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2019 Toyota 86: Everything You Need To Know
About the Toyota 86
The 2019 Toyota 86 is a small sports coupe co-developed with Subaru. The Toyota 86 was designed to be an entry-level enthusiast sports car positioned as an economical offering to a younger demographic. The current generation Toyota 86 was conceived as a spiritual successor to the AE86, with enthusiast-driven dynamics, low weight, and an affordable price tag. The Toyota 86 was co-developed with Subaru, which markets its platform as the BRZ. The development began when Toyota’s youth-oriented brand Scion was still around and brought under the Toyota nameplate once Scion closed.
Toyota’s 86 is a relative newcomer to the world of sports coupes but uses Toyota’s long history of developing and championing sporty automobiles. The Toyota 86 uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that develops 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. The horizontally opposed engine is coupled to either a 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 6-speed automatic transmission that translates the 86’s power to the rear wheels.
Though the automotive world is replete with high-dollar sports cars, supercars, and hypercars, the Toyota 86 is one of the most capable and affordable entrants into the sports car world. Though still in its first generation, the Toyota 86 has had a lasting impression on a younger demographic.
What’s New in the 2019 Toyota 86?
As Toyota only recently absorbed the Scion brand into the flagship Toyota brand, little changed other than the name, from the Scion FR-S to the Toyota 86.
The platform the Toyota 86 rides on is getting quite old, as it began production six years ago in 2013. As such, the 86 — and its sister Subaru BRZ — are getting ready for a forthcoming second generation so neither company is putting much effort into updates.
That said, Toyota spiced up the 86 line up with a special TRD Special Edition model that’s new for 2019.
The 2019 Toyota 86 is available in three trim levels, all of which come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission with 6-speed automatic available as an option. The only body-style is a two-door coupe powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine.
- Toyota 86: The base model comes standard as a great turn-key enthusiast car.
- Toyota 86 GT: The GT is slightly more refined with additional options as standard, a revised exterior for better aerodynamics, and a more premium interior.
- Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition: The TRD doesn’t receive any performance upgrades in terms of horsepower output, however, Toyota Racing Development (the “TRD”) upgraded the 86’s brakes to Brembo units, and suspension with Sachs dampers, designed a new set of lighter alloy wheels, bequeathed a set of sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, and added an aggressive bodykit.
No new colors are available for 2019, but Toyota’s assorted shades are a good collection to highlight the 86’s two-door exterior.
What Does the Toyota 86 Compete With?
The Toyota 86 competes with the following cars:
Comparing enthusiast machines to Toyota’s 86 isn’t straightforward. Most don’t use the same dynamic layout as front-wheel-drive has taken over the entry-level enthusiast class, but the criteria for competition doesn’t need to be a one-to-one balance sheet. While other competitors have more horsepower and different layouts, the class is rather equal. Toyota’s 86 seems to pull ahead as its sole purpose is to deliver classic enjoyable driving dynamics.
Exterior Design of the Toyota 86
The 2019 Toyota 86’s exterior design is a meld of simplicity and sport following the traditional sports coupe design structure: a long hood hiding a front engine with a subtle roof curve leading to a squat rear end.
A new front fascia adds a bit of complexity to the overall grille. These changes aid airflow through the grille and reduce the 86’s drag coefficient. The sharp front end tapers off into mildly exaggerated fender flares culminating in faux fender air intakes.
The rear of the Toyota 86 is more conservative, with two large LED brake lights squaring up the tail and twin single-exit exhaust tips punching through the fascia. Depending on trim level, a low decklid spoiler can be optioned.
Toyota offers four separate wheel designs for the 86. A 17-inch alloy wheel is standard, and an 18-inch split-spoke alloy wheel is available to 86 TRD Special Edition customers. Furthermore, customers can choose from two optional TRD wheels including a 17-inch forged wheel and an 18-inch alloy wheel.
The Toyota 86’s design is one of history blending with modernity and makes it timeless and contemporary. The 86 is likely to age beautifully and become a modern classic.
Interior Style of the Toyota 86
As you’d expect from a sports coupe, the Toyota 86’s interior is one that holds the driver as the most important person in the car. However, it doesn’t skimp on passenger comfort, so long as that passenger is in the front seat.
