As one of the most affordable performance cars on the market, the Subaru BRZ combines a road-connected drive quality and a small purpose-designed cabin wrapped up in a fun and engaging rear-wheel drive sports car package.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 Subaru BRZ starts at $25,695 for the base Premium, one of the two available trims, while the Limited starts at $27,695. The BRZ Limited adds several highly desirable and bundled features, such as:

  • Fog lights
  • A rear deck lid spoiler
  • Alcantara and leather-trimmed upholstery
  • Keyless entry and start

The Premium trim already includes many preferred features -- some that you would expect in more expensive performance vehicles -- like a Torsen limited slip differential. Additionally, the 2016 Subaru BRZ includes an updated Starlink touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone app connectivity and other multimedia content through bundled Starlink apps.

Performance Pros

Subaru BRZ

The Subaru BRZ’s only engine, a 2-liter horizontally-opposed (boxer) four-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque, has a low center of gravity due to its low-slung mass. The BRZ appeases to a larger audience with the availability of either a six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel shift paddles or a standard six-speed manual transmission.

  • Low center of gravity and light curb weight aids the BRZ's exceptional handling.
  • Razor-sharp steering feels connected to the road.
  • EPA fuel economy estimates are respectable at 25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway with the six-speed automatic transmission.

Performance Cons

  • The BRZ equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission has lackluster acceleration -- 0 to 60 mph takes an unremarkable 7.9 seconds.
  • Fuel economy EPA estimate diminish greatly when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission: 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

Interior Pros

  • The front seats are very supportive with good bolstering, and encourage exploration of the BRZ's excellent handling ability.
  • The interface for a touchscreen infotainment system that controls navigation, audio, and a small set of connected apps is improved.

Interior Cons

  • An extremely small back seat should be reserved for small kids and storage instead of adults.
  • Cargo capacity is limited -- only 6.9 cubic feet when the rear seatbacks are in place.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Subaru BRZ

The 2016 Subaru BRZ handles almost like it is on rails. The feedback from the road, combined with its ability to out-handle performance vehicles that cost nearly twice as much, place the BRZ nearly in a category of its own.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Apart from disappointing straight-line performance in the BRZ with a six-speed automatic transmission, the cramped back seat barely allows room for a baby's full-size car seat.

The Bottom Line

Subaru BRZ

The 2016 Subaru BRZ is a rewarding and engaging sports car that doesn’t intimidate those willing to push it near its limits. The collective of the BRZ’s performance, a decent equipment list, and an affordable price make it one of the most attractive sports car packages in more ways than one.