2023 Toyota GR Corolla in Framingham

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2023 Toyota GR Corolla

The Toyota Corolla boasts a decades-long history as an affordable and dependable no-nonsense car. While it’s mostly known as a four-door sedan, the nameplate has appeared in various forms – a station wagon, even – over the years. But the most daring and exciting variant is undoubtedly the GR Corolla. “GR” represents Toyota’s Gazoo Racing team, which launched its fame 15 years ago when it won Germany’s vaunted Nürburgring event, a 24-hour Grand Prix-style competition. For model year 2023, Toyota has introduced the GR Corolla, which joins the GR86 and the GR Supra in earning that elite prefix.

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Unleash Your Drive

The GR name represents not just world-class speed, but exquisite handling and a level of performance appreciated by the most discerning driving enthusiasts. It looks the part, too, with its low-slung confidence and sporty contours that will decorate your driveway when you’re not out on the road enjoying it.

Horsepower

300 HP

1.6L 3-cyl. turbo

Torque

273 lb-ft

6-spd. manual

Starting from

$35,900 

MSRP, Core

Mechanical Basics and Performance

The 2023 GR Corolla comes in two trims – Core and Circuit Edition – along with the extremely limited-production Morizo Edition, of which there will be merely 200 units made. Their power source is Toyota’s G16E, a 1.6-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that puts out 300 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. Don’t go looking for an automatic transmission with this one: it’s made solely with the requisite stick shift: a short-throw six-speed manual transmission with rev matching. The drivetrain is specific to this model. Toyota calls it GR-Four, and it allows the driver to choose the torque distribution as they wish: the self-explanatory settings are Street (60:40), Track (50:50), and Touring (30:70). While the ultra-exclusive Morizo Edition has a track-tuned suspension, the Core and Circuit Edition get a sport-tuned version. The EPA has estimated fuel economy for all three to be 21 mpg around town and 28 mpg on the highway.

Standard Features by Trim

The GR Corolla Core has an intriguing blend of track-specific and everyday features. It comes from the factory with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires on 18-inch wheels, whose gloss-black finish coordinates with the side mirrors and matte-black front grille, and LED headlights, taillights, and fog lights. The triple exhaust pipes with brushed stainless-steel ends will also catch your eye, along with the ventilated and slotted front brake rotors, exaggerated fender flares and – on the inside – aluminum sport pedals and silver contrast stitching on the cloth-upholstered seats. It also has a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster with unique GR start-up animations, a drive-mode selector (with settings for Custom, Sport, Normal, and Eco), Smart Key proximity entry, push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, a 60/40-split rear seat with a center armrest and cupholders, a pair of USB charge ports, a 12-volt power outlet. and the aforementioned AWD torque distribution dial with Street, Touring, and Track.

The Circuit Edition is visually different with its air-vented hood scoop, weight-saving carbon-fiber roof, gloss-black grille, red brake calipers, and upgraded sport seats clad in a combination of Brin Naub suede and simulated leather. The front seats and steering wheel are heated, and the shifter knob is wrapped in leather with a special Morizo knob. Only 200 lucky folks will be able to snag the Morizo Edition, the most track-focused of the three versions . Its most obvious difference is that it’s the only GR Corolla with just two seats. Also differentiating are forged-alloy spoked wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer tires, semi-bucket sport seats with red seatbelts, special Morizo badging, and a steering wheel and shifter knob wrapped with simulated suede.

Safety Technology

Every GR Corolla receives the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 driver-assist technology bundle. Its contents are dynamic radar cruise control with lane tracing assist, pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, road sign assist, and automatic high beams. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is also standard.

Staying Connected

An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio, and Bluetooth is found in all GR Corollas. The sounds system has six speakers in the Core and eight in the Circuit Edition (this is upgraded to the JBL brand). With its concentration on competition, the Morizo Edition makes a compromise with just a single pair of speakers. The two higher trims get a year’s subscription to Toyota’s Drive Connect, which consists of Destination Assist, Cloud Navigation with Google points of interest, the Intelligent Assistant virtual concierge; this feature is an option on the base trim.

Optional Equipment

Toyota offers three elective packages for the Core trim. The Performance Package will equip it with red brake calipers, front and rear Torsen limited-slip differentials, and a special GR badge. Those who want to elevate the audio experience on their drives can choose the Technology Package for an upgrade to the eight-speaker JBL sound system upgrade plus wireless phone charging. The Cold Weather Package supplies heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

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