Toyota’s 86 interior cabin is tight. Toyota’s engineers strove to deliver a dynamically superior automobile and as such, needed not only to look at its suspension, power, and brakes, but also how the passengers sat in the car. The front sport seats are mounted low in the chassis for optimum weight distribution and for a low center of gravity delivering a cocoon-like experience and focusing your eyes and body toward the car’s wheels.
The 86’s dash is old-school with an analog speedometer and tachometer. A small digital display gives the driver access to a host of performance and vehicle data points. Honoring its racy demeanor, the steering wheel is simplified, limiting buttons to audio controls and toggles for the in-dash digital display.
Whether you choose the 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, the shift mechanism separates the driver and passenger. Flanking both sides of the transmission tunnel are the controls for the 86’s traction and stability management systems. Above the mechanism is the car’s HVAC controls and the standard 7-inch touchscreen display.
The Toyota 86’s seats are manually operated two-piece sport buckets. The only seat option is black cloth with red accents. The 86 GT trim seats are heated.
Due to the 86’s adherence to sport enthusiasm, its outward visibility through the windshield is superb, but the sides and back are slightly constrained due to the 86’s sloped design.
The front passenger is comfortable thanks to the identical sport seat the driver enjoys, but those in the rear won’t be as happy. Truly, the rear of the Toyota 86 is for children and petite young adults as leg and headroom are nonexistent. A 50/50 split semi-sport bench adds utility and child safety LATCH points accommodates the enthusiast with a young family.
What Technology Comes With the 2019 Toyota 86?
The Toyota 86 isn’t for the futurists who need technology. Rather, the 86 is meant for those who enjoy driving and driving alone. Though the Toyota 86 is less tech-savvy than most new cars, it still comes with a host of standard and optional technology.
The Toyota 86 comes standard with a 7-inch touch display. The system includes:
- Optional integrated navigation
- Hand’s Free Voice Command
- Bluetooth technology
- 8-speaker Pioneer audio system
- Optional keyless entry
- A single USB port
What Kids of Safety Features Are in the Toyota 86?
The Toyota 86 includes standard safety features such as:
- LATCH Child safety restraints
- Rear-facing camera
- LED Headlights and brake lights, and Daytime Running Lights
- Hill-Start Assist Control
- Brake Assist
- Smart Stop Technology
- Traction and Stability Control
What’s the 2019 Toyota 86 Like to Drive?
Whereas other entry-level automobiles look toward the future with heaps of technology and advanced safety systems, the Toyota 86 walks a different path where the driver is in total control, which makes for a hell of a proposition for enthusiasts.
Though some scoff at the Toyota 86’s distinct lack of horsepower, the 200 horsepower 2.0-liter flat 4-cylinder engine is more than enough to motivate the lightweight 86 and deliver the dynamics enthusiasts seek. That said, Toyota’s chassis engineers did such a good job tuning and design the 86 it could handle another 100 horsepower.
That chassis engineering can be felt through the 86’s excellent and direct steering. Whether you’re bombing canyon roads, a local racetrack, or just having some fun in an empty parking lot, you can feel the connection between the 86 and the road at all times, delivering the right circumstances to enhance your driving capabilities.
It does, however, matter which transmission you option as one is distinctly better than the other. The 86’s automatic transmission is, unfortunately, woeful. The unit lags through up and down-shifts and generally saps the fun out of the experience. It’s fine for daily commuting but isn’t up to par for enthusiast driving. That said, the manual transmission is excellent. The shift pattern is easy to use, and the clutch uptake is forgiving, making learning to drive a manual effortless.
Inside the cabin, the 86 is well dampened for a vehicle with minimal insulation. On longer trips, the bucket seats can become uncomfortable, but the seats and space are perfectly reasonable for daily driving. The Toyota 86 also returns frugal gas mileage, adding a win to its daily driving scorecard.
The Toyota 86 is truly one of the most fun enthusiast products on the market. It’s reasonably priced and offers Toyota reliability.
Should I Buy at 2019 Toyota 86?
The new Toyota 86’s rear-wheel-drive layout, excellent chassis dynamics, and affordability make it an excellent weekend track tool and its reliability makes it a terrific daily driver. There aren’t many truly affordable enthusiasts’ cars available. Full disclosure, at one point the author owned one and deeply regrets selling it. Go for a test drive. You’ll fall in love.
Should I Buy a Used Toyota 86?
