GR Sport Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series 2022 Review

WE DRIVE THE GR SPORT ON A ROAD TEST 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.

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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.

Model   

2022 LandCruiser GR Sport

Model Price $137,790 MLP*
Engine 3.3L V6 Cyl Twin Turbo diesel
Drivetrain Dual Range 4×4 10 speed Sports Auto
Power 227kW @ 4,000rpm
Torque 700Nm @ 1,600-2,600rpm
Safety 5 Star ANCAP (August 2020)
CO2 Emissions 207 g/km
Economy ADR/ Capacity 8.9L/100km /10.2L/100km on test / 110L
0-100kmh/Top Speed N/A / 210kmh
Servicing 6 mths/ 10,000km  Capped price
Warranty 5yr/ 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    

88/100

Behind the Wheel 8
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 9
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 10
Towing / 4WD Ability 10 – Towing 5/5 – 4WD 5/5
Technology / Connectivity 8
Value for Money 8

*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 Length 4995mm
Wheelbase 2850mm
Width / Height 1990mm / 1950mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth Up to 245mm / TBCmm
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle 110 Litres / 11.8mts KTK
Approach / rampover / departure degrees 32 / TBC / 25
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM / Payload 2630kg / 3280kg / 6780kg / 650kg
Max Roof Load: TBC
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating 3500kg / 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.

Mechanical

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

2021 Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series GR Sport.

Exterior

  • 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.

Interior

  • 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

Safety

  • 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.
  • 8.8/10
    Overall Rating - 8.8/10
8.8/10

Summary

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.

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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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. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, many years ago. He has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. 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 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.

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