Eric's Autos: 2019 Toyota 86
Many people buy Toyotas because they are Toyotas, which have a reputation for being durable, reliable cars that depreciate less fast than cars with other badges.
But how about a Subaru with a Toyota badge? Does the mojo transfer?
What It Is
The Toyota 86 sport coupe is the only Toyota made by another car company -- with another car company's engine under its hood but a Toyota badge on its hood.
It's functionally identical (and nearly cosmetically identical) to the Subaru BRZ.
Both are similar to the Mazda Miata -- their primary rival -- in terms of being rear-wheel-drive sports cars. But the twins have back seats, which the Miata doesn't; aren't convertibles (the Miata is); are powered by low-mounted/horizontally opposed "boxer" engines (Porsches are the only other cars that have these); and have large trunks for small, purpose-built sports cars (the Miata doesn't).
As for why Toyota is selling Subarus ...
At first, it wasn't. Scion, Toyota's small car brand, sold it as the Scion FR-S. But Toyota canceled Scion, leaving the FR-S (which was the one Scion that sold well) without a place to be sold. Under the Toyota 86 label, it's still a Subaru in all but name and price, the latter of which is slightly higher than it was under the Subaru label.
You can buy the BRZ for $25,795. The lowest-priced version of the 86 is $26,655. A top-trim BRZ Gray Series costs $30,140. The Toyota 86 TRD costs $32,420.
Toyota's rep doesn't come free.