2018 Toyota 86

2018 Toyota 86
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2018 Toyota 86
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Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Acceleration is underwhelming
  • Small trunk doesn't hold much cargo
  • Lacks more now-common safety features and driver aids
Toyota 86 years


Which 86 does Edmunds recommend?

You're not buying an 86 for its creature comforts, so just stick with the base trim and keep the price affordable. The manual transmission is definitely preferable to the automatic.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.6 / 10

It's easy to count the 2018 Toyota 86's downsides. It's small inside, with limited cargo and passenger space; it's not particularly comfortable, especially for taller drivers; and the technology on offer feels totally outdated. The 86 has also only received modest power bumps over the years, so it's slower than a lot of competitors. Also, Toyota's never fixed the car's lack of midrange punch.

But there's no denying that the 86 still succeeds at being a ton of fun to drive. It provides a sporty experience even when you're just tooling around town. It's always engaging, and it's the kind of car that begs to be driven harder — it's just too bad it runs out of steam before too long.

Still, the market has evolved, and there are a lot of great performance coupes on the road right now at comparable prices. Today's 86 isn't as easy to recommend over the competition as the FR-S was back when it first launched.

2018 Toyota 86 configurations

The 2018 Toyota 86 comes in two trim levels: the base and the 86 GT. 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's 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, a performance exhaust, and a navigation system.

The GT is distinguished by 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 use and cornering force. There's also a Black package for the GT, which adds black exterior accents but is otherwise identically equipped.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Toyota 86 (2.0L flat-4 | 6-speed manual | RWD).

Driving

8.0
The 86 has moves like Jagger but an engine that struggles to get the stone rolling. We love the way the 86 drives through turns thanks to its classic rear-wheel-drive balance and effortless steering. It just needs a more powerful and refined engine to keep up with today's best sport coupes.

Acceleration

6.0
The 86's Subaru-based flat-four is responsive, but it's not the easiest car to launch aggressively. Midrange power is noticeably lacking, and the top-end bump isn't enough to make up for it. In our testing, we had a 0-60-mph time of 6.7 seconds. That's OK, but other coupes are noticeably quicker.

Braking

8.0
Initial impressions of the brakes are very good. The pedal is firm but easy to modulate. But when the 86 is driven more aggressively, the pedal becomes wooden and it's harder to judge how much effort to apply. In our panic stop from 60 mph, the 86 needed 109 feet, a respectably short distance.

Steering

9.0
The quick and precise steering rewards smooth driving, and well-damped feedback from the wheel communicates how much grip you have at the front wheels. It's the kind of steering you'd hope to get from a back-to-basics car like this.

Handling

8.5
The 86 delivers that classic rear-wheel-drive behavior but does it at lower and more accessible speeds. It's a blast to drive on a twisty road. The 86's suspension tuning allows more chassis movement than the BRZ, but it is still fun in its own way. Track mode loosens the stability control a bit.

Drivability

7.0
The clutch engagement zone is narrow, so it takes practice to shift smoothly. At midrange rpm, the engine falls flat on its face when you need it most. Longer highway grades can't be pulled in sixth gear. Listening to the motor moan and thrash takes a lot of the enjoyment away from revving it out.

Comfort

7.5
The interior stitching and embroidered 86 logos are nice touches, but this is no touring car. To the casual enthusiast, the 86 could be considered noisy and stiff, but it'll feel just right for the sport coupe aficionado. Toyota puts performance ahead of the 86's day-to-day usability.

Seat comfort

7.5
A limited range of adjustability makes finding a truly comfortable position difficult. While the seats have firm padding and excellent bolsters, perfect for dynamic driving, they quickly become uncomfortable when you're just statically sitting in them, as in traffic.

Ride comfort

7.5
Thanks to a stiff chassis, you can feel each corner of the car keeping its respective tire on the ground. Wheel motions are a little too quick to be considered comfortable, and the 86 will shimmy along on high-speed roads with undulations. You'll feel all the bumps and road imperfections.

Noise & vibration

7.5
These tires bring the noise on coarse surfaces. Keeping the weight down means keeping the sound deadening to a minimum, so the 86 is definitely on the loud side. Wind noise becomes quite noticeable at higher speeds. It's never too much for the enthusiast, but passengers might disagree.

Climate control

8.0
With a small cabin and big vents, this purely analog system easily cools things down quickly. The controls are easy to use and self-explanatory.

Interior

7.5
The interior of the 86 is purposeful and minimalist. There's also plenty of space and good outward visibility. Every control is right at your fingertips. Just don't consider this a four-passenger vehicle. Rear-seat space is laughable.

Ease of use

7.5
Everything about the 86 is clearly visible from the moment you get in. There are no hidden features, no secret Easter eggs, no hidden menus.

Getting in/getting out

6.5
It's low, but the wide door opening and unobtrusive seat cushion make it easy to drop into the 86. Use the rear seats for bags and cargo since the aperture to get in or out of them makes it virtually impossible for a human to do so with any sort of grace.

Driving position

8.5
While you sit low in the car, the driving position is surprisingly upright. It takes a bit of getting used to, but once you start enjoying the handling characteristics, the seating position fades away. We would prefer more telescoping range from the steering wheel as well as seat-bottom tilt.

