Hit the Road in the Right Sports Car.  Comparing the 2020 Subaru BRZ and 2019 Toyota 86

You want to feel power and speed that comes with the performance of a sports car as you race around Germantown and West Memphis.  So, you need a car that can keep up with your need for speed while still giving you desirable features you might find in a stylish sedan.  So, how do you know which features come in a sports car?  Jim Keras Subaru in Memphis wants to introduce you to our favorite sports car, the 2020 Subaru BRZ.  But how does it rate next to the comparable Toyota 86?  Lets take a look at the two.

Both the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 can seat up to four people.  The cabin of the Subaru BRZ is built with durable materials to showcase the beautiful interior.  The rear seat of the 86 is more suited for smaller passengers, like thrill-seeking kids, than adults.  Even the adults in the front passenger seat might find seating a little tight.  Side bolstering is in good supply, but makes the cabin feel smaller on tight turns.


The engine of the Subaru BRZ is a lively 205-horsepower four-cylinder that packs a subtle punch with 156 pound-feet of torque.  It is matched to an athletic six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive.  The top-trim Limited brings you the option of a smooth six-speed automatic.  Memphis drivers will immediately notice its agility as it handles the turns around the city's busy streets.  You'll find it gets an EPA estimate 21 mpg when tackling the streets of Bartlett or get from Germantown to West Memphis with 29 mpg.

You'll find a lot of similarities under the hood of the Toyota 86.  It also gives you a hard-working 2.0-liter, 205-horsepower four-cylinder, churning out 156 horsepower with a six-speed automatic transmission.  There is a minor difference in the fuel efficiency, with an EPA estimated 21 mpg in the city and a slight drop with 28 mpg on the highway.


The Subaru BRZ earned high scores when it comes to safety, from both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  The former awarded the Subaru BRZ with the highest ratings possible in four of its crash tests.  You get a rearview camera standard with the performance-driven Subaru BRZ.

You'll find a rearview camera on the Toyota 86, but that's about it.  It was well-received in its safety earning Good ratings on the IIHS crash tests.


A 6.2-inch touchscreen is the HQ of the infotainment system of the Subaru BRZ and brings you access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.  An available seven-inch touchscreen provides a vibrant option.  Satellite and HD radio come standard, as does Bluetooth connectivity.

Smartphone integration is lacking on the Toyota 86 but the seven-inch touchscreen does give you access to voice recognition and Bluetooth.

Visit Jim Keras and Test Drive the Subaru BRZ

When it comes to performance and technology, the Subaru BRZ is head and shoulders above the Toyota 86.  Jim Keras Subaru has the model you are looking for, in Memphis, ready for a test drive.  When you get back, talk with our financing specialists and work out the best deal to fit your budget.  When you get behind the wheel of a Subaru BRZ you'll feel the power as soon as you start it up.