Toyota 86 Review
Does the Toyota 86 look familiar? It should since it's a rebadged version of the Scion FR-S. When Toyota closed down its Scion brand in 2016, it brought a few Scion models into its family, and we're glad the 86/FR-S made the cut.
The Toyota 86 is a back-to-basics rear-wheel-drive sport coupe. Its name draws inspiration from the rear-drive Toyota Corolla of the 1980s. Code named AE86, it inspired a generation of driving and car modifying enthusiasts. Much could be said of today's 86. If you're the type of driver who enjoys precise controls, nimble grip and telepathic steering, the Toyota 86 is going to be a real treat.
Current Toyota 86
Scion sold its cars in a single trim level, and the 86 carries that tradition into the Toyota brand. The 86 comes standard with a decent set of features that include air-conditioning, LED headlights, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen interface and an eight-speaker sound system. Aside from the 860 Special Edition package, which gets unique wheels, paint, stripes and body trim, there are few factory-fit options. However, the 86 can be spruced up with a host of dealer-installed appearance and performance accessories, most of the latter coming from TRD, the Toyota Racing Division.
The Toyota 86 is powered by a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that develops 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque with the standard six-speed manual transmission and 200 hp and 151 lb-ft with the optional six-speed automatic. Acceleration isn't slow, but it also won't blow your socks off. We timed a 2016 Scion FR-S with a manual transmission to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. (The Toyota 86 has a slight power bump, but we expect its performance to be similar.)
If you really want to see the Toyota 86 come alive, take it out on a curvy road. With its responsive steering and exquisite handling balance, the 86 will remind you of what driving a lightweight sport coupe or sports car is all about. This is a car you can drive just for the sake of driving.
Inside, the 86 emphasizes function over form. Switchgear quality is excellent, and while the materials don't feel cheap, they don't feel particularly expensive either. The front seats are comfortable enough, but the rear seat is tiny. The best way to use it is to fold down the seatbacks to expand the 86's modestly sized trunk and just treat the 86 as a two-seater.
Used Toyota 86 Models
The Toyota 86 was an all-new model for 2017, though it was essentially a rebadge of the FR-S from Toyota's now-defunct Scion brand. Other changes from the FR-S included an uprated engine, revised suspension and manual transmission gearing, updated front and rear styling, and the addition of the 860 Special Edition package.
Read the most recent 2017 Toyota 86 review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used Toyota 86 page.
For more on past Toyota 86 models, view our Toyota 86 history page.