The 2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Edition was nothing less than a week full of pure driving enjoyment. This is a true driver-centric sports car that is fun to drive and its 6-speed manual with beautiful tan leather-trimmed sport bucket seats that elevate the cabin far beyond its $30,000-ish price tag.
The 86 is a six speed manual that is easy to shift and drive. It’s responsive and really hugs the road. I was able to shift into a higher gear while in the middle of an S-turn with perfect precision. It’s a great sports car that delivers on driving experience. With this car it’s all about the handling. It would be awesome to see another 100 HP on this car with a turbo version but sports cars don’t have to be all about speed or acceleration.
The limited edition Hakone package is named after the legendary Hakone Turnpike that overlooks Tokyo. The exclusive Hakone Green paint looks great in combination with bronze 17-inch alloy wheels that make this a real eye catching beauty. The GT’s matte black rear wing, aerodynamic underbody panel, LED headlights/daytime running lights/fog lights and LED rear combo tail lights along with dual chrome-tipped exhaust finish off the exterior.
I was impressed when I opened the door and saw Hakone Edition’s beautiful tan leather-trimmed sport seats that would make you think this car is in a way higher price bracket than the $30K+ range. The cabin has a suede-like material on top of the instrument cluster hood, leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel and leather-wrapped parking brake handle have tan contrast stitching. The contrast of the pedals round of this attractive sports car interior. The back seats are small and would not be great for larger passengers but this car isn’t about hauling a bunch of people around and the rear seats offer a little extra storage space for road trips. The infotainment system is simple but adequate and I like the stereo system. Many of the reviews online would like to see it updated and I would tend to agree but there is nothing lacking and the driving experience outweighs this critique in my opinion.
86’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine delivers 156 lb-ft of torque and produces 205-horsepower at 7,000 RPM’s. It’s surprisingly good on gas at 21 city/28 highway/24 combined. The engine has a nice sound to it especially when accelerating and with higher RPM’s. Acceleration and speed would be ample for many enthusiasts and I am hopeful they will introduce a turbo option with more horsepower at some point.
Toyota and Subaru’s combined effort on the 86 Hakone Edition make this car one of the best-looking, most affordable and engaging sportster on the road today for the price. It’s one of the easiest to drive 6-speed manuals on the market today. It’s low to the ground, has a great chassis, looks great and is super fun to drive. This 86 is an extreme value for the price. I would have never guessed it would come in at a price point this attractive and a few of my friends guessed 60K or more.
MSRP for the 86 starts $27,060 , the version we tested MSRP starts at $29,870
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