Published: Friday, February 10, 2017 | 7:53 PM
If “a rose by any other name will still smell as sweet,” then a Scion FR-S renamed the Toyota 86 will still be as fast. Oh yeah! With a tweak to the engine, giving it more speed, and a restyled front and rear end, the Toyota 86 is better than ever.
The “new” Toyota 86 has cool badges on the front fenders which are an homage to the old Toyota AE86 sports car. But the 86 has a style all its own, with a sleek exterior and loaded interior.
There are no trim levels to speak of. Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a limited-slip rear differential, automatic LED headlights, LED taillights, air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and an eight-speaker sound system with a 7-inch touchscreen, voice commands, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB interface.
With a 2.0 liter four banger that 86 zooms down the road with 200 horses and 151 lb-ft of torque. Mileage estimates are 24/city, 32/highway, and 27/combined mpg.
On the inside the 86 has been improved with a faux suede trim and softer materials throughout. Head and legroom is great for front seat passengers, but don’t expect your backseat passengers to thank you since they will be seriously squashed. The trunk is small at about 7 cubic feet, but come on this is a sports car not a family sedan.
I loved the smaller steering wheel it seemed to give the already agile 86 even more maneuverability. On my daily drive on the Pasadena Freeway, I would find myself smiling as the 86 leaned into the turns. This car is a real hoot to drive!
Looking for a sporty-looking car that’s a sporty drive as well? Give the 2017 Toyota 86 a test drive.