2020 Toyota 86 vs. 2020 Chevrolet Camaro

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Safety

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Both the 86 and the Camaro 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.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the 86 earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the 86’s weight before being crushed five inches. The Camaro was rated lower at “Acceptable.”

Warranty

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The 86’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Camaro’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 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. Chevrolet only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Camaro.

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the 86 have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Camaro.

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 48 points higher than the Camaro.

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 Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked fourth.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Chevrolet is ranked 23rd.

Engine

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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 Camaro doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the 86 2.0 4 cyl. (200 HP) gets better fuel mileage than the Camaro Auto turbo 4 cyl. (24 city/32 hwy vs. 22 city/31 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

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

The 86 stops shorter than the Camaro:

86

Camaro

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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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 Camaro’s standard 50 series tires.

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 Camaro; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the Camaro don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

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The 86 handles at .96 G’s, while the Camaro RS Coupe pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the 86’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Camaro’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The 86’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Camaro ZL1’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota 86 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 1300 pounds less than the Chevrolet Camaro.

The 86 is 1 foot, 9.6 inches shorter than the Camaro, making the 86 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the 86 has standard flush composite headlights. The Camaro has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 86 is quieter than the Camaro SS Coupe:

86

Camaro

At idle

41 dB

55 dB

Full-Throttle

80 dB

94 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

72 dB

Cargo Capacity

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The 86’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camaro Convertible/ZL1 1LE doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics

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

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 Camaro doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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

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

Economic Advantages

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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 Camaro only retains 43.22% to 49.01%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 86 is less expensive to operate than the Camaro because it costs $282 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 86 than the Camaro, including $47 less for a water pump, $266 less for a muffler, $115 less for front brake pads and $13 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its April 2017 issue and they ranked the Toyota 86 higher than the Chevrolet Camaro LT Coupe.

The 86 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 7 years. The Camaro hasn’t been picked since 2013.

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