2020 Toyota 86 Gets A Sporty Upgrade

The Toyota 86 is an impressive, affordable rear-wheel-drive sports car that delivers on every promise it makes. Toyota introduced the 2020 86 Hakone Edition earlier this year, and now the company has detailed the changes to the rest of the lineup.

The big news this year, besides the special edition, is the new TRD Handling Package. Available exclusively on the entry-level 86 with the manual transmission, the package includes a number of goodies from last year’s 86 TRD Special Edition.

The 2020 model year Toyota 86 also gets a new 7-inch touchscreen and two essential features missing on the 2019 model – Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

Inside is seating for four, though the back seats have very little leg room. The interior is decked out in black plastic, suede, leather, and bright silver plastic and is smartly designed. The front seats are cloth and are well bolstered to hold you in place during spirited driving. The backseat is very cramped, and honestly, it’s going to get more use as cargo room with or without the back seats folded down. With the seats folded down, there is more room than in the Miata.

They’re heated. The gauges are simple but very stylish. The HVAC controls are simple, operate with a feeling of quality, and are intuitive to find. The radio controls are integrated into the touch screen. The touch screen doesn’t have many features to keep it from being distracting while you’re driving.

The naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that develops 205 hp (153 kW / 208 PS) and 156 lb-ft (211 Nm) of torque when connected to a six-speed manual. A six-speed automatic is also available, but it comes with a lower output of 200 hp (149 kW / 203 PS) and 151 lb-ft (204 Nm) of torque.

Redline is set at 7500rpm. It’s not the smoothest engine we’ve experienced but it’s eager to rev and loves to be wound out to redline. There’s a dead spot in the torque curve at around 4000 rpm but if you shift at or near redline, it falls into the rev range above that dead spot and you feel nothing but persistent acceleration. It’s got a good sound and is sporty and fitting for it’s character.

Pricing is dependent on whether you choose the base model or the GT with a manual transmission. For the base model, the package is $2,320, bringing the cost to $30,300 including delivery. The GT trim will cost you an extra $1,270 and bring the 86 GT up to $32,340. Toyota 86 will be $27,850 after destination charges while the Hakone Edition will cost you $30,825.

 

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