3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Subaru BRZ

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Expert's Rating

4.95Excellent

MPG 22 City / 30 Highway
Pros
  • Fun to drive
  • Neutral handling
  • Exceptional 6-speed transmission
  • Quality interior materials
  • Loads of aftermarket parts support
Cons
  • Small-ish rear seat
, Automotive Editor -
The Subaru BRZ delivers the true sports car experience, but it's more expensive than its near-twin, the Scion FR-S.

Introduction

Subaru has long built high performance into models like the WRX and WRX STI, but it's been over a decade since we've seen an actual sports car from the Japanese automaker, which is better known for all-wheel-drive practicality. So there's a good reason Subaru's all-new 2013 BRZ is generating so much buzz. Created in partnership with Toyota, it is mechanically identical to the Scion FR-S.

The rear-wheel-drive BRZ has only two trim levels: Premium and Limited. Both feature a 2.0-liter boxer-style four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower and 151 foot-pounds of torque. Premium models include cloth seats, A/C and power windows; leather seats, automatic A/C and fog lamps come with Limited models.

A six-speed, close-ratio manual transmission is standard for both, but a six-speed shiftable automatic is optional. BRZs with manual transmissions hit 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, while automatic BRZs need 7.9 seconds. The choice of transmission has a noticeable impact on fuel economy: While manual BRZs have mpg ratings of 22 city and 30 highway, automatic BRZs deliver 25 city and 34 highway.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Subaru BRZ
Starting price
$17,398

2013 Subaru BRZ Premium

Recommended for: Buyers looking for a relatively well-equipped sports car

It might be the base model, but the name Premium reflects an equipment level that isn't spartan. Standard features include: 17-by-7-inch multi-spoke aluminum wheels; HID headlights; a diffusor integrated into the rear bumper; dual stainless-steel exhausts; sport seats upholstered in cloth; a leather-wrapped steering wheel with red contrast stitching; power windows; and an AM/FM/CD/SiriusXM audio system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, GPS navigation, eight speakers, USB/iPod input and Bluetooth audio streaming.

2013 Subaru BRZ
Starting price
$17,398

2013 Subaru BRZ Limited

Recommended for: Buyers who want a sports car with all the bells and whistles

The Limited adds to the Premium: fog lights, a trunk spoiler, heated side-view mirrors, heated front seats, Alcantara and leather upholstery, keyless starting and dual-zone climate control.

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