining

    Second Row: 60:40 Split Folding

    Driver: Eight-way Power Adjust

    Front Passenger: Four-way Manual Adjust

    Second Row: 60:40 Split Folding + Reclining

    Economy Meter

    With

    Eco Lamp + Zone Display

    Drive Mode

    Without

    With (Eco + Power + EV)

    Instrument Panel

    Seven-inch TFT color LCD display 

    Seven-Inch TFT Multi-Information Display (MID) / Digital + Analog

    Steering Wheel Material

    Three-Spoke Leather with Silver Accent

    Three-Spoke Leather with Silver Accent

    Steering Wheel Switch

    Audio

    Multi-information Display, Audio, Phone, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Tracing Assist, and Voice Command

    Sun Visors

    With Mirror and Lamp

    With Mirror and Lamp

    Inside Door Handle

    Chrome

    Chrome

    Assist Grip

    Front: One

    Rear: Two

    Front: Two

    Rear: Two

    Door Trim

    Molded, Full Trim with Fabric with Stitching

    Molded, Full Trim with Leather

    Glasses Case

    With

    With

    Seat Back Pockets

    With

    With

    Cool Box

    Without

    Without

    Front Personal Lamp

    With

    With 

    Room Lamp

    With

    With 

    Luggage Room Lamp

    Without

    With

    Keyless Entry

    Smart Entry

    Smart Entry

    Keyless Start

    With

     With

    Power Windows

    Four Auto Up/Down with Jam Protect for Driver

    Four Auto Up/Down with Jam Protect

    Power Door Locks

    With

    Speed-Sensing

    Air-conditioning System

    Single Zone Automatic Climate Control

    Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control

    Audio Type

    Nine-inch Display Audio with Aux, USB, Bluetooth, Voice Command, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Smart Device Link (SDL)

    Eight-inch Display Audio with Aux, USB, Bluetooth, Voice Command, Apple Carplay, Android Auto, and Smart Device Link (SDL)

    Speakers

    Four

    Six

    SRS Airbags

    Driver and Passenger

    Driver, Front Passenger, Side, Curtain Shield, and Driver’s Knee

    Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)

    With Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

    With Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

    Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

    With

    With

    Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)

    With

    With

    Pre Collision System

    With

     With

    Adaptive Cruise Control 

    With  With

    Front Departure Alert 

    With  With

    Lane Departure Assist

    With  With

    Pedal Misoperation Control 

    With  Without

    Blind Spot Monitoring

    With  With

    Rear Cross Traffic Alert

    Without With

    Seatbelts

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner and Force Limiter (x2)

    Second Row: Three-point ELR (x3)

     

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner and Force Limiter (x2)

    Second Row: Three-point ELR (x3)

     

    Child Restraint System

    Isofix and Tether Anchor

    Isofix and Tether Anchor

    Emergency Brake Signal

    Without

    With

    Toyota Vehicle Security System (TVSS)

    Immobilizer and Horn

    Immobilizer and Horn

    Parking Support

    Reverse Camera and Clearance. Front (x2) and Back (x2) Sonars 

    Reverse Camera and Clearance, Front (x2)  Back Sonar (x4)

    Available Body Colors

    Black/White,  Black/Red,  Black/Yellow SE, Black/Silver Metallic, Black/Turquoise MM 

    Platinum White Pearl Mica, Red Metallic, Metal Stream Metallic, Attitude Black Mica 

    PRICE

    P1,036,000 (White Pearl)

    P1.031,000

    P1,650,000 (Red Mica Metallic)

    P1,665,000 (Platinum White Pearl Mica)

     

    Photos from Toyota, Toyota Motor Philippines 

    Toyota Raize vs Toyota Corolla Cross Comparison

    Toyota Raize
    • ₱746,000 - ₱1.031 Million
    Toyota Corolla Cross
    • ₱1.285 - ₱1.65 Million
    Raize vs Corolla Cross

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