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2022 Toyota Innova HyCross | Crown Prince | First Drive Review

The Innova Crysta has always dominated the MPV segment, can the Innova HyCross do the same damage?


Features, Comfort, Refinement


Camera Quality, No Diesel option


Step inside the Innova HyCross, and you are greeted with a premium-looking interior. The interior has a dual-tone dark chestnut theme with silver and gloss black inserts. Leather has been used on the dashboard, and the part quality feels good for the most part. The gear shifter is mounted on the centre fascia rather than the centre console, and paddle shifters have been provided. Overall, the cabin feels well-built and durable, just like you would expect from any Toyota, and it does feel like it will last for generations. 

Previous generations of the Innova were known to be extremely spacious on the inside, and it's safe to report that the HyCross is the same. The cabin feels nice and airy thanks to the large windows and the large panoramic sunroof. At the front, the driver can get highly comfortable behind the wheel and choose his perfect driving position using the 8-way electronically adjustable driver's seat, which also has a memory function. The driving position is excellent, with a clear view of the road ahead. 

Second and Third Row

Moving to the second row of seats, you instantly are cocooned in luxury. There's excellent space for second-row passengers & your family members will be pleased. The two ottoman seats can accommodate even healthier occupants, and just like the front, the cushioning is just right. Plus, rear occupants can recline the ottoman seats and extend the calf support electronically to make their commute even more comfortable. But what I came to realize is that due to the placement of the batteries for the hybrid system under the front seat, the rear passengers aren't able to place their legs under the front seat; tall passengers have to sit slightly awkwardly when the seat's reclined to avoid pressing their legs against the underside of the front seat. But that issue can be resolved by sliding the second row behind to make more legroom for tall passengers.

You can access the third row of seats by sliding the second-row seats forward. Getting into the third row takes effort and is quite a task. Due to the table and cupholders mounted between the second row of seats, accessing the third row is only possible by sliding the second row of seats out of the way. Although, Once in, you'll find that the last row of seats is actually pretty usable. They are placed at a decent height. The knee room is adequate, and even a 6-footer can fit by sliding the second-row seat forward via levers on the seatbacks. There's also enough headroom for third-row adults. You can recline the backrest as well.  


Previously, most Innova owners had complaints here with regard to features when it was compared to its competition. But that is different with the HyCross since it is feature loaded. A panoramic sunroof, a 10.1-inch touchscreen head-unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, connected car tech, JBL 9-speaker sound system (including subwoofer), ventilated seats, 360-degree camera, ambient lighting, auto-dimming IRVM and other such goodies. Standout features include two individual ottoman seats, which can be slid front & back and reclined, a green laminated acoustic IR cut windshield, sunshades for the rear windows and an electric tailgate. The car also gets Eco, Sport and EV driving modes and TSS (mentioned earlier). A wireless charging pad can be purchased as an accessory. However, rain-sensing wipers have been left out of the equipment list, which is disappointing in such a premium car.

TopGear Magazine May 2024