What kind of vehicle is the 2023 Toyota GR86? What does it compare to?
Developed in concert with Subaru, the GR86 is a rear-wheel-drive sports car with a gutsy—but not especially powerful—4-cylinder engine and a choice between manual and automatic transmissions. Shop it against the near-twin Subaru BRZ plus the Mazda MX-5 Miata.
Is the 2023 Toyota GR86 a good car?
Hurt on our chart by its small cabin and trunk, the GR86 nonetheless scores well for its handling, value, and tech. It’s a TK out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
What’s new for the 2023 Toyota GR86?
After a redesign last year, the GR86 enters 2023 with a limited-run version called 860 but is otherwise unchanged.
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Long, lean, and lithe, the GR86 is a back-to-basics sports car that skips out on few modern comfort and convenience features. It’s only marginally different than the Subaru BRZ, which lacks the Toyota version’s low mesh grille and comes in slightly different colors.
The 2.4-liter flat-4 offers up to 228 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, the latter of which comes on much quicker to help the GR86 feel much quicker in day-to-day use than its predecessor. It’s still a joy to wring out this gutsy powertrain, but in-town use is far less burdensome now. A choice of 6-speed manual or automatic gearboxes send power rearward, which helps give these cars neutral, balanced, and eager handling. Few sports cars have ever been this easy to enjoy.
Don’t be intimidated by the GR86’s performance envelope: Toyota includes a free one-year membership to the National Auto Sport Association as well as a high-performance driving school day.
Inside, the cabin wears basic trim but still includes a digital instrument cluster and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Automatic models get a slate of crash-avoidance tech, which is unavailable with the manual.
With the automatic’s extra safety features, these cars score a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS.
How much does the 2023 Toyota GR86 cost?
The GR86 nudges in at $29,495 to start, while another $2,500 buys the Premium trim level with its heated and leather/synthetic suede front seats.
Where is the 2023 Toyota GR86 made?
(With Inputs from highgearmedia)
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