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2019 Toyota 86 Review

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The Toyota 86 is a two-door sports car developed by Toyota and Subaru. Originally conceived as the Scion FR-S, the coupe joined Toyota’s lineup when the Scion brand folded into its parent company in 2017. The 86 is one of the few new cars sold today that comes standard with a manual transmission.

The coupe seats four passengers but comes with limited space for rear occupants and cargo. It is not the sportiest car in its class, but it is among the most affordable. A 2020 model is in the works but the 2019 model was still the only one listed for sale on Toyota’s website as of press time.

2019 Toyota 86 pricing and trims

The 2019 Toyota 86 starts at $26,655 and is offered in three trims: 86, GT and TRD Special Edition. It’s powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 205 horsepower.

The 86 is rear-wheel drive (RWD) and comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. Buyers of the base and GT trims can upgrade to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Here are the standard features equipped on each trim level:

Trim 86 GT TRD
Special Edition
MSRP  $26,655 $28,785 $32,470
Features 17-inch Wheels, LED Headlights, Sport Front Bucket Seats, Leather-Trimmed Steering Wheel, Remote Keyless Entry, 7-inch Touch Screen LED Fog Lights, Heated Front Seats, Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Push-Button Start, 4-inch Information Display 18-inch Alloy Wheels, Rear Spoiler, Red and Black Sport Front Seats with Side Bolsters, Red Seat Belts, Leather Gearshift with Red Contrast Stitching


What’s next?  If you are looking for a new car, be sure to take some time to shop around. You may be able to pay less than MSRP if you visit different dealerships. Or check out online industry guides like  Kelley Blue Book or NADAguides, which can help you find the car you are looking for at a good price.

If you are considering financing your new car, be sure to shop around for a car loan the same way you shopped for the car itself. You may apply through Toyota financing, or try your local bank or credit union. Depending upon your creditworthiness, you can get up to five potential loan offers from lenders when you fill out an online form at LendingTree. Remember that if you apply to several lenders while shopping around, it’s a good idea to do this within a 14-day window to avoid hurting your credit.

2019 Toyota 86 safety

The 2019 Toyota 86 received high ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) during crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Toyota 86 4 out of 5 stars in crash tests.

Because of the partnership with Subaru, the 86 does not come with Toyota’s Safety Sense suite, but does come standard with a rearview camera, airbag system, tire pressure monitor system, engine immobilizer as well as the Star Safety system and the following equipment:

  • Vehicle Stability Control, which helps the driver maintain control in adverse conditions.
  • Anti-lock braking system, which prevents the wheels from locking when the car brakes
  • Smart Stop Technology, which reduces power when the brakes and accelerator are pressed at the same time.
  • Hill Start Assist Control, which keeps the car from rolling backward on inclines.

2019 Toyota 86 competitor comparison

The Toyota 86 competes against small sports cars from brands including Mazda and Subaru.

The Mazda Miata features better fuel economy, more standard safety equipment and a sportier ride than the Toyota 86. However, the 86 has more power: 205 horsepower to the Miata’s 181 horsepower via its 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine.

The Ford Mustang achieves 310 horsepower and provides more passenger space than the 86. Higher Mustang trims offer additional driver assistance features that buyers can’t find on Toyota’s car.

The Subaru BRZ produces similar power to that of the 86 via a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine.  However, the base BRZ has a more luxurious interior with leather-trimmed upholstery, heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Trim 2019 Toyota 86 2020 Ford Mustang 2019 Mazda Miata MX5 2020 Subaru BRZ
Base MSRP $26,655 $26,670 $27,080 $28,845
Expert Scores 4.2 N/A 4.3 N/A
Fuel Economy
21/28/24 MPG 21/30/24 MPG 26/34/29 MPG 24/33/27 MPG
Standard Technology LED Headlights, Sport Front Bucket Seats, Leather-Trimmed Steering Wheel, Remote Keyless Entry, 7-inch Touch Screen 2.3L EcoBoost Engine, LED Headlights, Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror, Push-Button Start, Remote Keyless Entry, Ford SYNC, FordPass Connect Bluetooth, 6-Speaker Sound System, HD Radio, Mazda Connect Infotainment System, 7-inch Touch Screen Subaru Starlink Infotainment System, 8-Speaker Sound System, Navigation, Bluetooth, Dual USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 7-inch Touch Screen

*Chart data is for base models. Expert score averages Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds expert ratings, when both are available. Standard technology refers to features included in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost (not an exhaustive list). Fuel economy is combined/city/highway mileage per gallon as defined by the EPA for the lowest trim model.

The bottom line on the 2019 Toyota 86

Buyers shopping for a budget-friendly sports car may like the 2019 Toyota 86 for its handling and sporty upgrades such as front seat bolsters.

However, the coupe provides less power than the rival Ford Mustang and has a less attractive interior than the Subaru BRZ. Its top competitor, the Mazda Miata, is less powerful than the 86 but handles better.

If you’re shopping for a sporty coupe, buyers should consider these models alongside the Toyota 86.


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