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2020 Toyota 86 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Charan Narain Khandelwal Content Writer Updated on: December 5, 2019


Toyota introduced the 86 in 2013. Back then, it was sold in the United States with a scion badge, as the FR-S. However, by 2017, Scion was out of the picture, and Toyota introduced the States to the 86, and it has proved it is here to stay. 

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Pros

Handles extremely well

Best bank for the buck

High quality cabin

Cons

Acceleration can feel a little underwhelming at times

Compromised cargo area

What's New?

New Hakone Edition to celebrate “Hakone” Street in Japan. 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26985

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

205 hp @ 7000 rpm

torque

156 lbs.-ft. @ 6400 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

59.8/60.6

dimensions

wheelbase

101.2 in.

length

166.7 in.

width

69.9 in.

height

50.6 in.

curb weight

2776 lbs.

ground clearance

4.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

76.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

6.9 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/25/28 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited


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Exterior
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Interior
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Styles

 2020 Toyota 86 in Ablaze color  2020 Toyota 86 in Hakone green color  2020 Toyota 86 in Halo color  2020 Toyota 86 in Neptune color
Ablaze

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Interior

7.2

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Toyota 86 Base

Base

power
205hp @ 7000 rpm
fuel
Premium
mpg
25 combined

$27,410 - $27,705


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $27,410 MSRP (21/25/28) 205hp @ 7000 rpm, 2L, H-4, Premium
6-speed manual w/OD rear wheel drive 4
2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $27,705 MSRP (24/27/32) 200 hp, 2L, I4, gasoline
6-speed Automatic rear wheel drive 4

 2020 Toyota 86 GT

GT

power
200 hp 7000@rpm
fuel
Gasoline
mpg
27 combined

$29,835 - $30,115


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $30,115 MSRP (21/25/28) 205hp @ 7000 rpm, 2 L, H-4, Premium
6-speed manual w/OD rear wheel drive 4
GT 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $29,835 MSRP (24/27/32) 200 hp 7000@rpm, 2L, I4, Gasoline
6-speed Automatic rear wheel drive 4

 2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Edition

Hakone Edition

power
200 hp 7000@rpm
fuel
Gasoline
mpg
27 combined

$29,870 - $30,590


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Hakone Edition 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $29,870 MSRP (21/25/28) 205hp @ 7000 rpm, 2 L, H-4, Premium
6-speed manual w/OD rear wheel drive 4
Hakone Edition 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $30,590 MSRP (24/27/32) 200 hp 7000@rpm, 2L, I4, Gasoline
6-speed Automatic rear wheel drive 4

Expert Review

7.6

Overall Rating


The year 2020 makes the 86 more agile, riddled with tech and more stylish. It also marks the introduction of the Limite “Hakone” Edition. 

Powered by a similar engine, The 86’s sister car, the Subaru BRZ makes a very evenly matched rival. The BRZ keeps the 86 from slipping behind. While the BRZ may make an immediate replacement, the Honda Civic SI and the Nissan 370Z are more unconventional rivals. 

2020 Toyota 86 Front view
2020 Toyota 86 Front View
2020 Toyota 86 rear view
2020 Toyota 86 Rear View

7.0/10
Features

 
 
 

7.2/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Toyota 86 Features

7.0/10

Starting off at $27k, for the year 2020, the Toyota 86 comes in 3 trims, which includes the Limited “Hakone” Edition. The base 2 door coupe and the top tier GT, along with the Hakone, share the same 2.0L boxer engine. The Hakone is priced in between the Base and GT models and is equipped with features in the same manner.  

Toyota created the Hakone edition to pay homage to Japan’s Hakone Street, an iconic pathway intertwined with the car culture in Japan. 

