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Expert Rating
2.9 (Fair)

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2020 Limited 2dr Rear-Wheel Drive Coupe
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Price:   -  From $28,845
2020 tS 2dr Rear-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $31,495

Overview

What's New

The 2020 Subaru BRZ returns with only one change, but it’s a big one. The BRZ tS is back in the lineup. Although it doesn’t get a power boost, the tS is as close to a BRZ STI as we’re likely to see, and it includes a good number of performance upgrades. For 2020, that includes Brembo brakes among a variety of other perks.

The tS comes back at the cost of the former Premium trim, which won’t be available for 2020. The BRZ will likely see a new generation within a year or two, which should bring some welcome updates.

Choosing Your Subaru BRZ

The Subaru BRZ still comes in two trims: Limited and tS. Pricing starts at $29,745 including destination for the Limited and climbs to $32,395 for the tS.

Engine Choices

The BRZ comes with just one engine, but it’s a feisty one. The 2.0-liter flat four-cylinder engine produces 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent directly to the rear wheels. The engine is set low in the body to lower the car’s center of gravity. The 0-60 mph time is respectable at just over six seconds, but the real joy is in the handling.

The default six-speed manual transmission is a lovable and old-school choice for this affordable sports car, but a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters is available for $1,100 on the Limited trim. It actually decreases power to 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque

However, the automatic gets better fuel economy. While the manual setup earns an EPA-estimated 21 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway, and 24 combined, the automatic ups this to 24/33/27 mpg (city/highway/combined). The tS model earns ratings of 20/27/23 mpg.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Carrying things isn't the Subaru BRZ’s forte. The front seats are low-slung sport seats, and while the rear seats mean that it technically seats four, we wouldn’t try to squeeze anyone we like back there.

Cargo space is another afterthought, offering just 6.9 cubic feet in the trunk. Folding the rear seats for extra storage space helps, but hauling baggage was never the point of the BRZ.

Subaru BRZ

Safety Features

The BRZ is lacking on modern safety tech, but it does offer stability control and a brake assist system that can automatically apply maximum brake pressure when emergency braking is detected. Dedicated sports cars tend to lag in this arena, but some rivals like the Honda Civic Si do include more active safety tech.

Connectivity

The standard connectivity features on the BRZ are strong. Every BRZ gets a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation, Bluetooth, voice commands, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. An eight-speaker sound system handles audio.

Subaru BRZ

Limited - From $29,745

The Limited was last year’s top trim, so it comes fairly well equipped. Heated front seats are trimmed in leather, and the exterior gets LED headlights, heated mirrors, and 17-inch alloy rims. Dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, and push button start come standard.

Some of the tS trim’s performance upgrades are available in the $1,195 Performance Package. Brembo brakes and high-performance shock absorbers join exclusive 10-spoke wheels.

tS - From $32,395

Back for 2020 in a limited run of 300 units, the tS is the racer of the BRZ lineup. Along with the Brembo brakes and performance shock absorbers, the tS gets STI sourced dampers, coil springs, and a flexible V-brace in the engine compartment.

The suspension is stiffened and rides on 18-inch matte-bronze wheels with high-performance rubber. The tS gets some aesthetic upgrades as well, including black side mirrors and red accents on the leather upholstery and shifter handle.

With the tS, what you see is what you get. It’s available in a single color (Ceramic White), with only one interior trim (black leather and alcantara) and no packages. To fit the tS’s track-ready personality, the manual is the only available transmission.

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CarsDirect Tip

The loss of the base trim bumps up the starting price of the 2020 Subaru BRZ, but the included standard features soften the blow. The revival of the tS trim may be a tribute for the final year of this generation of BRZ – stay tuned for a redesign soon.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Puts handling first
  • Enjoyable at any speed
  • Track-focused tS trim returns
Cons
  • Still down on power
  • Unusable back seats
  • Costs more than last year
Expert Rating
2.9 (Fair)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Good, affordable fun. It’s no secret that cars are more expensive than ever, and that sentiment remains especially true for sports cars. But the 2020 Subaru BRZ carries on as one of the more affordable options on the market. While changes have seen pricing go up for 2020, the BRZ still represents good value for consumers searching for a sporty ride.

For 2020, the Premium trim has been discontinued, while the tS trim returns. The entry-level Limited trim comes well equipped for its starting price tag of $29,745. Consumers will find a 7-inch touchscreen, smartphone compatibility, leather and Alcantara upholstery, and navigation.

The tS, which returns after a year off, comes with track-focused components that make it even sharper. At $32,395, it’s certainly not cheap, but with only 300 units of the trim bound for the U.S., it’s not a ludicrous way to get into a limited-edition sports car.

