2017 Toyota 86

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2017 MODEL
$26,255 - $29,875 See Inventory Prices

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Toyota's proposition for a "full-fledged" sports car, that too under the price tag of $30,000. The Toyota 86 presents a back to basics design philosophy. 2017 Toyota 86, follows the footsteps of its fabled predecessor - Corolla AE86 and trades in handling instead of blatant horsepower.

The 2017 Toyota 86 is powered by a 2.0 liter naturally aspirated engine that is tuned for a 205 hp, yes it makes 5 more ponies than the outgoing model. In its country of origin, Japan, the 86 is a revered sports car that stood out for its drift happy rear and lucrative pricing.


7.4/10
Features

 

5.4/10
Engine

 
 

7.1/10
Interior

 

6.7/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The 86 competes with the Mazda Miata MX-5, Honda Civic Si and Subaru BRZ. The 86 keeps it strictly old school. There is minimal intervention from electrical aids, you have a 2.0 Liter Boxer-Four engine powering the rear wheels. 2017 Toyota 86 places itself firmly in the affordable compact sports car segment.

2017 Toyota 86 Features

7.4/10

Toyota 86 is available in two trims, the base 86 coupe and the 86 Special edition. All the variants are powered by a naturally aspirated 2 Liter Boxer-4 engine. As the focus of the car is on the sporty driving feel, it gets a 6-speed manual gearbox. The base trim is available for a mere 26 thousand dollars which is very low for a sports car.

The special edition offers better aerodynamics, better equipment, and both cost the same, at 29 thousand dollars.

Trim

2dr Coupe

 2dr 86 special edition

MSRP

(manual)

$26,255

$29,155

MSRP

(automatic)

$26,975

$29,875

Key

Features

· LED low- and high-beam headlights and turn signals with embossed “86” lens S

· LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

· Air conditioning

· 86 Display Audio — 7-in. touch-screen display

· AM/FM player, Aha Radio app, eight speakers, auxiliary audio jack, USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and control

· Phone book access and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology, HD Radio Technology, Gracenote album cover art, integrated backup camera display, and steering wheel audio controls

· Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel with silver-colored stitching, “86” center cap logo, and audio controls

· Rear combination lights with all-LED lighting

· Multi-Information Display

· Granlux suede-like material accents on door panels and interior surround, including an “86” embossed passenger-side logo

We Recommend

We would suggest buyers stick with the base model. It packs all the equipment that you need for a fun to drive experience. The 86 doesn’t boast of a long list of equipment but at the price of 26 grand and a rear wheel drivetrain, the 86 is surely not meant for someone who is looking for a family car.

2017 Toyota 86 Engine

5.4/10

“We’ve praised the coupe for its precise handling and fun-to-drive nature, but have often expressed a desire for more horsepower. Changes to the gear ratios in the manual transmission-equipped Toyota 86 brings slightly more power, though we don’t expect a dramatic change in the coupe’s acceleration times.”- Motortrend

Engine and Transmission

In a time, when inline engines are used on a wide scale. The 86 uses a Subaru sourced Boxer-Four cylinder engine. When compared to the outgoing model, the 2017 Toyota 86 gets a minor bump in horsepower. You can avail that 5 hp upgrade only with the manual transmission. In case you opt for the automatic, you will get an engine which is tuned to produce 200 hp.

You have to work hard to keep this engine in the meat of its power. Above 4,000 rpm this engine feels quite lively. With this engine, you would be constantly in the process of changing gears. On the downside, the Boxer engine isn’t as refined as the inline-fours the competition offers.

Models

Toyota 86

Subaru BRZ Premium

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Honda Civic Si Coupe

MSRP

$26,255

$25,495

$24,915

$23,900

Engine

2.0L DOHC H-4

2.0L DOHC 16V

2.0L SKYACTIV-G DOHC 16-Valve I4

1.5/DOHC/16/I4

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed manual

6-speed manual

Horsepower

205 hp

205 hp

155 hp

205 hp

Torque

156 lb-ft

156 lb-ft

148 lb-ft

192 lb-ft.

When we talk about the competition, the Subaru BRZ shares the platform with the 86. So there aren’t any major changes. Surprisingly, Toyota, Subaru, and Honda tie at 205 horsepower. Mazda Miata produces the least power in this comparison – 155 horsepower.

Acceleration

The lack of grunt from the engine is apparent in the acceleration of the 86, as it manages to only offer moderate performance. It takes 6.2 seconds to go from a standstill to 60 mph, while the quarter-mile comes fast in exactly 15 seconds. The 86 has strong in-gear acceleration, which is due to its short ratio gears, which affects the 0-60 time.

