2019 Toyota 86 vs. 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

For too long, there was a distinct lack of options in the Toyota inventory for a lightweight, affordable sports coupe. That veritable drought came to an end with the introduction of the incredible Toyota 86 to showrooms like the one at Colonial Toyota. Even with all of the care and development that went into the vehicle, the automaker’s entry to the segment has some fierce competition to overcome. A comparison between the 2019 Toyota 86 vs. 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata should give buyers looking for a vehicle in this class quite a few things to think about before they make their final decision. Not only does the 2019 Toyota 86 offer better performance than its Mazda competitor, but the Toyota 86 is also far more functional. Customers can take a closer look at what the 2019 Toyota 86 has to offer when they make an appointment with Colonial Toyota today by calling, 203-403-6890.
It would be a mistake to think the 2019 Toyota 86 and 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata are equals just because both models occupy the same automotive industry class and share a few similarities. Yes, both are lightweight coupes that have been designed to offer engaging handling. However, of the advantages the 2019 Toyota 86 offers over its Mazda competitor, practicality might be among the Toyota's most important. Unlike the current Miata, the 2019 Toyota 86 has seating for up to four people. In the event a Toyota 86 owner takes additional passengers for a drive, the Toyota coupe has more trunk space than the Miata. Toyota 86 owners also have the ability to fold down the rear seats for additional cargo volume. Mazda doesn’t offer this in the 2019 Miata. Finally, the 2019 Toyota 86 may also be more comfortable to drive with more available legroom for the driver and front passenger versus what can be found in the Miata.

2019 Toyota 86


2019 Mazda Miata

2.0-L, 4-Cyl. Boxer Engine 2.0-L, 4-Cyl.
205/156 Horsepower/Torque 181/151
Six-speed manual Transmission Six-speed manual
Yes Avail. Folding Rear Seat No

Performance Specs

The 2019 Toyota 86 is powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter, four-cylinder boxer-style engine. It can be attached to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The manual transmission is standard, and it will allow owners to achieve 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. Buyers choosing the automatic gear-changer will get 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. Independent testing puts the zero-to-60 mph time of the 2019 Toyota 86 in the sub-seven second range. Conversely, the Mazda has stayed with the same powertrain options that have been available with the Miata for quite some time. Although, it did retune the engine to give it a boost in performance output. However, its 181 horsepower does come up a bit short compared to the specifications provided by the Toyota 86.
A photo of the gear-shifter used in the 2019 Toyota 86.
An interior photo of the driver's cockpit in the 2019 Toyota 86.
A photo of the center gauge cluster in the 2019 Toyota 86.
A photo of the stainless steel pedals in the 2019 Toyota 86.