Old-school take on performance. Taking inspiration from sports cars from decades ago, the BRZ puts handling and cornering first. For the money, it’s one of the most enjoyable car drivers that can pilot around a windy road or a racetrack.

In a world where sports cars are being tuned to pump out more and more horsepower, the BRZ is a back-to-basics vehicle that puts feel, handling, and enjoyability at the forefront. The BRZ is still very much an analog car in a digital world.

While the BRZ is sure to thrill around corners, the engine begs for more power. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine only produces 205 horsepower. That figure isn’t that bad, but the motor’s 156 pound-feet of torque means you’re left wanting more oomph.

A proper six-speed manual transmission and rear differential, though, help keep things lively. The BRZ continues to be the only rear-wheel-drive vehicle that Subaru has ever sold.


Subaru BRZ

Purposefully styled. The BRZ checks all of the right boxes when it comes to its styling. Thanks to its flat-four engine that's placed low in the hood, it has a quintessential sports car stance.

Wide, low, and relatively short in length, the BRZ is clearly a sports car, through and through. The vehicle’s looks have hardly changed over the years, so if you liked the BRZ when it came out in 2013, you’ll probably like it in 2020.

Compared to the competition, the BRZ has a bare and refreshingly simple cabin. Large dials, simple buttons, and an uncluttered dashboard give drivers the ability to enjoy driving and not be bogged down with unnecessary distractions. It’s not that the BRZ lacks creature comforts, though. It comes standard with dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, and eight audio speakers.

The clear gauges in the instrument cluster provide drivers with the necessary amount of information – nothing more. An oversized, central tachometer puts the most vital piece of info, engine revs, immediately in front of the driver. With digital screens dominating instrument clusters, the analog gauges are a welcomed sight.

Not exactly a family car. Attempt to use the BRZ in a fashion that mimics a family vehicle, and it unsurprisingly fails horribly. It’s not meant to carry large loads of cargo or cocoon passengers in luxury. The BRZ, after all, is a sports car.

Passengers in the front will find a surprising amount of headroom, but the seats are mounted low in the car, making egress and ingress something resembling a yoga move. While the BRZ has four seats, the back ones aren't there for humans. Instead, think of them as extra storage. Groceries, small dogs, a backpack – these are the kinds of items that fit in the back.

Measuring in at 6.9 cubic feet of cargo space, the trunk is average for the class. The rear seats do fold down to create some extra space, but it’s still something you’ll have to plan trips to the grocery store to work around.

Final thoughts. Consumers were once spoiled for choice if they were looking for an affordable, driver-friendly sports car. But times have changed. They now have massive amounts of power, are similarly priced to college tuitions, and come with tech that takes drivers out of the equation. This isn’t the case for the 2020 Subaru BRZ, which remains a pure sports car for drivers.

We only have one complaint with the BRZ, and it’s the same one we’ve had with the vehicle since it came out. Put simply, it needs more power. Enthusiasts and journalists alike have been begging for a turbocharged version of the BRZ, but Subaru hasn’t answered the call. The decision to discontinue last year’s Premium trim was also confusing, as well, as we really enjoyed getting into a version that was priced at under $26,000.

There are a number of competitors on the market. The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the BRZ’s main competitor. The Miata is even more enjoyable to drive and prettier to look at. It’s not as powerful and it’s not available in a coupe body style. The Nissan 370Z is slightly more expensive and older than the BRZ, but it’s a more powerful machine. It comes with a 332-hp V6, doesn’t have any rear seats, and feels even older than the Subaru.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.0L H-4 / 205 HP / 156 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.0L H-4 / 200 HP / 151 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: 6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
4
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.0L H-4 / 205 HP / 156 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.0L H-4 / 200 HP / 151 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc / Brembo 4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel / Compact
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$50
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
6.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
77 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
166.7 "
Exterior Width
69.9 "
Exterior Height
52.0 "
Front Headroom
37.1 "
Rear Headroom
35.0 "
Front Legroom
41.9 "
Rear Legroom
29.9 "
Front Shoulder Room
54.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
51.7 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,798 Lbs. / 2,840 Lbs.
Wheel Base
101 "
Turning Radius
17.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 17.0 " Painted Aluminum / 17.0 " Painted Sti Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black
Rear Spoiler
Wing
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
4
Seat Trim
Alcantara Simulated Suede/leather
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Full Bucket
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
8 / 9 Kicker
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

Used 2020 Subaru BRZ for Sale

2 vehicles found within 100 miles of your area
Subaru
Limited
Color: Silver
Price

$25,299

Mileage

25,364 mi

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California Motors Direct (34 mi)

Phone: (714) 515-6100
Subaru
TS
Color: White
Price

$25,999

Mileage

39,833 mi

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California Motors Direct (34 mi)

Phone: (714) 515-6100

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