Roominess

7.5
Front passengers have ample room. Nothing with feelings can sit in the back. If you're looking for an expansive back seat, this probably isn't your type of car anyway.

Visibility

8.0
With a tall and wide windshield and a low hood, forward visibility is pretty good. The view out the back is a bit compromised, but the rear-quarter windows help when changing lanes. A fairly high-resolution backup camera aids in the tightest quarters, but we wish the displayed image was larger.

Quality

7.5
Our test car had no squeaks or rattles, even when driven aggressively over bumpy surfaces. No panels felt loose or insufficient. Tasteful touches of simulated suede contrasts with hard plastics, but touch points are thoughtfully faux leather-type materials.

Utility

7.5
With a folding rear seat and trunk designed to hold a full set of wheels and tires and a small tool set, the 86 doesn't have to be reserved just for weekend duty.

Small-item storage

7.0
The small, hard plastic door pockets and a center console tray with removable cupholders are about all you get in the 86. That said, the items stored are truly out of your way while driving vigorously.

Cargo space

8.0
The trunk opening isn't gigantic, but it can hold a decent amount of shorter-size items. The narrow backseat aperture can make it difficult to slide wider items through. Lowering the rear seatback is only possible from the trunk, by pulling two lanyards simultaneously. It's not easy.

Technology

7.0
The 86's technology package is like the car itself: minimal. While we don't specifically mind the lack of functionality, we'd rate this system higher if Toyota included Android Auto or Apple CarPlay integration.

Audio & navigation

5.0
The audio system is adequate, although even with eight speakers, it lacks the power to deliver any semblance of fidelity when the car is actually in motion. There's no standard navigation system, but a dealer-installed unit is available even after purchase of the vehicle.

Smartphone integration

5.0
Neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto is supported, but there is a USB port, an auxiliary jack and Bluetooth. Pairing is quick, and album cover art is displayed.

Driver aids

7.5
Along with standard antilock braking, the stability control has been retuned to allow a bit more traction loss before intervening; there's also a Track mode that loosens the reins ever further. The advanced driver will still prefer to defeat the system entirely, which can be done easily.

Voice control

6.5
Voice recognition is commendable, never missing a word, but the voice that speaks back is unnatural and dated. The system is a bit slow to access music and playlists and, despite the clumsy manual interface, it's simply faster to do it yourself.

Consumer reviews

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Features & Specs

MSRP
$27,175
MPG
24 city / 32 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
200 hp @ 7000 rpm
MSRP
$28,585
MPG
21 city / 28 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed manual
Gas
205 hp @ 7000 rpm
MSRP
$29,305
MPG
24 city / 32 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
200 hp @ 7000 rpm
MSRP
$26,455
MPG
21 city / 28 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed manual
Gas
205 hp @ 7000 rpm
See all 2018 Toyota 86 features & specs

Safety

Our experts’ favorite 86 safety features:

Rearview Backup Camera
Projects an image of objects and vehicles in the car's rearward path of travel on the center console display to help prevent a 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
Deploys airbags in the event of a collision, including side curtain airbags useful for protecting rear passengers.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover5 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover7.1%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Acceptable
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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More about the 2018 Toyota 86

The 2018 Toyota 86 carries on the legacy of the fun-at-any-speed Scion FR-S with very few changes. The moniker is a nod to the AE86 code name for Toyota's revered rear-wheel-drive Corolla coupe of the 1980s.

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 back seat is marginal, and the best way to use it is to fold down the seatbacks to expand the meager 6.9-cubic-foot trunk.

The 86's 2.0-liter engine delivers 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque with a manual transmission. Automatic-equipped cars are rated at 200 hp and 151 lb-ft. Expect a 0-60 mph sprint of about 6.7 seconds with the manual. 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.

Since this is 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 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 it is the more tail-happy of the two cars.

Like its Scion predecessor, the Toyota 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 2018 Toyota 86 for you.

2018 Toyota 86 Overview

The 2018 Toyota 86 is offered in the following submodels: 86 Coupe. Available styles include 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A), GT w/Black Color Package 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M), GT 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A), 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M), GT w/Black Color Package 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A), and GT 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M).

What do people think of the 2018 Toyota 86?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Toyota 86 and all its trim types. 0 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 2018 86.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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Edmunds Scorecard

Overall7.6 / 10

Driving

8.0 / 10

Acceleration6.0 / 10
Braking8.0 / 10
Steering9.0 / 10
Handling8.5 / 10
Drivability7.0 / 10

Comfort

7.5 / 10

Seat comfort7.5 / 10
Ride comfort7.5 / 10
Noise & vibration7.5 / 10
Climate control8.0 / 10

Interior

7.5 / 10

Ease of use7.5 / 10
Getting in/getting out6.5 / 10
Driving position8.5 / 10
Roominess7.5 / 10
Visibility8.0 / 10
Quality7.5 / 10

Utility

7.5 / 10

Small-item storage7.0 / 10
Cargo space8.0 / 10

Technology

7.0 / 10

Audio & navigation5.0 / 10
Smartphone integration5.0 / 10
Driver aids7.5 / 10
Voice control6.5 / 10
Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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