We just purchased a 2023 Subaru BRZ for the Consumer Reports test fleet, and stacked it up in a head-to-head comparison with our tested Toyota GR86. While both of these cars (created in a partnership between Toyota and Subaru) are identical in many ways, there are a few critical differences in how they perform. Which came out on top? Our experts share which one they'd choose, as well as discuss the important differences between all-weather, all-season, and snow tires.
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00:00 – Introduction
00:14 – Head-to_Head Comparison: 2023 Subaru BRZ vs. Toyota GR86
18:14 – Question: Between all-weather, all-season, and snow tires which are best suited for Northeast winter driving?
First Drive: Redesigned 2022 Subaru BRZ Proves Nimble and Fun
First Drive: The 2022 Toyota GR86 Sports Car Thrills
2023 Subaru BRZ
2022 Toyota 86
Best Winter/Snow Tires From Consumer Reports’ Tests
Consumer Reports Tire Selector
Guide to Car Safety
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Thank goodness for the tire question. The Subaru vs Toyota discussion was eye-glazingly pointless, as no one buys cars like these any more and, anyway, these cars are identical for all purposes.
Couldn’t disagree with this more. This is great information for those of us who love sports cars, own such a car, and love driving…but can’t afford the expensive stuff. Kudos to Subaru and Toyota for continuing to make cars like these for those of us who live in an area where we can enjoy driving them and are underwhelmed & put off by the typical SUV.
Exhaust sound- Equal length headers on the new BRZ/GR86 are not like the older engines that used un-equal length headers?
Our 2022 BRZ is so comfortable, no need to get out every 2 hours like our past 3 Miatas.
BRZ vs GR86: The choice might get down to which dealership you have to work with.
Sharing the platform is what keeps these cars going. Glad Toyota cares about making sports cars .
More than the track focused specs I would take the Subaru BRZ and go to Subaru dealership as think they would know to work on it better than taking it to a Toyota dealership. I’m pretty sure Subaru dealership have more parts available as I think they have more shared parts with other vehicles FA24 series. Not denying any part not available in stock at Toyota dealership one can order and get it delivered or go to a Subaru dealer and get it.
The GR86 report is *not* up, CR. You only have the “first impressions” posted.