Alternatives

Used Toyota GT86 2012-present review

Used Toyota GT86 2012-present
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What alternatives should I consider to a used Toyota GT86 coupe?

Since you’re looking at the GT86, you might as well take a look at the Subaru BRZ since it is essentially the same car. It too is a fun rear-wheel drive sports car, but thanks to subtle suspension tweaks, it has a bit more front-end grip in corners. The downside is that there aren’t as many BRZs around and the Subaru dealer network is somewhat smaller than it is for Toyota.

Another car that’s designed to be fun to drive is the Mazda MX-5. You can have it with a folding metal roof or a normal soft-top, but both allow you to get the wind in your hair, which often gives you the sensation that you’re travelling faster than you actually are. Plus, the 1.5 and 2.0-litre petrol engines love to be thrashed and aren’t that thirsty when you do put your foot down.

The Nissan 370Z won’t be quite so sparing with the petrol because of its powerful 3.7-litre V6 engine. It’ll also be a bit of a handful on a tight, twisty road. But, for some people, that’ll be part of its appeal.

What alternatives should I consider to a used Toyota GT86 coupe?

For a car that does it all, you really need to look at the Volkswagen Golf R. It’s very fast thanks to a turbocharged 296bhp 2.0-litre engine and a fast-acting four-wheel drive system that allows you to deploy all of that power, even in bad weather.

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Used Toyota GT86 2012-present
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Verdict

The Toyota GT86 is a cheeky, rear-wheel drive sports car of the old school that is remarkably comfortable, too

  • Engaging handling
  • Well equipped
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Not much grip in tricky conditions
  • Cheap feeling interior
  • Not a genuine four-seater