If I wanted a sports car to drive on Sunday when the weather was nice I would pick the Mazda MX-5 over the Toyota 86 every time (86 versus MX-5, March).
I drove an 86 when they were released and found it rather gutless, cramped, the interior cheap and sparse, ride uncomfortable over rural roads, and the brakes pathetic.
But then I am middle-aged and prefer larger, comfortable cars. Though before I drove it I thought I was up for a mid-life crisis. The 86 cured me after one short drive.