Toyota Innova Hycross review, road test

    To know if the Hycross carries forward the legacy of the Innova moniker, we put it through our comprehensive road test.

    Published on Jun 20, 2023 08:00:00 AM


    Toyota Innova Hycross

    The Hycross’ monocoque construction has had a positive impact on the way it drives. Torsional rigidity is better, the structure feels taut and with a long wheelbase, dynamics have improved by a quantum leap, compared to the body-on-frame Innova Crysta. While roll and pitching has reduced significantly, and body control has improved, what really takes the drive experience up a few notches is its electric power steering. It is feather light in its operation, which is a far-cry from the Crysta’s heavy hydraulic unit. Also, with the Hycross, Toyota has opted for a narrow track in the interest of a tight turning radius, which makes maneuvering and parking this large MPV rather easy.

    Small 16-inch wheels look disproportionate on the petrol Hycross.

    Its suspension has an underlying stiffness, and doesn’t smother bad roads like the Crysta. However, it eliminates excessive body movements well, and feels planted and well-mannered at cruising speeds. Curiously, Toyota has opted for rather low-profile 225/50 R18 tyres in the hybrid, which has some effect on ride comfort, resulting in some jolts filtering through on sharper bumps. That said, ride comfort is certainly one of the Hycross’ strengths and its flat and composed ride is something that owners are likely to appreciate.

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    Naman Jain - 393 days ago

    Strange to see that ground clearance figure not mentioned or NA while google shows all. Any valid reason not to mention here as its hard to understand when one has the vehicle on hand / under review why its difficult to measure/estimate this (laden/unladen)?

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