Tested: 2020 Toyota 86 GT Will Make You a Better Driver

Toyota’s lightweight, rear-drive sports coupe gains more grip and still nails the driving fundamentals eight years in.

As a testament to the Toyota 86’s simplicity, its center armrest is optional ($199). Simple is usually better when it comes to generating smiles behind the wheel. For those who enjoy driving, the lightweight and pure-handling 86 still delivers.

A quick recap: For the 2013 model year, a collaboration between Subaru and Toyota spawned a pair of lightweight affordable, rear-drive sports coupes that were, at the time, outliers in both brand’s lineups. Now, however, the 86 sits below the Supra in Toyota’s burgeoning sports-car hierarchy. Previously badged as a Scion FR-S, the 86 is the only vehicle to survive the Scion brand’s demise.

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