2019 Toyota 86

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2019 Toyota 86 Review

by Gabe Beita Kiser

The Toyota 86 is a very niche product, prioritizing driving purity above outright power and performance, much like it did when it was previously known as the Scion FR-S. Its platform twin, the Subaru BRZ, isn't the 86's only competitor either, with the Mazda MX-5 Miata following a similar lightweight and simple formula. Despite its underpowered 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine, producing a mere 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque, the 86 has a large following of car enthusiasts who value it for the 86's raw driving pleasure and strong Japanese sports car heritage. Could it be that overpowered sportscars have had it wrong all along?

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2019 Toyota 86 Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2018 86?

The Toyota 86 remains largely unchanged from last year's model, save for a TRD Special Edition derivative, which adds upgraded front and rear bumpers, side sills, and a spoiler, and is only available in black, with a bespoke black and red leather interior. It receives a share of performance upgrades as well, including a performance exhaust system and upgraded Brembo brakes, as well as sports suspension with performance dampers. Only 1,418 will be produced, which should make these TRD 86s appreciate in value over time. There are also new alloy wheel designs and a blue color called Neptune joins the color palette. Mid-range GT spec models can now be specced with black and red leather seats.

Pros and Cons

  • Fun to drive
  • Agile and composed
  • Good list of standard features
  • Semi-usable rear seats
  • TRD Special Edition is both exclusive and well-equipped
  • Uninspiring steering wheel
  • Noisy cabin
  • Underpowered motor

What's the Price of the 2019 Toyota 86?

The budget-conscious Toyota 86 starts off with an MSRP of $26,655, excluding taxes, registration, and a $930 destination charge. Ranked above the base model is 86 GT, offering additional creature comforts and features to offer a better-equipped package, at an MSRP of $28,785, only $2,130 over Toyota's base 86. Topping off the line-up is Toyota's 86 TRD Special Edition. With only 1,418 ever being produced, the $32,470 price tag seems a lot more reasonable.

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2019 Toyota 86 Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0L Flat 4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
2.0L Flat 4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
TRD Special Edition
2.0L Flat 4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
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2019 86 Exterior

2019 Toyota 86 Front View Toyota
2019 Toyota 86 Rear View Toyota
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  • Length 166.7 in
  • Wheelbase 101.2 in
  • Height 50.6 in
  • Max Width 69.9 in
  • Front Width 59.8 in
  • Rear Width 60.6 in
  • Curb Weight 2,776.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Asphalt
  • Halo
  • Steel
  • Ablaze
  • Neptune
  • Oceanic
  • Raven

2019 86 Performance

2019 Toyota 86 Three Quarter Front Right Side View In Motion 1 Toyota
2019 Toyota 86 Three Quarter Rear Right Side View In Motion Toyota
2019 Toyota 86 Exhaust Closeup Toyota

Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    2.0L Flat 4 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Automatic, 6-Speed Manual
  • Drivetrain

Handling and Driving Impressions

Where the 86 truly shines is in its driving characteristics. Following a strong Japanese performance heritage the 86, 86 GT and 86 TRD are visceral sports cars. Every aspect about 86, from its steering precision and taut handling, stiff chassis, grippy Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires and low seating position inspires a lively and rewarding drive. It must be noted that there is a sacrifice in terms of comfort, features, and noise. Cabin noise suppression is rather poor, with a constant reminder of its lightweight nature.

The suspension is firm without being harsh, but does immensely well to keep the car stable and pointed where you want it to go. That said, steering feedback is alive and not overbearing, giving you clear and concise reassurance as to what the front wheels are doing.

2019 86 Interior

2019 Toyota 86 Infotainment System Toyota
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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 41.9 in
  • Front Head Room 37.1 in
  • Rear Leg Room 29.9 in
  • Rear Head Room 35.0 in

2019 86 Trunk and Cargo Space

2019 Toyota 86 Rear Bumper Toyota
2019 Toyota 86 Three Quarter Rear Left Side View Toyota
2019 Toyota 86 Side View Toyota
  • Trunk Volume
    6.9 ft³

2019 86 Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    2 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    2 Years \ 25,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2019 Toyota 86 A Good car?

The 2019 Toyota 86 is a car you that either appreciate for what it does right or hate on for what it doesn't. Amongst the plethora of sports cars available on the market, it's easy to forget that the 86 has an entry-level cost of only $26,655. Yes, it's affordable. Yes, its interior isn't crafted by the heavens. But is it boring? No. Not in the slightest. The 86 serves as the perfect platform for enthusiast drivers, rewarding anyone who's willing to stir its stick shift along. The 86 also has a very large following of owners and prospective buyers alike, creating a community and market for these cars. The Subaru BRZ offers slightly higher-end features, and Mazda's Miata offers a more comfortable drive. The 86, however, puts a sports car within reach of the masses in a well balanced, rewarding, and purpose-built package.

What Toyota 86 Model Should I Buy?

Although the base 86 is a well-equipped car, it misses out on some of the features and styling that give 86 its racy feel. Despite being designed for daily use, it doubles easily as a weekend track warrior. To that end, it would greatly benefit from the dual-zone climate control and the LED fog lights 86 GT has. Furthering the daily use aspect, heated front seats and outside mirrors are valuable in winter. Thus the 86 GT is the recommended buy in our opinion, with the 86 TRD Special Edition reserved for only the most committed 86 enthusiasts looking for an exclusive piece of the pie and further enhanced driving dynamics thanks to the Sachs performance dampers.

2019 Toyota 86 Comparisons

Subaru BRZ Subaru
Mazda MX-5 Miata Mazda
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Toyota GR86228 hp20/27 mpg$28,400
Subaru BRZ 228 hp20/27 mpg$28,595
Mazda MX-5 Miata 181 hp26/34 mpg$27,650

2019 Toyota 86 vs Subaru BRZ

The Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are platform twins, sharing just about everything imaginable amongst each other. Besides the obvious badge ringfencing, there are small differences, such as the entry-level base price nearly $1,000 cheaper on the BRZ, and optional Android Auto and Apple CarPlay available on the Subaru. The 86 also suffers a penalty to horsepower and torque when paired with an automatic transmission, where the BRZ's power figures remain constant regardless of its configuration. Fuel economy also favors the BRZ by the smallest of margins, achieving 24/33/27mpg over the 86's 24/32/27mpg as an auto. The addition of an 86 TRD Special edition is where Toyota takes the lead, with track-focused suspension and large Brembo brakes making all the difference.

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2019 Toyota 86 vs Mazda MX-5 Miata

Comparing the two, the 86 immediately has the advantage as its 2.0-liter flat-four configuration affords it a lower center of gravity, as well as 24 more hp and 5 lb-ft of torque compared to the Miata's 181 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. The 86 also has a larger fuel tank, at 13.2-gallons over the Miata's 11.9, gifting it better range. The trend continues with the 86 sporting larger brakes and tires, more taut suspension and handling, and two extra seats over the Miata. The Miata does, however, offer a more comfortable ride and an interior that feels more refined. The Mazda is lighter too and offers open-top enjoyment while sacrificing cargo and rear-seat space. Buying as is, the Mazda feels better for daily use, but if you've got an eye on enhancement, the 86 feels ready for more power.

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