Models

Toyota 86

Subaru BRZ Premium

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Honda Civic Si Coupe

0-60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.2 sec

5.6 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter mile

15.0 sec

15.0 sec

14.5 sec

14.8 sec

Engine

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

1.5 L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.4

7.4

6.0

NA

The Miata manages to beat the 86 in acceleration too, courtesy the weight. The BRZ is the same car like the 86, and thus posts similar acceleration times. The Honda Civic Si is the slowest car in this group.

Braking and Handling

The Toyota 86 manages to post impressive braking times, taking only 124 feet to come from 60 mph to a halt. This is due to the 11.6 inch and 11.4-inch disc brakes in the front and rear respectively. The 86 sports an impressive curb weight of 2774 pounds. Although the car isn’t the featherweight people had hoped, it’s still pretty light. The car handles pretty well and steers well on the curves and on the edges. Steering response is excellent and you won’t feel nervous while turning this car even at high speeds.

Model

Toyota 86

Subaru BRZ Premium

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Honda Civic Si Coupe

Brake Front (in.)

11.6

11.6

11.0

12.3

Brake Rear (in.)

11.4

11.4

11.0

11.1

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2774

2785

2332

2889

60-0 MPH (ft.)

124

124

109

109

2017 Toyota 86 Fuel Economy

The biggest advantage of being light is the consequent fuel savings it offers. The little Toyota can manage to run for 21 miles in the city on one gallon of fuel. On the highway, it can manage 26 miles on a single gallon, which brings the average to 24 miles per gallon, which are great efficiency figures for any car.

Model

Toyota 86

Subaru BRZ Premium

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Honda Civic Si Coupe

MPG (city)

21

21

26

28

MPG (highway)

28

29

33

38

MPG (combined)

24

24

29

32

2017 Toyota 86 Interior

7.1/10

“Most of the Toyota 86's interior is simple, clean and logically laid out, save for a giant wart in the middle of the dash. The 86 has that same unforgivably terrible infotainment-ish unit that I hated from the new C-HR. It doesn’t even look cleanly integrated into the nice fuzzy field of Alcantara-like “Granlux” cloth that covers the center of the dashboard. It is an absolute parts-bin afterthought and so frustrating to use that it’s unreal.”- Jalopnik

Seating and Comfort

The front seats offer decent space but the problem arises when we talk about rear seats. The rear seats are mostly unsuitable for the adult passengers. Ditch the passengers, go ahead throw your luggage in the rear seats. And you have a weekend getaway.

But when we talk about practicality, it is a completely different story. For the 86, the exterior design means a big tradeoff when it comes to the interior. Stepping into the car, the first thing you notice is the all-black interiors, which lend a sporty feel to the car. On closer inspection, however, the cost-cutting becomes apparent. The cheap plastics on the dash and the door panels, although well masked, feel extremely down-market.

Model

Toyota 86

Subaru BRZ Premium

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Honda Civic Si Coupe

Passenger capacity

4

4

2

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/54.5/41.9

37.1/54.5/41.9

37.4/52.2/43.1

36.5/56.9/42.3

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

35.0/51.7/29.9

35.0/51.7/29.9

NA

34.5/52.6/35.9

The Miata MX-5 pays the price of being light by not having rear seats at all, thus sacrificing practicality for performance. The Subaru BRZ offers an interior setup like the Toyota 86 coupe.

Infotainment
Toyota 86 is somewhat bare basic. The base variant gets a 7-inch touchscreen display while the higher trims get a 4.2-inch multi-information display screen. Apart from that, there are a few other things available.

Cargo Capacity

The cargo capacity of the Toyota 86 is extremely limited, with only 6.9 cubic feet of storage space in the trunk. Thankfully, the rear seats can be folded to liberate space in the back, which is a huge boon when carrying those huge luggage bags.

Model

Toyota 86

Subaru BRZ Premium

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Honda Civic Si Coupe

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

6.9

6.9

4.6

11.9

The Honda offers the most space in the boot in this class, although it still is quite disappointingly inadequate. The Miata neither has a sufficient boot, nor does it have rear seats, and thus is incapable of carrying luggage almost entirely.

2017 Toyota 86 Exterior

6.7/10

“Don't think of the Toyota 86 as "small." Instead, it's exactly as big as it needs to be, and no bigger...”-KelleyBlueBook

Dimensions and Weight

Toyota describes the 86 as a small, light, and fun car performance car. The small and light part can be objectively agreed on by everyone, as the little 86 manages to keep both its size as weight in check. At just 166 inches in length, the 86 is as big as a hatchback. It also weighs a little less than 2800 pounds, which is pretty light by any standard.

Model

Toyota 86

Subaru BRZ Premium

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Honda Civic Si Coupe

Curb weight (lbs.)

