2020 Toyota 86 vs. 2020 Lexus RC

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Both the 86 and the RC 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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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the 86 for 1 year and 15000 miles longer than Lexus pays for maintenance for the RC (2/25000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are over 5 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Lexus 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 RC’s camshafts. If the RC’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 18 points higher than the RC.

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 RC 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 RC 300 RWD (24 city/32 hwy vs. 21 city/30 hwy).

Transmission

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The 86 offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The RC doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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The 86 stops much shorter than the RC:

86

RC

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

Chassis

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The Toyota 86 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 950 to 1050 pounds less than the Lexus RC.

The 86 is 1 foot, 6.3 inches shorter than the RC, making the 86 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 lower than the RC (.29 to .3). A more efficient exterior helps the 86 go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the 86 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The 86 has .2 inches more rear headroom, 2.6 inches more rear legroom, .4 inches more rear hip room and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the RC.

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 RC’s liftover is 27.6 inches.

Ergonomics

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The 86 offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable and it can provide a boundary between children. The RC 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 RC is rated higher at a number “3” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 86 is less expensive to operate than the RC because typical repairs cost much less on the 86 than the RC, including $256 less for a water pump, $155 less for a starter, $673 less for a timing belt/chain and $715 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota 86 will be $7733 to $14535 less than for the Lexus RC.

Recommendations

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

The 86 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2013. The RC 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 8 years. The RC has never been an “All Star.”

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