2020 Porsche 718 Cayman vs. 2020 Toyota 86

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Safety

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The 718 Cayman Auto offers optional Porsche Active Safety, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The 86 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The 718 Cayman’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The 86 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The 718 Cayman has standard Porsche Connect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The 86 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the 718 Cayman 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 rearview cameras.

Warranty

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The 718 Cayman 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.

The 718 Cayman’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the 86’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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The battery on the 718 Cayman is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the 718 Cayman’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The 86’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The 718 Cayman has more powerful engines than the 86:

Horsepower

Torque

718 Cayman 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

300 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

718 Cayman S 2.5 turbo 4-cylinder

350 HP

309 lbs.-ft.

718 Cayman GT4 4.0 GT3 6-cylinder

414 HP

309 lbs.-ft.

86 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder

200 HP

151 lbs.-ft.

86 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder

205 HP

156 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Porsche 718 Cayman is faster than the Toyota 86 (manual transmissions tested):

718 Cayman 2.0

718 Cayman S

86

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

4.1 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter Mile

12.7 sec

12.4 sec

15.4 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regenerative brakes improve the 718 Cayman’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The 86 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the 718 Cayman’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The 86 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The 718 Cayman’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the 86 (14.2 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The 718 Cayman’s optional fuel tank has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the 86 (16.9 vs. 13.2 gallons).

Transmission

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The 718 Cayman offers an optional sequential manual gearbox (PDK). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, a sequential manual gearbox is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The 86 doesn’t offer a sequential manual gearbox.

The 718 Cayman PDK’s optional 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.

The Porsche 718 Cayman manual offers a downshift rev synchronizer that automatically raises engine speed to make downshifts perfectly smooth. This keeps the car from lurching during downshifts, preventing loss of control during cornering. The 86 doesn’t offer a downshift rev synchronizer.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the 718 Cayman’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 86:

718 Cayman

Cayman opt.

Cayman GT4

GT4 opt.

86

86 TRD Special Edition

Front Rotors

13 inches

13.8 inches

15 inches

16.1 inches

11.6 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

13.8 inches

15 inches

15.4 inches

11.4 inches

12.4 inches

The 718 Cayman offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The 86 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The 718 Cayman stops much shorter than the 86:

718 Cayman

86

70 to 0 MPH

141 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

97 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the 718 Cayman has larger standard tires than the 86 (F:235/45R18 & R:265/45R18 vs. 215/45R17). The 718 Cayman’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 86 (F:245/35R20 & R:305/30R20 vs. 215/45R17).

The 718 Cayman’s optional 245/35R20 front and 305/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 86 TRD Special Edition’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 718 Cayman has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the 86. The 718 Cayman GTS/T’s 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the 86 TRD Special Edition.

Suspension and Handling

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The 718 Cayman has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The 86’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The 718 Cayman offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The 86’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The 718 Cayman handles at 1.06 G’s, while the 86 pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 718 Cayman S executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.9 seconds quicker than the 86 (23.7 seconds @ .89 average G’s vs. 26.6 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the 718 Cayman is quieter than the 86 (84 vs. 88 dB).

Passenger Space

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The 718 Cayman has 2 inches more front headroom and .3 inches more front legroom than the 86.

Cargo Capacity

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The 718 Cayman has a much larger trunk than the 86 (15 vs. 6.9 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the 718 Cayman. The 86 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just holding your hand near the emblem on the trunk can open the 718 Cayman’s available trunk, leaving your hands completely free. The 86 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

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The 718 Cayman uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The 86 uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The 718 Cayman 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.

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the 718 Cayman 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.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Toyota. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in service department satisfaction. With a 53% lower rating, Toyota is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the 718 Cayman, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle and climate settings. The 86 doesn’t offer a memory system.

The 718 Cayman’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The 86 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The 718 Cayman’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The 86 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The 718 Cayman’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch. The 86 has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The 718 Cayman’s power window, power lock and power mirror switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The 86’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The 718 Cayman’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The 86’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the 718 Cayman offers an optional rear wiper. The 86 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The 718 Cayman offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The 86 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the 718 Cayman detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The 86 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the 718 Cayman offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The 86 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The 718 Cayman’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Toyota only offers heated mirrors on the 86 GT/Hakone.

When the 718 Cayman with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The 86’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The 718 Cayman’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The 86 has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the 718 Cayman keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The 86 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the 718 Cayman’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The 86 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the 718 Cayman PDK offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The 86 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Model Availability

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The Porsche 718 comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Toyota 86 isn’t available as a convertible.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the 718 Cayman owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the 718 Cayman will cost $1965 to $6665 less than the 86 over a five-year period.

The 718 Cayman will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the 718 Cayman will retain 59.69% to 60.13% of its original price after five years, while the 86 only retains 49.21% to 50.41%.

Recommendations

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The Cayman was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 14 of the last 15 years. The 86 hasn’t been picked since 2013.

The 718 Cayman was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 3 of the last 7 years. The 86 hasn’t been picked since 2014.

The Porsche 718 outsold the Toyota 86 by 14% during 2019.

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