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2019 Base 2dr Coupe
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Price:   -  From $26,655
2019 GT 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $28,785
2019 TRD SE 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $32,420


Small and dedicated sports cars that aren't saddled with excess size or complexity offer a certain intangible but intense purity that make them so adored by enthusiasts. A few years ago, if you wanted this type of machine, you bought a Miata (or perhaps a go-kart). Nowadays, however, there's another choice: the Toyota 86 (and the identical Subaru BRZ). More practical than the drop-top Miata but arguably as fun, the hatchback 86 is a compelling choice for those who need more seating, security, and space than a cloth-roofed roadster but don't want to sacrifice the subliminal joy of elemental driving.

What's New for 2019

A limited-edition TRD trim debuts for 2019. Besides an exclusive color and body kit, buyers get Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires wrapped around 18-inch wheels, Sachs dampers, and bigger brakes. Otherwise, the 2019 Toyota 86 carries on unchanged from last year.

Toyota 86

Choosing Your Toyota 86

There are three trims to choose from on the 86, and all use the same 2.0-liter boxer-style four-cylinder engine. In what might be a happy coincidence – or perhaps an engineering edict – both the width of the cylinder itself and the length of the piston's total travel measures out to 86 mm. Most buyers and enthusiasts, however, probably still think of the cult favorite Initial D anime series, whose protagonist drove an 1980s-vintage Toyota AE86 Corolla, before the bore and stroke measurements.

Regardless of the etymology of 86, the boxer four-cylinder puts out 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque when paired with the standard-equipment manual transmission. Opting for the $720 six-speed automatic means losing five horsepower and five lb-ft; consider it another reason to go with the snappy short-throw stick shift. This doesn't mean the automatic doesn't have its perks, though. It offers paddle shifters and a sport mode, as well as automatic rev-matching on paddle-induced downshifts. The automatic also gets better gas mileage: 24 miles per gallon city, 32 mpg highway, and 27 combined compared to 21/28/24 mpg (city/highway/combined) for the manual, according to the EPA.

All 86 models come with a seven-inch color touchscreen for infotainment duties. It offers location-based services, various apps, and the Aha internet radio service. There's also access to all the popular social media apps and a phonebook function that can store up to 2,500 contacts. Onboard navigation is available on all trims. The touchscreen also controls the standard-equipment eight-speaker sound system that offers Bluetooth, HD radio, hands-free capability, and both an auxiliary and USB port for additional connectivity.

Few options are available for the 86. There's the aforementioned navigation that costs $900, the $720 automatic transmission, no-charge all-season tires, and nothing else that isn't a typical dealer accessory. Otherwise, buying an 86 is simply a matter of picking a trim level and signing the paperwork.

Six exterior colors are available. All are no cost except Halo, which demands an extra $395. Interiors use the Henry Ford approach – any color, as long as it's black.

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The 86 starts at $27,375 (all prices include the $920 destination charge). Standard features include 17-inch wheels, a leather-trimmed steering wheel with tilt and telescope adjustments, LED lights, limited-slip differential, cloth upholstery, keyless entry, an alarm, six airbags, hill assist, and smart-stop technology. That last feature stops the car in the case of unintentional acceleration, such as when both the brake pedal and accelerator are pushed down simultaneously.

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The GT is $29,505, and is for those who want their 86 a little more lavish than the base model offers. Additional features include dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped parking brake and shift knob, heated and power-adjustable outside mirrors, a rear spoiler, LED fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with contrasting silver stitching and controls for audio, two-stage heated seats with contrasting silver stitching, push-button start, and leatherette knee support cushions for spirited driving.

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TRD Special Edition

With only 1,418 units to be built, the $33,340 TRD Special Edition offers a little extra kick both visually and performance-wise than the base or GT trims. Additional hardware includes larger brakes by Brembo, 18-inch wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires, Sachs performance dampers, and a TRD performance exhaust. Stylistically, the TRD gets special tricolor graphics, a full TRD body kit that includes unique side sills, front and rear bumpers, a spoiler, contrasting red stitching for the interior, and red seat belts. All will be painted in the TRD-exclusive shade of Raven. Other standard equipment mirrors that of the GT.

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The GT is the sweet spot of the 2019 Toyota 86 lineup. It offers some extra creature comforts over the base model to make this sports car more livable on a day-to-day basis, yet doesn't crest the 30-grand mark. If you're looking for car that's fun and practical on a budget, the 86 GT is certainly worth taking a peek at.

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The 2019 Toyota 86 is one of the less expensive rear-wheel-drive sports cars on the market alongside its Subaru BRZ twin and the Mazda MX-5 Miata. While the 86 may be heavier than the Miata, it does offer more practicality compared to its convertible competitor with a lift-gate trunk and a rear seat. Regardless, the Toyota 86 is an excellent handling sports car that's perfect for having fun at street-legal speeds.

