|The 2017 Toyota 86.|
|2017 Toyota 86.|
And, if you are among the minority of drivers who can drive, let alone prefer, a manual transmission, there is a performance bonus. Stick with the stick and there's a differential gear ratio change and revised engine tuning you won't get with the automatic. That results in more torque and an additional five horsepower---205 versus 200 in the automatic model.
Neither of those numbers is earth-shattering, but in a small, light coupe, the power is more than adequate. And the Toyota 86's strong suit is its handling. That has been enhanced as well, with revised spring tuning and a shock rate change.
|2017 Toyota 86 interior.|
About the seats. You will see there is a back seat. However, without putting the driver and/or front passenger entirely too close to the dashboard air bags, there simply is no legroom back there. It may have four safety harnesses, but the 86 is, as a practical matter, a two-seater.
EPA fuel economy estimates have slid from last year's 22 city/30 highway to 21 and 28, respectively. And the base price has gone up from $25,305 to $26,255. With zero options and $865 delivery processing and handling fee, the as-tested price came to $27,120.
Our Publisher and Executive Editor has always written in glowing terms about the Scion FR-S, calling it the "45 years later equivalent to the original Datsun 240Z." That's pretty much on the money. Drivers who appreciate drivers' cars should thank Toyota for keeping this one alive and improving on the original.