Toyota 86 Vs. Honda Civic Si Coupe

By Justin Cupler | March 19th, 2019

There is a fine line between a sports car and a sports coupe, and that line is drawn right between the 2019 Honda Civic Si and 2019 Toyota 86. The Toyota 86 delivers the true sports car feel, but the 2019 Honda Civic combines similar sportiness but with more room. Which one is better for you, our Waukegan area shopper? Find out below.

Exterior

On the outside, the Toyota 86 oozes classic styling with its long nose, pointed front end, short rear end, and cab-rearward setup. This makes the 86 the perfect buy for fans of sports cars from yesteryear. If you prefer a more modern look, the classic-looking 86 may not be your cup of tea.

The Honda Civic Si Coupe is part of the stylish 10th-generation Civic lineup, so it has all the stunning shapes, lines, and swoops that made this generation one of the best Civics ever. On top of its great base styling, the 2019 Civic Si also features a wing-type spoiler, flashy wheels, a center-exit exhaust, and more to set it apart from the crowd without being too stylish for its own good.

In terms of size, the 2019 Honda Civic is significantly larger than the 86, but it is only about 100 pounds heavier.

 

Measurement 2019 Toyota 86 2019 Honda Civic Si Difference
Length 166.7 inches 177.4 inches -10.7 inches
Width 69.9 inches 70.8 inches -0.9 inches
Height 50.6 inches 54.7 inches -4.1 inches
Wheelbase 101.2 inches 106.3 inches -5.1 inches
Ground Clearance 4.9 inches
Curb weight 2,776 – 2,817 pounds 2,889 pounds -112 to -72 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Toyota 86

  • Classic design language
  • Sharp TRD Special Edition model

Advantage: 2019 Honda Civic Si

  • Modern looks
  • Larger footprint without much more weight

Interior

The 2019 Toyota 86’s interior continues the classic-sports-car looks with its simple dash, toggle-style HVAC controls, and simple infotainment system. There are a few touches of uniqueness with the hidden “86” Easter eggs throughout the cabin and its sport seats.

Inside the 2019 Honda Civic there is a lot more modern design going on with its more advanced high-resolution touchscreen, sporty “Si” embroidered seats, red stitching, hidden storage pockets, touches of simulated carbon fiber, and more. For traditionalists, the Civic SI’s cabin may be a bit much, but the younger crowd will appreciate its modern look and features, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

As a traditional coupe, the 2019 Honda Civic Si has the added advantage of having an adult-friendly back seat that offers 35.9 inches of legroom. Also, its 11.9 cubes of cargo room bests the 86 by 5 cubic feet.

 

Measurement 2019 Toyota 86 2019 Honda Civic Si Difference
Front headroom 37.1 inches 36.5 inches +0.6 inches
Front legroom 41.9 inches 42.3 inches -0.4 inches
Front shoulder room 54.5 inches 56.9 inches -2.4 inches
Front hip room 53.1 inches 54.1 inches 1 inches
Rear headroom 35 inches 34.5 inches +0.5 inches
Rear legroom 29.9 inches 35.9 inches -6 inches
Rear shoulder room 51.7 inches 52.6 inches -0.9 inches
Rear hip room 45.3 inches 48.1 inches -2.8 inches
Luggage capacity 6.9 cubic feet 11.9 cubic feet -5 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Toyota 86

  • Roomier seating
  • Room for four, in a pinch
  • Larger trunk
  • Retro design with simple features

Advantage: 2019 Honda Civic Si

  • Larger rear seats
  • More cargo room
  • Modern cabin

Performance

The Toyota 86 and Honda Civic take two different avenues when it comes to power production. Sure, they both use four-cylinder units, but the 86 is naturally aspirated, whereas the Civic Si uses a turbocharged unit.

The 2019 Toyota 86’s 2.0-liter boxer-four engine pumps 205 horsepower through a six-speed manual or a paddle-shifted six-speed automatic transmission for a 6.2-second 0-to-6o sprint. The 86’s suspension is tight but forgiving, and its tires are grippy but don’t fear letting the rear end slide out a bit on the track.

The Honda Civic Si Coupe also delivers 205 horsepower through a six-speed manual transmission, but it has 36 pound-feet more torque than the 86. Despite the torque advantage, the Civic Si is 0.1 seconds slower than the 86 to 60 mph. The Civic SI’s wider and stickier tires help it hold 0.97 G on the skid pad, beating the 86 by 0.10 Gs.

