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Toyota has again partnered with Subaru for the second-generation, entry-level sports car. Dubbed GR 86 this time, the low-slung coupe uses a Subaru-sourced 228-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that has more horsepower than the outgoing model.
The dimensions are nearly identical to the previous 86. The exterior is a near-match for its Subaru twin, but it looks a bit more upscale than before. The automakers say where the cars will be differentiated is in how they are tuned. This enables much cost sharing, but the ability to create a slightly different driving experience. The interior looks familiar and driver centric. Both six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are offered. The active safety systems are only available with the automatic transmission, and they include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning.
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2021
The rear-wheel-drive 86 features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine teamed with a choice of a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Its low curb weight and balanced weight distribution help give it precise handling.
In corners, the car turns in promptly, but it can be challenging to control at its limits. The steering is well-weighted, and the ride is compliant for a sporty car. Braking performance is impressive, with very short stopping distances in wet and dry conditions. Inside, the cabin is relatively plain, with well-bolstered sport seats, but getting in and out requires a bit of ducking. The vestigial rear seats are best left for cargo. No active safety features are available. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility is standard. There isn't a 2021 model, but a redesigned 86 arrives for the 2022 model year.
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2017-2019
2017 Redesign Year
Jointly developed with the Subaru BRZ, the rear-wheel-drive 86 (previously named the Scion FR-S) features a 205-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder teamed with a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Its mere 2,800-pound curb weight and optimal weight distribution give it super-agile handling and balance at its limits.
In corners the car turns in promptly with virtually no body lean. The steering is well weighted, with decent feedback. The 86 has a slightly more compliant ride than the BRZ. Inside, the cabin is relatively plain, with well-bolstered front sport seats, but the stiff ride and elevated noise can be taxing, and the vestigial rear seats are best left for cargo.
$26,200 - $30,500
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$24,450 - $27,300
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$22,750 - $24,675
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