2013 Toyota 86: Clever Vs Dumb
Two very clever storage solutions, and one very dumb one
By Imthishan Giado
Buying a small 2+2 sports car doesn’t have to mean you have to give up all semblance of practicality. For a car that can double up as a track toy, this 86 is completely up to date in how it keeps finding spaces for odds and ends. Above for instance, the centre console features a (removable) tray that can store two 1L water bottles as well as your new smartphone.
Underneath the HVAC system in the main dash, there’s a perfectly-sized recess which will accept anything from an iPhone to a new Samsung Galaxy S3. The more anorak-y among you will also know that in the full-spec car, this cubby is smaller on account of the start/stop button which lives down here.
And what if you have a vampire’s thirst for water, where two 1-litre bottles won’t do?
Still covered – there’s a door pocket which will hold a 2-litre bottle, although it usually holds my wallet.
With all these clever little spaces, there’s only one thing which strikes me as inexplicably dumb.
The actual boot, which has a whopping-great full-size steel wheel spare sticking out of the floor. The boot’s not too tiny (especially with the rear seats folded) but this wheel just kills any utility.
At the risk of being stranded when I get a flat, it has to go.
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