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2023 Toyota GR Corolla: Price, Design, Features & Specs

Toyota GR Corolla

Toyota has given its performance-vehicle skunkworks branch, Gazoo Racing, free rein to give the small Corolla hatchback a tuner makeover. The 2023 GR Corolla is the result of their hard work, and it’s a little bit terrifying. The Toyota Yaris subcompact car, from which the GR Corolla takes its turbocharged 1.6-liter, three-cylinder engine, has already been made available in international markets. The small triple is given an increase in power to 300 high-strung horsepower and is only available with an all-wheel-drive system and a six-speed manual transmission. This rally-racer-inspired hot hatchback could aid Toyota in its recent battle to inject excitement to its lineup with sportier offerings—witness the reborn Supra sports car—and more appealing designs.

What has changed for 2023?

For 2023, the Toyota portfolio will acquire the GR Corolla, which will compete against well-liked sport compacts like the Honda Civic Si, Hyundai Veloster N, and the 10Best Nomination Volkswagen Golf GTI and Jetta GLI. The GR Corolla will likely compete with the top-tier hot hatches—the Volkswagen Golf R and the future Honda Civic Type R—given its pricing and horsepower.

Price and Release date

With the Performance package, which adds front and rear limited-slip differentials, we’d stay with the Core grade. Only 200 of the highest-end Morizo Edition trims will be constructed in 2023, and they have been stripped of their back seats and other extraneous parts to improve performance.

Performance – Engine, Transmission, and Other

A turbocharged three-cylinder engine from the GR Yaris, a hatchback that the Japanese carmaker sells in international countries outside of the United States, is housed under the hood of the GR Corolla. It was tweaked to produce 300 horsepower for the GR Corolla, which is 43 horsepower more than it produces in the GR Yaris and an astounding 185.4 horsepower per liter. The only available transmission is a six-speed manual, and all models come standard with Toyota’s GR-Four all-wheel drive system. The GR-Four system gives the driver a variety of power-distribution options, ranging from a 60/40 front-to-rear split for regular driving to a 30/70 split for drifting; a 50/50 split option is designed to give the driver the most traction when racing.

Even the sporty SE and XSE editions of the Corolla now on the market don’t provide even remotely racy handling or performance, but improvements to the GR’s suspension and powertrain make it a serious competitor in the sport small car market. Front and rear limited slip differentials are standard on the Circuit Edition trim; they are an option on the Core model’s base trim.

The track-oriented limited-edition Morizo has lighter-weight forged wheels, an engine that has been adjusted to produce 295 pound-feet of torque instead of the ordinary model’s 273 lb-ft, a specially tuned suspension, and extremely sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. The GR Corolla’s cornering grip is tenacious, and on a winding road, it rewards the driver with the ideal balance of surefootedness and politeness. The six-speed manual is simple to row overall, though the pedal arrangement may not be optimal for heel-toe work. A rev-match option is included as standard.

Fuel efficiency and actual MPG

The high-performance GR variation of the Corolla is solely focused on maximizing performance, in contrast to the present model, which is both one of the more gasoline options in its class and totally somnambulant to drive. The 1.6-liter, three-cylinder engine in it should nevertheless provide a respectable amount of fuel efficiency. In line with the Veloster N’s (29 mpg highway) and the Golf GTI’s (30 mpg highway) ratings, we anticipate an EPA highway rating of approximately 30 mpg (32 mpg highway).

Cargo, Comfort, and the Interior

The GR Corolla’s interior is largely similar to that of the basic Corolla hatchback, so it has the same high build quality, soft-touch materials, and amount of equipment as the standard Corolla, but with racier decor and sportier seats. A push-button start, an adjustable driver’s seat with six positions, ambient interior lighting, and aluminum pedal covers are all included as standard features. On the Circuit Edition, which also has a suede and faux-leather upholstery instead of the base model’s cloth, automatic climate control, heated seats, and a leather steering wheel are all standard features.

The rear seat, rear speakers, and even the window wiper positioned on the hatchback have all been eliminated from the Morizo Edition in order to reduce weight, which comes at the expense of functionality. A lighter load results in faster lap times. Exclusive red and black upholstery covers the front seats, while racy fake suede is used on the shifter, parking brake lever, and steering angle rim.

Connectivity and Information

There will be a standard 8.0-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as support for Amazon Alexa and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot. The Circuit Edition comes standard with an eight-speaker JBL music system, a wireless cellphone charging pad, as well as in navigation; these features are all included in the Technology package for Core versions.

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Features for Driver Assistance and Safety

The GR Corolla is no exception to the trend of Toyota offering many of its driver-assistance technology as standard equipment throughout much of its lineup. Several attractive technological features, like adaptive cruise control, pedestrian and cyclist recognition, and automatic high-beam headlamps, are grouped together across the portfolio. Visit the websites of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and (IIHS) for more details regarding the GR Corolla’s crash test results. Important safety elements include:

  • pedestrian identification in automatic emergency braking standards
  • Lane-keeping assistance and the standard lane-departure warning
  • conventional adaptive cruise control

Coverage for Warranties and Maintenance

The GR Corolla, like other Toyota vehicles, will get a standard warranty package that is supplemented by a complimentary planned maintenance program for two years. Honda does not have such a plan for the Civic Si, but the Veloster N provides greater value in the form of extended warranty terms and an additional year of maintenance that is free. A complementary high-performance driving course and a year’s participation in the National Auto Sport Association are included with every GR Corolla.

  • 3 years or 36,000 miles are covered by the limited warranty.
  • 5 years or 60,000 miles are covered by the powertrain warranty.
  • Free upkeep is covered for two years or 25,000 miles.

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