The Toyota Corolla Cross was the most underrated car of 2020

This model deserves way more attention
by Drei Laurel | Apr 16, 2021
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Yes, that’s right. The Toyota Corolla Cross is our first-ever Underrated Car of the Year winner. We know what some of you are thinking: “A Toyota not getting enough attention? Are you guys for real?” Let us explain.

That isn’t what we mean by underrated here. The point we’re trying to get across is that the winner, in this case, Toyota’s new crossover, deserves even more attention based on its impact on the local market and the proposition it offers.

The Toyota Corolla Cross

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Top Gear Philippines writers and contributors cast their votes to determine the Underrated Car of the Year winner, and the Toyota Corolla Cross came emerged on top, beating out the likes of the Kia Stonic and Seltos, Geely Okavango, and Suzuki S-Presso. This award’s scoring system was the same used to determine our 2020 Car of the Year, the Mazda CX-30.

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Check out the results below:

Dinzo Tabamo

1st Place – Nissan 370Z

2nd Place – Kia Seltos

3rd Place – Suzuki S-Presso

4th Place – BMW 8-Series

5th Place – SsangYong Korando

Jason Tulio

1st Place – Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2nd Place – Changan CS75 Plus

3rd Place – Ford Transit

4th Place – Mazda CX-30

5th Place – Maxus T60

Drei Laurel

1st Place – Kia Stonic

2nd Place – Maxus G50

3rd Place – Ford Transit

4th Place – Maxus T60

5th Place – Mazda CX-8

Leandre Grecia

1st Place – Suzuki XL7

2nd Place – Geely Okavango

3rd Place – Hyundai Venue

4th Place – Changan CS75 Plus

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5th Place – Maxus T60

Sharleen Banzon

1st Place – Toyota Corolla Cross

2nd Place – Geely Okavango

3rd Place – Mazda CX-30

4th Place – Kia Seltos

5th Place – Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Niky Tamayo

1st Place – Toyota Corolla Cross

2nd Place – Suzuki S-Presso

3rd Place – Geely Okavango

4th Place – Changan CS75 Plus

5th Place – JAC S4

Andrew Guerrero

1st Place – Toyota Corolla Cross

2nd Place – Kia Seltos

3rd Place – Hyundai Venue

4th Place – Geely Azkarra

5th Place – Mazda CX-30

Robby Consunji

1st Place – Geely Azkarra

2nd Place – Kia Stonic

3rd Place – Maxus T60

4th Place – Chery Tiggo 8

5th Place – SsangYong Korando

Carlo Chungunco

1st Place – Toyota Corolla Cross

2nd Place – Kia Seltos

3rd Place – Mazda CX-30

4th Place – Kia Stonic

5th Place – BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe

Ian Magbanua

1st Place – Kia Stonic

2nd Place – Suzuki S-Presso

3rd Place – Maxus T60

4th Place – SsangYong Korando

5th Place – Geely Azkarra

Raymond Figuerres

1st Place – Geely Okavango

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2nd Place – Kia Stonic

3rd Place – Chery Tiggo 8

4th Place – Geely Azkarra

5th Place – Maxus G50

Final UCOTY scores

1st Place – Toyota Corolla Cross (40 points)

2nd Place – Kia Stonic (37 points)

3rd Place – Geely Okavango (29 points)

4th Place – Kia Seltos (24 points)

5th Place – Suzuki S-Presso (19 points)

The Toyota Corolla Cross Parked

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Locally, the Toyota Corolla Cross carries a P1,285,000 starting price and packs a 1.8-liter gasoline engine with 138hp and 172Nm of torque. Alternatively, those of you looking for a greener alternative may take interest in the crossover’s hybrid version.

So, what other cars from the past year do you feel deserve more attention? Let us know your picks in the comments.

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