2019 Toyota 86 GT: Pros And Cons

The big news for the 2019 Toyota 86 is the arrival of the TRD Special Edition model. Limited to 1,418 units, the 86 TRD Special Edition boasts a number of race-ready features, including Sachs dampers, big Brembo brakes with meaty 12.8-inch front and 12.4-inch rear rotors (1.2 inches and 1.0 inch larger than the standard units), and 18-inch wheels with sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires (lesser models ride on 17-inch wheels wrapped in less sticky Michelin rubber).

If the TRD Special Edition is the 86 you’re looking to read up on, then click elsewhere, because instead of sending us the latest and greatest variant of its rear-wheel-drive sports coupe, Toyota delivered us a run-of-the-mill 86 GT. Positioned above the $27,225 base model, the $29,355 GT adds comfort and convenience items such as a 4.2-inch gauge cluster display screen, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a proximity key with push-button start. Opting for the GT also nets a rear wing and an underbody panel, both of which lower the coefficient of drag for the 86 from 0.29 to 0.27. Although the 86 is far from perfect, there’s still a lot to like about this little Toyota.



The 86’s predictable and communicative chassis is arguably this two-door sports coupe’s most redeeming quality. Factor in quick and tactile steering, fluid throttle responses, and forgiving Michelin Prima...