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John Diether
Automotive Editor - October 20, 2015

2016 Subaru BRZ OVERVIEW

The product of Subaru's joint venture with Toyota, the BRZ holds fast to classic sports car virtues: low weight, petite dimensions, and rear-wheel drive. It's a charming formula that places agility and fun above brute force.

What's New for 2016

A rearview camera and Subaru's Starlink infotainment system are now standard. The new Series.HyperBlue edition offers head-turning style throughout.

Subaru BRZ Front Quarter

Choosing Your Subaru BRZ

Every BRZ carries a 2-liter four-cylinder good for 200 horsepower, paired with a six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic. The BRZ gets from 0 to 60 mph noticeably faster with the manual (6.8 vs 7.9 seconds), but the automatic boosts efficiency from 25 mpg combined to 28 mpg. To bolster handling, you get a limited-slip rear differential and summer performance tires on 17-inch alloy wheels.

The trunk is predictably puny, but cargo space really opens up when you fold down the rear seat, which is too small for life-size passengers anyway.

The BRZ is available in three trim levels this year:


Comes with all the expected standard features for this class, plus a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED running lights, Bluetooth phone and audio, and an eight-speaker sound system. Technology comes in the form of the Starlink system, which furnishes navigation, numerous smartphone apps, and satellite and HD radio.


Spruces up the interior with heated leather and faux suede seats, keyless ignition, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Outside are heated mirrors and a rear spoiler.


Equipped like the Limited, but with exclusive Hyper Blue Paint, black exterior accents and wheels, simulated carbon fiber dash trim, and an illuminated engine start/stop button. The six-speed manual is the only transmission available.

As usual, there are not factory options for the BRZ, but numerous dealer-installed accessories are available.

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CarsDirect Tip

The automatic transmission interferes with performance more than we expected. The manual is a better choice unless fuel economy is your chief concern. Note that Series.HyperBlue production is limited to 500 units, so don't hesitate if you can't live without its striking looks.

Subaru BRZ Rear Quarter

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