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Rankings & Research

The 2019 Toyota 86 ranked #7 in Sports Cars. Currently the Toyota 86 has a score of 7.4 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 20 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 5.8
Safety: 8.9
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2019 Toyota 86 Review

The 2019 Toyota 86 has a lackluster engine, a small trunk, and cramped rear seats. As a result, it struggles to stand out among rival sports cars.

Pros & Cons

  • Dynamic handling
  • User-friendly features
  • Subpar engine power
  • Unimpressive fuel economy
  • Miniscule back seats
  • Below-average trunk space

Is the Toyota 86 a Good Car?

The Toyota 86 excels when you're throwing this rear-wheel-drive sports car through turns. Snug seats keep you in place for spirited driving, and the cabin ergonomics and controls work in favor of the driver. Simply put, it's fun to drive. Inside, it also has an easy-to-use touch screen. However, the 86 has laughable back-seat space and a tiny trunk. And with an output of only 205 horsepower, it doesn’t rocket off the line like its rivals do.

Should I Buy the Toyota 86?

The 86 is a good choice if you don't often transport cargo and passengers, or you are on a tight budget. Alternatively, you might just be after a sharp handler. Toyota offers the 86 from the factory with optional performance upgrades like TRD brake pads, lowering springs, an air filter, a performance exhaust, and a sway bar kit. However, other sports cars like the Mazda MX-5 Miata are better daily drivers. Many of them boast more power too.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Toyota 86?

For 2019, Toyota introduced a new 86 TRD Special Edition trim. This model comes with unique interior and exterior styling elements, an aggressive body design, a rear spoiler, a TRD performance exhaust, Sachs performance suspension dampers, and Brembo brakes. Production will be limited to 1,418 units.

Unless you're set on this special version of the 86, consider shopping for a used model that will likely save you thousands of dollars. Prior to becoming the Toyota 86, this model was known as the 2016 Scion FR-S. There hasn't been a full redesign of the car since its introduction as the FR-S for the 2013 model year. There are few differences between the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Toyota 86 models.

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We Did the Research for You: 14 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 14 Toyota 86 reviews – along with safety ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 86 is the right new car for you. This 2019 Toyota 86 review incorporates applicable research and data from all the model years of the current generation (2013 to 2019) and includes research for both the 86 and Scion FR-S.

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How Much Does the Toyota 86 Cost?

The 2019 Toyota 86 starts at $26,655, which is a little above average for the sports car class. Two higher trims retail for $28,785 and $32,470, respectively. A manual transmission is standard, but you can equip any model (minus the Special Edition) with an automatic for $720. The 86 offers few notable options or packages, so there isn't a wide range of prices.

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Toyota 86 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota 86 or Subaru BRZ?

The Subaru BRZ was developed alongside the 86's predecessor, the Scion FR-S, so these coupes have a lot in common. They each have a four-cylinder engine with identical horsepower and similar fuel economy ratings. Both cars feel at home tackling corners with enthusiasm, though the Subrau has a slight edge in performance. They offer the same meager trunk space and nearly non-existent back-seat room, but the BRZ's technology is a little more modern. It offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which the 86 doesn’t. Since these cars are so similar, your choice will come down to personal preference.

Which Is Better: Toyota 86 or Mazda MX-5 Miata?

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a perennial challenger, and often winner, of the top spot in our sports car rankings. With only two seats and a trunk roughly the size of a large suitcase, the Miata earns its high place mainly on the strength of its performance and heaps of critical praise. For 2019, the Miata sees a 26-horsepower boost in engine output. That increase makes it feel lively in any situation, especially given the car's petite stature and low weight. It's one of the most fun-to-drive cars available, with razor-sharp handling, an intimate connection to the road, and a refined manual transmission. The Miata is also easy to live with as a daily driver, thanks to its upscale interior and user-friendly tech. You can also equip it with advanced safety options like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, and low-speed automatic emergency braking. Not only is the Miata a better car than the 86, but it’s also a good value, with a base price around $1,000 less than what the 86 starts at. Going with the Miata is a no-brainer.

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86 Interior

How Many People Does the 86 Seat?

The Toyota 86 coupe has four seats, but it really only seats two. You could ferry children around in the second row, or adults that you really don’t like. Sliding either of the front seats back as far as they go takes away nearly all rear-seat legroom.

The front seats are low, and it’s easy to plop right into them. Overall driving ergonomics are good, with a well-placed steering wheel, shift knob, and pedals. Headroom and legroom up front are acceptable as well, but your knees might bump the center console on occasion. Ample side bolstering keeps you in place when cornering hard, but that also means that those with wide shoulders might be a little uncomfortable during long stretches. Having only a few manual adjustments also makes it difficult to find a relaxing seating position.

86 and Car Seats

The Toyota 86 has a complete set of LATCH car-seat connections for each of its second-row seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. The lower anchors are set deep in the seats, and while it requires little force to attach the straps, there’s not much room to move your hands around the anchors.

86 Interior Quality

The 86’s overall fit and finish is good, and most materials are pleasing for a budget sports car. There are upscale design touches like red stitching and seats upholstered in suede with either cloth or leather trimmings.

86 Cargo Space

The 86 has a 6.9-cubic-foot trunk. That’s below average for a sports car, but you can unlock more utility by folding down the rear seats as one piece, creating a nearly flat floor. Given how small the 86’s back seats are and that you probably don’t want to use them often, you’re probably better off just keeping them folded down for extra cargo space.

