Toyota GR Corolla GTS 2023 Review

Toyota GR Corolla was launched in late February this year. We drove the GR Corolla GTS. The GR Corolla is aimed at rally or track driving. But, what is it like to drive every day.

Toyota GR Corolla GTS 2023 front 6

Well, we took it for a run up the freeway and through the Hunter Valley in NSW for a day out. Apart from firm suspension it was a lot of fun.

And he exhaust note has a rewarding crisp burble.

People commented on it everywhere we went. Even the police at the roadside breath testing were interested in it. I found myself chatting to three of them about what it was like to drive.

Inside its well-equipped and comfortable, however I would ask for an additional adjustable lumbar support for my ageing back.

The GR Sport is all about the engine and it’s a gem. A 1.6-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine tuned to produce a boosted 221kW of power, close ratio six speed manual transmission and GR-FOUR all wheel drive system

It will happily potter around town and cruise the freeway without fuss. But switch the drive mode to Sport and your set for some fun driver engagement.

The GR Corolla GTS is priced from $62,300 plus the usual costs.

A full drive review can be found HERE

2023 Toyota GR Corolla GTS (Feverish Red)


More Toyota GR Corolla GTS thoughts

  • The GR Corolla has a split personality
  • It looks cool. We were constantly stopped and asked about it.
  • The number of comments about how cool it looked was surprising
  • Its a lot of fun to drive
  • As well as easy to potter around town
  • The sports seats hold you firmly in place
  • The crisp raspy exhaust adds to the overall sporty ambience.
  • Suspension can be a little firm on our goat track back roads.
  • with a 0-100km/h time of 5.9 seconds its quick enough.
  • The real beauty is in how it simply grips the road like a limpet. It will go around the tightest corners almost perfectly flat.
  • Responsiveness from throttle, steering and brake inputs is impressive
  • A slick short shift 6 speed manual transmission focusses drivers attention
  • However underneath its still a Corolla.
  • I’m probably not the target market, but the lack of additional lumbar support for the driver was uncomfortable.
  • The 8.0 inch central touch screen is a little behind the market these days
  • Its missing a central storage bin, which means no left elbow rest and a lack of storage places for glasses etc.
  • The boot is small

Toyota GR Corolla GTS 2023 engine

What is good?

  • Purposeful and stylish looks
  • Engine performance and responsiveness
  • Balanced ride/handling – FUN FUN FUN

What is not so good?

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Also look at.

Sports hatchbacks are few and far between these days.

Buyers could look at the Subaru WRX SportswagonHyundai i30NHonda Type RRenault Megane RS, Audi S3.

Toyota GR Corolla final thoughts

Toyota GR Corolla is cool.

Its quick and fun to drive, providing levels of driver engagement that often costs many thousands of dollars more.

This is Toyota at its best. The best GR model available.

Toyota GR Corolla GTS 2023 rear tri exhaust

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