The 2017 Toyota 86 was formerly named the Scion FR-S and is Toyota’s contribution to the sports car market. While the 86 does have athletic handling and is fun to drive, critics claim that it is underpowered for its class and would be better with a turbocharged engine. Currently the 86 uses a 4-cylinder engine that makes 205 horsepower.

The Toyota 86 gets good fuel economy and has outstanding handling. The driver and front passenger seats are comfortable. The 86 has a RWD drivetrain and fuel economoy of up to 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

The 2017 Toyota 86 tends to underperform due to the smaller engine although it’s still priced above many other sports cars. The rear seats are cramped and the cargo space is limited. Some drivers have noted that the touch-screen can be hard to see in bright daylight.

Performance

The 2017 Toyota 86 comes with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 205 horsepower for manual and 200 horsepower for the automatic transmission. It has fuel economy of 24/32 mpg for city/hwy driving for automatic and 21/28 mpg for city/hwy.

Having 200-205 horsepower is decent but not great for a sports car. Many drivers would prefer the option of adding a turbocharger for that extra 30-50 hp.

While the power isn’t up to par the driving is excellent with sharp steering and nimble handling. You’ll be able to confidently turn corners at speed without feeling much loss of grip on the road. Ride quality is fair for a sports car.

“The extra power isn’t really noticeable. I’ve thought that the FR-S (and now 86) could use more low-end torque, but adding five to each of the power ratings doesn’t move the needle enough to make a difference. I do prefer the manual to the automatic – the automatic is fine and it comes with paddle shifters, but with the manual it’s easier to keep the 86 in the power, which is pretty high up in the rpm range.” Cars.com

Photos

Interior

The cabin of the 2017 Toyota 86 is cramped in the rear seats. The front driver and passenger seats are comfortable and there’s plenty of visibility as well. You’ll enjoy the view as your driving your way down winding roads.

With te 86’s focus on driving and performance you’ll notice the interior is quite stark and many tech features will be missing. Luckily it still comes with the basics such as an 8-speaker audio system, 7-inch touch screen and radio with steering wheel mounted controls.

Price

The Toyota 86 has a base price of $26,255 which is a little higher than other sports cars. There is only one trim so the top end price is lower than other sports cars giving the 86 a narrower price range than other rivals.

Alternatives

Three good alternatives to the 2017 Toyota 86 with cheaper starting prices are the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro and the 2017 Ford Mustang.