Toyota 86

2017 Toyota 86

  • (4.5) 13 reviews
  • MSRP: $26,255–$29,155
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 24 See how it ranks
  • Engine: 205-hp, 2.0-liter H-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2017 Toyota 86

Our Take on the Latest Model 2017 Toyota 86

What We Don't Like

  • Modest power
  • Wheezy engine noise
  • Crude manual climate controls
  • Tight cabin, tiny backseat
  • Somewhat expensive
  • Requires premium gas

Notable Features

  • Formerly Scion FR-S
  • Revised front styling
  • Revised suspension tuning
  • Front engine, rear-wheel drive
  • Six-speed manual or automatic transmission
  • Related to Subaru BRZ

2017 Toyota 86 Reviews

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The Verdict

Rechristened from its days as the Scion FR-S, the Toyota 86 remains a master of lightweight handling, but its appeal is growing more niche by the year.

Versus the competition

The fact that the 86 is slower than a minivan is a hard pill to swallow when its $27,000-plus starting price buys a lot of other decent — and quicker — sports cars. None are quite like the 86, but Toyota's onetime prodigy is showing some age.

 

When Toyota deep-sixed its Scion division in early 2016, the automaker's namesake brand got a few refugees. Among them is the 86, a renamed FR-S with styling and interior tweaks, plus minor hardware revisions. Compare the two cars here.

In addition to the base 86 trim is an 860 Special Edition, a limited-run car in the vein of the Scion's Release Series; stack them up here. All versions employ a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that sends power to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. We drove both.

The 86 moniker recalls the enthusiast-loved Toyota Corolla GT-S "AE86," a rear-drive sports coupe from the 1980s. The Subaru BRZ, built under a joint agreement between Subaru and Toyota, is a near twin (compare it here), but otherwise there are no other featherweight, rear-drive, four-seat coupes at this price. Change some factors, though — like greater weight and/or front-wheel drive — and suddenly plenty of alternatives exist. How strictly you draw the criteria will doubtless influence the 86's appeal.

Overall Appeal

The 86 starts around $27,000, while the 860 Special Edition runs another $2,900. An automatic transmission adds $720 to either car. As was the case with the FR-S, both offer minimal factory options but myriad accessories — from a navigation system to larger wheels, performance exhaust and more.

Handling enthusiasts will find the pricing palatable, as no direct competitor really exists outside the related BRZ. (The Mazda MX-5 Miata is probably the closest, but even that's a convertible with two fewer seats.) I suspect many shoppers will find Toyota's asking price too rich for their blood, especially with the extra sting of required premium gas.

The automaker's upgrades for 2017 are more than a name change, and the dynamics that won the original FR-S Cars.com's top accolade are as impressive today as they were four years ago. But other sports cars have improved. If handling trumps all else, the 86 is a strong choice. If it isn't, Toyota's player is a one-trick pony among sports cars at large.

Consumer Reviews

(4.5)

Average based on 13 reviews

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One of the sportest cars I have owned.

by Dick from Anderson, SC on September 23, 2017

I have only had the car for a couple of days, but I am very impressed with it. I bought it to replace a 1991 Nissan 240SX that I owned for 26 years. I will be giving it to one of my grandchildren in ... Read Full Review

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2 Trims Available

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2017 Toyota 86 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota 86 860 Special Edition

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota 86 860 Special Edition

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
M

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Small overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
A
Restraints and dummy kinematics
A
Small overlap front
A
Structure and safety cage
M
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota 86 860 Special Edition

Overall Front
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota 86 860 Special Edition

Overall Front
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $1,400 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

24mo/25,000mi

Free Scheduled Maintenance

24mo/25,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.