Toyota had several goals while designing the 86; primarily affordability, handling and as much fun-to-drive as possible. The car's rear-wheel drivetrain is mated to a torquey, efficient powertrain, all built on a lightweight platform that makes a very fun-to-drive package.
The 2.0L horizontally opposed engine, designed in partnership with Subaru, makes 205 horsepower. Coupled with the car's light weight and a choice between a precise 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission, this engine offers the Toyota strong straight-line thrust while returning up to a 28 combined mpg.
The 2020 Toyota 86 is offered in three trim levels: base, GT and 86 Hakone Edition. The base trim comes well-equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, leather-trimmed steering wheel, 7-inch touchscreen display, 8-speaker audio system, limited slip differential, sport bucket seats, keyless entry and a rearview camera.
Additional features included on the GT trim include a rear aerodynamic wing, aerodynamic underbody panel, LED fog lights, heated front leather/suede seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless start and a 4.2-inch multi-information display.
The new-for-2020 Hakone Edition adds exclusive Hakone Green Paint, bronze 17-inch wheels and an interior swathed in tan leather with black Alcantara highlights.
Toyota offers several dealer-installed performance accessories including TRD performance air filter, TRD lowering springs, TRD performance dual exhaust and a TRD sway bar kit.
From a safety standpoint, the 86 offers plenty of electronic assistance. Anti-lock brakes are of course, standard. Traction control and stability control are also included, but can be switched off for serious track work. The 86 also comes standard with six airbags, including side curtain airbags and dual-stage advanced driver and passenger airbags.