2017 Toyota 86 GTS Road Test and Review…
I have had the good fortune of driving and reviewing the Toyota 86 every year since it was launched and I’m pleased to say the 207 model is the best yet.
I had the keys to the 2017 Toyota 86 GTS with an auto transmission and while I still prefer the manual, overall, again I found the Toyota 86 to be great value for money.
Not so much value in space or features, just in how much fun it is.
The Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ gives you the chance to sample sports car ownership, but without having to clean out your bank account.
The GTS is the top-spec version of the 86 and prices here start from $36,490 manual and $38,790 auto.
While the Mazda has no back seat at all, but then it makes up for that with open-top motoring.
The Toyota 86 then is a good compromise between the two – it comes with a rear seat (albeit very limited legroom for those in the back) and is a more comfortable vehicle up front than the MX-5.
As we reported back in November the 86 has benefited from a fairly significant upgrade and this has made the Toyota even better.
I like the new steering wheel because you now have stereo/infotainment system buttons available to you, however it is a bit slippery with quite a smooth leather used.
Speaking of the infotainment system, don’t expect the new software that you find in other Toyota models like Corolla, the 86 still has the older head unit and software (at least you get a volume knob!).
Interestingly, the auto version of the Toyota 86 missed out on the power and torque upgrades, however it still gets along respectably well, especially from zero to 50km/h.
Sure, the 86 could/should have more power (a turbo?), but I think some aftermarket tweaks could get you more oomph if you feel you need some more grunt.
Comfort levels are let down a little by a lack of a centre armrest, however the seats are quite sporty and do an excellent job of holding you tight in the bends.
The updated 2017 model feels better than ever due to the stiffer chassis and suspension re-tune as well, all up, as I said at the top, the Toyota 86 has never really been better.
Oh and I like the updated gauges and driver info displays too!
Summing it up, there’s plenty to like about the Toyota 86 – it’s not overly expensive, it gets along respectably well, and brings you a sporty look and feel without being overly hard to live with or expensive.
For me, I think the manual transmission completes the 86 that little bit more, however if an auto is what you want/need then I say go for it.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Toyota 86
Engine: 2.0 litre horizontally opposed four-cylinder developing 152kW and 212Nm (manual) and 147kW/205Nm (auto)
Transmission: Six-speed auto or six-speed manual
Safety: Five star
Price: GT from $30,790, GTS from $36,490