Best Value

The Toyota 86 is at its best in its simplest base configuration. Additionally, be sure to choose the manual transmission. Cars like these are meant to create a connection between the driver and the machine, and a stick shift only encourages this connection further.

Many Toyota models have few to no packages or options, and the 86 is no exception. There are no packages, but there are a wide variety of accessories though that you can get the dealer to install, including different wheels, lowering springs, a performance exhaust, a sway bar kit, and upgraded brake pads. The one accessory that really catches our eye though is the Center Console Armrest, a feature that's sorely missing from the interior of the 86.

  • Model: 2019 Toyota 86
  • Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Output: 205 hp / 156 lb-ft
  • Transmission:Six-speed manual
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 21 City / 28 Hwy
  • Options: Center Armrest ($189)
  • Base Price:$27,375 (including the $920 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$27,564


Toyota 86

The Toyota 86 is a sports car that's begging for more power. The naturally aspirated flat-four produces only 205 horsepower and more crucially, a measly 156 pound-feet of torque. While this is 24 hp more than its Miata competitor, the 86 weighs almost 500 pounds more, and the lack of low-end torque makes it feel gutless when you hit the accelerator. As it stands, the 86 can't keep up with most hot hatches and sport compacts, and while it's lightweight, it isn't light enough for the motor.

However, when you get the 86 on a twisty road that requires you to maintain momentum instead of speeding down straights, it can really come into its own. The 86 seems to rotate around the driver, communicating the amount of grip available at both the front and rear. In fact, this model is one of the best cars for learning how to induce and mitigate oversteer at will, owing partially to the narrow tires. The steering is direct, if not a bit light for our tastes, but, overall, the model is a lot of fun to drive at low speeds.


The Toyota 86 certainly looks like a sports car, with a long hood and a low roof. Overall, it's a good looking car, managing to avoid the Toyota's propensity to overindulge in styling features. On the other hand, it's hard to accurately describe the 86's interior style because it barely has any. Toyota was clearly trying to call back to the car's 1980s spiritual successor, the AE86, but it actually looks like Toyota designed it at the last minute.

The dashboard is a mostly uninterrupted slab, and the infotainment screen looks and functions like an aftermarket system from the 1990s shoved into a space that was never designed to accommodate it. The LCD clock looks exactly the same as the ones decades ago, supporting the theory that Toyota accidentally bought way too many back in the day, and now has been forced to figure out a way to incorporate them in new models even though time has marched on. The only real attempts to break it up are the faux aluminum trim that looks and feels very cheap, and fake carbon fiber that doesn't come close to imitating the real stuff, as is the norm with fake carbon fiber. Others will rush to defend it as old-school, minimalist, and exactly how Toyota intended it to be, but the interior of the 86 looks more at home in a $17,000 car, not a $27,000 car.

The Toyota 86 is comfortable in that it's not uncomfortable, but there's definitely room for improvement. This isn't a car suited to long road trips, as there isn't much noise insulation and the engine tends to drone at an unpleasant tone. Additionally, the rear seat is mostly vestigial but the lift-back gives the 86 the ability to carry four extra wheels with tires to the racetrack, a feature it was specifically designed to do.

The Best and Worst Things

The Toyota 86 is one of the most nimble cars on the road, and is a lot of fun to drive on twisty roads. Additionally, the rear end will step out very predictably when traction is lost, allowing drivers to have some sideways fun at much safer speeds.

The worst thing about the 86 is the lack of torque. While 205 hp is a respectable number, this car desperately needs a lump of torque from a turbo to get it moving faster. Unfortunately, despite years of begging from enthusiasts, it doesn't seem like Toyota or Subaru are going to make it happen.

Right For? Wrong For?

Toyota 86

The Toyota 86 is perfect for those looking for an inexpensive sports car but prefer the security of a coupe over a convertible. Additionally, those who want to explore the world of drifting will find the 86 to be perfect, as it wants to break those rear tires loose, communicating to you exactly how and when to do it.

However, those who need practicality or the ability to carry more than one other person should look elsewhere. Asking someone to get into the back seat of an 86 is cruel and unusual, and putting two adults back there is completely out of the question.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Toyota 86 is very good at being a sports car when you keep it under the speed limit, but those who are looking for the thrill of acceleration will be disappointed. Furthermore, the interior of the 86 isn't the nicest place to be, especially over longer trips. However, for those who want to inject some fun into their standard commute, or have a nearby racetrack they can take it to for some sideways action, the 86 is hard to beat.

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Specs & Features

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.
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: 6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 28 / 24 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
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
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 28 / 24 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
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
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
2,776 Lbs. / 2,817 Lbs.
Wheel Base
101 "
Turning Radius
18.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
17.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 17.0 " Painted Trd Forged Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Front Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish / Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Full Bucket
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan
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
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
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
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
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
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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