Trim

2 Door Coupe

Hakone Edition

GT 2 door coupe

MSRP (Manual)

$26,985

$29,870

$30,115

MSRP (Automatic)

 $27,705 $30,590 $30,260

Key Features

Cruise Control

   
 

Electric Power Steering

Keyless Ignition

Leather/Sueded Microfiber Seats

 

Leather and Simulated Alloy Steering Wheel

Hands Free Entry

Heated Power Outside Mirrors

 

Tilt and Telescoping Steering Wheel

Leather/Alcantara Seats

LED Foglights

 

Dual Vanity Mirror

Multi-Level HeatingSeats

 
 

One touch power windows

Painted Alloy Wheels

 
   

17 Inch Bronze Spoked Alloy Wheels

 

Which 86 is the best?

When it comes to the 86, we believe going full out will serve you well. The top GT trim, equipped with the Protection and TRD Handling packages is what we recommend. Toyota’s are built well and last long. The top of the line 86 will not only make for an extremely exhilarating driving experience, it will deliver so for years to come. 

2020 Toyota 86 Engine

We have all seen a boxer takes its position in a corner of a boxing ring. It pumps itself up and the whole world knows he’s ready for a fight as soon as he punches his gloves together. Just in that way, we know the 86 is up for taking the world by storm as soon as we hear the horizontal opposed pistons fire when we start the car. The 2.0L flat 4 boxer engine at the core of the 86, codenamed “4U-GSE” is Subaru’s FA20 naturally aspirated engine coupled Toyota’s D-4S injection system. With the engine sitting as far back and low in the engine bay as possible, the weight distribution is 53% in front and 47% in the rear, which drastically improves its driving dynamics. More on that later.  

2020 Toyota 86 engine
Toyota offers the potent package that is the 86 in both a manual and an automatic transmission

Two or three paddles, Manual or Automatic, the choice is yours. Toyota offers the potent package that is the 86 in both a manual and an automatic transmission. The Manual 6 speed is of Toyota’s own design. The short gear ratios on the Toyota TL70 manual gearbox coupled with a short throw shifter gets you in gear quick and ready to go. The automatic transmission is sourced from Aisin-Warner. Their A960E automatic transmission is similar to the one used on the Lexus IS 250, but has been modified to mimic the response time of dual-clutch transmission. 

While the manual transmission fishes out power, 205 horses with 156 lb ft of torque, the automatic transmission promises a perfectly harmonious delivery of power which will make you dip back in your seat, even if its numbers are less, at 200 horses and 151 lb ft of torque. 

Models

Toyota 86

Subaru BRZ

Honda Civic SI

Nissan 370Z

MSRP

$26,985

$28,845

$26,130

$30,090

Engine

2.0L 4 Cylinder Boxer engine

2.0L 4 Cylinder Boxer engine

1.5 Turbocharged 4 Cylinder

3.7L V6

Transmission

6 Speed Manual

6 Speed Manual

6 Speed Manual

6 Speed Manual

Horsepower

205

205

205

332

Torque

156 lb ft

156 lb ft

192 lb ft

270 lb ft

The 86 and the BRZ, being sister cars are evenly matched in power. The Civic Si also has the same power output but manages significantly better torque. However, the king of the hill here is the Nissan 370Z. Armed with a brawny V6, its power and torque output exceed far beyond that of the other cars in the class. All that power comes at a price though, as the 370Z is the costliest car here.

Toyota 86's 0-60?

A 6.7 seconds 0-60 time may seem slow to come, but considering the fact that this car only has a 4 cylinder boxer producing 205 horses, and that number starts looking quite impressive. Not to mention its quite a competitive standard for its class. However, if you’re a tough cookie to impress and still find the 86’s acceleration uninspired, then take a closer look at what it was actually built for. The 86 can manage the straights pretty well, but it truly shines when pulling out of corners. Its powerful low end acceleration makes it a natural predator in tight roads. 