86 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Nearly everything in the 86 coupe is oriented for the driver's benefit. The instrument cluster has a large tachometer right in the middle, with sporty accents like a white background. Three large physical knobs for climate controls sit within easy reach on the lower part of the center stack.

The 86’s standard 7-inch touch-screen doesn’t have a lot of functions but is easy to use. A few buttons to the left of the screen provide shortcuts for things like volume, Bluetooth, voice recognition, media source, and other settings. You won’t find the most modern infotainment technologies like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in the 86, though.

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86 Performance

86 Engine: Not Much Power

The Toyota 86’s humble, naturally aspirated 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission and makes 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is optional, and that drops output to 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.

To be in the ballpark of 200 horses isn't impressive for a performance-focused vehicle, but it works in the 86 for the most part. Throttle response is OK, and you'll get moving with little drama. The manual gearbox is the clear choice for a car of this caliber, especially with the six-speed’s quick, precise shifts. The car also holds gears well, so you're not constantly changing up or down in certain situations, like descending a hill.

86 Gas Mileage: Nothing to Write Home About

The 2019 86 earns 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with its standard manual transmission. These estimates aren't that great for the class. The automatic improves the estimates to 24/32 mpg city/highway, which stacks up a little better with four-cylinder class rivals.

86 Ride and Handling: Corner Carver

What the rear-drive Toyota 86 lacks in engine power, it makes up for with its deft handling. A stiff chassis and communicative steering give you great feedback from the road, and excellent road grip keeps the 86 planted around turns. A limited-slip differential comes standard. The brakes are strong and provide good stopping power, even when you brake late going into a turn.

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86 Reliability

Is the Toyota 86 Reliable?

The 2019 Toyota 86 has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Toyota 86 Warranty

Toyota covers the 86 with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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86 Safety

86 Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Toyota 86 four out of five stars in the frontal crash test and five stars in the rollover test. At the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 86 recieved the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test. 

86 Safety Features

The Toyota 86 comes standard with a rearview camera, but there are no other optional driver assistance aids.

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86 Dimensions and Weight

The 2019 Toyota 86 measures roughly 14 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 2,776 to 2,837 pounds. It has a gross vehicle weight rating ranging from 3,682 to 3,748 pounds.

Where is the 2019 Toyota 86 Built?

Toyota builds the 86 in Japan.

Which Toyota 86 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Toyota 86 is available in base, GT, and TRD Special Edition trim levels. The new-for-2019 TRD edition will be produced in limited numbers. All models come standard with a four-cylinder engine, rear-wheel drive, and a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic is optional for $720. For many buyers, it may be worth shelling out the extra $2,100 or so for the 86 GT model and its nicer upholstery, heated front seats, automatic climate control, and easy keyless entry and ignition.

Toyota 86

The 2019 Toyota 86 starts at $26,655. Standard features include cloth and suede upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, hill-start assist, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, an eight-speaker stereo, voice recognition, HD Radio, and a 7-inch touch screen. Navigation is optional in all 86 models for $900. You can also equip the 86 with TRD performance upgrades including brake pads for $70 per set, lowering springs for $639, an air filter for $75, a sway bar for $550, and a performance exhaust system that costs $1,100.

Toyota 86 GT

The Toyota 86 GT retails for $28,785 and adds heated outside mirrors, heated front seats, leather and suede seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key entry, and a 4.2-inch digital driver information display.

Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition

The limited-production Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition costs $32,470. It has unique styling and body effects, a rear spoiler, a TRD performance exhaust, performance suspension dampers, and Brembo brakes.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Toyota 86 has dynamic handling and a driver-focused interior, but it doesn’t do enough to stand out among sports cars that have quicker acceleration. Apart from being short on engine power, this Toyota also has a tiny rear seat and trunk.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • While there are solutions for more speed in aftermarket engine kits, the from-the-factory reality is that the 86 is slower than just about anything else you'd likely cross-shop it with. But that doesn't mean it's not fun to drive. The fun comes from when the road begins to bend. With precise steering and playful handling, the 86 always engages, especially with the standard six-speed manual transmission. The harder you drive it around a freeway on-ramp or stretch it out along a twisting back road, the more it rewards. It's just a shame it runs out of steam so soon." -- Edmunds
  • "Apart from having a fixed metal roof, it has a lot in common with the Mazda MX-5 Miata, in that it's a great introduction to rear-drive fun without being so powerful that rookies might get out of shape too easily." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We'd love to tell you that the incremental upgrades bestowed upon Toyota's rear-wheel-drive coupe as it made its transition from Scion FR-S to Toyota 86 have transformed it into a perfect sports car. If only a few more horsepower, shorter rear-end gearing, and tiny aero updates were enough to quell all the complaints that enthusiasts have leveled at the machine since the platform first hit the road in 2012, this review would have been so much more satisfying to write. Sadly, that's not the case." -- Autoblog (2017)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: September 27, 2019

Slipping Sales: Sales of the Toyota 86 sit in the middle of the sports car class. Dealerships have sold 20.4 percent fewer 86 models in 2019 compared to the same span in 2018. Still, it’s outpacing the Subaru BRZ in the sales race by almost 24 percent. 

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