2020 Toyota 86 vs. 2019 Fiat 500

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Safety

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Both the 86 and the 500 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota 86 is safer than the Fiat 500:

86

500

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

197

384

Neck Injury Risk

25%

30%

Neck Stress

263 lbs.

406 lbs.

Neck Compression

28 lbs.

152 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

28%

49%

Neck Stress

135 lbs.

256 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

470/406 lbs.

479/866 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Toyota 86 is safer than the 500:

86

500

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

71

151

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

7 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Femur Force R/L

4.5/1.6 kN

8.2/4.2 kN

Lower Leg Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.97/.72

1.69/.79

Tibia forces R/L

4.8/2.1 kN

6.4/4.8 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota 86 is safer than the Fiat 500:

86

500

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the 86 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Fiat covers the 500. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 500 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

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. Fiat doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the 500.

There are almost 3 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Fiat dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 86’s warranty.

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the 86’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the 500’s camshaft. If the 500’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the 86’s reliability 67 points higher than the 500.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 141 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 31st.

Engine

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The 86 has more powerful engines than the 500:

Horsepower

86 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

200 HP

86 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

205 HP

500 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

135 HP

500 Abarth 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

157 HP

500 Abarth 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

160 HP

As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota 86 2.0 is faster than the 500 Abarth (manual transmissions tested):

86

500

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.6 MPH

86.1 MPH

The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the 86 lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability (That’s why Porsche uses boxer engines.). The 500 doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The 86 has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the 500 (13.2 vs. 10.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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A six-speed manual is standard on the Toyota 86, with closer gear ratios for better performance and a lower final drive ratio for quieter highway operation, less engine wear and better fuel mileage. Only a five-speed manual is available for the 500.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the 86’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 500:

86

86 TRD Special Edition

500

Front Rotors

11.6 inches

12.8 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.4 inches

12.4 inches

9.4 inches

The 86’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the 500 are solid, not vented.

The 86 stops much shorter than the 500:

86

500

80 to 0 MPH

211 feet

234 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

195 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

129 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the 86 has larger tires than the 500 (215/45R17 vs. 195/45R16). The 86’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 500 (215/45R17 vs. 205/40R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 86 has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the 500. The 86 TRD Special Edition’s 18-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels optional on the 500 Abarth.

The Toyota 86’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Fiat 500 only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

The 86 has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the 500; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Toyota 86 has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Fiat 500 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The 86 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the 86 flat and controlled during cornering. The 500 base model’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 86’s wheelbase is 10.6 inches longer than on the 500 (101.2 inches vs. 90.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the 86 is 4.4 inches wider in the front and 5.6 inches wider in the rear than on the 500.

The 86’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55.2% to 44.8%) than the 500’s (64% to 36%). This gives the 86 more stable handling and braking.

The 86 handles at .96 G’s, while the 500 Abarth pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 86 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.5 seconds quicker than the 500 (25.9 seconds vs. 28.4 seconds).

For better maneuverability, the 86’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the 500’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.6 feet).

Chassis

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The design of the Toyota 86 amounts to more than styling. The 86 offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .27 to .29 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is significantly lower than the 500 (.352 to .362). A more efficient exterior helps the 86 go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the 86 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 86 is quieter than the 500 Abarth:

86

500

At idle

41 dB

56 dB

Full-Throttle

80 dB

84 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

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The 86 has 1.2 inches more front legroom, 5.3 inches more front hip room, 5.1 inches more front shoulder room, 2.7 inches more rear hip room and 5.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the 500.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the 86 easier. The 86’s trunk lift-over height is 25.8 inches, while the 500’s liftover is 27.2 inches.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the 86 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the 500. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the 86 has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The 500 doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The 86’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Fiat does not offer a locking feature on the 500’s power windows.

The 86’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The 500’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

The 86’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The 500’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

The Smart Key standard on the 86 GT/Hakone allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Fiat 500 doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The 86 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The 500 doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The 86 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The 500 doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

The 86 offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The 500 doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The 86 GT/Hakone’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The 500 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the 86 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the 86 with a number “1” insurance rate while the 500 is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

The 86 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the 86 will retain 49.21% to 50.41% of its original price after five years, while the 500 only retains 26.63% to 34.46%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 86 is less expensive to operate than the 500 because typical repairs cost less on the 86 than the 500, including $66 less for a water pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota 86, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Fiat 500 isn't recommended.

The 86 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2013. The 500 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The 86 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 7 years. The 500 has never been an “All Star.”

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