Toyota is best known for its reliable sedans and SUVs, but Japan’s largest automaker has always known how to build great sports cars. From the 1967 2000GT to the turbocharged mid-engine MR2 of the 1990s and of course the legendary Supra, sports cars are an important part of Toyota’s past, present, and future.
Today, the 2019 Toyota 86 keeps that flame burning. Engineered in partnership with Subaru and built in Japan, the 86 is an affordable, lightweight, rear-wheel drive 2+2 coupe. It’s also presently Toyota’s only sports car, although the all-new Supra, which is being developed in partnership with BMW, is just around the corner. First introduced in 2012 as the Scion FR-S, it became the Toyota 86 in 2017 after Toyota discontinued its Scion brand. This year, it gets a new top trim level to better compete with its rivals, which include the Subaru BRZ, Mazda Miata, FIAT 124 Spider, and Nissan 370Z.