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Overview

It seems as though many automakers are forcing consumers to choose between value and the thrill of driving, but not Toyota. The 2019 Toyota 86 delivers sports-car handling with a respectable power-to-weight ratio, as well as plenty of modern tech features, all without breaking the bank. This rear-wheel-drive missile pays homage to Toyota’s legendary AE86, thanks to its soulful driving experience and accessible price tag.

The Perfect Ride for…

Anyone who’s inspired when they get behind the wheel of a high-performance automobile. The 2019 Toyota 86 begs to be driven through tight corners with its powerful boxer engine, lightweight design, and fine-tuned suspension. There’s no compromise here, though. The Toyota 86 also features sporty design language that speaks to its capabilities on the road, and it offers the safety and connectivity features that make this modern day embodiment of the Hachi Roku a true sports car.

Drive & Handling

The 2.0-liter flat-four boxer engine sends 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels of the Toyota 86. This powertrain has gathered a cult following from car tuners across the world, much like the original AE86, and with good reason. When paired with the lightweight body of the Toyota 86, the power-to-weight ratio creates a driving experience suitable for road courses or winding back roads.

Available with either a manual or automatic 6-speed transmission, the gearing in this sports car lends itself to efficiency when you need it, and power when you want it. The Torsen® Limited Slip Differential helps the power go to whichever wheel that can make the most use of it. A sport-tuned, reinforced suspension creates predictable precision in tight turns, and the customizable Vehicle Stability Control means you can have full assistance in daily driving conditions—or you can turn it off on track days to really push the limits.

Not only does the 2019 86 have an accessible starting price for a sports car, it won't cost much to drive to work every day. Achieving a Toyota-estimated 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway,* when equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission, the 86 is the sports car you don't have to wait all week to drive.

Key Features

Star Safety System™

Even though the 86 was built with a legendary sports car in mind, it got some serious modern upgrades in the safety department. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop Technology® (SST) are all working together to keep you and your dream car on the right path. These advanced safety features make sure your car turns and stops with all the precision you’d expect from a track-worthy sports car.

TRD Special Edition

If you want to take this sports car to the next level, opt for the TRD Special Edition trim. This top-tier 86 is loaded with performance upgrades. Brembo® brakes with 4-piston front and 2-piston rear calipers paired with large rotors make the brake performance of the 2019 86 truly remarkable, as well as perfectly suited for the track. SACHS® dampers help the 86 carve out corners, and dual-catback exhaust gives the 86 an exhaust growl befitting this aggressive coupe. Add in the trim-specific styling cues and you have a car that is track-day ready.

Alternative Options

If you’re looking for something that still has the sporty spirit of Japanese driving, check out the Toyota Camry. This sedan has changed what we’ve come to expect from family vehicles, bringing more power and better handling to the segment. If you’re looking for the kind of fun driving experience you can only find where the pavement ends, take a look at the Toyota 4Runner, which has enough ground clearance and power to help you find a new favorite rock-climbing spot.

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* 2019 preliminary mpg estimates determined by Toyota. EPA estimates not available at time of posting. Actual mileage may vary.

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