The Toyota 86 compact sports coupe is designed for people who are looking for affordable performance. The original introduction of the 86 was under the Scion brand, the FR-S model year 2013. Despite being in its first generation, Toyota has discontinued the Scion brand and the FR-S was reintroduced as the Toyota 86 in 2017.
The Toyota 86 is not a muscle car. Although acceleration is quick, the car isn’t brutal. The 86 has a balanced weight and handling system that allows the driver to take control of tight turns. This makes it a joy to drive on twisty roads. The car doesn’t have many frills which can be a plus for driving enthusiasts. The car is still comfortable enough to drive on the open roads, provided you don’t have to put anyone in the backseat.
Pricing and Trims
Toyota offers the 86 in a single trim level with either an automatic or manual transmission. Both models can seat four people. Both models include a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, power windows and locks, power adjustable side and rear mirrors, 17 inch alloy wheels, driver seat height adjustment, Bluetooth, Bluetooth, air conditioning, and a sound system that includes eight speakers, HD radio, CD, RCA output jacks, and auxiliary input jacks.
You can add on optional features such as front LED running lights and dual-zone automatic temperature control. Illuminated exterior badges. Frameless rearview mirror. Electroluminescent dashboard. Solar-powered illuminated shifter knob. 7-inch touchscreen with navigation.
An 86 comes with an invoice from the factory of approximately $26,500 for a manual base model and an MSRP around $27,000. To bring the MSRP of the vehicle to $28,000, the automatic model adds $1000. As a member, you have the opportunity to visit any Certified Dealer and receive a straight price for a purchase.
Engine and Performance
The Toyota 86 is powered a 2.0-liter four cylinder boxer, or horizontally opposed engine. Peak power output is 205 horsepower and 156 pounds-feet. Standard equipment includes rear-wheel drive and a six speed manual transmission. For optimal performance, a six-speed automatic transmission can be ordered along with shifter paddles that allow for manual gear selections and rev-matched downshifts. As standard equipment, a mechanical limited-slip differential can also be included.
The fuel economy estimates are 22 mpg in the city, 30 on the highway, and 25 combined with the manual transmission. These estimates are changed to 25 mpg, 34 mpg highway, and 28 mpg when using the automatic transmission.
Toyota chose to keep the interior simple and not add flashy accessories. This allows the driver to focus on the joy of driving. The cabin is dominated by grey. The gauge cluster is simple and has only small digital displays. They do not distract from the driver. Both Toyota and Subaru provided the controls, which were used in the construction of this car. This allows for a unique blend of styling and simplicity. The steering wheel is sporty and thick, with the aluminum pedals as well as the ball-style gear selector. The gear selector glows in darkness thanks to a photocell embedded at its top that collects solar energy during daylight hours.
Thanks to an intuitive menu, the infotainment system can be very user-friendly. Drivers will no longer have to correct incorrect selections as the screen registers taps immediately. For the price, the audio system is very good.
The front seats are very comfortable with large side bolsters to help keep the front passenger and driver in place when cornering quickly. The driver’s seat can be adjusted in a variety of ways to fit people of all sizes, which is quite surprising considering the car is so small. Rear seats are only for children under five years old. Although the trunk has 6.9 cubic feet of cargo, the backseat folds down to increase the cargo area.