2020 Toyota 86 Acceleration
2020 Toyota 86 Acceleration

Models

Toyota 86

Subaru BRZ

Honda Civic SI

Nissan 370Z

0-60 MPH

6.7 Seconds

6.9 Seconds

6.7 Seconds

5.3 Seconds

Quarter mile

14.8 Seconds

11.3 14.6 13.7

Engine

2.0L 4 Cylinder Boxer engine

2.0L 4 Cylinder Boxer engine

1.5 Turbocharged 4 Cylinder

3.7L V6

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.4

7.3

5.5

8.9

While the masses say that the 86 has underwhelming acceleration, the numbers tell a different story. 86’s sister car falls behind in comparison, even if it trails it by 0.2 seconds. With the exact same engine, the BRZ suffers such a fate due to being a tad bit heavier. The Honda Civic SI, despite its heavier body and smaller engine, manages to match the 86’s performance numbers. It comes as no surprise that the V6 powered Nissan 370Z takes the cake here. A class leading time of 5.3 seconds is impressive for the weight this beast carries.

How does the Toyota 86 handle?

The 86 cuts through the air like a hot knife on butter. It is well behaved nature on a straight quickly turns into that of a ferocious animal in the corners. Toyota’s engineering gives the 86 a low center of gravity, keeping it planted in corners as if it was glued to the road. A small diameter steering wheel with quick-ratio steering makes athletic in corners. Multilink suspensions in the rear with stability bars both in the front and rear help the 86 tackle sharp turns with uneven surfaces relatively easily. A light and sensitive steering only adds to the confidence one needs on a tough road. 

Toyota’s intentions are clear. Their decision to equip the 86 with a Torsen limited slip differential helps the car accelerate quickly out of corners. It does so by being specially tuned for heightened response and low end acceleration while creating harmony between efficiency and performance. Legends such as the AE86 Hachiroku Corolla finds its elements in the 86. The Rear Wheel Drive system of the AE86 made it a god both on the track and streets, which is now a part of the 86.

A unit-body design, a reinforced chassis and use of durable materials not only make the 86 tough and rigid but lightweight. 

Excellent acceleration, braking, and handling is what the 86 promises. Toyota stands true on all of these and going further has managed to reduce unwanted noise and vibration from the driving experience. 

Toyota 86's 60-0?

Upfront, the 86 has 11.6 in ventilated brake disks with two piston opposed calipers while the rear is a solid 11.4 in disk with a single caliper design. Together, it manages to stop the relatively lightweight car, going 60 mph, in 109 feet. The brakes are one point of improvement Toyota offers with the 86’s TRD package.  

2020 Toyota 86 Wheel
The Toyota 86 has 11.6 in ventilated brake disks with two piston opposed calipers

Model

Toyota 86

Subaru BRZ

Honda Civic SI

Nissan 370Z

Brake Front (in.)

11.6

12.8

12.3

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

11.4

12.4

11.1

12.1

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2776

2798

2889

3333

60-0 MPH (ft.)

109

116

106

113

The smallest brakes of the class does put the 86 at a disadvantage when compared to the class. However, despite the smallest brakes, the 86 manages a stop distance of 109 feet, which isn't bad in our books. The Subaru BRZ, essentially being the same car, is expected to perform in a similar manner. The Civic SI is the class leader here with the smallest stopping distance of 106 feet, while the Nissan 370Z has the longest stopping distance of 113 feet, which we feel is due to it being the heaviest in the class. 

2020 Toyota 86 Fuel Economy

The relatively small 2.0L boxer engine of the 86 manages a fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city while reaching 28 mpg on the highway. Considering the fact that the 86 runs premium unleaded fuel, the cost will start to add up. However, this being a sports car, the numbers aren't something we didn't expect. 

Model

Toyota 86

Subaru BRZ

Honda Civic SI

Nissan 370Z

MPG (city)

21

21

26

17

MPG (highway)

28

29

36

16

MPG (combined)

24

24

30

20

A small engine means less power and more fuel efficiency and vice versa. The same can be seen here. The most efficient of the bunch is the Honda Civic SI with its 1.5L 4 cylinder, securing 30 mpg combined, while the massive V6 on the Nissan 370Z makes it the least efficient which only manages 20 MPG. Both the 86 and BRZ, being the same again, manage an efficiency of 24 MPG combined.

