2019 Toyota 86

Buyer's Guide

Toyota has a long tradition of building sports cars that goes back to the 2000GT of the late 1960s and the Supra, which lasted until the early aughts.

Diminished demand for performance cars means this Japanese brand has more recently sought ways to keep its hand in the sporty car business while acknowledging there's less money in the segment than there used to be. That's why Toyota, as we write this, is putting the finished touches on an all-new Supra it developed with BMW as a sort of follow-up to the 86, the sole sports car in its current lineup, on which it collaborated with Subaru.

For 2019, the 86 gains a new TRD Special Edition trim boasting upgraded brakes, suspension dampers, exhaust system and trim-specific 18-inch wheels. It also gets some cosmetic touches, like an exterior aero kit, Raven black paint and a red-stitched interior and red seat belts.

The new trim occupies top spot in the range, above base and GT trims. All three variants use a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that makes 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque with its standard six-speed manual transmission, or 200 hp and 151 lb-ft with an optional six-speed automatic.

In the 86, Toyota has a coupe it can pitch against the likes of the Mini Cooper S and Mazda MX-5. Some might say this one is the best of the bunch, with a combination of rear-drive layout that leaves the front wheels to handle steering and braking duties, and a fixed roof that offers optimal structural strength for accurate handling.

Many have argued the only thing the 86 lacks is a bit more power, but Toyota (or, more specifically, Subaru, which engineered the car's drivetrain) insists 205 hp is either just right or all that's possible without re-engineering the entire car to make room for a larger engine, or turbocharging. What we like about the 86's modest power is that you can drive it enthusiastically without constantly worrying about attracting the attention of the cops.

Base trim comes with 17-inch wheels, 7.0-inch display audio, Bluetooth, automatic climate control, variable intermittent wipers and heated side mirrors.

GT trim adds dual-zone climate control, seats with suede inserts and leather bolster, 4.2-inch information display, passive keyless entry, rear spoiler and LED fog lights.

Toyota's fuel consumption estimates are 11.3/8.3 L/100 km (city/highway) with the manual transmission and 9.9/7.3 with the automatic.

2019 Toyota 86 Specifications

There are 5 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
From $29,990 MSRP
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
205 hp @7000 rpm
Number of seats 4
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Body style Coupe
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
Manual $29,990 4 Coupe
Manual 205 hp @7000 rpm 156 ft-lb @6400 rpm 6-Speed M/T Rear Wheel Drive
Manual 166.7" 69.9" 50.6" 101.2"
Manual Cloth Seats
Auto $31,190 4 Coupe
Auto 200 hp @7000 rpm 151 ft-lb @6400 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
Auto 166.7" 69.9" 50.6" 101.2"
Auto Cloth Seats
GT Manual $33,260 4 Coupe
GT Manual 205 hp @7000 rpm 156 ft-lb @6400 rpm 6-Speed M/T Rear Wheel Drive
GT Manual 166.7" 69.9" 50.6" 101.2"
GT Manual
GT Manual N/A
GT Manual
GT Manual
GT Auto $34,460 4 Coupe
GT Auto 200 hp @7000 rpm 151 ft-lb @6400 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
GT Auto 166.7" 69.9" 50.6" 101.2"
GT Auto
GT Auto N/A
GT Auto
GT Auto
Manual TRD Special Edition $38,220 4 Coupe
Manual TRD Special Edition 205 hp @7000 rpm 156 ft-lb @6400 rpm 6-Speed M/T Rear Wheel Drive
Manual TRD Special Edition 166.7" 69.9" 50.6" 101.2"
Manual TRD Special Edition
Manual TRD Special Edition Cloth Seats
Manual TRD Special Edition
Manual TRD Special Edition

Expert Review Articles

by Simon Hill
January 11, 2019
Few surprises, plenty of delight.
by Evan Williams
November 19, 2018
There's no return from 86.
by Jeff Wilson
September 10, 2019
We’ll be sorry when it’s gone.
by Dan Heyman
August 26, 2019
Fun in the sun
by Justin Pritchard
July 25, 2019
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