2018 Alfa Romeo 4C vs. 2018 Toyota 86

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the 4C and the 86 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and available rear parking sensors.


The 4C comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The 86’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.


To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the 4C has a standard 500-amp battery. The 86’s 390-amp battery isn’t as powerful.


The 4C’s 1.8 turbo 4 cyl. produces 37 more horsepower (237 vs. 200) and 107 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 151) than the 86’s optional 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The 4C’s 1.8 turbo 4 cyl. produces 32 more horsepower (237 vs. 205) and 102 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 156) than the 86’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 4C Auto gets better highway fuel mileage than the 86 2.0 4 cyl. (200 HP) (24 city/34 hwy vs. 24 city/32 hwy).

The 4C has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The 86 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.


The Alfa Romeo 4C comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the 86.

The 4C offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The 86 doesn’t offer an SMG.

The 4C’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The 86 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the 4C’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 86:




Front Rotors

12 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

11.4 inches

The 4C stops much shorter than the 86:





70 to 0 MPH

144 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

96 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the 4C has larger rear tires than the 86 (235/40R18 vs. 215/45R17).

The 4C’s standard 235/40R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 86’s standard 45 series tires. The 4C’s optional 205/40R18 front and 235/35R19 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the 86’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 4C has standard 18-inch rear wheels. Only 17-inch wheels are available on the 86. The 4C offers optional 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the 4C is 4.7 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the 86.

The 4C Coupe handles at 1.00 G’s, while the 86 pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 4C Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the 86 (24.3 seconds @ .84 average G’s vs. 26.6 seconds @ .68 average G’s).


The Alfa Romeo 4C may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 350 pounds less than the Toyota 86.

The 4C is 9.7 inches shorter than the 86, making the 4C easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the 4C Coupe is quieter than the 86 (84 vs. 88 dB).

Passenger Space

The 4C has .9 inches more front headroom and .8 inches more front legroom than the 86.

Cargo Capacity

A standard locking center console keeps your small valuables safer in the 4C. The 86 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

The 4C has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The 86 doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

An EVIC Service Item Display is standard on the 4C to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Toyota doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the 86.


The 4C’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The 86’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The 4C’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Toyota only offers heated mirrors on the 86 GT.

Model Availability

The Alfa Romeo 4C comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Toyota 86 isn’t available as a convertible.


The 4C was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2015. The 86 hasn’t been picked since 2014.

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