2020 Toyota 86 Interior

7.2/10

From the Granlux covered interiors, to the sporty steering wheel proudly displaying the iconic 86 logo, the interior shows us many flavors. The Toyota 86 has a compact interior but doesn't feel all that compromised. The interior is satisfyingly spacious, although the rear seats seem rather minuscule. The cabin feels premium and polished. Granlux is a suede like material which covers most of the interiors of the 86. The dashboard, door panels, and the upper seat bolsters are all covered with this stuff, finished off with an embossed “86” logo on the glove box. Premium steering wheel mounted paddle shifter enhances anyone’s driving experience. Along with that, the leather wrapped steering wheel also houses the Cruise control and audio controls.

2020 Toyota 86 Seating
The Toyota 86 has a compact interior but doesn't feel all that compromised

The front seats are your run of the mill bucket seats to hold you in place. From the driver's seat, the view of the road is unobstructed. Clear view while driving in all directions. The driver gets a 6 way manual adjustable seat while the passenger only gets a 4 way manually adjustable one. Both seats have multi level heating.

Road or tire noise is at a minimum from inside the cabin. Thanks to the 86’s body, the occupants of the cabin is also sheltered from road vibrations. 

Model

Toyota 86

Subaru BRZ

Honda Civic SI

Nissan 370Z

Passenger capacity

4

4

5

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/54.5/41.9

37.1/54.5/41.9

36.5/56.9/42.3

38.2/54.4/42.9

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

35/51.7/29.9

35/51.7/29.9

34.5/52.6/35.9

N/A

With identical cabin space, the 86 and BRZ fall in the middle of the pack. The Nissan 370Z comes ahead here, housing the most cabin space while the Honda Civic SI falls behind. 

What are the Infotainment features in the Toyota 86?

Toyota offers a 7 inch touchscreen with the 86 which comes standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Its 8 speakers, powered by Clari-Fi delivers pristine sound quality. The included USB ports let you charge your device while also letting you sync your device with the infotainment system.

2020 Toyota 86 Infotainment display
2020 Toyota 86 offers a 7 inch touchscreen with android auto and apple carplay

Does the Toyota 86 have sufficient Cargo Space?

A small form factor car such as the 86 is bound to have small cargo space. A meager 6.9 cubic feet of cargo space is all the 86 could muster up without considerably affecting the internal cabin space. The rear seats do fold down, however, increasing the storage space on offer. Toyota claims that the extra space one gets after folding the seats down will be enough to pack an extra set of tires if one wishes to hit the tracks, which the 86 is fully capable of.

2020 Toyota 86 Cargo space
A meager 6.9 cubic feet of cargo space is all the Toyota 86 could muster up

 

Model

Toyota 86

Subaru BRZ

Honda Civic SI

Nissan 370Z

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

6.9

6.9

11.9

6.9

Cargo Volume with rear seats down (ft.3)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Honda Civic SI a clear winner here with the most cargo area. The 86 and BRZ were bound to be similar, but the Nissan 370Z also has 6.9 cubic feet of space.

2020 Toyota 86 Seating
2020 Toyota 86 seating
2020 Toyota 86 front seat
2020 Toyota 86 front seat
2020 Toyota 86 steering
2020 Toyota 86 steering
2020 Toyota 86 cockpit area
2020 Toyota 86 cockpit area
2020 Toyota 86
2020 Toyota 86

2020 Toyota 86 Exterior

The 86 has a statement to make. Its intoxicating power and ability to conquer harsh roads will speak later. First, it needs to catch everyone’s attention. That is precisely what it accomplishes. Upfront, headlights are full LED, including the DRMs. The fog lamps cleverly integrated into the front canards are also LED. The shark fin headlamps gives the 86 an iconic image in the market. The taillights of the 86 are also fully LED. 

