Talking Cars 321: Driving the 2022 Toyota GR86

Plus, judging safety on cars that haven’t been crash-tested

Main themes: We give our first impressions of the 2022 Toyota GR86—the redesigned, renamed sports car twin to the Subaru BRZ. Does this affordable, sporty driver maintain its on-road prowess and satisfy with an automatic transmission? And for the love of driving, we also share which cars we would choose to drive for the rest of our lives if cars didn’t break down, forever reliability was a given, and bodies didn’t age.

Driven this week: 2022 Toyota GR86

Audience Questions

  • I had two tires replaced under a road-hazard warranty, should I replace the other two or get four?
  • Why are cars allowed to have both amber and red turn signals if research says amber is better?
  • What are the best ways to judge the safety of a low-volume car that isn’t crash-tested?
  • What’s a good replacement car for a Scion xB?
Talking Cars 321
‘Talking Cars’ panelists Mike Monticello, Jen Stockburger, and Ryan Pszczolkowski

Photo: Consumer Reports Photo: Consumer Reports

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Jen Stockburger

I never anticipated that engineering, the auto industry, and a few hundred tire changes and child seat installations would have brought me here: director of day-to-day operations at Consumer Report's fabulous 327-acre Auto Test Center. The bonus is that the track's location in rural Connecticut leaves me close enough to home to also enjoy my children and husband while still squeezing in time for gardening, riding horses, and hunting for antiques.