Flash Drive

2023 Toyota GR86

Model Tested: 2023 Toyota GR86 Premium 2+2 Coupe 6 Speed Manual Transmission

The Toyota GR86 Special Edition is new for 2023 and comes in Solar Shift Orange paint with black wheels.

Engine: 2.4-liter flat-4-cylinder, 228 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft torque

Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel drive

EPA Rating: 20-mpg city, 27-mpg highway, 22-mpg combined

Base Price: $30,500

As Tested: $32,363


Lively responsive engine

The Toyota GR86 Special Edition has a unique cat-back exhaust system.

Athletic acceleration

Excellent 6-speed manual transmission

First gear pretty short

Second gear shift needed quickly

Hill hold feature very welcome

Switch for traction control

Quick responsive steering

Good brakes


Excellent suede bucket seats

The bucket seats are very supportive and comfortable.

Supportive side bolsters

Driver seat height pump

Heated two temps

Stretch-out legroom

Headroom a little close for tall drivers

Very good telescopic feature/so-so tilt range

Medium thick, slightly contoured leather wheel

Dual zone HVAC controls

Big sun visors

Super small back seat–best for coats or luggage

The 6-speed manual transmission is a key element of the car’s fun to drive personality.


Small trunk, flat floor

Additional storage under deck

Back seats fold flat

OK size pass-through

Decent size infotainment screen

Medium size non-locking glovebox

Small console bin with two cupholders

Door bins little more than bottle notches

WOW Factors:

The trunk holds enough luggage for a weekend trip for two people.

Great fun to drive

Nice six-speed transmission


Sharp styling


Quite low to the ground

Short first gear

Rather loud interior at speed

Bottom Line:

The 2023 Toyota GR86 Premium 2+2

The minimal back seat folds down to increase cargo/luggage capacity.

Coupe 6-speed represents a lot of fun in a compact stylish package that’s affordably priced. In a world of lumbering SUVs it’s refreshing to drive a lithe little sports coupe that’s as a responsive as the Toyota GR86. A GR86 Special Edition was added for 2023 that comes in a wild Solar Shift Orange color with a more aggressive cat-back performance exhaust and matte-black 18-inch wheels. The standard edition GR86 is just as much fun and less conspicuous should you exceed speed limits. The 2023 Toyota GR86 easily qualifies as a driver’s car where you’re in control more than some computer.