GR Sport Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series 2022 Review


GR Sport – LandCruiser has been an icon for many years in Australia and I’ve even owned a couple, so the chance to drive the new 300 series GR Sport on a week long drive was filled with anticipation

Toyota LandCruiser 300 series GR Sport front 2My overall impression is that it’s awesome, with a couple of minor caveats.


2021 Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series GR Sport.

Specifically designed as the 4WD for enthusiasts the GR Sport comes with Kinetic suspension, front and read diff locks, adaptive variable suspension and 5 mode driver select function.

In addition it has 18 inch alloy wheels for more off road tyre selection, different approach angle and a lot of GR Bling.

Toyota LandCruiser 300 series launch boot area

I’m a fan of the 5 seat configuration as well as the removal of the rear seat entertainment screens.

No complaints about the new V6 diesel engine and 10 speed transmission.

The interior is a big improvement on the 200 series, but here is the caveat. The layout seems a little cluttered and I think it will date easily. I was left feeling wanting a little more.

However wireless charging tray is appreciated.

2021 Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series GR Sport.

Off road is its domain, on road dynamics are improved but not quite as good as the Defender.

Priced from a little under $138,000 plus the usual costs its expensive but Toyota will sell a load of these.

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Toyota LandCruiser 300 series GR Sport rear

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What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Comfortable Ride and Handling
  • V6 Diesel is good
  • Focused 4WD Capability
  • Interior design and technology seems a little dated
  • Expensive
  • Lane keep assist is downright dangerous

Toyota LandCruiser 300 series GR Sport front 1

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2021 Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series V6 twin turbo diesel engine.


2022 LandCruiser GR Sport

Model Price$137,790 MLP*
Engine3.3L V6 Cyl Twin Turbo diesel
DrivetrainDual Range 4×4 10 speed Sports Auto
Power227kW @ 4,000rpm
Torque700Nm @ 1,600-2,600rpm
Safety5 Star ANCAP (August 2020)
CO2 Emissions207 g/km
Economy ADR/ Capacity8.9L/100km /10.2L/100km on test / 110L
0-100kmh/Top SpeedN/A / 210kmh
Servicing6 mths/ 10,000km  Capped price
Warranty5yr/ Unlimited km with 5 Yr. 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)

2021 Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series GR Sport.

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel8
Ride and Handling8
Fit for Purpose10
Towing / 4WD Ability10 – Towing 5/5 – 4WD 5/5
Technology / Connectivity8
Value for Money8

*Towing and AWD Capability is compared to other similar vehicles in the same class.

Toyota LandCruiser 300 series GR Sport profile

GR Sport Dimensions

Overall Length4995mm
Width / Height1990mm / 1950mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depthUp to 245mm / TBCmm
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle110 Litres / 11.8mts KTK
Approach / rampover / departure degrees32 / TBC / 25
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM / Payload2630kg / 3280kg / 6780kg / 650kg
Max Roof Load:TBC
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating3500kg / 350kg

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Toyota LandCruiser 300 series launch exterior wheel lift

GR Sport Specific Details – additional features over SAHARA

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2021 Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series GR Sport.


  • e-KDSS
  • Lockable front and rear differentials
  • Adaptive variable suspension
  • 5-mode drive mode select

2021 Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series GR Sport.


  • Black 18-inch alloy wheels with 265/65R18 Dunlop tyres
  • Unique black gloss mesh grille with matte white ‘TOYOTA’ lettering
  • Specific front & rear lower bumper design & black wheelarch mouldings
  • Black rocker/lower door mouldings, outer mirror covers, door handles, window mouldings & ‘LandCruiser’ logo
  • GR Sport badging on grille, front doors & rear hatch
  • Different rear mudguards
  • Front door scuff plate ornamentation
  • Delete chrome-accented exterior door mirrors & door handles

2021 Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series GR Sport.


  • GR Sport logo on steering wheel, front seat headrests & smart start button
  • Unique ‘Advanced Carbon’ steering wheel, centre console & door trim
  • Five seats with two-row curtain airbags

Toyota LandCruiser 300 series GR Sport safety screen


  • Adaptive high beam system

Comfort and convenience

  • 1 Front USB-A port (for USB audio connection) & 3 USB-C ports (1 x front row, 2 x 2nd row)
  • No hard-backed pockets for back of front seats
  • Rear seat entertainment removed

Toyota LandCruiser 300 series GR Sport rear seats

GR Sport more Thoughts

  • GR Sport definitely has a different look and feel about it to the Sahara versions
  • With a it aids off road capability
  • On road dynamics are tighter than the Sahara and that’s a bonus
  • Purposeful front end and better approach angle
  • There has been a few people winging and bitching about the new V6 engine, well in reality its an improvement over the big lazy V8 that was available before. Longevity questions will only be answered by time
  • Heated seats are ‘toasty’ and the ventilation also is appreciated
  • Rear seats are reasonably comfortable but better suited for two people. Knee room is good but foot room feels a little high and restricted
  • Not having two rear seats is a bonus as is not having the twin screen on the rear of the front seats like in the Sahara. That technology is now old.
  • The difference in suspension between the GR Sport and Sahara means firmer and sportier ride and dynamics and much better on road as well as off road.
  • Infotainment technology is behind the market, however the screen at 12.5 inches is excellent
  • The central cool box is handy but I would prefer storage.
  • Rear seat exterior view is panoramic with big windows and a high seating position.
  • I miss the split tailgate, although the new one does provide cover in the wet.
  • despite all the changes there is a familiarity to driving the LandCruiser and that’s comforting.
  • Power delivery is linear which helps day to day driving
  • electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System ( e-KDSS ) and front and rear diff locks etc allow prodigious off road capability.
  • At freeway speeds there is more wind noise than I would have expected.
  • For me the GR Sport is the pick of the bunch.