A week in the 2019 TOYOTA 86GT…

Who says that fun and fast can’t be had on a budget? Sure, new budget cars are not what they used to be, but since the average price for an average car is about $30K, we have to be realistic with the times.

I drive a lot of cars. Many of which are at $30K and many at $90K. But if you’re out there looking for some fun and don’t have a lot of dough to plunk, then the 2019 TOYOTA 86GT may just be one of your best options.

Manual all the way, this is a fun canyon carver and track car. Plus fully modifiable, the 86GT can put a permanent smile on your face for the day and give your passenger a combination of thrills and nausea (the good kind).

With fairly good gas mileage at 27mpg average and a 2.0l 4-cylinder boxer DOHC 16v, the 2019 Toyota GT whips up 200hp and is just enough to risk entering The Ticket Factory if you’re not careful. Best to get it in a color that doesn’t attract sharks.

Final assembly in Japan at their OTA Gunma Plant, the cars pepper the US as stepping stones to greater rides like the NSX and new Vette. But like I said, for fun on a budget, the 86GT is all sorts of mean and can’t be beat.

Luckily, I only had this car for a week and my right foot didn’t really get a chance to go into “Dark Force Mode.” But if you’re smart, you’ll head to Buttonwillow or Willow Springs to get your groove on.

In many areas, Toyota is still challenged in it’s design language, especially interiors. But the 86GT is working through its paces and the ’19 model is more refined and more fun. I’d give it a chance as a test drive and let it speak to you. Just bring a barf bag for the Salesman. 😉

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