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AutoHunter Spotlight: 2017 Toyota 86

Could be called the “Toyobaru” or “Subayota”


Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by, is this 2017 Toyota 86 6-Speed.

In an era when so many modern vehicles have become oversized and overly-assisted in driving dynamics (thanks, safety advancements!), it is refreshing to know that you can still get your hands on a tossable compact sports coupe with a manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. The Toyota 86 is one such vehicle, and today, we get to show you an example that’s been placed up for grabs by a dealership in Toronto, Ontario. The auction will end on Wednesday.

The “Asphalt” painted exterior of this coupe is understated, but a few subtle upgrades give it a unique stance including front and rear spoilers, window visors, and tinted LED taillights. The bucket seats are heavily bolstered, which is a good thing, since this car’s cornering capabilities are top-notch.

The 86’s 2+2 platform is popular with the next generation of car enthusiasts – particularly those who are into import tuning. Back in April, we featured one from the Future Collector Car Show owned by a young student named Hunter from Tempe, Arizona.

Without going through the model’s backstory again, I’ll highlight the basics: The Toyota 86 – or, at the time, the Scion FR-S like Hunter’s, was originally engineered as a collaborative effort between Subaru and Toyota leading up to its launch in 2012. The Scion division was later phased out after 2016, and vehicles under that nameplate were absorbed back into Toyota as follows:

  • The FR-S became the Toyota 86
  • The iA became the Toyota Yaris iA
  • The iM became the Toyota Corolla iM
  • The tC was discontinued

The good news was that the 86 not only stuck around for 2017, but it also received a handful of performance and cosmetic enhancements like a wider grille opening, LED headlights, refined suspension, and a few extra ponies.

Power comes from a 2.0-liter “Boxer” flat-four mated to a TL70 six-speed manual transmission, and the drivetrain was rated at 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. While those aren’t lofty numbers, in a car that weighs only about 2,800 pounds, the performance is more than sufficient for darting around the corners with confidence. The CARFAX report shows that today’s featured car has had Ontario ownership since new and a last reported mileage of 90,886 kilometers (56,474 miles) in the fall of 2023.

Incidentally, the 86 lives on today (now in its second generation, which came out in 2021), as the “GR86.” Toyota says that the car’s current 2N8-code platform has even more rigidity than its predecessor.

Long live the stick-shift sport coupes!

The auction for this 2017 Toyota 86 6-Speed ends Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at 11:30 a.m. (PDT)

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and photo gallery

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine,, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.


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