2017 Toyota 86 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Toyota 86 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.4

The 2017 Toyota 86 – formerly known as the Scion FR-S – is built with the driver in mind. The cabin features some high-end materials, which are an improvement over those in the outgoing Scion FR-S. The 86 lacks a lot of driver assistance features that you can find in some class rivals, though driving enthusiasts may not miss them. Additionally, while the 86’s 7-inch touch screen is easy to use, it can be difficult to see because of glare.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive, even on long drives. The rear seats are of little use except as extra storage space, which may not be a bad idea since the 86 provides less than 7 cubic feet of trunk space.

  • "Remaining refreshingly analog, the Toyota 86 doesn't receive the big package of standard semi-autonomous safety systems some other 2017 Toyota models get as standard equipment. It does get upgraded materials, including a new faux suede material on the dashboard and door panels. Toyota calls this material Granlux, and it is both upscale to look at and provides much-appreciated padding for bracing one's knees in the turns." -- New York Daily News
  • "Inside, Toyota has also added new Granlux faux suede inserts to the seats, dash and the top of of the doors. If you want to lower the windows and hang an elbow out, the material is very comfortable to rest your arm on. I actually preferred it to leather." -- Cars.com
  • "Toyota did away with the red stitching inside the FR-S, choosing a silvery shade instead for the 86. There's a suede-like textile atop the door panels and the passenger side of the dash that looks and feels better than the plastic of previous models. The fabric also cuts down on interior glare." -- Autoblog

Seating

The 86 seats four. Cloth upholstery, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, and sport bucket seats are standard. The front seats are comfortable and offer plenty of side support, which comes in handy if you decide to take advantage of the 86’s handling abilities. Drivers will appreciate the excellent forward visibility.

Like many sports cars, the rear seats have limited space, and most adults probably can’t ride comfortably in the back. On the bright side, they do feature two complete sets of LATCH connectors. However, just because there are LATCH connectors in the back seat, that doesn’t mean it’ll be easy to strap in a car seat. The lower anchors are buried in the cushion, and it can be difficult to attach a car seat.

  • "The comfortable front seats are covered with fabric that helps to grip occupants and the seatback wings deliver great lateral support." -- New York Daily News
  • "The FR-S's front seats are comfortable for long-distance trips while providing firm support for hard driving. Drivers of just about any size can find a suitable driving position, and the low-profile hood allows an expansive view of the road ahead." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "There's no denying that there's not a huge amount of room inside a 2016 FR-S, but it's only the tallest drivers who would call it cramped. Not only is there good headroom and legroom, but Scion has cleverly carved out space for just about everything you'll want to have with you." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 86 include an eight-speaker audio system with a 7-inch touch screen, a USB port, voice recognition, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and a rearview camera. An upgraded audio system that also features navigation is available.

All of the 86’s audio features are controlled by touch screen. The interface is fairly easy to figure out, and there are redundant audio controls on the steering wheel. However, the screen can be difficult to see because of glare and because it can be washed out in the sunlight. Some reviewers are disappointed that, as of now, Toyota is not planning to offer the 86 with advanced connectivity features like Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

See 2017 Toyota 86 specs »

  • "A new, smaller-diameter leather-wrapped steering wheel now includes remote audio controls for the standard 8-speaker Pioneer audio system, which is paired with a 7-inch touchscreen display and backup camera. It dresses up what was already one of the best primary control layouts around." -- New York Daily News
  • For cabin electronics, the 86 gets a 7-inch touchscreen head unit, standard, for stereo and Bluetooth hands-free phone calls. I was disappointed to see that this unit is a carryover from the FR-S, and doesn't support navigation. Toyota's latest Corolla gets a similarly sized touchscreen that includes integration with a free, third-party navigation app. Now that the 86 is under the Toyota brand in the US, its electronics should line up with its siblings." -- CNET
  • The steering wheel is three millimeters smaller in diameter than before, but Toyota still found room to add buttons for the audio system. As before, that audio system is controlled through a seven-inch touchscreen LCD that suffers from irritating glare in uneven lighting and washes out in direct sunlight. Toyota has no plans to offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in the 86." -- Autoblog

Cargo

The 86 features 6.9 cubic feet of trunk space. Almost every class rival except the Mazda Miata and Fiat 124 Spider has a larger trunk. The rear seats do fold down to provide a fair amount of extra space.

  • Trunk space is minuscule at 6.9 cubic feet, although folding down the mostly useless rear seat expands cargo-carrying abilities considerably." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • And with the admittedly marginal rear seats folded, you have enough trunk and stowage area for the set of racing rubber you want to use on track days." -- Autotrader (2014)
  • With the rear seat folded, there's enough room in its trunk for a full set of mounted wheels and tires, a gas can, tools, and a helmet. Take all that out … and you'll have space for two golf bags." -- Motor Trend (2013)

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