2022 Toyota GR 86

Rating5.8

Ranked #19 in Midsize Coupe

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$20,995 - $30,300

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Key Spec of 2022 Toyota GR 86
fuel economy

20/25/27

fuel type

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horsepower

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basic warranty

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ProsConsWhat's New

Engaging driving dynamics

Impractical and cramped rear seats

Completely redesigned.

Toyota's superior reliability

Braking feels weak

New 2.4-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine.

Decent fuel economy

Manual transimmsion misses driver aids

Complimentary 1-year membership to the National Auto Sport Association (NASA).

Smooth stick shifter

2022 Toyota GR 86 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 21, 2021

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The 2022 Toyota GR86 has been launched with the same being available for sale by the end of December 2021. The 2022 GR86 comes with a new and more powerful 2.4-liter naturally aspirated flat-four engine borrowed from Subaru. The new engine has resulted in a bump in power and torque figures and to accommodate the same the chassis, as well as, the suspension has been reworked. All this was done by Toyota's in-house performance brand Grazoo Racing (so the name GR86). These changes have not only made the 2022 GR86 faster but also brilliant handling and driving sports coupe. 



Mechanical bits aside, other changes include a bigger infotainment screen, a slightly reworked interior, and a completely re-designed exterior. Staying true to its promise of providing a fun-to-drive sports coupe has not only kept the prices low, with the 2022 GR86 starting at just $27,700 but also thrown in a complimentary 1-year membership of the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). People looking for amateur racing and track days will for sure appreciate this. That said, will these changes be enough to justify a sports coupe when SUVs are rage? Let's find out in this review.

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Over All Rating

5.8

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Notable Rankings

#19 in Midsize Coupe

#24 in Coupe


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Trims

Base$20,995 onwards

  • Adaptive front lighting system
  • Aluminum sport pedals and scuff plates
  • Duckbill rear spoiler
  • Six-way adjustable driver's seat
  • Synthetic leather interior trim

Premium$21,895 onwards



Colors and Styles

2022 Toyota GR 86 in Arctic White color
Arctic White

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2022 Toyota GR86 will carry forward the legacy set by the Toyota 86 which in turn was a rebadged Scion FR-S. The GR86 this time has been worked upon by Toyota's Grazoo Racing which has resulted in the car being improving its overall driving dynamics yet at the same time the ride quality remains forgiving. No doubt, the GR86 will be preferred by many as their daily drivers who wish to go to their workplace or grocery in style. But one should bear in mind even though the GR86 is a 2+2 seater coupe the rear seats aren't meant for adults while the available trunk space isn't generous either. Thus from the practicality point of view, there are some compromises to be made. Although this is something very common to other rival cars too. Speaking of rival cars the 2022 Toyota GR86 competes with the likes of Mazda MX-5 Miata, its cousin Subaru BRZ, and Volkswagen Golf GTI.


Features
7.5/10

The 2022 Toyota GR86 comes in two trims Base and Premium. Both the trims feature a 2.4-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Other than that there is a new 8-inch touchscreen which is standard as well as Michelin rubbers standard on both the trims. While a set of standard safety equipment given on the GR86 includes high-beam assist, lane departure warning, sway warning, etc. Also, both the GR86 trims come standard with Toyota's Star Safety System.

Trim

GR86

GR86 Premium

MSRP (6-speed MT)

$27,700 $30,300

MSRP (6-speed AT)

$29,200

$31,800

Key Features

228 hp, 2.4-liter flat-4 enigne

Alcantara upholstery seats

 

17-inch wheels with Michelin Primacy HP tires

18-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires

 

Adaptive Cruise control

Rear spoiler

 

Pre-Collision braking

Lane-departure warning

  8-inch touchscreen w/ six-speaker sound system Heated front seats
  7-inch driver's digital display Eight-speaker sound system
  Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility  
Engine and Performance
2.0/10

The 2022 Toyota GR86 is more powerful than last year and comes with a 2.4-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine. The new powertrain cranks out 228 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to either a short-throw six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Either of which sends power solely to the rear wheels. The front-engine RWD configuration will make sure that the 2022 GR86 displays the true sports car behavior. The previous FA20 engine is replaced with a newer FA24 that uses an aluminum head and block that is lighter and is heat resistant up to an extent.

2022 Toyota GR86 Engine Bay

With these changes now the 2022 Toyota GR86 makes 23 hp and 28 lb-ft of torque more. Also, the new powertrain helps deliver a linear torque throughout the rev range which in the 2020 Toyota 86 would be flat in the mid-range thus requiring you to rev up to get into the powerband. All this improvement might sound modicum but drive the new GR86 and you will immediately see how much faster it has got. The 2022 GR86 does 0-60 MPH in 6.1 seconds which is 0.9 seconds less than what the 2020 Toyota 86 took. 

2022 Toyota GR86 in Action

The new GR86 has also undergone some rework on its chassis as well as suspensions setup to account for the increase in power. As a result, it still manages to deliver unparalleled handling and balance. The redesigned structure is focused on linear acceleration by keeping the center of gravity at the lower side. The aluminum alloy structure will ensure less weight. With the RWD drivetrain, the GR86 won't disappoint you in terms of cornering performance on track days.

