Unapologetically sporty, the 2017 Toyota 86 is the perfect cure for everyday boredom. The coupe boasts razor-sharp handling, making any curvy road a blast to drive. People of all skill levels will find the car easy to use, making it great for beginner drivers all the way to enthusiasts. The vehicle isn't just about having fun, because the interior comes with a fair number of features, including front seats which are incredibly comfortable, especially for longer drives.
Only one trim is available for the 2017 Toyota 86. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder horizontally opposed engine with dual overhead camshafts and 16 valves powers it. Dual variable valve timing makes for solid performance and fuel economy. The engine is rated at 205 horsepower and 156 lb.-ft. of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard, adding to the sporty flavor of the car.
A six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with dynamic rev management is available. Paddle shifters are mounted to the steering wheel, giving drivers the ability to manually switch gears without letting go of the wheel. The other option is a six-speed close-ratio manual, which offers a short-throw setup, a ball-bearing mount for the shift linkage, reverse gear lockout and a triple-cone synchromesh for first through third gears.
With a car like this, the performance features go much deeper than just the engine and transmission. A Torsen limited-slip differential helps with traction, while a MacPherson strut up front and a double wishbone suspension in back help with road-hold capabilities. Also, part of the sport-tuned suspension are performance-oriented springs, sway bars and shocks. The electric power steering system has been tuned for a sporty feel. Antilock disc brakes are standard for all four wheels.
Just because fun is the primary function of the 2017 Toyota 86 doesn't mean safety completely takes a backseat. The Star Safety System bundles together electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, smart stop technology, vehicle stability control and traction control for a more comprehensive active approach to collision avoidance. Still, drivers can put the vehicle stability control into track mode when they want to push things on a closed course. Hill star assist control means the car won't roll back on steep grades. LED daytime running lights and taillights make the vehicle easy to see always, making it stand out to other drivers.
If the 2017 Toyota 86 crashes, the driver and passengers are well-covered. Six airbags come standard, including side curtains to cover the front and rear seats. LATCH anchor points are also included on the car, providing a safe place to install child seats. Strategic reinforcements for the body boost rigidity, which is great for handling and protecting everyone in a crash.
Several exterior designs for the 2017 Toyota 86 are geared at functional performance. Available front foglights integrate around the canards in the front fascia, which are made to boost aerodynamics. Overall, the body is incredibly slippery, achieving a low .27 Cd so it cuts through the air efficiently.
The interior is just as sporty as the exterior, plus integrates some nice amenities. A leather-wrapped steering wheel has been designed for ergonomics, plus incorporates audio controls for greater convenience. Granulux trim, which is similar to suede, adds a nice luxurious air to the cabin. While the trunk isn't huge, the backseat can fold down, expanding the cargo to a fair amount of space. These features make the Toyota 86 more suitable for everyday duties.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2017 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.