 

2019 Toyota 86 2019 Honda Civic Si [Difference]
Engine 2.0-liter boxer-4 1.5-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower 205 hp at 7,000 rpm 205 hp at 5,700 rpm
Torque 156 lb-ft at 6,400 rpm 192 lb-ft at 2,100-5,000 rpm -36 lb-ft
Standard transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
Optional transmission 6-speed automatic
0-60 time 6.2 seconds 6.3 seconds -0.1 seconds
60-0 distance 117 feet 106 feet +11 feet
Skid Pad 0.87 g 0.97 g 0.10 g
MPG City 21 – 24 28 -4 to -7
MPG Highway 28 – 32 38 -6 to -10
MPG Combined 24 – 27 32 -5 to -8

 

Advantage: 2019 Toyota 86

  • Freer back end
  • Rear-wheel drive is more fun on the track
  • Quicker to 60 mph
  • Built to be a sports car instead of a modified coupe

Advantage: 2019 Honda Civic Si

  • Grippier rubber
  • Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Toyota 86 comes in three flavors: Base, GT, and TRD Special Edition. Their starting prices range from $26,505 to $32,470.

 

The 2019 Honda Civic Si Coupe comes in just a base trim, and its pricing starts from $24,300.

2019 Toyota 86 Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Base: $26,505

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • 17-inch twisted-spoke alloy wheels
  • Sport-calibrated electric power steering
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • LED projector low- and high-beam headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear taillights
  • Body-color power mirrors
  • Variable-intermittent wipers
  • Dual chrome-tipped exhaust system
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows with one-touch-down
  • Power door locks
  • Keyless entry
  • Anti-theft system
  • Multi-information display
  • Digital clock
  • Analog and digital speedometer
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Sport bucket seats
  • Height-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Knee pads
  • Suede-like door and armrests
  • Folding rear seat
  • Display Audio with eight speakers
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • AM/FM/HD Radio audio system with Aha radio
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Mirror-integrated rearview camera

 

GT: 28,635

  • All base features, plus
  • Matte-black rear wing with body-color caps
  • LED fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Aerodynamic underbody panel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Smart Key System with keyless ignition
  • 4.2-inch multi-information display
  • Leather-wrapped parking brake with silver stitching
  • Leather gear shift boot with silver stitching
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-bolstered front seats with suede-like inserts
  • Leather-like knee pad
  • Suede-like material in instrument hood

 

TRD Special Edition: $32,470

  • All GT features, plus
  • Brembo brakes
  • SACHS performance dampers
  • 18-inch split-spoke alloy wheels
  • Color-keyed rear spoiler
  • TRD underbody spoilers
  • TRD performance exhaust
  • TRD tricolor side decal
  • Red and black leather-trimmed steering wheel
  • Red contrast stitching on parking brake cover and shifter boot
  • Red and black sport front bucket seats with side bolsters
  • Red seatbelts

2019 Honda Civic Si Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Base: $24,300

  • 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Brake hold
  • Hill-start assist
  • 18-inch machine-finish wheels
  • Normal and Sport drive modes
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Projector-beam headlights with auto-on/off
  • LED taillight light bars
  • Heated, body-color mirrors
  • Body-color door handles
  • Moonroof
  • Smart entry with walk-away auto lock
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Center-outlet exhaust
  • Fog lights
  • Body-color rear wing spoiler
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down operation
  • Power door locks
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Keyless ignition
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Aluminum pedals
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Aluminum shifter knob with leather accent
  • Heated front seats
  • 10-speaker, 450-watt audio system with subwoofer
  • 7-inch high-resolution Display Audio infotainment system
  • HondaLink
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • SiriusXM
  • HD Radio
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • SMS text messaging function
  • Speed-sensitive volume
  • 1.0-amp USB port in center console
  • 1.5-amp USB port/audio interface in front console
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Honda LaneWatch

Who Should Buy the 2019 Toyota 86?

The 2019 Toyota 86 may not be as powerful or handle as well as the Civic Si Coupe, but its rear-wheel-drive setup and chassis are like traditional sports cars from years ago. This makes it the perfect new car for those who loved this era.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda Civic Si Coupe?

Younger buyers who want the sportiness and all the modern tech will appreciate the advanced features the 2019 Civic Si Coupe has. Plus, with its over 35 inches of rear legroom, adults can fit in the rear seats.

 

Come tackle the roads of Waukegan while test driving the sporty 2019 Toyota 86. Head down to the Garger Fox Lake Toyota showroom serving the McHenry and Crystal Lake areas today to test this sports car for yourself. Can’t make it to Garber Fox Lake Toyota serving Waukegan today for a test drive? Swing by our online inventory to find the 2019 Toyota 86 you like and schedule a test drive for later.

 

** MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $930 for Cars (Yaris LB, Yaris Sedan, 86, Corolla, Corolla HB, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius c, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV, GR Supra), $1,095 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,295 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,495 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

*** 2019 EPA-estimated mileage.  Actual mileage will vary.