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2018 Base 2dr Coupe
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Price:   -  From $26,455
2018 GT 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $28,585

Overview

The 2018 Toyota 86 is a rebranded Scion FR-S – one of the twin love children of Toyota and Subaru – available in two trim levels and starting at $27,800 (which includes an $895 destination charge). Impressively packed with standard technology features, the Toyota 86 is fun to drive thanks to its revvy engine and balanced rear-wheel-drive layout, returns decent fuel economy, and is best suited for the individual looking for an entry-level sports car without breaking the bank.

What's New for 2018

A perennial slow seller despite enthusiast acclaim, the 2018 Toyota 86 enters 2018 mainly unchanged from last year, when it dropped its Scion badging. The primary differences are the emergence of a renamed trim level, an updated infotainment system, and more standard equipment across the board.

Toyota 86

Choosing Your Toyota 86

Consumers have their choice of two different trims in 2018, including the base 86 and the 86 GT (weirdly, the formal name for this car in Europe is "GT86"). A virtual clone of the GT with minor black-exterior accents is the 86 GT Black.
Each 2018 Toyota 86 is powered by the same 2.0-liter, four-cylinder "boxer" engine with slight tuning modifications for the standard six-speed manual – a six-speed automatic transmission is available on either trim for an additional $720.

In manual transmission configuration, the flat-four produces 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. Car buyers opting for the automatic gain fuel economy, but horsepower drops slightly to 200 ponies and 151 pound-feet of torque. The manual 86 returns an EPA-estimated 21 miles per gallon city and 28 mpg highway, with the automatic increasing to 24 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.

Toyota 86

Base

The entry-level $27,800 86 comes standard with 17-inch wheels, features four-way adjustable seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a suede-infused interior, a keyless entry system, and LED headlights. The infotainment system includes a seven-inch touchscreen that displays a rearview camera, has a USB port, and supplies audio to an eight-speaker Pioneer sound system.

The base trim is appointed with six-standard exterior colors, or an optional Halo color – it's just white – that can be added for an additional $395. A display audio system with voice-activated navigation can be added for an additional $900. As with most Toyota base trims, there are no convenience packages, although there are a slew of dealer-available accessories that can spice up this peppy sports car.

Toyota 86

GT

The 86's GT trim starts at $29,280, but with its higher price comes a rear spoiler, LED fog lights, a pair of heated power side-view mirrors, and an aero-enhanced belly pan. Inside the 2018 Toyota 86 GT, consumers will find a dual-zone climate control system, push-button start, a 4.2-inch multi-information dash display, and heated front seats. The GT Black trim is available at the same cost as the GT but features black-exterior accents including a matte-black rear spoiler, and side-view mirrors.

CarsDirect Tip

Want a fun, low-power, reasonably priced sports car? Then the Toyota 86 needs to be on your radar. We'd suggest grabbing the 86 GT for its more well-rounded roster of content and small premium over the base model. If you want a slightly more premium experience, though, check out the 86's fraternal twin, the Subaru BRZ. Like the GT, it's slightly more expensive, but is arguably a better value in the long run.

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

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Short on back seat space, advanced safety features, and possessing only average power, the 2018 Toyota 86 still manages to entice with its classical shape, slick manual transmission, and capable performance.

Best Value

With an additional trim level for 2018, the Toyota 86 expands to three models: base, GT (replacing the 860 Special Edition), and the new GT Black Color Package. Prices range from $27,150 for the base trim equipped with a six-speed manual to $30,395 for a six-speed automatic-equipped GT or GT Black model finished in optional Halo white. All models are rear-wheel drive and harnessed with a 205-horsepower, 2.0-liter flat-four, detuned to 200 horsepower in automatic-equipped variants.

Reflecting its Scion-based monospec roots, all 86 models are equipped with the typical power features, LED headlights and taillights, keyless entry, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, air conditioning, Bluetooth, and a seven-inch touchscreen.

At just a $2,130 premium, the GT models receive a few more bits: a rear spoiler, LED fog lights, dual zone automatic climate control, heated outside mirrors and front seats, push-button start, a 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display, a leather gear shift boot, and stickier, suede-like seat fabric with leather bolsters up front.

Here's how we'd build it:

  • Model: 2018 Toyota 86 GT
  • Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Output: 205 hp / 186 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual
  • MPG: 21 City / 28 Hwy
  • Options: None
  • Base Price:$29,280 (including the $895 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$29,280

Performance

Toyota 86

A nearly identical twin to the more track-focused Subaru BRZ, the Toyota 86 makes for a better daily driver because it's tuned for a smoother ride. The slick-shifting manual would be our pick, as it more easily manages keeping power in the rev range. But if your daily driving involves more stop-and-go, the automatic does nearly as nice a job – with the paddle shifters holding gears as long as you like. With excellent driver sightlines, the 86 also corners flatly and securely, while firm steering does an excellent job of communicating what's going on underfoot.

At the same time, the 86 is hardly powerful – with maximum power not coming on until nearly 4,500 rpm – and, like most sports cars, not particularly fuel efficient. Lacking a track-focused model, enthusiasts interested in the same platform should check out the Subaru BRZ tS.

Style

The 86 is the classic sports car incarnate – long hood, aggressive fenders, compact greenhouse, and a graceful roofline – with contemporary revisions that include wider fenders and, in last year's update, a wider front intake and new rear diffuser. The tidy shape is wrapped around a businesslike interior featuring snug, supportive front seats, grippy synthetic suede on GT models, adequate leg and hip room, and enough headroom for helmeted drivers. The touchscreen impresses for the class, while the GT's trim bits give it a new level of sophistication.

The cabin's shortcomings lie with its tight rear quarters, an inadequate number of redundant touchscreen buttons, and the lack of advanced safety features. Although assigned seat belts, two adults will find accommodations extremely tight in back, while the menu-driven infotainment system is often too distracting to operate while driving. And while an increased awareness might be expected of sports car drivers, the lack of advanced safety features that are standard on other Toyotas – forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic headlights with high-beam assist, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning – is inexplicable.

The Best and Worst Things

We're attracted to the 86's stylish looks and handling prowess, but can't get around the fact that advanced safety features standard on the Corolla aren't even optional on the 86.

Right For? Wrong For?

Toyota 86

A classic shape, predictable handling, and a slick-shifting manual will have enthusiasts looking for back road corners to carve.

A lack of advanced features will have safety-conscious buyers looking elsewhere.

The Bottom Line

Despite tight rear quarters, a finicky infotainment interface, and a dearth of advanced safety features, the 2018 Toyota 86 continues to impress with a classic design, balanced handling, and solid feature set.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.0L H-4 / 205 HP / 156 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.0L H-4 / 200 HP / 151 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: 6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 28 / 24 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
4
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.0L H-4 / 205 HP / 156 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.0L H-4 / 200 HP / 151 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 28 / 24 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$50
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
6.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
77 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
166.7 "
Exterior Width
69.9 "
Exterior Height
50.6 "
Front Headroom
37.1 "
Rear Headroom
35.0 "
Front Legroom
41.9 "
Rear Legroom
29.9 "
Front Shoulder Room
54.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
51.7 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,774 Lbs. / 2,815 Lbs.
Wheel Base
101 "
Turning Radius
18.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 17.0 " Painted Trd Forged Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish / Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
4
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Full Bucket
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan
Speakers
8 Pioneer
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 25,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
24 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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