2020 Toyota 86 vs. 2019 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door

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Safety

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Both the 86 and the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door 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 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door:

86

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

25%

36%

Neck Stress

263 lbs.

318 lbs.

Neck Compression

28 lbs.

60 lbs.

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 MINI covers the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 10 times as many Toyota dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 86’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 33 points higher than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

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 MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. MINI is ranked 9th.

Engine

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The 86 has more powerful engines than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door:

Horsepower

86 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

200 HP

86 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

205 HP

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door 1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

134 HP

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door S 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

189 HP

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota 86 2.0 is faster than the MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (manual transmissions tested):

86

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door turbo 3 cyl.

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door S

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

7.4 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.9 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.3 MPH

88.8 MPH

95.7 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 Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The 86 has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (13.2 vs. 11.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the 86’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door:

86

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door

Front Rotors

11.6 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.4 inches

10.2 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 Cooper Hardtop 2 Door are solid, not vented.

The 86 stops much shorter than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door:

86

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door

80 to 0 MPH

211 feet

229 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

126 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the 86 has larger tires than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (215/45R17 vs. 175/65R15). The 86’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (215/45R17 vs. 205/40R18).

The 86’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 86 has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 86’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (101.2 inches vs. 98.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the 86 is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

The 86’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55.2% to 44.8%) than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s (61.1% to 38.9%). This gives the 86 more stable handling and braking.

The 86 handles at .96 G’s, while the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door S pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 86 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (25.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 86 is quieter than the John Cooper Works Hardtop:

86

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door

At idle

41 dB

42 dB

Full-Throttle

80 dB

87 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

75 dB

Passenger Space

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The 86 has .5 inches more front legroom, 3.9 inches more front shoulder room and 3.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the 86 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The 86’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. MINI does not offer a locking feature on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s power windows.

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 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s Start/Stop Switch doesn’t unlock the doors or the trunk.

The 86 offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

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 Cooper Hardtop 2 Door is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 86 is less expensive to operate than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door because typical repairs cost much less on the 86 than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door, including $81 less for a water pump, $15 less for front brake pads, $3 less for front struts, $120 less for a timing belt/chain and $371 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota 86 and the MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The 86 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2013. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door 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 Cooper Hardtop 2 Door has never been an “All Star.”

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