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2017 Toyota 86 Walk Around

The Toyota 86 has classic proportions of a long hood and short tail, with a modern aero look. The roof sweeps up and dives down in a graceful arc that meets the rear fenders and stubby deck. It’s long, low, and sleek, yet something seems missing that keeps it from being as stylish as it could be. Maybe it’s the simple surfaces with no real sculpting.

The 86 is different from its parent Scion FR-S, with its wider and more complex grille, with LED headlamps, driving lights, and turn signals. Flared front fenders bulge upward, with new gills that create a vortex to improve airflow. At the rear, there’s a fresh bumper, LED taillamps, and a diffuser with one more slat to improve downforce. The alloy wheels with twisted spokes are also a change from the Scion.

Interior

The cabin is basic, handsome, and built well. It’s consistent with the car’s design ethic of form following function. The upholstery is one-tone and the gauges are located squarely in front of the driver. The diameter of the steering wheel is about one inch smaller than it was in the Scion, for a sportier feel.

Trim-wise, the plastic bits flow in clean lines with carbon-look accents, while the dash and door panels feature synthetic suede with silver stitching.

The front seats are excellent, comfortable and well-bolstered with good hip room. There’s enough headroom in front drivers taller than six feet. The rear bench seat is for kids, and folds flat for packages. The trunk is large; Subaru likes to say it can hold enough for a track day: four wheels with tires and a toolbox.

You can’t clearly hear the exhaust note in the cabin, even though it’s piped in. Wind and road noise takes over at 70 miles per hour.

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