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The 2022 Toyota GR86 is undoubtedly a rare breed of car. Following its initial introduction 10 years ago, the Toyota GR86 has served as a tribute to the legendary and fun to drive Toyota AE-86 from the 1980s. Over the years it has garnered the attention of auto enthusiasts everywhere as an affordable and pure sports car. Now, for the 2022 model year, the GR86 transitions into its second generation, but has thankfully stayed true to its ideals and has even improved upon them.
For this year, the GR86 has received a new look, stiffer body, and more powerful engine. It also continues to retain its six-speed manual transmission for those that wish to have a more involved drive. With any 2022 Toyota GR86 for sale still starting under $30,000, potential buyers would be hard-pressed to find a vehicle anywhere near as fun and exhilarating for less.
Watch The 2022 Toyota GR86 Overview
The changes to the body of the 2022 Toyota GR86 are more than just skin deep. Engineers have strategically strengthened the chassis of the sports car to make it feel even more planted than the last generation model.
With a low height, compact length, and short overhangs, the Toyota GR86 carries the quintessential look of a great-handling sports car. The front has received an update with new LED headlights that feature the same L-shaped light band that is found in the GR Supra. Additionally, a larger mesh grille now dominates the frontend, giving a bolder appearance than the outgoing model. Air vents flank both sides of the grille to both cool the brakes and improve overall aerodynamics. Moving towards the rear of the car, the GR86 appears to flair out slightly to express a wide and imposing stance. On the Premium trim, the trunk is topped with a duckbill spoiler to provide even more downforce and provide a visually appealing end to the roofline. As with the front, the taillights also received a visual update and wrap around the corners of the GR86 and blend into the trim molding cleanly.
New for this model year, Toyota is releasing an all-new line of Toyota Gazoo Racing accessories. Owners can opt for a new performance exhaust for a little extra performance and sound or just different exhaust tips for a sportier look. Along with other performance accessories, the product line includes various GR graphics that can be applied to the side rocker or bumper.
The 2022 Toyota GR86 interior was crafted to be as driver-focused as possible. After stepping inside the GR86, the driver will immediately be greeted with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and available aluminum sports pedals and footrest. The push-button start lights up the 7-inch TFT display hiding behind the steering wheel. Information is delivered clearly to the driver and will adapt to whether the car is in Normal, Sport, Snow, or Track mode. For instance, Sport Mode will throw red accents around the information for a more aggressive look. Track Mode, on the other hand, was developed with input from race drivers and features the tachometer, oil, and water coolant temperatures prominently.
Equally in the field of view of the driver is the 8-inch touchscreen display in the center of the dashboard. The infotainment system powers a six-speaker sound system that can be upgraded to an eight-speaker setup. The infotainment system is compatible with both Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto. The center console features two USB charging ports so that both occupants can keep their phones charged.
The seats are sufficiency bolstered to allow for swift driving without sliding around in the seat. The seats can be had with two-level heating and wrapped in a leather and Ultrasuede combination. The rear seats are upholstered in Ultrasuede or fabric depending on the trim level.
The 2022 Toyota GR86 has a starting price of $27,700. Continuing with its purist sports car DNA, the GR86 keeps things simple with only two trim levels: GR86 and GR86 Premium. Both trims are available with either manual or automatic transmission.
|228 Horsepower 2.4L 4-Cylinder Engine
|228 Horsepower 2.4L 4-Cylinder Engine
|8-inch Center Touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Connectivity
|18-inch Matte-Black Alloy Wheels
|Torsen Limited-Slip Differential
|Heated Sports Seats with Leather-Trimmed Bolsters and Ultrasuede Inserts
The base GR86 comes with just the right amount of features to not distract from any spirited driving, while still providing conveniences that we all expect out of modern cars. A standard limited-slip differential allows for maximum power to be put down without fear of losing traction.
The GR86 comes with a 7-inch TFT display in the gauge cluster that will vary its information based on what drive mode the driver selects. An 8-inch display handling infotainment sits in the center and features connectivity with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The base model also includes dual-zone climate control and two USB charging ports in the center console.
The GR86 provides a bit more flash with larger 18-inch matte black alloy wheels and a duckbill rear spoiler. The LED headlights also gain an Automatic High Beam feature. On the inside, the Premium upgrades the seats with a two-stage heating element and leather-trimmed bolsters with Ultrasuede inserts. The audio system also sees an upgrade to an 8-speaker setup.
In regards to safety, the Premium trim adds Blind Spot Detection as well as Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
The 2022 Toyota GR86 builds upon last year’s model and comes prepared with a larger 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The new larger engine is now able to output 238 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The new GR86 is also one of the last few sports cars that offers a manual transmission as well as an automatic transmission. When paired with the six-speed manual, the GR86 is able to reach 60 mph in a brisk 6.1 seconds.
With a weight that is just above 2,800 pounds, the GR86 is a joy to take around any corner. The engine is tuned to deliver peak torque at just 3700 RPM allowing for maximum power right at the corner exit. Compared to last year’s model, the 2022 GR86 has received a stiffer chassis for even less body bending. The standard suspension offers the perfect middle between stiff enough for serious driving without compromising comfort during daily drives.
City/Highway/Combined fuel efficiency for the GR 86 sits at 21/31/25 mpg. Meanwhile opting for the manual transmission will result in a fuel efficiency rating of 20/27/22.
When equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission, the 2022 Toyota GR86 comes with a host of advanced active safety features. Some of the features found in the large suite safety items include: