2017 Toyota 86
- Handling is excellent and steering is precise
- Front seats are comfortable, supportive and good for spirited drives
- Standard features list is good for the price
- Small trunk doesn't hold much cargo
- Acceleration is underwhelming
- Lacks more now-common safety features and driver aids
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Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
What's in a name? Not much if we're discussing the 2017 Toyota 86. That's because this car is simply a rebadged Scion FR-S, the rear-wheel-drive compact sport coupe that debuted four years ago. Toyota dropped its youth-focused Scion subbrand last year and has gathered some of its models under the Toyota flag, the 86 among them. There's some full-circle symmetry to the name, however, as the 86 draws inspiration from an iconic mid-1980s Toyota Corolla widely known by its internal code name, AE86. Maybe there's more in a name after all.
Like the AE86 before it, the 86 is a back-to-basics sports car, a lightweight two-door with rear-wheel drive and an emphasis on handling over power. Designed as a joint project with Subaru, which sells its own version (the Subaru BRZ), the car shows obvious Subaru cues, including a horizontally opposed (a.k.a. "boxer") engine and liberal use of Subaru switchgear throughout the cabin. The differences between the two are primarily equipment offerings and suspension tuning.
The 2017 Toyota 86 remains largely the same as the 2016 FR-S, with no significant changes to the engine, transmission or chassis. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is spiffed with 5 more horsepower (205 hp total) when you choose the six-speed manual transmission. Models with the six-speed automatic transmission remain at 200 hp. The manual transmission also has revised gearing that Toyota says should improve acceleration. We have yet to test this year's 86, but we don't expect it to be dramatically quicker than before.
The 86's lack of substantial change from its Scion predecessor isn't a bad thing. On the contrary, the FR-S' light and nimble nature made it one of our favorites, a car that made you find excuses to take it for an aimless spin. Power output is modest, but the 86's handling is excellent, especially with light modifications such as stickier performance tires (the 86's from-the-factory tires are only modestly grippy). A second-generation 86 model could arrive for 2019, so it's likely any comprehensive changes — like more engine power — will have to wait until then.
2017 Toyota 86 configurations
The 2017 Toyota 86 comes in two trim levels: base and the new 860 Special Edition. Power comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque when paired to a six-speed manual transmission. Power dips slightly to 200 hp and 151 lb-ft when equipped with the automatic transmission. The 86 is rear-wheel-drive only.
Standard equipment on base models includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, air-conditioning, keyless entry, a height-adjustable driver seat, a leather-wrapped, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control and a rearview camera. Tech features include Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-inch touchscreen, voice commands and an eight-speaker sound system with HD radio, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB interface.
Toyota offers more than a dozen optional dealer-installed accessories for the base 86, including larger wheels, upgraded braking and suspension components, and a navigation system.
The 860 Special Edition is distinguished by two exclusive colors (orange or white), body stripes, unique 17-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, LED foglights, an aerodynamic underbody panel, heated leather front seats with contrast stitching, push-button ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 4.2-inch display that monitors performance driving parameters such as real-time engine power usage and cornering force. Only 860 units of each color will be made.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our Full Test of the 2013 Scion FR-S (2.0L flat-4 | 6-speed manual | RWD), the mechanically identical predecessor to the Toyota 86.
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the Toyota 86/FR-S has received some revisions, including a slight power increase, revised suspension tuning, and significant improvements in infotainment and connected technology. Our findings on performance, handling, comfort and overall driving experience remain broadly applicable to this year's 86, however.
Noise & vibration3.5
Ease of use3.5
Getting in/getting out3.0
Audio & navigation2.0
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite 86 safety features:
- Rearview Backup Camera
- Projects image of objects and vehicles in the car's rearward path of travel on the center console display to help prevent collision.
- Hill Start Assist Control
- Prevents car from rolling backward on a hill by maintaining brake hold as the driver's foot moves from the brake to the accelerator pedal.
- Side (Front Only)/Side Curtain Airbags
- Six airbags are available to deploy in the event of a collision, including side curtain airbags useful for protecting rear-seat passengers.
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Toyota has shuttered the Scion brand, but the FR-S was too good to go away, and so it lives on by the same name it goes by in other markets: the 2017 Toyota 86. The moniker is a nod to the AE86 code name for Toyota's revered rear-wheel-drive Corolla coupe of the 1980s. As part of its homecoming, the car gets a series of updates, including a more powerful engine, new front and rear fascias, and a retuned suspension.
Though the 86 is technically a four-seater, it's really built for two, with comfortable and supportive front seats and an excellent driving position. The backseat is marginal, and the best way to use it is to fold down the seatbacks to expand the meager 6.9-cubic-foot trunk.
For 2017, the 86's 2.0-liter engine has been tweaked to deliver 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque with a manual transmission. Automatic cars retain last year's ratings of 200 hp and 151 lb-ft. Toyota has tweaked the manual transmission's gearing to provide better acceleration, but we don't expect dramatic changes. We anticipate zero-to-60-mph times around mid-6 seconds for manual cars and high 7s for the automatic. EPA fuel economy estimates are 24 mpg combined (21 city/28 highway) with the manual transmission and 27 mpg combined (24 city/32 highway) with the auto gearbox. This being a sport coupe, we naturally gravitate toward the manual transmission, but don't dismiss the automatic out of hand. It features paddle shifters for manual gear selection and a Sport mode that does a great job of keeping the engine on boil, especially when you are hustling through curves.
The Scion FR-S has always impressed us with its light and nimble nature. This is not a car for stoplight rallies — the average V6-powered family sedan would easily beat it in a drag race — but rather one in which to enjoy the curves. And enjoy them we do. Toyota has retuned the suspension for a more compliant ride; Subaru has retuned the suspension of the BRZ as well, and the Subaru is the more tail-happy of the two cars.
Like its Scion predecessor, the 86 is sold in a single trim level, with only the automatic transmission and a handful of dealer-installed accessories on the options list. Let Edmunds help find the perfect 2017 Toyota 86 for you.
2017 Toyota 86 Overview
The 2017 Toyota 86 is offered in the following submodels: 86 Coupe. Available styles include 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A), 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M), 860 Special Edition 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M), and 860 Special Edition 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A).
What do people think of the 2017 Toyota 86?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Toyota 86 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 86 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 86.
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What's a good price for a New 2017 Toyota 86?
2017 Toyota 86 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
The 2017 Toyota 86 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,939. The average price paid for a new 2017 Toyota 86 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $2,326 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2017 Toyota 86 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is8.3% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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