2023 Toyota GR Corolla Performance

Toyota GR Corolla Performance Rating

2023 GR Corolla Performance

With small differences in mechanical specifications and each with 300 hp, the performance of all Toyota GR Corolla trims are similar, although the Morizo Edition does lead the pack, thanks to more torque. Toyota is oddly specific with all its performance claims, saying that the two base trims should get from 0-60 mph in precisely 4.99 seconds. Independent tests with a one-foot rollout added have achieved around 4.9 seconds to support the claim. If you're merciless with the clutch and drop it at high revs, the Toyota GR Corolla's 0-60 time is very good for a manual car, mostly thanks to the AWD system's launch grip, even if its not as quick as its rivals.

With its 295 lb-ft of torque and slightly shorter gear ratios, the Morizo Edition's 0-60 is said to be 4.92 seconds. The same top speed of 142.9 mph is claimed by Toyota for all three derivatives. Naturally, a performance special such as this is not made for trailering; the intrusive center exhaust would prevent you from fitting a tow hitch anyway.

2023 GR Corolla Performance Photos

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2023 Toyota GR Corolla Front View Driving
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2023 Toyota GR Corolla Engine

Engine and Transmission

The Toyota GR Corolla's engine is a 1.6-liter turbocharged three-cylinder delivering 300 horsepower in all three trims. The Core and Circuit Edition produce 273 lb-ft of torque, which is amped up to 295 lb-ft in the Morizo Edition. If a highly strung 185.4-hp-per-liter engine sounds a bit excessive, keep in mind that this powertrain was developed for WRC racing where it is pushed up to 380 hp, so there is said to be quite a bit of headroom built into the tough little three-pot. Toyota markets its track use as well, so given the automaker's reputation, it should be built for the job without undue concerns that the mechanical bits aren't up to it.

Its safe to assume the clutch is beefy enough to endure countless redline launches and the stresses of hard driving, given Toyota's reputation. It's your only option, as a six-speed manual gearbox is the sole transmission. The standard all-wheel-drive system has a proper variable center differential that can apportion drive in 60:40 (Normal), 50:50 (Track), or 30:70 (Sport) ratios, front to rear. The top two trims come with limited-slip front and rear differentials, which can be added to the Core at extra cost.

Thanks to 18-inch wheels and tires with relatively tall sidewalls for a hot hatch, gravel driving should be in the cards under most conditions, a discipline the GR Corolla excels at. Just don't venture off-road: Despite the GR's rally aspirations, the 5.3-inch ground clearance will see to it that you don't get far, even if it's quite good for a sports car.

2023 Toyota GR Corolla Performance Specs:

Toyota GR Corolla TrimsToyota GR Corolla EnginesToyota GR Corolla HorsepowerToyota GR Corolla TransmissionsToyota GR Corolla DrivetrainsToyota GR Corolla MPG/MPGE
Core1.6L Turbo Inline-3 Gas300 hp6-Speed ManualAWD31 MPG
Circuit Edition1.6L Turbo Inline-3 Gas300 hp6-Speed ManualAWD31 MPG
Morizo Edition1.6L Turbo Inline-3 Gas300 hp6-Speed ManualAWD31 MPG

2023 GR Corolla Gas Mileage

You don't buy a car like the GR Corolla for its gas mileage or mpg figures, but it's actually quite light on fuel for its performance. The EPA's city/highway/combined estimates are 21/28/24 mpg, on par with the Civic Type R's 22/28/24 mpg and better than the Golf R manual's 20/28/23. We were perhaps expecting a bit more, given its small displacement, but it's no deal breaker.

The GR Corolla has a fuel capacity of 13.2 gallons, giving it a potential range of around 317 miles on the combined cycle. Not surprisingly, the highly strung power plant requires Premium gas.

2023 Toyota GR Corolla Fuel Capacity

Toyota GR Corolla TrimsCoreCircuit EditionMorizo Edition
Toyota GR Corolla Fuel Economy (Cty/Hwy)28/3728/3728/37


Which Toyota GR Corolla trim is the most efficient?

All GR Corolla trims have the same EPA-measured fuel economy of 21/28/24 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles.

Does the Toyota GR Corolla require premium gas?

The advanced high-boost turbocharged engine is not suitable for Regular gas and can only run on Premium gas.

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