2,774

2785

2332

2889

Length(in)

166.7

166.7

154.1

177.3

Width(in)

69.9

69.9

68.3

70.9

Height(in)

50.6

50.6

48.6

54.7

Ground clearance (in)

4.9

4.9

4.9

4.9

Wheelbase (in)

101.2

101.2

90.9

106.3

Track width (in) F/R

59.8/60.6

59.8/60.6

58.9/59.2

60.5/61.2

Ford employs clever engineering to reduce the weight of the Mustang as much as possible, but the car still tips the scale at over 3 and a half thousand pounds. The Miata is the lightest car here, and under 2 and a half thousand pounds, which is extremely impressive. The Miata also has the highest ground clearance here, at 5.3 inches, bigger than most big bumps out there.

2017 Toyota 86 Safety

Toyota 86 comes packed with a host of safety features, in order to keep the driver and the passengers safe. Toyota claims that the performance was their first priority, and safety was their second.

  • 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

2017 Toyota 86 Competition

Toyota 86 Coupe vs Subaru BRZ Premium

The Subaru BRZ is the same car as the Toyota 86, with a change of badges being the only differentiating factor. Thus, unless one dealership is offering better insurance than the other dealership, there isn’t much reason to differentiate between the two.

Toyota 86 Coupe vs Mazda MX-5 Miata

The Miata is the lightest and the purest car among this bunch, and with its tiny size, it is quite a lot of fun to throw around the corners. The car is perfect for people who already own a proper car for practical uses and need a second car for weekend getaways. If, however, you need a car for any reason other than fun, the MX-5 is not for you.

Toyota 86 Coupe vs Honda Civic Si Coupe

Purists would also prefer the rear wheel drive 86 or the BRZ over the Civic, and power slide their way through a race track. In the end, it is all about what the Civic brings to the table, and for the price, the Civic Si bring quite a lot.

2017 Toyota 86 Final Verdict

When it was first introduced in 2012, the Toyota 86 took the automotive industry by a storm. The racy styling, the frugal engine offered enough power to light the skinny tires and turn them into smoke. The experience could also go sideways, as the car loves to drift.

The Toyota, however, is a lot less practical than its peers, especially the ones mentioned here. The rear seat space in poor, as is the trunk space. Even the performance has started to feel slow, and with each passing year, the 86 becomes a little more dated.

Pros

Engine which loves to stay at high revs

Suspension has been tuned on the stiffer side

You can a drive this car at its full potential on public roads without losing your license

Extended warranty packages and reliability

Cons

Limited space for rear passengers

Small fuel tank and an lower than average fuel efficiency

What's New?

Manual transmission comes with slight bump in power ( 5 hp)

Front and rear fascia have been redesigned

Suspension has been tuned for better performance

Toyota has added a Hill Start Function


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26255

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

126 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

205 hp @ 7000 rpm

torque

156 lb.-ft. @ 6400 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.4 in. ventilated disc brakes/11.6 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

101.2 in.

length

166.7 in.

width

69.9 in.

height

50.6 in.

curb weight

2774 lbs.

ground clearance

4.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

76.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

6.9 cu ft.

payload capacity

908 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.7 sec.

zero to 100 mph

20.3 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

165 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/28 mpg

highway range

369.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Toyota 86 in Steel color  2017 Toyota 86 in Raven color  2017 Toyota 86 in Oceanic color  2017 Toyota 86 in Hot Lava color  2017 Toyota 86 in Halo color  2017 Toyota 86 in Asphalt color  2017 Toyota 86 in Ablaze color
Steel

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Exterior

6.7

Engine

5.4

Interior

7.1

Features

7.4

Comfort

6.4

Driving

9.2

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Toyota 86 2dr Coupe

2dr Coupe

power
205 hp @ 7000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$26,255 - $26,975


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $26,255 MSRP (21/24/28) 205 hp @ 7000 rpm, 2 L, H4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 4   Ablaze
  Asphalt
  Halo
  Hot Lava
  Oceanic
  Raven
  Steel
2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $26,975 MSRP (24/27/32) 200 hp @ 7000 rpm, 2 L, H4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 4   Ablaze
  Asphalt
  Halo
  Hot Lava
  Oceanic
  Raven
  Steel

 2017 Toyota 86 Special Edition

Special Edition

power
205 hp @ 7000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$29,155 - $29,875


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Special Edition 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $29,155 MSRP (21/24/28) 205 hp @ 7000 rpm, 2 L, H4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 4   Ablaze
  Asphalt
  Halo
  Hot Lava
  Oceanic
  Raven
  Steel
Special Edition 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $29,875 MSRP (24/27/32) 200 hp @ 7000 rpm, 2 L, H4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 4   Ablaze
  Asphalt
  Halo
  Hot Lava
  Oceanic
  Raven
  Steel

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