There’s no experience like driving a sports car, and the Toyota 86 doesn’t disappoint. It has excellent handling, a sleek and agile appearance, and a smooth ride. It also has a 228 horsepower engine, which is more powerful than previous models.
Although the Toyota 86 may not be the fastest sports car on the market — it reaches 60 mph in 6.6 seconds — it has one major advantage over many other sports cars: affordability. This car has a starting MSRP of $27,700.
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So far, 2022 has been a great year for affordable sports cars. The following cars have a lot of similarities to the Toyota 86. They’re some of the most affordable sports cars available, and they all provide a fun driving adventure.
Our favorites are the Subaru BRZ, Ford Mustang, and the Dodge Challenger. However, all of these cars have a lot to offer.
1. Subaru BRZ
This list wouldn’t be complete without the Subaru BRZ, which was made in conjunction with the Toyota 86. Because these cars were made from a partnership, they naturally have a lot of things in common. The BRZ, like the Toyota 86, has a sleek, beautiful design.
It also has a similar cost, with a starting MSRP of $27,995. It can reach 60 mph in as little as 5.9 seconds, it has a 228 horsepower engine, and it gets up to 30 mpg highway. The Subaru BRZ can technically seat four people.
However, while the front seats provide a lot of space and comfort, the two back seats should be reserved for short trips. Passengers in the backseat won’t have a lot of room.
2. Ford Mustang
No list of sports cars would be complete without the Ford Mustang. In 2022, the Mustang’s design blends the classic with the contemporary. This car also shares a lot in common with the Toyota 86. Most notably, it’s more affordable than other sports cars, with a starting MSRP of $27,205.
It comes in both coupe and convertible styles. This gasoline-powered car gets 310 to 470 horsepower and up to 32 mpg highway. The Ford EcoBoost® engine helps its fuel economy. This car can also go from 0 to 60 in just 5.1 seconds. Like the Toyota 86, the Ford Mustang seats 4 people.
3. Dodge Challenger
The Dodge Challenger is a bit more expensive than the Toyota 86, with a starting MSRP of $30,430. Still, it’s an overall affordable sports car, which is why it earns a spot on this list.
The Challenger also has a lot to offer, including 303 to 807 horsepower, up to 30 mpg highway, and six configurations to choose from. Each configuration has a classic-looking style. Plus, the Dodge Challenger can reach 60 mph in as little as 4.3 seconds.
Much like the Toyota 86, the Challenger is a two-door car. However, it offers a little bit more room than the 86. It can seat up to 5 people.
4. Mazda MX-5 Miata
The Mazda MX-5 Miata starts at just $27,300. However, it has the appearance of a much more expensive sports car. This car even has a convertible top, which provides a driving experience that’s even more fun. When it comes to horsepower, its engine is a bit on the lower side, at 181.
That said, the lack of horsepower doesn’t seem to be much of a sacrifice when you look at the car’s other specs. It can reach 60 mph in a respectable 6 seconds.
Plus, it gets up to 35 mpg highway, making it one of the most fuel-efficient cars on this list. Just keep in mind that the MX-5 Miata only seats 2 people.
5. Subaru WRX
Subaru tends to balance reliability and affordability, so it’s no wonder that this brand has multiple spots on the list. And because Subaru is part of the Toyota Motor Group, the two brands naturally have a lot of similarities. The WRX, however, is a 4-door car.
It has a sporty design, but it’s a bit more subdued than other sports cars. For those who want power and performance without a ton of flashiness, the WRX may just fit the bill. This car can seat 5 people.
It has a 271 horsepower engine, and it gets up to 26 mpg highway. It’s also one of the fastest affordable sports cars on the market, reaching 60 mph in as little as 4.4 seconds.
6. Chevrolet Camaro
Chevrolet makes dependable and affordable cars, including a couple of sports cars. The Chevrolet Camaro, for example, starts at just $25,000. Much like the Toyota 86, it has a lot to offer for a reasonable price.
It gets 275 to 650 horsepower, seats 4 people comfortably, and comes in two stylish designs: coupe and convertible. It gets up to 30 mpg highway. Most impressively, it can reach 60 mph in as little as 3.5 seconds.
Of course, the car’s speed depends on how much horsepower its engine has. Because this car has such a wide range of horsepower options, keep that in mind as you look at your choices.
7. Hyundai Veloster N
The Hyundai Veloster N is a bit on the pricier side compared to some other cars on this list. Still, with a starting cost of $32,500, this car is still more affordable than many other sports cars. It has an athletic design that makes it fun to drive.
The main downside is that even though it seats 4 people, the backseat doesn’t provide much space. Otherwise, this car has a lot to offer. It has a 275 horsepower engine that reaches 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. It also gets up to 28 mpg highway.
8. Volkswagen Golf GTI
People don’t often think of sports cars when they think of the Volkswagen brand. But Volkswagen does make a sports car, and this car has a lot in common with the Toyota 86. It’s a fun but affordable vehicle that starts at $29,880. It also gets an impressive 35 mpg highway.
With its 241 horsepower engine, the Golf GTI goes from 0 to 60 in just 5.4 seconds. The main difference between the Toyota 86 and the Volkswagen Golf GTI comes from the style. The GTI is much less sporty than the 86 and most other sports cars.
However, the GTI makes up for it with the amount of space it provides for passengers. Not only does this car seat 5 people, but it also seats them comfortably. A lack of space is often the biggest drawback to sports cars, but this one offers plenty of room.
9. Toyota Supra
The Toyota Supra has a lot in common with the Toyota 86. The biggest one, of course, is that they’re both sports cars made by the same brand. Both cars also have a stylish design, although the Supra’s design is more dynamic and futuristic than that of the 86.
The biggest difference between the 86 and the Supra is the price point, though. The Supra’s cost is closer to that of other sports cars, with a starting MSRP of $43,290. The Supra does offer a lot of benefits with that price tag, though.
It has between 255 and 382 horsepower, gets up to 32 mpg highway, and it can reach 60 mph in as little as 5.1 seconds. The 2022 Supra has 2 seats.
10. Subaru Impreza Sport
The Subaru Impreza Sport is just one configuration of the Subaru Impreza. It combines the features of a hatchback with the boldness of a sports car. It has several similarities to the Toyota 86, including the reasonable price point. The starting MSRP is $22,995.
The Impreza Sport does have some disadvantages compared to the Toyota 86. For instance, it doesn’t offer the same level of fun and smoothness. It also doesn’t have a lot of power. The Impreza Sport has a 152 horsepower engine, and it takes up to 9.6 seconds to reach 60 mph. However, it also has a few advantages.
For example, it gets great gas mileage, at 36 mpg highway. And with 4 seats, it offers more leg room than many traditional sports cars.
11. Honda Civic Si
Like the Toyota 86, the Honda Civic Si is an affordable sports car with some impressive features. It starts at $27,300. For that price, the Civic Si provides a sleek design, a 200 horsepower engine, and fantastic gas mileage.
In fact, this car gets up to 37 mpg highway. This car can seat up to 5 people, but some passengers will be more comfortable than others, depending on where they sit. The Honda Civic Si goes from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds.
12. Hyundai Elantra N
The Hyundai Elantra N has an attention-grabbing style that brings luxury to mind. But much like the Toyota 86, this car is affordable. It starts at $31,900, and while that cost is higher than some of the others on this list, it’s also lower than many other cars that offer the same features.
With its 276 horsepower engine, the Elantra N reaches 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. It also gets up to 31 mpg highway, and it seats up to 5 people.