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2019 Toyota 86 Interior Review


Interior: 5.8

The 2019 Toyota 86 has a driver-focused interior that features quality materials. The front seats are supportive but lack comfort, and the second row is laughably small. Trunk space is similarly low, but it’s more useful with the back seat folded down. Tech features are simple and user-friendly.

  • "Our test car had no squeaks or rattles, even when driven aggressively over bumpy surfaces. No panels felt loose or insufficient. Tasteful touches of simulated suede contrasts with hard plastics, but touch points are thoughtfully faux leather-type materials." -- Edmunds
  • "Toyota's 2019 86 shares at least one attribute with the ever-wonderful Porsche 911. They both have their tachometers (rev counters) right in the center of the driver's instrument cluster -- because engine speed is often more crucial than road speed (planning that perfect upshift, for example). This illustrates how driver-centric the 86's interior design is; the rest of the controls are situated just as perfectly." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Red stitching on the seats and trim along with padded surfaces on the dash and doors spruce up this budget sports car's interior. The carpeting and carbon-fiber look dash are more purposeful than plush. Most panels have a solid feel and fit together well." -- Consumer Reports (2018)


The Toyota 86 seats four people on standard cloth and suede upholstery with manually adjustable front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Options include leather and suede seats and heated front seats. The 86 has two complete sets of rear LATCH connections. The lower anchors are set deep in the seat and there’s little room to maneuver your hands around the anchors.

The front seats in the 86 are well-sculpted and provide plenty of lateral support, but they can become uncomfortable during long trips. The back seats are tiny even for a sports car.

  • "The downside is that the 2019 Toyota 86 can be noisy and cramped, while the firm ride is tiresome at times. It takes a real enthusiast to appreciate such a focused machine. This is called a 2+2, so the front seats are okay, but the rear places are probably best left for overnight bags. … The front seats are comfortable and supportive enough for long stints, and the simulated suede upholstery prevents their occupants from sliding around during hard cornering. The seating position is low to the ground, exactly as it should be." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "A limited range of adjustability makes finding a truly comfortable position difficult. While the seats have firm padding and excellent bolsters, they quickly become uncomfortable on long drives. … It's low, but the wide door opening and unobtrusive seat cushion make it easy to drop into the 86. Use the rear seats for bags and cargo since the aperture to get in or out of them makes it virtually impossible for a human to do with any sort of grace." -- Edmunds
  • "Everything needed for enthusiastic driving is in easy reach, with a perfectly placed steering wheel, pedals, and shifter. The cabin is snug, but there is good leg and head room and a wide foot well with a generous dead pedal. The tilt and telescoping steering wheel helps accommodate a wide range of sizes, but the center console intrudes somewhat on knee room." -- Consumer Reports (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features include Bluetooth, a USB port, an eight-speaker stereo, voice recognition, HD Radio, a 7-inch touch screen, and a rearview camera. Optional include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key entry, push-button start, navigation, and a 4.2-inch digital driver information display.

The 86’s infotainment interface is basic but easy to operate. Large and clearly labeled physical knobs control climate adjustments. Most gauges and instruments are tailored to the driver.

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  • The 86's technology package is like the car itself: minimal. While we don't specifically mind the lack of functionality, we'd rate this system higher if Toyota included Android Auto or Apple CarPlay integration." -- Edmunds
  • "A large tachometer sits front and center in the gauge cluster, proof of the 86's sporting intent. It contains a digital speedometer; most drivers relied on that readout instead of trying to read the small and low-contrast analog speedometer to its left. Most controls and switches are simple and straightforward, with three large knobs for the climate control." -- Consumer Reports (2018)
  • "A 7-inch touch-screen infotainment display is flanked to the left by six easy to access, easy to understand buttons. The screen itself is responsive and easy to operate, though admittedly that's because there really aren't that many features to work through-more on that later, too. Below the screen is a small digital clock and three big climate control dials; again, all quite basic." -- New York Daily News (2017)


The Toyota 86 has 6.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is low for the class. The back seat folds down in one piece to create a flat floor, which critics appreciate for its extra space.  

  • The trunk in the 2019 Toyota 86 accommodates a meager 6.9 cubic feet, so the folding rear seat provides extra cargo capacity. This allows for a couple of golf bags or, more likely, tools and an extra set of wheels and tires for track days." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The trunk opening isn't gigantic, but it can hold a decent number of shorter-size items. The narrow backseat aperture can make it difficult to slide wider items through. Lowering the rear seatback is only possible from the trunk, by pulling two lanyards simultaneously. It's not easy." -- Edmunds
  • Interior storage is modest, with a moderately sized glove box. There's no enclosed console compartment -- only an open bin. Trunk space is small but adequate for two. Weekend racers will find sufficient room for another set of wheels and tires inside the car. You'll have to fold the one-piece rear seatback to do that, an operation that requires leaning into the trunk and pulling straps on either side." -- Consumer Reports (2018)
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