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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2023 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2022 Toyota GR86 Premium

Vehicle Type: Small Gasoline
 overall score
Category Ranking: 12

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $31,800
Price as Tested: $33,250

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Premium
Fuel Capacity (gal): 12.4
EPA City mpg21
EPA Highway mpg31
EPA Combined mpg25
with optional front crash prevention

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [O]
  • Advanced Headlights [O]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [O]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [O]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [O]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [O]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [O]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [O]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

The GR86 is a back-to-basics sports car that began as a joint venture between Toyota and Subaru a decade ago; Subaru’s version is the BRZ (see page 111). Both cars were redesigned for 2022. Looks-wise, the GR86 makes a good first impression. It’s sleek and low slung, with a long hood and swoopy roofline—it looks like it’s moving when it’s standing still. As with any good sports car, it’s sporty and engaging to drive, with agile handling, well-weighted steering, and solid-feeling brakes. Among the GR86’s virtues is that it makes no compromises - as a sports car. Sure, it’s hard to get in and out of and the backseat is unsuitable for adults, but that comes with the territory. It’s also inexpensive. The base model with stick shift and no accessories lists for under $30,000. Unfortunately, no ADAS features are available for G86s equipped with a manual transmission. Opting for an automatic gets you automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lanedeparture warning. The Premium trim (with an automatic) adds blind-spot warning and adaptive LED headlights. Nits to pick: The engine is noisy, with lots of vibration; the automatic transmission feels a little busy at times; and fuel efficiency is middling (25 mpg; premium fuel required). And although the new engine has 23 more horsepower, it wouldn’t hurt if the G86 had a bit more power.

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • • Responsive, agile handling
  • • Stylish exterior
  • • Good value for money spent
  • • Good brake feeling

Weak Points

  • • Difficult to get in and out of
  • • Lots of noise and vibration from the engine
  • • Outdated instrument cluster and infotainment system
  • • Cramped rear seating

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2022
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/2
Curb weight (lbs): 2880.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 167.9 / 69.9 / 51.6
Wheelbase (in): 101.4
Number of air bags: 7
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Michelin Pilot Sport 4
Front and rear tire size: 215/40 R18
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 6-speed
Drivetrain type: Rear wheel
Engine/motor: 2.4L 4-cylinder boxer
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 228 @ 7,000

Test Data

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Handling: 9.32
Quality and Drivability: 7.88

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