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2018 Toyota 86 Review

The 2018 Toyota 86 ranks near the bottom of the sports car class. Despite its deft handling and good predicted reliability rating, it lacks the modern amenities found in most rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Agile handling
  • Supportive seats
  • Uninspiring engine
  • Fewer features than rivals
  • No Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Cramped rear seats and small trunk

7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.7
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 6.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.2
Reliability:
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2018 Toyota 86 Overview

Is the 2018 Toyota 86 a Good Used Car?

The 86 is a good sports car if you're looking for a weekend toy that delivers sporty handling. However, it's not the best choice if you're looking for a car that's spacious or offers lots of comfort and tech features.

The 2018 Toyota 86 has several highlights:

  • Above-average predicted reliability rating
  • Sprightly handling and tight steering
  • Feels planted in curves
  • Uncomplicated infotainment system
  • User-friendly dashboard controls
  • Well-bolstered front seats

However, it does have some drawbacks:

  • Tepid acceleration
  • Few standard and available features
  • No Android Auto or Apple CarPlay
  • Excessive glare on touch screen
  • Confined back seats
  • Not much cargo room
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Toyota 86 review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 21 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Toyota 86?

Based on listings for the 2018 Toyota 86 on our site, the average price is $23,700, which is below average for the class. Prices range from $21,500 to $26,900 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Toyota 86 Cost to Own?

The 2018 86’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $27,900, or $5,580 per year. That’s a little less than average for the sports car class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New 86?

The price of a 2019 Toyota 86 starts at $26,655. For 2019, Toyota introduced a new TRD Special Edition trim, which includes performance enhancements like TRD brake pads, lowering springs, and a performance exhaust. Unless you’re set on this trim, consider saving money by sticking with a 2018 model instead.

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Prior to the 2017 model year, the Toyota 86 was known as the Scion FR-S. There hasn't been a full redesign of this vehicle since its introduction for the 2013 model year, though there have been minor changes and additions. The 2014 FR-S gained a standard touch screen, and the 2016 FR-S received a rearview camera and a 7-inch touch screen. We recommend the rebranded 2017 Toyota 86, which has a retuned suspension, or the 2016 model. You’ll get a similar car that likely costs less.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Toyota 86?

The 2018 Toyota 86 has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Toyota 86 Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2018 Toyota 86.

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Which Used Toyota 86 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Toyota 86 comes in two trims: base and GT. Both feature a four-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual transmission, and rear-wheel drive. The base 86 does not offer many tech features, and the GT trim only adds some comfort and convenience enhancements.

  • Toyota 86: The base trim’s standard features include an eight-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touch screen, a USB port, voice recognition, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and a rearview camera.
  • Toyota 86 GT: In addition to the base trim's features, the 86 GT comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, leather upholstery, and heated front seats. There's also a GT Black trim that has some different styling elements.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Mazda, Hyundai, and Honda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the 86?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2018 Toyota 86 the highest rating of Good in four crash tests. It received the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 86 five out of five stars in the rollover test and four stars in the frontal crash evaluation. It did not receive an overall safety rating.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features

  • none

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2018 Toyota 86 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota 86 or 2018 Ford Mustang?

The 2018 Ford Mustang and the Toyota 86 may both be sports cars, but the Mustang adds some power to the equation. It’s a classic American muscle car that features a potent powertrain lineup, from its 310-horsepower base engine to the 526-horsepower V8 in the Shelby GT 350. The 86 is less focused on swift acceleration and more focused on handling and corner-carving fun. Like the Toyota, the Ford has a cramped back seat, but the Mustang has a larger trunk than the 86. You’ll get more tech features in the Mustang too, and for most buyers, it's a better choice overall.

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota 86 or 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata consistently ranks near the top of the sports car class. This two-seater’s engine puts out less horsepower than the 86’s, but like the 86, the Miata isn’t about power – it’s all about carving corners. The Miata’s cabin is more handsomely styled than the 86’s, and it has more technology and safety features. Go with the Mazda.

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2018 86 Performance

How Does the 2018 Toyota 86 Drive?

The Toyota 86’s four-cylinder engine won’t impress you with its power, but it’s responsive and produces zippy acceleration. Both transmissions are solid, but sports car enthusiasts may prefer the manual and its short, smooth throws.

The standard sport-tuned suspension and sharp steering make for lively handling. The 86 is a blast to drive through twists and turns, and it remains planted around corners. Ride quality is decent for a sports car, many of which feel too stiff.

  • Base engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 205 horsepower (200 horsepower with the automatic transmission)
  • Drivetrain: rear-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard six-speed manual; available six-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Toyota 86 Get Good Gas Mileage?

You’ll get the best gas mileage with the automatic transmission. Those numbers are about average for the class.

  • With manual: 21/28 mpg city/highway
  • With automatic: 24/32 mpg

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2018 86 Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 86 Seat?

The 2018 Toyota 86 seats four people in two rows. The front seats offer side bolstering, but some people may find it confining. The rear seats are tiny and difficult to access, but that's common for sports cars. The 86’s cabin has some quality materials, but this car favors driving over style. Visibility is good from the driver’s seat.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • height-adjustable driver’s seat
  • sport front bucket seats
  • tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • heated front seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Toyota 86?

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats of the Toyota 86. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. The lower anchors are buried deeply in the seats, and it can be hard to maneuver your hands around them.

2018 Toyota 86 Features

All the cabin controls are easy to reach, and the touch screen's interface is straightforward, though sunlight can wash out the display at times. Drivers who spend time at the racetrack may appreciate the large tachometer at the center of the gauge cluster. Unlike many rivals, the 86 doesn’t offer Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

  • Standard infotainment features: an eight-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touch screen, a USB port, voice recognition, Bluetooth, and HD Radio
  • Available infotainment features: an upgraded audio system and navigation
  • Other available features: dual-zone automatic climate control and push-button start

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2018 Toyota 86 Dimensions

Toyota 86 Cargo Space

The 86 has just 6.9 cubic feet of trunk space, one of the smallest capacities in the sports car class. The rear seats fold down to accommodate larger items, and there are a few small-item storage cubbies throughout the cabin.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Toyota 86 Length and Weight
  • Length: 13 feet, 11 inches
  • Curb weight: 2,776 to 2,817 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Toyota 86 Built?

Toyota built the 2018 86 in Japan.

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