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2020 Toyota 86 adds optional TRD Handling Package and new infotainment tech

The handling package mirrors an optional Subaru BRZ performance upgrade.

2020 Toyota 86 with TRD Handling Package

The 86 will carve roads even better with its new handling package.

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Toyota's entry-level sports car is still kicking, and for 2020, buyers will be treated to some new kit. The 2020 Toyota 86 not only introduces a special Hakone Edition, but standard cars will get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus an optional handling package.

In a release this week, Toyota outlined the optional package that it calls the TRD Handling Package. The goods bundled here are identical to the gear found in the 2019 86 TRD Edition. For those who failed to snag one of the 1,418 special-edition cars, it means you're in luck.

Included in the TRD Handling Package are Brembo brakes, Sachs dampers and 18-inch alloy wheels (up from standard 17-inch wheels) with a split-spoke style. Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires are the choice of rubber for those who check the box for the handling package. They replace Michelin Primacy HP tires. 

If the upgrades sound familiar, it's because they are. The previous 86 TRD Edition actually combined Subaru's optional Performance Package offered for the 86's twin, the BRZ. Now, it appears Toyota will simply offer the equipment as optional just like Subaru has done. Pricing for the TRD Handling Package starts at $2,320 for the base car and rings in at $1,270 for the 86 GT model. Of note, only cars equipped with the six-speed manual are eligible for the package. To those who opt for the six-speed automatic, it's your loss.

Ditto for extra power since the manual transmission also unlocks an extra 5 horsepower for a total of 205 hp instead of 200 hp with the automatic. That doesn't change for the new model year. Toyota's strategy is intriguing since Subaru only offers its Performance Package on the range-topping BRZ Limited as a $1,195 option. It will be slightly cheaper to get the same gear on the 86 instead of the BRZ; a base 86 with the handling package rings in at $30,170, while a BRZ Limited with the optional package costs $30,725 for 2019. Once again, the 86 remains the budget-friendly version of the Toyobaru brethren.

Elsewhere, Toyota has revamped the 7-inch touchscreen unit to include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2019 model lacked both smartphone mirroring systems.

Base prices for the 2020 Toyota 86 will start at $27,850 after destination, while the Hakone Edition rings in at $30,825.

Originally published Sept. 6.

Update, Sept. 7: Adds pricing for TRD Handling package.

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