The Toyota 86 is the latest version of the previous Scion FR-S sports coupe, with the name change reflecting the end of the Scion brand and Toyota absorbing the lineup. Compared to the last Scion FR-S, the 2017 Toyota 86 saw a few minor changes and updates. They include upgraded interior materials, more power, revised suspension settings, and some adjusted styling. However, it retains the fun-to-drive feel and modern conveniences of its predecessor.
The Toyota 86 has classic proportions with an aerodynamic and modern appearance. The sports coupe was engineered to maximize fun. Most of the styling changes for this model take place in the front of the auto. The grille has gotten wider with an organic and more complex shape. The front bumper is also new, with LEDs for the new turn signals, driving lights, and headlights. You will notice that the front fenders bulge up from the auto’s hood line and are slightly flared. They also have new side gills that improve airflow. The side profile remains simple, sweeping along in a graceful arc. The rear continues the trend of adding LED lights and a new bumper. There is also a nice rear diffuser on the 86 to improve downforce.
The 2017 Toyota 86 uses a 2-liter flat-4 engine that delivers 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. These figures are each 5 greater than the outgoing Scion FR-S. The 2-liter is adequate, provided you put in a bit of work. When used to its potential, the 86 is light and nimble.
The wheel is quick and intuitive although not the most communicative, thanks to the well-weighted electric power assist. You will find the brakes simple to modulate, perfect for laps on the track. The use of low-rolling-resistance tires helps limit the grip for more fun. At the same time, Toyota revised the rear suspension to help the rear stay more planted.
Interior Comfort and Features
The front seats are comfortable and well-bolstered, delivering plenty of hip room and legroom. However, the rear seats are not likely to see frequent use due to their small size. You can fit midsized bags in the trunk with ease and fold the rear seats flat for additional horizontal space. Overall, the cabin is minimalistic, prioritizing function. Expect durable plastics with flowing lines and carbon-appearing accents.
In terms of features, there is only a single trim configuration for the 2017 86, but it does have a reasonable number of standard amenities. These include a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth, climate control, and keyless entry. The only option is the Display Audio system that adds navigation along with apps. You can also find some accessories via dealers, including those for performance.
The 86 comes standard with traction control, stability control, antilock brakes, and six airbags. It also has a standard rearview camera. Unfortunately, you cannot get this model with advanced safety technologies, such as lane-keep assist and blind-spot monitoring. Official crash test ratings are reasonable, including “Good” ratings from IIHS in all categories accept small overlap frontal crashes, where it earned an “Acceptable.”