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Toyota Rumors: FT-86 May Be a Hybrid


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Fast fact: the 1980s Honda CRX, even in sporty Si trim, regularly got above 50 miles per gallon in normal driving. That's not the EPA rating, but it's what drivers are used to. It was also one of the fastest, cheapest little roller skates, and people still hunt them down because of how fun they are to drive.

If you know all that, you can understand CollegeCarGuide.com's concerns about the FT-86 collaboration between Subaru and Toyota. According to AutoExpress in the UK, the Toyota team is considering turning the FT-86 into a hybrid "sports" car. Notice the quotes. They're there for a reason.

We understand that the growth in size and weight is largely due to safety restrictions. Which is cool, and all, and very necessary. But the Volkswagen Golf TDi is  an example of a fairly sporty car that gets good gas mileage. And the hybrid movement is a good one, but as an augmentation of an already standard platform.

If the FT-86 on offer from Toyota comes with a hybrid, it could be a little underwhelming, just like the Honda CR-Z that looked like a standout, but seems to putter along as it will. And the hybrid won't save nearly as much gas as you'd think.

If you haven't heard of the FT-86, it's certainly been a while, although there will be production-ready versions at auto shows this year. But you tell me: Am I off base for thinking that a two-door coupe with a hybrid won't do well?
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