CARS.COM — When I first heard that Scion was meeting an unfortunate fate earlier this year, my first thought was, “What’s going to happen to the FR-S?” Toyota has off-road vehicles, big vehicles, small vehicles, fuel efficient vehicles and reliable vehicles. But what else in its lineup really screams fun or sporty, no matter what the Camry commercials may say?
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So I was happy to hear that the FR-S would find a landing spot in Toyota’s lineup and that it would also get a new name in the shuffle: 86, the same name by which it’s sold in the rest of the world.
The name isn’t the only thing that’s changed. There are exterior styling updates, a revised suspension and a bit more power for models with a manual transmission. One thing that did carry over from Scion: The 86 still has no trim levels. Buyers can choose between navigation (or not), color and transmission, and that’s pretty much it. The car was developed with Subaru, which continues to sell a version called the BRZ with comparable mechanical changes.