Toyota HiLux GR Sport 2023 Review

What is the HiLux GR Sport like

Toyota HiLux GR Sport – I recently went to the launch of the Toyota HiLux GR Sport 4wd Ute.

2023 Toyota HiLux GR Sport I already had a few chats about the new model adds to the HiLux range and written a few articles, so today I want to chat about how it drives.

There are three things that you immediately notice.

The first are the external changes, wider track, lifted suspension, better approach angles etc.

These second is that once you hop in and drive, the tightness of the suspension. It soaks up the little road bumps while feeling more in tune with road conditions. It also has more articulation and rebound dampening.

The third is the engine. That’s something you feel.

The extra power and torque, some 10% improvement, is immediately felt. Its how the HiLux should be. More responsive, more engaging more effective.

I drove the GR Sport over forest trails, rutted tracks and a specialised 4WD track run by the Canobolas 4WD Club. Throughout it all the GR Sport made it all look effortless.

Priced from a touch under $74.000 plus the usual costs the GR Sport is the best HiLux built so far.

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2023 Toyota HiLux GR Sport. Filmed on a closed circuit under controlled conditions. Fresh water crossing shown.

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2023 Toyota HiLux GR Sport. Filmed on a closed circuit under controlled conditions. Fresh water crossing shown.

What is good?

  • 4WD and towing ability
  • Engine upgrades to power and torque
  • Improved ride and handling and increased ground clearance

What is not so good?

  • Interior is dated.
  • No wireless Apple CarPlay
  • Wheels and tyres look small in the wheel arches

2023 Toyota HiLux GR Sport

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2023 Toyota HiLux GR Sport_Frosted White with Black Roof

Toyota HiLux

Model

HiLux GR Sport

Model Price $73,990 MLP*
Engine 2.8L 4 Cyl Turbo Diesel Euro 5
Drivetrain 6 Sp Sports AT Dual range 4WD
Power 165kW @ 3,000rpm
Torque 550Nm @ 1600-2800rpm
Safety Five star ANCAP (tested July 2019)
0-100kmh / Top Speed TBA / 175km/h
CO2 Emissions 213 g/km
Economy ADR 8.1L/100km / 80L capacity
Economy on test N/A
Max Range 1000km plus.
Servicing 6Mth / 10,000km Capped Price
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km
Road side Assist 5Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

2023 Toyota HiLux GR Sport_Feverish Red with Black Roof

Overall Rating    

86/100

Behind the Wheel 8
Comfort 9
Equipment 8
Performance 9
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 8
Fit for Purpose 9
AWD/Towing Capability* 10 (4WD 5/5 Towing 5/5 )
Technology/connectivity 8
Value for Money 8

*Towing and AWD capability is measured against similar vehicles in the same class.

2023 Toyota HiLux GR Sport exterior adittions 1

Dimensions GR Sport

 
Overall Length 5320mm
Wheelbase 3085mm
Width 2020mm
Height 1880mm
Wheels 17×7.0 Alloy
Tyres 265/65 R17 Bridgestone Dueller AT
Spare Tyre Full size alloy with tyre as above
Max ground clearance Up to 265mm
Wading Depth 800mm
Approach 30 degrees
Rampover 26 degrees
Departure angle 23 degrees
Steering type Rack and pinion hydraulic power steering
Turning Circle KTK 12.6m
Tub Length 1520mm
Tub width arches 1085mm
Tub Depth 475mm
Kerb Weight 2270kg
Payload (kg) 780kg
GVM (kg) 3050kg
GCM 5850kg
Towing Capacity 3500kg
Tow Ball rating 350kg

2023 Toyota HiLux GR Sport. Filmed on a closed circuit under controlled conditions. Fresh water crossing shown.

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Summary

Toyota HiLux GR Sport – I recently went to the launch of the Toyota HiLux GR Sport 4wd Ute. Today lets chat about how it drives.

About Rob Fraser 2504 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.