Toyota’s intoxicating 86 Hakone Edition

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The Toyota 86 has had a storied life. In America, we fell in love with it as a Scion. With the Scion brand now discontinued, the 86 continues under the Toyota brand.

I have actually visited the Toyota Web display outside Tokyo, Japan to see the 86. I recently had a chance to drive the awesome Hakone edition. The lightweight sports car is a relatively affordable dream. It features a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque.

It also comes with a 6-speed manual transmission. I loved driving it on, I-270, I-70, and I-495 in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. In the 86 you also get a 7-inch touchscreen telematics system.

The system integrates with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. You also get eight pretty decent speakers. Where it stands out visually is the beautiful special Hakone green paint job.

The 17-inch bronze alloy wheels stand out also. The Hakone 86 edition happens to be very fuel-efficient. It gets an EPA rated 28 miles per gallon on the highway. On the Hakone Toyota 86 you get a combination of style performance, excellent driving dynamics all in a lightweight frame.

The interior also looked beautiful and felt rich. It comes in at an affordable base price of $29,870.

The delivered price of Hakone edition is $30,825. Visit www.toyota.com for more information.