2018 Toyota 86 vs. Its Competition

2018 Toyota 86
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The 2018 Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are mechanically related, and mostly identical under the sheet metal.

This year, Subaru now offers a track-focused version, the tS, that could appeal to weekend warriors willing to sacrifice some comfort for better performance.

The Volkswagen GTI is another entry sports car, albeit with a much different drivetrain and practical hatchback body.

The Hyundai Veloster is a small hatchback with sporty ideas, but it lacks the rear-wheel-drive architecture that makes the 86 worthwhile.

The Nissan 370Z has all of the elements of the 86: two doors, rear-drive, and manual transmission.

It’s relatively aged compared to the 86, but has more power.

The Camaro offers a turbo-4 and bigger back seat, but compromised visibility at the service of style.

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Quick Specs
The 2018 Toyota 86 is a thrilling entry sports car at an affordable price. We wholeheartedly appreciate its enthusiasm.
The 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo spends all its second-generation capital on feel-good features–and it works.
A true sports car in muscle car guise, the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro will go toe-to-toe with any performance rival and usually come out on top.
The 2018 Nissan 370Z is a confident coupe or roadster with an impressive pedigree and a recognizable shape. It's comparatively aged, but an instant classic for most owners.
The 2018 Subaru BRZ is a lightweight prizefighter that punches out of its class in handling, but not power.
There's a VW Golf for everyone, and they're even better for 2018 thanks to a big tech upgrade inside.
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Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Premium Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded H-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
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Style Name     
Manual (SE)2.0 Manual2-Door Coupe 1LSManualPremium Manual1.8T S Manual
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors     
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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