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  • 2019 Toyota 86 GT

    Two-plus-two for driving enthusiasts

    By Nina Russin

    2019 Toyota 86

    The Toyota 86 is the automaker’s small, sporty car co-developed with Subaru (BR-Z), and inspired by the Corolla Levin of the 1980s, also known as the “86.” Aside from the BR-Z, the Toyota 86 has no true direct competitors, although it is frequently compared with the Nissan Z-cars, Chevrolet Camaro and sometimes the Hyundai Veloster. In terms of performance, it seems closest to the two-seat Mazda Miata and Fiat 124 Spider.

    Twenty-nineteen is the third year for the 86 in the Toyota line-up: previously the car was part of the Scion brand. Toyota has added TRD version with Brembo brakes, Sachs dampers, special 18-inch rims and body kit. However, the powertrain remains basically unchanged, consisting of a two-liter 205-horsepower boxer engine (from Subaru) paired with the choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

    Base price for the 86 with the automatic transmission is $27,174 minus the $920 destination charge. Final MSRP for the GT version tested is $30,225. As with other vehicles previously sold under the Scion nameplate, the 86 is essentially monospec with two options: all-season tires (not available on the TRD model) and a premium audio system with navigation. Read the rest of this entry »