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2017 Toyota 86 vs 2017 Subaru BRZ

There are some cases where you look up two vehicles only to find that one model is so significantly better than the other that there’s no competition. That isn’t the case for those debating between the 2017 Toyota 86 vs 2017 Subaru BRZ. In fact, the vehicles are so similar, that they are both even manufactured by Subaru. It’s the first significant partnership between the automakers, which only serves to make things even more confusing for those shopping between them.

When it comes right down to it, the models are almost identical in every way. You’ll find the exact same engine under the hood – a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that delivers up 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque when paired with the standard six-speed manual transmission. Taking things further, seating, interior space and cargo space are exactly matched. So how do you possibly choose?

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2017 Toyota 86 vs 2017 Subaru BRZ
21 city/28 hwy Base MPG Rating 21 city/29 hwy
2.0-liter 4-cylinder; 205hp, 156 lb-ft Engine Specs 2.0-liter 4-cylinder; 205hp, 156 lb-ft
7.0-inch Entune Audio Infotainment System 6.2-inch StarLink
76.5 cu. ft. Interior Space 76.5 cu. ft.

Can the 2017 Toyota 86 beat the competition?

When it comes right down to it, choosing between these models is really splitting hairs. The one advantage Subaru normally offers, AWD, is not present in the BRZ, leaving it mechanically identical to the Toyota 86. Likewise, the profile of these two models is exactly the same, which leaves mostly the front end for style choices.

Naturally, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the Toyota 86 does have a few things working in its favor. The chiseled hood lends a more traditional sports car appeal to the model, while the foglights have a more distinct shape than the ones offered on the BRZ. Overall, it’s a more aggressive appearance, and one we think helps it stand out just a touch. Still, matching headlights make even the difference in looks a subtle one that only true enthusiasts will notice.

What about technology, you ask? Well, here again you’re looking at models that are hard to differentiate between. The one thing Toyota offers that Subaru doesn’t is the larger 7-inch touchscreen with eight speakers, voice recognition, Bluetooth and an integrated backup camera. In contrast, the BRZ has a 6.2-inch screen with many similar options.

How do you choose? Ultimately it’s going to depend on which one feels like a better fit for you. Stop by Carver Toyota to take the 2017 Toyota 86 for a test drive.

2017 Toyota 86 Interior
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2017 Toyota 86 Headlights and Grille

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