2022 Toyota GR86 in Action

As the new 86 is tuned by Toyota's Gazoo Racing (GR), the equipped sport suspension enhances the cornering ability and agility of the car. While the limited-slip differential limits the wheelspin when the car tends to lose its traction. Moreover, the GR86 gets a new power assist steering wheel which is smaller and lighter requiring lesser effort to pilot the GR86 and aids maneuverability. As for the braking performance the GR86 stops from 60-0 MPH in 107 feet.

Model

2022 Toyota GR86

2022 Subaru BRZ

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata 

2021 VW Golf GTI

MSRP

$27,700 $27,995 $26,830 $28,695

Engine

2.4-liter Flat-4 2.4-liter Flat-4 2.0-liter inline-4 2.0-liter Turbo inline-4

Drivetrain

RWD RWD RWD FWD

Transmission

6-speed manual 6-speed manual 6-speed manual 6-speed manual

Power

228 hp @ 7,000 RPM

228 hp @ 7,000 RPM

181 hp @ 7,000 RPM

228 hp @ 5,000 RPM

Torque

184 lb-ft @ 3,700 RPM

184 lb-ft @ 3,700 RPM

151 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

258 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM 

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.1

6.3

5.8 5.2
Quarter-Mile (sec) 14.3 14.3 14.5 13.7

Top Speed (MPH)

140

140

143

155

In this comparison, the slightly heavier BRZ even though being mechanically similar to GR86 was two-tenths of a second slower than it in 0-60 MPH run. While the fastest 0-60 MPH run was clocked by the Volkswagen Golf GTI beating the GR86 by a margin of 0.9 seconds.

Fuel Economy
6.0/10

As the 2022 Toyota GR86 gets a more powerful and bigger engine thus it won't be able to match the numbers of the 2020 Toyota 86. That said, EPA hasn't rated the GR86 yet but as per the manufacturer when equipped with the 6-speed manual, the 2022 GR86 returns 19 MPG in the city, 26 MPG on the highway, and 21 MPG combined. While when had with the 6-speed automatic, you get 20 MPG in the city, 30 MPG on the highway, and 24 MPG combined.

Model

2022 Toyota GR86

2022 Subaru BRZ

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata 

2021 VW Golf GTI

MPG (city)

19 20 26 23

MPG (highway)

26 27 34 30

MPG (combined)

21 22 29 26

Fuel capacity (gal.)

N/A N/A 11.9 13.2

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) (mi.)

N/A N/A 309/ 405/ 345 304/ 396/ 343

The lightest and least powerful Mazda Miata manages to return the best-in-class gas mileage figures among all followed by the Volkswagen Golf GTI. What's surprising to see here is even though the GR86 isn't the quickest or most powerful car it still manages a far lesser gas mileage.

Interior
2.0/10

The interior design is almost similar to what we see on the friendly rival of 2022 GR86, the Subaru BRZ except for the minor changes around the dashboard. The design is inspired by Gazoo Racing, and that's why you get a two-tone sporty cabin layout. It is not the most advanced cabin per se, yet you get sufficient tech with the new TFT digital display with a startup animation and a bigger infotainment screen, not to forget the sports steering wheel. The GR86 will carry over the 4 seat configuration from the previous model. The base trim gets fabric-trimmed sports seats while the Premium trim comes with Alcantara-trimmed seats.

2022 Toyota GR86 Dashboard

The sporty red LED controls blend in with the theme. With six-way manual seat adjustments, you can easily adjust to the driving position as per your liking while two-way heating functionality for the front seats is reserved for the Premium trim. The sport-oriented cabin design is identical to the BRZ, still, the Toyota carries it better. The convenience features include dual-zone air-conditioning, auto-dimming rearview mirror, foldable rear seatback, one-touch and anti-pinch power windows, driver and passenger easy entry, and up to 2 12V DC power outlets.

2022 Toyota GR86 Infotainment

The 2022 GR86 replaces the smaller and less intuitive infotainment with a bigger 8.0-inch touchscreen display. The infotainment system is powered by the latest Entune infotainment system. While smartphone connectivity is provided through wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. A SiriusXM radio subscription is also available. As for the audio, a six-speaker sound system is standard while the Premium trim gets an eight-speaker audio setup.   

Model

2022 Toyota GR86

2022 Subaru BRZ

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata 

2021 VW Golf GTI

Seating Capacity

4

4

2 5

Front Row (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom) (in.)

37.0/ 53.6/ 41.5

37.0/ 53.6/ 41.5

37.4/ 52.2/ 43.1 38.4/ 55.9/ 41.2

Rear Row (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom) (in.)

