A few years ago, Toyota and Subaru embarked on a partnership to build a new lightweight rear-wheel drive sports car for both brands to sell. The new model would be a fastback coupe with a Subaru-designed engine, featuring near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution between the front and rear wheels. The car would be optimized for quick handling and available with either a manual or an automatic transmission.
The Toyota version of the new car was initially marketed under the Scion brand as the FR-S, but when Toyota retired that brand at the end of the 2016 model year, the sporty coupe received a new lease on life as the Toyota 86. Subaru has marketed its version as the BRZ since 2012. The 2018 Toyota 86 and the 2018 Subaru BRZ are both produced at the same factory in Gunma, Japan, and they are very similar. To help you choose between the two models, we’ll have to dive deep into the details to find the factors that make a difference.