Toyota HiLux GR Sport first drive impressions

What does the HiLux GR Sport tow like

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

2023 Toyota HiLux GR SportI 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_Frosted White with Black Roof

Everything you need to know about the Toyota HiLux GR Sport, and more driving impressions,  can be FOUND HERE 


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_Feverish Red with Black Roof

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Buyers could look at Ford Ranger Wildtrak,  Isuzu D-Max X-TerrainNissan Navara PRO 4X WarriorMazda BT-50 Thunder.

2023 Toyota HiLux GR Sport_Frosted White with Black Roof

Toyota HiLux


HiLux GR Sport

Model Price$73,990 MLP*
Engine2.8L 4 Cyl Turbo Diesel Euro 5
Drivetrain6 Sp Sports AT Dual range 4WD
Power165kW @ 3,000rpm
Torque550Nm @ 1600-2800rpm
SafetyFive star ANCAP (tested July 2019)
0-100kmh / Top SpeedTBA / 175km/h
CO2 Emissions213 g/km
Economy ADR8.1L/100km / 80L capacity
Economy on testN/A
Max Range1000km plus.
Servicing6Mth / 10,000km Capped Price
Warranty5yr/ Unlimited km
Road side Assist5Yr. 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    


Behind the Wheel8
Ride and Handling9
Fit for Purpose9
AWD/Towing Capability*10 (4WD 5/5 Towing 5/5 )
Value for Money8

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

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Dimensions GR Sport

Overall Length5320mm
Wheels17×7.0 Alloy
Tyres265/65 R17 Bridgestone Dueller AT
Spare TyreFull size alloy with tyre as above
Max ground clearanceUp to 265mm
Wading Depth800mm
Approach30 degrees
Rampover26 degrees
Departure angle23 degrees
Steering typeRack and pinion hydraulic power steering
Turning Circle KTK12.6m
Tub Length1520mm
Tub width arches1085mm
Tub Depth475mm
Kerb Weight2270kg
Payload (kg)780kg
GVM (kg)3050kg
Towing Capacity3500kg
Tow Ball rating350kg

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

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