Before Toyota shuttered its Scion brand, the 86 was known as the Scion FR-S. Between then and today, little has changed in terms of updating the 86’s dynamics. Toyota only tweaked minor aspects during the name-change. As such, the FR-S remains an excellent used alternative. Prices have come down considerably, too. We’d recommend a look through local advertisements.
How Much Does the Toyota 86 Cost?
The 2019 Toyota 86 is on-sale now and prices start at $26,505 for the base model. The GT starts at $28,635 and the TRD Special Edition goes for $32,470, all plus $930 destination.
Pros and Cons of the 2020 Toyota 86
- Frugal gas-sipping engine
- Enthusiast chassis dynamics
- Sporty exterior
- An affordable sports car for the masses
- Lack of advanced safety systems
- An engine that leaves you wanting more power
- Distinct lack of interior space
- No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto available
Though Toyota’s 86 doesn’t have a long history, the roots of the car’s sporting nature is ingrained in the Japanese company’s genealogy. And indeed, Toyota has always strived to keep an enthusiast machine in production, starting in 1965 with the launch of the limit-series 2000GT sports coupe.
Specs & Key Features of the 2020 Toyota 86
- Body Style
- 2.0L 4-Cyl DOHC D-4S Injection w/MT
- 205 hp
- 6-Speed Close-Ratio Manual
- Passenger Doors
- Passenger Seating
- Rear Wheel Drive
- City MPG
- Hwy MPG
- Air Conditioning
- Back Up Camera
- Cruise Control
- LCD Monitor
- LED Lights
- Leather Steering Wheel
- Remote Keyless Entry
- Tinted Glass
- Engine: 2.0L 4-Cyl DOHC D-4S Injection w/MT
- Transmission: 6-Speed Close-Ratio Manual
- Rear-Wheel Drive
- 4.30 Axle Ratio
- 48-Amp/Hr 390CCA Maintenance-Free Battery
- 130 Amp Alternator
- Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
- Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
- Sport Tuned Suspension
- Electric Power-Assist Steering
- 13.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
- Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
- Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
- Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
- 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
- Mechanical Limited Slip Differential
- Wheels: 17" x 7J Aluminum Alloy
- Tires: 215/45R17 Summer
- Steel Spare Wheel
- Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
- Clearcoat Paint
- Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Bumper Insert
- Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
- Black Side Windows Trim
- Body-Colored Door Handles
- Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
- Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
- Light Tinted Glass
- Variable Intermittent Wipers
- Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
- Black Grille
- Trunk Rear Cargo Access
- Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
- Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Headlamps w/Delay-Off
- LED Brakelights
- Radio: AM/FM/HD -inc: 7" touch-screen display, Aha application w/over 100,000 stations, 8 speakers, auxiliary audio jack, USB 2.0 port w/iPod connectivity and control, voice recognition w/voice training, hands-free capability, phone book access (2,500 phone book contacts) and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology, Gracenote album cover art and steering wheel audio controls
- Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Radio Data System
- Pioneer Speakers
- Regular Amplifier
- Automatic Equalizer
- Integrated Roof Antenna
- 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
- Sport Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way height adjustable driver seat and 4-way front passenger seat w/integrated headrests
- Driver Seat
- Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
- Full Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
- Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
- Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
- Fixed Rear Windows
- Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
- Front Cupholder
- Valet Function
- Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
- Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Mechanical Fuel
- Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
- Manual Air Conditioning
- Glove Box
- Driver Foot Rest
- Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Suede Instrument Panel Insert, Leather/Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
- Full Cloth Headliner
- Simulated Suede Door Trim Insert
- Leather/Aluminum Gear Shift Knob
- Fabric Seat Material
- Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
- Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
- Full Floor Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
- Front Map Lights
- Delay Off Interior Lighting
- Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
- Carpet Floor Trim
- Cargo Area Concealed Storage
- Cargo Space Lights
- FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
- Instrument Panel Bin, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
- Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
- Delayed Accessory Power
- Power Door Locks
- Redundant Digital Speedometer
- Trip Computer
- Outside Temp Gauge
- Analog Display
- Seats w/Cloth Back Material
- Fixed Rear Head Restraints
- 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
- Engine Immobilizer
- 2 12V DC Power Outlets
- Air Filtration
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- ABS And Driveline Traction Control
- Side Impact Beams
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
- Low Tire Pressure Warning
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
- Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
- Airbag Occupancy Sensor
- Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
- Back-Up Camera