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2019 Toyota 86 Review | CarMax

Are you looking for a car that lets you escape reality for a bit? The 2019 Toyota 86 can do just that. The 86 makes for a fun daily driver. It's the 86's tight, responsive handling and powerful engine that are appealing if you're looking for the full sports car experience. In this 2019 Toyota 86 review we'll cover:

Key Specs and Features

  • Standard 2.0L four-cylinder engine produces 200 horsepower with manual transmission (available on all trims) and 205 horsepower with automatic transmission (available on 86 and 86 GT trims)
  • Six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters (available on 86 and 86 GT trims)
  • Standard sport-tuned independent MacPherson-strut front suspension
  • Standard Torsen® limited-slip differential
  • Seating for four, with 29.9 inches of legroom in the rear seats
  • Standard seven-inch display screen and eight-speaker audio system with Aha Radio™ and Bluetooth® connectivity

5 Reasons to Buy


The 2019 Toyota 86 is a car designed for people who want to have fun behind the wheel. The 86 comes standard with a sport-tuned suspension that is designed to help it turn on a dime. In fact, this responsive handling is one of the most important parts of the 86's sporty pedigree, making it so much fun to drive. In addition, the car's boxer engine, which produces 200 horsepower when paired with the manual transmission and 205 horsepower when paired with the automatic transmission (available on 86 and 86 GT trims), is spritely enough to move the small car with ease. Combined, the power and handling deliver a fun and engaging driving experience.


2019 Toyota 86 Review: Tech Dash | CarMax

The Toyota 86 is already a great daily driver, but it's also designed with options that let it shine on the race track as well. The 86's Vehicle Stability Control system comes with settings that allow you to push the car's limits on the track, including Track Mode, which allows for more aggressive handling. Drivers also have the option of disengaging the Vehicle Stability Control system by opting for "full-off" mode so that they are fully in control. The 86's new-for-2019 TRD Special Edition comes with Brembo® brakes and SACHS® performance dampers that make it even more performance-ready.


2019 Toyota 86 Review: Front Seats | CarMax

The Toyota 86 is built for performance and its cabin design follows suit. The 86 has low-bucket seats in the front, as well as two rear seats. The entire dash is orientated toward the driver, allowing you to control the radio, temperature, and other settings easily. The 86 has a seven-inch touchscreen display, but it also comes with toggle switches that are easy to use without taking your eyes off the road. In addition, radio controls on the steering wheel give you even more control.

2019 Toyota 86 Review: Backseats | CarMax


Sports car drivers want a vehicle that's fast and responsive, but also one that looks cool. The 2019 Toyota 86 checks all those boxes, especially when it comes to looks. The coupe comes standard with a rear wing that is as stylish as it is practical, reducing the 86's drag coefficient to 0.27. The wing comes standard in matte black, accenting the 86's body color. The front of the 86 has LED headlights and daytime running lights, while the rear has chrome-tipped dual exhausts. These touches, in addition to vortex generators on the 86's fenders, give the car an aggressive outward appearance that makes an impression whether you are coming or going.


2019 Toyota 86 Review: Engine | CarMax

The 86 comes with two transmission options, both of which Toyota considers standard. The six-speed close-ratio manual transmission is available on all three trim levels. The close-ratio gearbox gives you more control as a driver and can help maximize performance. If you prefer a more laid-back drive, the 86 and 86 GT trims are available with a six-speed automatic transmission. This system comes with Dynamic Rev Management and paddle shifters, so you'll still be engaged behind the wheel.

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What You Need to Know

2019 Toyota 86 Trims

The 2019 Toyota 86 is available in three trims. Here's what you can expect from each:

  • 86: Granlux® suede-like seats in the front, seven-inch display screen, rearview camera
  • 86 GT: Leather seats with Granlux suede-like inserts, fog lights, heated exterior mirrors, additional 4.2-inch display screen with performance information, push-button start
  • 86 TRD Special Edition: Front, rear and side spoilers, enhanced braking, dampers and exhaust, red and black contrasting interiors

2019 Toyota 86 Colors

The 2019 Toyota 86 is available in the following colors:

  • Ablaze (red)
  • Asphalt
  • Halo (off white)
  • Neptune (light blue)
  • Oceanic
  • Raven
  • Steel

2019 Toyota 86 Interior

The 2019 Toyota 86 has seating for four passengers. However, the rear seat is a bit smaller, with 29.9 inches of legroom. The front has two bucket seats, which have 41.9 inches of legroom each. The dash and interior controls are orientated toward the driver to make them easier to use. There is a seven-inch touchscreen display, and GT and TRD trims come with an additional display panel that shows performance stats.

Similar Vehicles

If you're considering the Toyota 86, you should also consider these sports cars:

Subaru BRZ

The Subaru BRZ was designed in conjunction with the Toyota 86, so the two cars are quite similar. The 2019 Subaru BRZ has the same boxer engine, which produces 205 horsepower when paired with the manual transmission, and 200 horsepower with the automatic transmission. The BRZ has bucket seats in the front which are designed to be deep and supportive enough to keep passengers comfortable through the thrilling BRZ ride. There is seating for two passengers in the back. The BRZ comes standard with a 6.2-inch display screen from which you can manage Subaru's Starlink multimedia system, which integrates Pandora,® iHeartRadio®, and Stitcher™. The BRZ is available in three trims, including one high-performance trim, the Series Gray, which was introduced in 2019.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of those iconic sports cars that have both good looks and great handling. The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata has a 181-horsepower engine, while model years 2016 through 2018 had a slightly smaller 155-horsepower engine. While some sports cars claim to seat four with their tiny back seats, the MX-5 Miata embraces its coupe status and only offers seating for two. The MX-5 Miata is even more appealing because it's a soft-top convertible, adding extra fun to your drive. The Miata is available in three trim levels. The mid-tier 2019 Miata Club has a host of driver-assist features, including blind-spot monitoring, while the most luxurious trim, the Grand Touring, comes with leather seats.

Kia Stinger

The Kia Stinger was introduced to the market in 2018. All Stingers come with seating for five, and with 36.4 inches of legroom in the second row, rear seating is practical—even for adults. In addition, second-row seats fold flat, giving the Stinger plenty of room for cargo. Upscale touches like standard leather seats and available all-wheel drive (all model years) make the Kia a good choice for a variety of drivers. Of course, the Stinger still delivers plenty of power. Engine options from 2018 onward include a 255-horsepower turbo four-cylinder or a 365-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine. Both are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Bottom Line

The Toyota 86 is a great option for people who want a fun sports-car experience. Its handling, power, and performance tuning make it fun to drive, especially if you're able to get to a track. If you're looking for a car that will give you a thrilling driving experience, the Toyota 86 is a great choice.

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