2020 Toyota 86 Side View
2020 Toyota 86 Side View

The front fascia looks aggressive, the huge grill along with the canards looks as if its a face of a soldier with war paint on, ready to go into battle. The chin spoiler at the back along with the rear diffuser and dual chrome tipped exhaust finish the ready to race look of the 86. Last but not least, the “86” badge on the side of the car, below the fender trims is displayed as a medal to anyone who to see. 

The New Hakone Edition is offered only in a special green paint and golden rims, along with a black spoiler. 

Model

Toyota 86

Subaru BRZ

Honda CIvic SI

Nissan 370Z

Curb weight (lbs.)

2776

2798

2889

3333

Length(in)

166.7

168

177.3

167.5

Width(in)

69.6

69.9

70.9

72.6

Height(in)

50.6

52

54.7

51.8

Ground clearance (in)

4.9

4.9

 

4.8

Wheelbase (in)

101.2

101.2

106.3

100.4

Track width (in) F/R

59.8/60.6

59.8/60.6

60.5/54.7

61/62.8

The lightest of the bunch is the Toyota 86. It also carries the smallest form factor. While the Subaru BRZ is similar to the 86 in every way, where its body footprint is bigger than the 86. The biggest of all is the Honda Civic SI. It might not have the most cabin space, but it gives that advantage to its cargo space. 

2020 Toyota 86 front view
2020 Toyota 86 front view
2020 Toyota 86 rear view
2020 Toyota 86 rear view
2020 Toyota 86 rear view
2020 Toyota 86 rear view
2020 Toyota 86 side view
2020 Toyota 86 side view
2020 Toyota 86
2020 Toyota 86
2020 Toyota 86
2020 Toyota 86

2020 Toyota 86 Safety

Filled to the brim with safety features, the 86 ensures the occupant’s safety. Features like the Star Safety System is a collection of 6 safety features, which include Stability Control, Traction Control, ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Braking Assist, and Smart Stop Technology. Other safety features are as follows:

  • 6 airbags
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System

While the 2020 Toyota 86 has not yet been crash tested, the 2019 86 had a spectacular review. It did particularly well in Rollover testing, where NHTSA calculated the chance of its rollover at only 7.1%.

2020 Toyota 86 Competition

2020 Toyota 86 vs 2020 Subaru BRZ

The Toyota 86 and the Subaru BRZ are essentially the same car. They are priced similarly, share the same engine, make the same power and look the same. The difference lies in the way the car runs. Toyota has upgraded its chassis to minimize road noise and vibrations. The BRZ has the power and performance of the 86, but all that power, without the insulation for the noise and the vibrations, can make the long roads infuriating. 

2020 Subaru BRZ
2020 Subaru BRZ

2020 Toyota 86 vs 2020 Honda Civic SI

A smaller engine on a larger body. Seems like a recipe for disappointment, but Honda makes it work. While the power output of both the cars are similar, Toyota takes the cake in riding quality. The Civic Shines in cargo space and fuel economy. The choice between the two comes down to which element is preferred by the buyer. 

2020 Honda Civic SI
2020 Honda Civic SI

2020 Toyota 86 vs 2020 Nissan 370Z

With the beefiest engine in the class, the Nissan 370Z has power by its side. However, power isn't everything. Power means nothing if not put smoothly to the ground. The Toyota 86 may have less power but is engineered to make each drive a thrill. 

2020 Nissan 370z
2020 Nissan 370z

 

2020 Toyota 86 Final Verdict

The proficiency of the 86 lies in giving the driver a feel of adrenaline. A precision body coupled with a punchy boxer engine gives a thrill to anyone daring to push the car. Whether it's the tight turns of a racetrack or the narrow curves of city driving, the 86 is prepared. The legacy it carries, and now even represents, with the offering of the new Hakone Edition, has forever made a special place in the hearts of car enthusiasts. So, while Toyota’s has other more sporty and more expensive cars in its lineup, it is a popular opinion that the 86 is more fun to drive.