4 Advantages to Buying a 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Over a Kia Seltos

Are you considering buying either the 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross or the 2023 Kia Seltos? Both subcompact crossover SUVs have various strengths. In another article, we’ll highlight the advantages of the Seltos, but now, we showcase the strengths of the Corolla Cross. Here are four advantages to buying a 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross over a Kia Seltos.

2023 Toyota Corolla Cross has better performance than the 2023 Kia Seltos

Front view of white 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross
2023 Toyota Corolla Cross | Toyota

The first advantage to buying a 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross over a 2023 Kia Seltos is the Corolla Cross has better performance than the Kia Seltos. Both crossover SUVs offer two engine options. However, the Corolla Cross has a higher base engine horsepower output and a higher maximum horsepower output. 

Its base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine generates 169 horsepower, while its new hybrid engine produces 194 horsepower. In comparison, the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine in Seltos generates 146 horsepower, and its turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 175 horsepower.

Another performance advantage of the Corolla Cross is off-road capabilities. Both crossover SUVs offer a traction-enhancing all-wheel drive system. However, with its higher ground clearance (up to 8.1 vs. 7.3 inches), the Corolla Cross can more effectively and safely drive over rugged terrain.

2023 Corolla Cross can tow more than the 2023 Seltos

Front angle view of yellow 2023 Kia Seltos
2023 Kia Seltos | Kia

The second advantage to buying a 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross over a 2023 Kia Seltos is the Corolla Cross can tow more than the Seltos. If you have towing needs, then the Corolla Cross is the better choice for you. While the Seltos is not rated for towing, the Corolla Cross has a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds. With a 1,500-pound towing capacity, you can tow such things as a teardrop camper, a flatbed trailer, a motorcycle, an ATV, a jet ski, or a snowmobile.

Toyota Corolla Cross has higher gas mileage than the Kia Seltos

The third advantage to buying a 2023 Corolla Cross over a 2023 Seltos is the Corolla Cross has higher gas mileage than the Seltos. Many of you are feeling the pain at the pump with the very high price of gasoline these days. However, the Corolla Cross helps address this burden with its efficient engine options, especially the hybrid.

The fully gas-powered Corolla Cross has an estimated gas mileage of up to 32 combined mpg, while the Corolla Cross Hybrid has a fuel economy of up to 37 combined mpg. In comparison, the Seltos has a fuel economy of up to 31 combined mpg.

Unlike the 2023 Seltos, the 2023 Corolla Cross has a free maintenance plan

Dashboard and front seats in 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross
2023 Toyota Corolla Cross | Toyota

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The fourth advantage to buying a 2023 Corolla Cross over a 2023 Seltos is that, unlike the 2023 Seltos, the 2023 Corolla Cross has a free maintenance plan. Along with gasoline, maintenance is one of the most significant costs of vehicle ownership. With the ToyotaCare complimentary maintenance for the Corolla Cross, getting your vehicle serviced is a more affordable endeavor. 

ToyotaCare for the Corolla Cross, which is good for two years or 25,000 miles, includes:

  • Engine oil and filter changes
  • Tires rotation
  • Multi-point inspections
  • Topping off of the fluids

The 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross has advantages over the 2023 Kia Seltos for performance, towing, gas mileage, and a free maintenance plan. These advantages are key reasons for crossover SUV shoppers to buy a 2023 Corolla Cross over a 2023 Seltos.

Stay tuned for an article in the near future about the advantages of buying a 2023 Seltos over a 2023 Corolla Cross.

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