December 4, 2022

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Toyota GR86 (2022 – present) | Expert Rating


Summary


The Toyota GR86 is a compact sports car, only available as a 2+2 coupé. Arriving on UK roads in 2022, it replaces the similar GT86 coupé in the Toyota line-up, which was discontinued in 2020.

Sitting below the more upmarket GR Supra in the Toyota family, the GR86 is the fruit of a collaboration with Subaru that also spawned the essentially identical Subaru BRZ (which will not be sold in the UK, unlike the previous generation). The coupé is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 228hp – 28hp more than the outgoing car. Both manual and automatic models are available.

The Toyota GR86 has been well-received by motoring journalists since its arrival, with British reviewers agreeing that it is a definite improvement over its GT86 predecessor – a highly-regarded model in its own right.

“It improves on the old car without losing any of the original’s charm”, Carwow concludes, while Evo says that “the GR86 just feels planted, potent, pliant and pure of purpose” when compared to “the rather crude and binary nature of the GT86”.

Car adds that the GR86 is also a rather “well-rounded and usable” model for day-to-day travel too, even if the rear seating area is quite tight and the interior trim includes some cheap plastics. The competing Mazda MX-5 RF range offers more interior quality and customisation options to customers, though Auto Trader says that the GR86 is the “more focused and serious” driver’s package.

A large majority of reviewers also agree that the Toyota GR86 is competitively priced – a sports car that Top Gear says delivers “real-world giggles at an affordable price”.

“The GR86 is perhaps the best affordable sports car you can buy”, Carbuyer agrees, “if you can get hold of one, that is”. Availability is certainly an issue at the moment – the first batch of around 450 cars bound for the UK sold out within 90 minutes – and there are currently no plans to send any more.

As of July 2022, the Toyota GR86 holds an Expert Rating of 85%, based on 12 reviews published by British media sources. This is a brand new model, and therefore, we expect to see more UK-based reviews being published in coming months, which could push the rating up or down by a few points.

GR86 highlights

  • Plenty of driver appeal
  • Strong petrol engine
  • Good levels of standard equipment
  • Great value for money

GR86 lowlights

  • Cheap-feeling interior
  • Rivals are faster
  • Cramped rear seating
  • Limited stock in the UK

Key specifications


Body style: Coupé
Engines:
petrol
Price:
From £29,995 on-road

Launched: Summer 2022
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA



Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Safety rating


No safety rating

As of June 2022, the Toyota GR86 has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP.

Eco rating


No eco rating

As of June 2022, the Toyota GR86 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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As of June 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Toyota GR86 to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusive from extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the GR86, we’ll publish the score here.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Toyota GR86 has received

2022

  • Autocar Awards – Best Fun Car

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If you’re looking at the Toyota GR86, you might also be interested in these alternatives

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