2019 Toyota 86 small car power – compared to its Subaru BRZ cousin it has minimal differences. The Toyota 86 competes in a busy compact sports car segment that are all fun to drive. No turbo, no supercharger – just a naturally aspirated engine that handles well on the autocross course or on the road.
Specs: Horsepower: 200 to 205 hp Engine: 2.0 L 4-cylinder MPG: Up to 24 city / 32 highway Curb weight: 2,776 to 2,827 lbs 7 exterior colors Price: $26,655 – $32,420 Vehicle tested: GT $30,949
Pros: New TRD Special Edition Tight steering and handling Comfortable seating considering minimal adjustments Track mode option
Cons: Needs more power off the line Loud interior noise Needs more standard safety features expected on Toyota products Small trunk
Competes with: Fiat 124 Hyundai Veloster VW GTi Subaru BRZ Mini Cooper Mazda MX-5
86 TRD Special Edition Brembo 51 brakes, SACHS 50 performance dampers, 18-in. TRD wheels, TRD performance exhaust and an aerodynamic body kit unleash 86 around the track, while turning heads on the streets
The Toyota 86’s humble, naturally aspirated 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission and makes 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is optional, and that drops output to 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.
Points – 10 out of 10 points – top score 100 PERFORMANCE – 5 HANDLING – 7 SAFETY – 6 VISIBILITY – 6 SEATING COMFORT – 6 Technology – 5 Features – 5 Design – 8 Quality – 8 Value – 6 Total: 62
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