The Toyota 86 is a joint venture project performed by two giant automobile makers Subaru and Toyota. It is a 2 doors fastback coupé designed by Tetsuya Tada (chief engineer) and Kenji Kido (stylist). The 86 is a clever, stylish, and fast car that drives better than most cars in its category from 2012 to the present.
From August 2016 Toyota markets this sports car as the 86 in Australia, Asia, North America, South America, and South Africa; and in Europe identified as the Toyota GT86; in New Zealand known as the 86 and GT86; in Brunei, Nicaragua, and Jamaica as the Toyota FT86 and in the United States and Canada as the Scion FR-S (2012–2016).
The Interior & Exterior
The Toyota 86 is heavy-duty and excellent but missed practicality as you’d expect from a small sports coupe. While it technically seats 4, the 86 is best treated as a 2-seater only with the ability to fit 2 small children in the back seats when required. The front 2 bucket sports seats are supportive and provide good strengthening for when the going gets twisty but are very low to the ground. Head and leg space are ample enough to accommodate taller passengers, but a vast interior this is not. Don’t even worry about the back seats unless you’ve got a masochistic side.
The trunk is similarly small; only 6.9 cubic feet of usable space is offered, but the back seats can fold flat, allowing a set of 4 tires and rims to fit inside.
The Toyota 86 has a medium space inside. The interior has a great number of hard plastic surfaces, but in the general quality of the cabin, materials are well-mannered for this price point. Seating is confined, trunk space is below standard, and the infotainment features are not noteworthy.
The Toyota 86 has 4 seats. Front seats and a steering wheel are leather-wrapped which are standard. Optional features include combination leather and suede upholstery and heated front seats.
The front seats offer an attractive driving position but do not have many adjustments. The critics are that these seats are not comfortable for long drives. The rear seats are extremely small.
For securing child safety seats, two of the 86’s back seats have a complete set of LATCH connectors, but they’re not user-friendly. The lower anchors are set deeply inside in the seats, and it’s hard to put your hands around to fasten car-seat straps to the anchors.
The standard 86 is powered by automatic climate control, keyless entry, LED headlights and taillights, folding rear seats, cloth upholstery, a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, electronic stability control, cruise control, traction control, brake assist, driver airbag, Passenger Airbag, and Front side airbag.
Toyota 86 is style and matter. It looks the part with its smooth, vivacious exterior; it feels the part with its only one of its kind and top interior. This is the complete sporty car, in and outside.
The Engine and Transmission
The 86 is equipped with only a 2.0 L 4U-GSE / FA20 H4 petrol engine. Its layout is front-engine and rear-wheel drive. The engine produces 200 PS (147 kW) at 7,000 rpm with average fuel consumption of 8.4L/100km and a top speed of 226km/h for manual transmission and 210km/h for an automatic transmission. Toyota 86 is mated with either a 6-speed manual transmission TL70 (Aisin AZ6) or 6-speed A960E automatic with rear-wheel drive.
The 86 is mated with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine. It produces 205 horsepower with the standard 6-speed manual transmission and 200 horsepower with the optional 6-speed automatic. The 86 receives an EPA-estimated 10.2Km/L in the city and 13.6Km/L on the main road, which is good for the sporty class.
ABS is automatically applied when a tire has stopped rotating under extreme braking and will reduce the brake pressure to allow the tire to rotate. This helps the vehicle’s ability to turn while braking.
Front-impact airbags have been designed for the driver and passenger to protect the head during a frontal crash.
Overhead airbags help to protect the passenger’s heads in the event of a side collision or rollover.
Security system, the car is armed with an immobilizer device that stops the engine from starting if an incorrect key is not used.
Toyota 86 price ranges from $9,220 to $52,790 on the used car market depending on model year, condition of the car, mileage, and the trim. But the brand new Toyota 86 is very expensive compared to used cars and cannot be afforded by many people.
Toyota 86 is not popular at all in the Tanzanian car market; therefore the service parts are expected to be much expensive and not commonly available in Tanzania. Body parts are expected to be much more expensive as the car is not available in Tanzania. Parts for the 86 are not easily available in Tanzania but you can import its spare parts through BE FORWARD by visiting the Auto Parts Store.
Originally published Aug 13, 2020, updated Oct 9th, 2021