33.5/ 51.7/ 29.9

33.5/ 51.7/ 29.9

N/A 38.1/ 53.9/ 35.6
Cargo Volume (ft³) 6.3 6.3 4.6 17.4

Except for the Volkswagen Golf GTI with its 5 person seating, all the other cars in the competition come with a seating capacity of either 4 or 2 people. The sporty cabin of the Toyota has ample space in both rows, however, the legroom could have been better. Although the front cabin is more spacious in the Mazda Miata while overall the Golf GTI offers a more spacious cabin. As for the trunk space, the sports car styling provides limited space of 6.3 cubic feet in the trunks of Toyota and Subaru, whereas the rivals like the Golf GTI offer more usable 17.4 cubic feet.

Interior Features:

  • 7-inch driver's digital display
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Remote Keyless Entry 
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Air Filtration
Exterior
9.0/10

The 2022 Toyota GR86 gets a stiffer and rigid chassis than the previous generation. As the GR86 uses a modified Subaru Global platform, there's a 50% increase in the torsional rigidity and strength. To keep the weight on the lower side, most of the components are crafted in aluminum alloy. The structure is altered in order to reduce the overall center of gravity. The exterior design is tweaked with advanced aerodynamics to provide better stability. The front fascia is updated with a GR-specific functional MATRIX grille, sleek LED headlamps, and functional air vents. 

2022 Toyota GR86 Front View

The uplifted rear fascia has reworked taillamps, an integrated spoiler, and massive chrome tip exhausts. Overall, the design looks sharper and better from each and every angle. The black design elements resemble the GR version of the Supra. Moreover, the frameless doors get distinct side skirts that fade at the end of the beltline. Also, the Premium trims come with an attractive 10-spoke 18-inch alloy similar to the ones we saw on the GR Yaris. 

Model

2022 Toyota GR86

2022 Subaru BRZ

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata 

2021 VW Golf GTI

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2800 2815 2341 3133

Length (in.)

167.9

167.9

154.1 168.0

Width (in.)

69.9

69.9

68.3 70.8

Height (in.)

51.6

51.6

48.6 57.8

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.1

5.1 4.9 5.1

Wheelbase (in.)

101.4

101.4 

90.9 103.6

Even with certain major changes and upgrades including the engine, the weight is similar to the previous generation. In fact, the GR86 is the lightest sports coupe against the rivals except for the BRZ. There's up to a 1.2-inch increase in the length of the GR86, with identical width and a lower height by 0.3 inches. The ground clearance is much better than the previous generation. The rear track is much wider than before. Rival such as the Golf GTI is comparatively bigger in size, whereas the GR86 is quite compact with its sports car stance.

2022 Toyota GR86 Rear Three-Quarter View

Exterior Features:

  • Dual exhausts
  • Ducktail-like spoiler
  • Side spoilers
  • GR specific functional MATRIX grille
  • Smart key system
  • Adaptive Front-lighting system
Safety
7.0/10

The 2022 Toyota GR86 comes pre-loaded with a comprehensive set of active and passive safety and driver-assistive stuff like a Pre-Collision System with Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Alert, and Adaptive Cruise Control. These features are standard across all of its automatic transmission models. Since the coupe is getting a more rigid and stiffer chassis, we can expect it to be safer than before. As both the NHTSA and IIHS are yet to crash-test the 2022 GR86.

Safety Features:

  • Pre-Collision System with Rear Automatic Braking
  • Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
Competition
5.0/10

2022 Toyota GR86 vs 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata and the Toyota GR86 both belong to the same breed. Both have similar attributes but still the Miata has managed to woo more American buyers than the Toyota 86 had up till now. But with the more powerful engine the GR86 is ready to go head-on against the Miata.

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata

If we go by the figures then the Miata is still at an advantage as even though it has a less powerful enigne, its lighter weight allows it not only to be quicker but also fuel-efficient compared to the GR86. While GR86 with small rear seats and a slightly bigger cabin still leads in terms of practicality.  

2022 Toyota GR86 vs 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI

The Volkswagen Golf GTI being a hatchback doesn't necessarily fall under the fun-to-drive coupe under thirty grand definition.But with limited offering in this dyimg breed people are left with no choice but to consider whatever they have at their disposal. Which brings us to this comparison between a sports coupe and a hot hatch.

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback

The turbocharged engine power Golf GTI is not only powerful but also quicker than the GR86 by a margin. As for the fuel-efficiency here also the Golf GTI beats the GR86. While from practicality point of view not only the Golf GTI offers seating for five but a more spacious and adult friendly rear seats compared to the GR86.

Final Verdict
8.0/10

For the 2022 model, Toyota has made the much-awaited and necessary changes to its budget sports car. The Toyota 86 has gotten better with its GR tuned performance and GR theme that brings about aerodynamic changes to the design. No stone is left unturned to make the handling and agility more accurate. The structure is stiffer and reliable. While Toyota has also made sure that the GR86 looks different from its twin, the BRZ. That said, thanks to the changes this year you can still experience the old-school charm of a rear-wheel-drive naturally aspirated sports coupe even in 2022.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$20995

body style

2dr Coupe

engine type
transmission

6-Speed Automatic

capacity
cargo volume

6.26 cu ft

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

20/25/27 mpg


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