The Redesigned Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ Still Look the Same

by Gabrielle DeSantis

Both the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ share the same basic platform — this isn’t really news to anyone. However, for 2022, each model is due for a much-needed redesign, giving each manufacturer the opportunity to give these affordable sports cars more individuality to set them apart. However, even the redesigned models of the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ still manages to look almost exactly the same, so much so that from a distance, you might not even be able to tell them apart.

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The 2022 Toyota 86

The 2022 Toyota 86 redesign makes the affordable, 2-door coupe look less aggressive and more approachable, with modern headlights and smoother body lines. Along with the styling choices, it comes with a more powerful motor that gives it an edgier driving experience while still maintaining its nimble handling, and it matches the upgrades made the Subaru BRZ — meaning they weren’t both just upgraded to look better. Official pricing for the Toyota 86 hasn’t been released quite yet, but we can expect that it will remain the affordable sports car we’ve known it for and stay in the same price range and the BRZ — for obvious reasons.

The 2022 Subaru BRZ

The 2022 Subaru BRZ has a starting price of $28,995 and finally comes with all of the performance upgrades drivers have been waiting for — though it still doesn’t come with the option for a turbocharger. If you flip back and forth between the pictures of each newly updated car, you’ll be hard-pressed to tell the difference without looking at the badges. From the inside, however, the materials and styling set each vehicle apart, and while they have yet to be released to dealerships to truly know which interior is better in person, from pictures, alone buyers can get a decent idea of which car they prefer — because, from the outside, it’s hard to pick. Of course, when it comes down to it, there is some brand loyalty behind preference between these two competing twins.

Which is better — the Toyota 86 or the Subaru BRZ?

Because these cars are designed to be so similar, neither is necessarily ‘better’ than the other. Performance-wise they go toe-to-toe, and from the outside, their appearances are almost completely identical. At the core, it’s the small nuances of the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ that set them apart from each other, but both are set up to be affordable, easily modifiable, and customizable platforms as they have been in the past.

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