The 2023 Toyota 86 (also known as GR86) features a 10th Anniversary Special Edition in exclusive Solar Shift orange paint.
Otherwise, it is just into its second year since its redesign and has few changes.
Choosing Your Toyota 86
There are two trim levels, Base and Premium, and starting prices range from $28,995 to $31,595.
The 86 maintains a naturally-aspirated engine that displaces 2.4-liters from its four horizontally opposed cylinders. It generates 228 horsepower and delivers a much more predictable torque curve compared to the previous generation’s powertrain with a peak of 184 pound-feet. A Torsen limited-slip rear differential puts the power down through the rear wheels while a six-speed manual transmission gives the driver full control. A six-speed automatic with paddle shifters is available for $1,500.
The 86 struggles against its turbocharged competitors when it comes to efficiency. The automatic transmission model achieves an EPA-estimated 21 miles per gallon city, 31 highway, and 25 combined while the manual transmission’s shorter gearing returns just 20, 27, and 22 mpg respectively, which are matched and even exceeded by other sports cars with more power.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The 86 extends to 167.9 inches in length which puts it about four inches shorter than its Toyota Supra stable mate, the Nissan Z, and the Porsche Cayman. On the other end of the spectrum, the Mazda Miata is 18 inches shorter than the 86. The driver and passenger are afforded 37 inches of headroom - enough for a helmet - while anyone put in the back seat will hope for a short ride. The trunk offers just 6.3 cubic feet of space, although this is considered generous for the class.
The base 86 with the manual transmission lacks expected active safety equipment while the automatic transmission models feature automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and high beam assist. The Premium trim includes blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert regardless of transmission selection.
The 86 (with the automatic) is a 2022 Top Safety Pick+ with Good crashworthiness and even Good headlight scores. The Superior crash avoidance scores only apply to the automatic models.
An eight-inch touchscreen is standard and the infotainment system incorporates Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM, and remote-connected services. The Premium trim adds a premium stereo with two additional speakers.
The base trim features LED daytime running lights, headlights, side markers, and taillights, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust outlets finished in chrome, heated mirrors, and proximity entry. Inside, the GR86 includes a seven-inch digital gauge cluster, a tilt and telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, and fabric seats with six-way manual adjustability.
The Premium trim is distinguished visually by its matte black 18-inch wheels (with premium summer tires) and a prominent body-colored rear spoiler. Adaptive headlights are among the added premium features while the seats are heated and include suede inserts.
The 10th Anniversary Special Edition is built upon the Premium trim and gains exclusive orange paint with matte black decals on the c-pillar, a matte black rear spoiler, unique matte black 18-inch wheels, and a cat-back performance exhaust with black chrome exhaust tips. Production is limited to 860 units.
The Premium trim adds several noteworthy feature additions without a large increase in price.