First drive in a Toyota HiLux GR Sport

What is the HiLux GR Sport like to drive

Toyota HiLux GR Sport – I recently went to the launch of the Toyota HiLux GR Sport 4wd Ute. 2023 Toyota HiLux GR Sport.  Filmed on a closed circuit under controlled conditions.  Fresh water crossing shown. I already had a few chats about the new model adds to the HiLux range and written a few articles, so today I want to chat about how it drives.

There are three things that you immediately notice.

The first are the external changes, wider track, lifted suspension, better approach angles etc.

These second is that once you hop in and drive, the tightness of the suspension. It soaks up the little road bumps while feeling more in tune with road conditions. It also has more articulation and rebound dampening.

2023 Toyota HiLux GR Sport_Frosted White with Black Roof

The third is the engine. That’s something you feel.

The extra power and torque, some 10% improvement, is immediately felt. Its how the HiLux should be. More responsive, more engaging more effective.

I drove the GR Sport over forest trails, rutted tracks and a specialised 4WD track run by the Canobolas 4WD Club. Throughout it all the GR Sport made it all look effortless.

Priced from a touch under $74.000 plus the usual costs the GR Sport is the best HiLux built so far.

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2023 Toyota HiLux GR Sport_Feverish Red with Black Roof

Everything you need to know about the Toyota HiLux GR Sport, and more driving impressions,  can be FOUND HERE 


2023 Toyota HiLux GR Sport_Feverish Red with Black Roof

What is good?

  • 4WD and towing ability
  • Engine upgrades to power and torque
  • Improved ride and handling and increased ground clearance

What is not so good?

  • Interior is dated.
  • No wireless Apple CarPlay
  • Wheels and tyres look small in the wheel arches

2023 Toyota HiLux GR Sport water crossing


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