Highlights of the Subaru WRX 2022 vs 2023 Toyota GR Corolla comparison guide:
- The Toyota GR Corolla 2023 is more powerful and lighter than the 2022 Subaru WRX
- While the 2022 WRX is a decent sports sedan, the 2023 GR Corolla may be able to match or even surpass its agility
- Toyota’s hot hatch may have a higher price range than the WRX
Finally, the long wait is finally over: the 2023 Toyota GR Corolla is officially launched. It comes after Subaru announced that the 2022 WRX will not get an STD sibling. However, the latest WRX is more willing to slip through dirt or speed around bends. But will she be able to keep up with this hot new Corolla?
Toyota GR Corolla 2023 outperforms Subaru WRX 2022
|2023 Toyota GR Corolla||2022 Subaru WRX|
|engine||1.6L TURBO THREE CYLINDER||2.4L Turbocharged Quad Boxer|
|horse power||300 hp||271 hp|
|torque||273 lb ft||258 lbs ft|
|Send||Six-speed manual||Six-speed manual
Auto Variable (CVT)
|curb weight||3,249 lbs (base)
3200 lbs (circuit version)
|Manual: 3297-3320 lbs
CVT: 3431-3534 lbs
|0-60 mph time||less than 5.0 seconds (car and driver Appreciation)||4.7-5.4 seconds (car and driver Appreciation)|
First, the rumors were true. The 2023 Toyota GR Corolla uses the same 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine as the GR Yaris. But thanks to a new exhaust, more boost, and refueling, the Corolla is even more powerful. The extra horsepower and torque are dampened a bit by the Yaris’ 300-pound weight advantage.
However, this still gives the 2023 Toyota GR Corolla the same power-to-weight ratio as the 2004 Impreza WRX STi. That car managed to run 4.9 seconds from 0-60 mph. And remember, some testers beat the GR Yaris’s official 5.5-second 0-62 mph claims by some margin.
So, on paper, the GR Corolla has a 2022 Subaru WRX that excels in power and weight. In theory, that should make it faster, at least in a straight line. And it’s not like the 2022 WRX has an advantage with the optional CVT. Sure, the GR Corolla is manual only, but the WRX is one of several cars that are faster with a stick.
Still, car and driverThe 2022 Subaru WRX estimates that it can still win or tie the drag race. But then, these sports cars are just more than that.
Will the 2023 Toyota GR Corolla beat the 2022 Subaru WRX on pavement and gravel?
Race-inspired, both the Toyota GR Corolla 2023 and 2022 Subaru WRX have all-wheel drive. In the case of the GR Corolla, it is a model-specific system developed through racing, from [Toyota’s] crowd string “,” car and driver Says. And while both cars offer multiple four-wheel drive modes for different driving conditions, only Toyota’s system allows drivers to adjust the torque split.
In addition to the trick all-wheel drive system, the Toyota GR Corolla 2023 offers an optional front and rear limited-slip differential. LSDs come standard with the Circuit version, which also has a carbon roof, rear spoiler and hood. This lid also has more slots than standard aluminum slots. You can’t get any of these features in WRX 2022.
Admittedly, the WRX GT has adaptive shocks, which are not available on Toyota. And for 2022, Subaru stiffened the WRX’s chassis, lowered its center of gravity, modified the suspension, and installed a faster steering rack. Additionally, these plastic fender panels have aerodynamic benefits. So, a Subaru sedan isn’t necessarily outgunned by a Toyota hatchback.
However, the GR Corolla isn’t just an AWD-powered version of the regular Corolla Hatchback. Its suspension geometry is different, on the one hand, the suspension components are stiffer and lighter, car and driver Says. It also has a wider track, a heavily reinforced chassis, and a different floor sump. Toyota even moved the battery to the rear for better weight distribution.
As of this writing, no one has been driving a Toyota GR Corolla. And while it’s getting more refined, the 2022 Subaru WRX “remains a fun cornering treat” car and driver reports. We will have to let the rally stage decide which is more sporty.
How much does a 2023 GR Corolla cost compared to a WRX?
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Even before the options, the 2022 Subaru WRX GT will set you back just under $43,000. However, the base manual model starts at $30,100.
As of this writing, Toyota has not released official pricing details for the 2023 GR Corolla. However, Toyota said MotorTrend That it should be a “competitor” with other 300hp hot hatches on the market. On the outside, the GR Yaris equates to an average car of $30,000. So, a basic base model should start at less than $40,000. Higher-spec options and trims will likely push posters up to an average of $40,000.
In short, the GR Corolla will likely be a bit more expensive than the WRX.
When will Toyota’s hot hatch be ready to rally against the WRX?
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Deciding whether the Toyota GR Corolla 2023 is worth the potential premium on the 2022 Subaru WRX, you’ll have to wait. But the wait will not be long; Toyota says the hot hatch will go on sale later in 2022.
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