Behind the Wheel of the 2018 Toyota 86
Nobody drives a stick anymore. If there’s a car that could entice you to learn how, the 2018 Toyota 86 is it. It’s a bit of an odd bird in the Toyota model lineup, but it’s also the most fun car the company’s made in years. If you want a change of pace from the Toyota Camry (or other brands’ overpriced performance cars), Keyes Toyota has your antidote.
2018 Toyota Sequoia Details
- 2.0L flat-four engine
- Six-speed manual or automatic transmission
Horsepower and torque:
- 205 hp /156 lb.-ft. (manual)
- 200 hp / 151 lb.-ft. (automatic)
It’s lonely at the top. The 2018 Toyota 86 is unique in many respects. It’s the only new Toyota model that’s a coupe, the only one with a boxer engine, and the brand’s sole performance car. More than anything else in the lineup, its transmission also makes a significant difference.
What makes the manual transmission so important? Even though the same engine is under the hood of every Toyota 86, the transmission choice makes a huge difference. You get more horsepower and torque with a manual. There’s also more of a connection between driver and car. Sure, the automatic gearbox is more fuel-efficient, but this isn’t the kind of car you buy for efficiency (besides which, the manual-equipped model still acquits itself admirably).
2018 Toyota 86 Safety and Special Features
Safety features on offer include the STAR Safety System with traction control, anti-lock brake system, Smart Stop Technology, and more. There are also six airbags, as well as hill start assist control.
This year sees the addition of new GT and 86 Black trim levels that offer leather upholstery and trim-specific styling. Rear seating is cramped (this car verges on a roadster), but the rear seats fold down so you have a lot more cargo space than you’d get in a two-seater.
The Toyota 86 is focused on the drive and doesn’t overwhelm with technology. For this reason, you should ask your Van Nuys Toyota dealer about options and add-ons.
The Toyota 86 features a Track Mode that tweaks the vehicle stability control to give you a bit more latitude in driving style, and lets you take full advantage of the car’s rear-wheel drive.
Buying a 2018 Toyota 86
The Toyota brand is more than dependable SUVs and fuel-sipping hybrids. With the Toyota 86, it offers something else: fun you can rely on. Take your test drive and see what you’ve been missing! Van Nuys Toyota serves Los Angeles and Mission Hills from our location at 5855 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys, CA.