Toyota has cut its performance-vehicle skunkworks division, Gazoo Racing, loose to apply the tuner treatment to the compact bunch hatchback. And what a great job they’ve done: The end result is the 2023 GR Corolla. It’s A Little Terror And This Hatchback’s Attitude And Performance Have Brought It Up On Us 10 best cars of 2023 List. Toyota has already launched GR-Tune Version like him Yaris Subcompact Car In global markets, from where the GR Corolla borrows its turbocharged 1.6-litre three-cylinder engine. The little triple is upped to 300 high-strung horsepower here and comes only with a six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive. Toyota has been on a drive in recent years to add excitement to its lineup with sportier offerings—witness Revamped Supra Sports Car-The more stylish design and rally-racer-inspired hot hatchback should help in that endeavor.
What’s new for 2023?
The GR Corolla will be a new addition to the Toyota lineup for 2023 and will go up against hottest hatches, such as Volkswagen Golf R and upcoming honda civic type r, It also finds competition against itself Popular sport compacts that make up for their lack of power with more affordable pricing, such as honda civic c, Hyundai Veloster NAnd this Volkswagen Golf GTI And Jetta GLI,
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We’d stick with the core trim and splurge on the Performance package, which adds front and rear limited-slip differentials. The top-spec Morizo Edition trim will be built in very limited numbers—only 200 will be produced for 2023—and has had its rear seat and many other components removed to reduce weight and maximize performance.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
Under the hood of the GR Corolla is a turbocharged three-cylinder engine that has been sourced from the GR Yaris – a hatchback that the Japanese automaker sells in global markets outside the United States. For the GR Corolla, it was tuned to make 300 horsepower—an eye-opening 185.4 horsepower per liter and 43 horsepower more than the GR Yaris. A six-speed manual is the only transmission available, and all models come with Toyota’s GR-Four all-wheel-drive system. The GR-Four system allows the driver to choose between different power-distribution modes, starting with a 60/40 front-to-rear split for every day driving, up to 30/70 drifting motions ; The 50/50 split option is intended to provide maximum traction for racing. current examples of the Corolla, even Sporty SE and XSE Models, don’t offer remotely raspy handling or performance, but the upgrades to the GR’s suspension and powertrain make it a legitimate contender in the sport compact car segment. The Circuit Edition trim comes standard with front and rear limited slip differentials; The base Core model offers them as an option. The GR Corolla Circuit Edition we tested hits 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and reaches 100 mph in 11.4 seconds. It’s only narrowly faster than the Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf R from the same test, but hey, a win’s a win. The limited-edition Morizzo is a track-focused model that comes with lightweight forged wheels, a retuned engine that produces 295 pound-feet of torque (the standard model makes 273 pound-feet), a distinctive look Se-calibrated suspension, and ultra-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber. Cornering grip is strong, and on a twisty road, the GR Corolla rewards its driver with the right mix of sure-footedness and civility. While pedal placement may not be ideal for heel-and-toe work, the six-speed manual is otherwise easy to row; A rev-match feature is standard.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
While the current Corolla is one of the more fuel-efficient options in its class and downright sleepy in its driving character, the high-performance GR variant is purely aimed at maximum performance. Thanks to its smaller 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine, it still delivers relatively good fuel economy, but its EPA estimates of 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway are well below the typical Corolla hatchback. For more details on fuel economy of GR Corolla, visit EPA website,
Interior, Comfort & Cargo
The GR Corolla shares most of its cabin with the standard Corolla hatchback, which means good build quality, soft-touch materials and plenty of features but with racer trim and sport seats. Standard equipment includes ambient interior lighting, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, push-button start, and aluminum pedal covers. Automatic climate control, heated seats, and a heated steering wheel are all standard on the Circuit Edition, which also wears suede and faux-leather upholstery in place of the base model’s cloth. The Morizo version promises an even higher level of excitement but at the cost of practicality; Toyota has removed the rear seats, rear speakers and even the hatchback-mounted window wipers to save as much weight as possible. Less weight equals faster lap times. The front seats are treated to a special red and black upholstery scheme, and there’s racy faux suede on the shift knob, parking brake lever and steering wheel rim.
Infotainment & Connectivity
An 8.0-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be standard and also includes Amazon Alexa capability and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot. The Technology package on core models includes an eight-speaker JBL stereo system, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and in-dash navigation; These items are all standard on the Circuit Edition.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Toyota currently offers a lot of driver-assistance technology as standard on most of its lineup, and the GR Corolla is no different. A host of desirable tech features are bundled together across the lineup and include adaptive cruise control, pedestrian and cyclist detection, and automatic high-beam headlamps. For more information on the GR Corolla’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHSWebsites. Key security features include:
- Standard Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
- Standard Lane-Departure Warning with Lane-Keeping Assist
- standard adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Like other Toyotas, the GR Corolla will come with a standard warranty package enhanced by two years complimentary scheduled maintenance plan. Honda doesn’t offer such a scheme on the Civic Si, but the Veloster N offers more value in the form of a longer warranty period as well as an additional year of free maintenance. All GR Corollas come with one-year membership to the National Auto Sport Association, which includes access to complimentary high-performance driving classes.
- Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance covered for 2 years or 25,000 miles
2023 Toyota GR Corolla Circuit
Vehicle Type: Front-Engine, All-Wheel-Drive, 5-Passenger, 4-Door Hatchback
Base/as tested: $43,995/$44,420
Option: Heavy Metal Paint, $425
turbocharged and intercooled inline-3, aluminum block and heads, ported and direct fuel injection
Displacement: 99 in31618 cm3
Power: 300 HP @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 273 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
Suspension, F/R: Struts/Multilink
Brakes, F/R: 14.0-in Vented, Grooved Disc/11.7-in Vented, Grooved Disc
Tyres: Michelin Pilot Sport 4
Wheelbase: 103.9 inches
Length: 173.6 inches
Width: 72.8 inches
Height: 57.2 inches
Passenger Volume: 85 ft3
Cargo Volume: 18 ft3
Curb Weight: 3269 lb
CD Exam Results
60 mph: 4.9 seconds
100 mph: 12.1 sec
1/4-mile: 13.3 sec @ 105 mph
140 mph: 29.7 seconds
The above results leave a 1-ft rollout of 0.3 seconds.
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 6.4 seconds
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 8.5 seconds
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 7.1 seconds
Top speed (Government Limited): 143 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 167 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 329 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft skidpad: 0.94 g
CD fuel economy
Seen: 20 mpg
EPA Fuel Economy (estimated MFR)
Combined/City/Highway: 24/21/28 mpg
CD test explained