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The Daily Drivers Update: 2017 Toyota 86

When Toyota ended its youth-oriented Scion division, one of the models it kept was one of our favorites, the minimalist FR-S sports car. It's now called the Toyota 86, which is what it was sold as globally. The car, a joint venture with Subaru that badges it as the BRZ, pairs rear-wheel drive, skinny tires and a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder that makes 205 horsepower when paired — as it should be — with the available six-speed manual transmission which gets 21 miles per gallon in the city and 28 highway. (Automatic is also available, with a slightly better mpg of 24/32.) That's all such an intoxicating cocktail that the enthusiast may not mind those modest power numbers or even the equally modest cabin. That's because if you're the type of driver who likes do his or her own shifting, find twisty roads a challenge and even get the rear end loose on occasion, then the 86 is a pure joy. We noticed a slightly more aggressive exterior — a larger air intake, Toyota 86 badging, streamline bumpers and LED head- and taillights. Mechanically, the changes include new shock tuning and spring rate, differential gear ratio change, and engine tuning that bumps up the torque and horsepower. Peter thought the gear-shift action to be slightly stiffer. Lyra thought the car drove a bit stiffer. All that really matters is the fun is still there, as is the enthusiast-on-a-budget price point of less than $30,000.

For a previous review of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, go to

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Toyota 86

Price: $26,255 base start, $28,994 as tested

Body style:

2-door coupe


2.0-liter horizontally opposed 4-cylinder, 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission, rear-wheel drive

Horsepower: 205 at 7,000 rpm

Torque: 156 pound-foot at 6,400-6,600 rpm

Curb weight: 2,774 pounds


in inches:

Wheelbase, 101.2

Length, 166.7

Width, 69.9

Height, 50.6

Seats: 4

Fuel economy:

21 miles per gallon city, 28 mpg highway

Fuel type:

Regular unleaded

Safety features: Star Safety System (vehicle stability control with track mode, traction control, ABS, EBD, brake assist, Smart Stop Technology, hill start assist control, 6 airbags.


The Daily Drivers Update: 2017 Toyota 86 02/23/17 [Last modified: Thursday, February 23, 2017 5:08pm]
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