2024 Toyota GR Corolla Adds Mid-Level Premium Trim, Starts at $37,195

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Toyota reentered the hot-hatch game in 2023 with all the subtlety of a WWE superstar strutting into the ring, with the 300-horsepower, all-wheel-drive GR Corolla ready to suplex the establishment right through the nearest table. For 2024, a new Premium trim splits the difference between the Core and Circuit trims; there’s no word yet on the return of the all-out, two-seat Morizo track maniac.

Related: Toyota Unveils New Special Editions for 2024 GR Corolla, GR86, GR Supra

What’s New?

The Premium trim might be the new sweet spot in the GR Corolla lineup, as it includes front and rear Torsen limited-slip differentials and functional brake-cooling ducts. It also gets comfort features like an eight-speaker JBL audio system, wireless phone charging, heated front seats and steering wheel, and front and rear parking sensors.

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

A turbocharged 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine that makes 300 hp and 273 pounds-feet of torque powers all 2024 GR Corollas. It is paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission that sends power to a driver-adjustable AWD system.

Also standard is Toyota Safety Sense 3.0, which includes forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane-centering steering assist, adaptive cruise control and road-sign recognition.

All 2024 GR Corollas also get an 8-inch touchscreen with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster that includes GR-specific displays like AWD mode, turbo pressure and a tachometer. In addition, the Core includes 18-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires and cloth seats with GR logos. The new Premium trim level’s Torsen differentials are optional on the Core via a Performance Package that also adds red brake calipers.

In addition to the Torsen diffs, red brake calipers and the aforementioned features, the Premium gets suede-trimmed seats. At the top of the line, the Circuit trim level gets a unique hood and rear spoiler, forged carbon-fiber roof, black 18-inch BBS wheels and a leather-wrapped shift knob with forged carbon-fiber accents.

Pricing and Availability

The 2024 Toyota GR Corolla will go on sale soon. Full line pricing, including $1,095 for delivery, is as follows:

  • Core: $37,195
  • Premium: $41,015
  • Circuit: $45,835

Versus the Competition

For hot hatchbacks, 300 hp is an elite club. Pricing for the 2023 Volkswagen Golf R starts a fair bit higher than the GR Corolla at $45,835. The 2023 Honda Civic Type R’s turbo four cranks out 315 hp, but it’s front-wheel drive only, and pricing starts at $44,890. With “just” 271 hp, the Subaru WRX doesn’t match the GR Corolla’s output, but it’s significantly more affordable, with 2023 pricing starting at $31,625.

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