2019 Toyota 86 vs. 2019 Subaru BRZ

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the 86 and the BRZ 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 rearview cameras.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the 86 for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Subaru doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the BRZ.

There are almost 2 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 86’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 28th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 40 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Subaru is ranked fourth.

Engine

The 86’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (205 vs. 200) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (156 vs. 151) than the BRZ’s optional 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota 86 2.0 is faster than the Subaru BRZ 2.0 (manual transmissions tested):

 

86

BRZ

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.4 sec

10.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

14.9 sec

Brakes and Stopping

The 86 stops much shorter than the BRZ:

 

86

BRZ

 

80 to 0 MPH

211 feet

233 feet

Road and Track

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

128 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels

The 86 TRD Special Edition’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the BRZ’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 86 TRD Special Edition has standard 18-inch wheels. The BRZ’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 86 is quieter than the BRZ Limited:

 

86

BRZ

At idle

41 dB

42 dB

Full-Throttle

80 dB

85 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

73 dB

Ergonomics

Consumer Reports rated the 86’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the BRZ’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The 86 offers an optional center folding armrest for the driver and front passenger. A center armrest helps combat driver fatigue. The BRZ doesn’t offer a front seat center armrest.

The 86 offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The BRZ doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota 86 and the Subaru BRZ, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Consumer Reports performed a comparison test in its October 2012 issue and the Toyota 86 won out over the Subaru BRZ Premium.

The Toyota 86 outsold the Subaru BRZ by 8% during 2018.

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