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2017 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Sports Car

2017 Toyota 86

Best Sports Car:
2017 Toyota 86

Sports cars and value don't usually go together, but the Toyota 86 is an exception to that rule, and an exceptionally fun one at that. Formerly known as the Scion FR-S, this 2-door coupe brings an injection of excitement to the parent Toyota brand after it wound down its Scion unit.

While this compact sports car has a new name, its objective remains: Provide a sports-car experience at a price within reach of ordinary buyers. Developed with Subaru (the 86 is a twin to the BRZ), this Toyota packs a 2.0-liter flat-4 engine that drives the rear wheels. In an age when even cars that call themselves sporty are front-wheel drive, the 86's rear-wheel-drive configuration alone gives it an edge, but it's hardly the only trait that appeals to driving enthusiasts.

The 2017 Toyota 86's light weight, low center of gravity and performance suspension make it an excellent corner carver. Then there's the transmission. While a 6-speed automatic is optional and pleasing enough, the 6-speed manual is the one to get for the most driver engagement. As we found in our full review, the 86 is "a quick, lightweight and genuinely fun sports car that should make any driving enthusiast happy. It has a tossability that's rare in today's cars, and although it's not very fast, the taut suspension lets you carry speed into a corner unlike nearly anything at its price point."

With its 2+2 seating, standard 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, fuel economy of up to 32 mpg and starting price of just over $27,000, the 2017 Toyota 86 proves performance and value can go hand in hand.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$39,489
as of December 31, 2016

2nd Place Finisher
2017 Subaru BRZ

2017 Subaru BRZ

The Subaru BRZ shares the mechanicals, driving pleasure and low ownership costs of the Toyota 86 while adding a slightly more posh interior.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$40,465
as of December 31, 2016

3rd Place Finisher
2017 Ford Mustang

2017 Ford Mustang

A muscle car for the modern day, the latest Ford Mustang packs power, refinement and technology into a value package.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$44,702
as of December 31, 2016

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See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2016 | 2015 | 2014
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