Subaru BRZ, a front-engined rear-wheel-drive sports coupe, is primarily for younger drivers who are looking for a fun and practical car. It has two front and two rear seats as well as a small trunk. Subaru and Toyota collaborated to create the BRZ. It is also known as the Toyota 86.
What’s new for 2019
The top-tier trim tS has been discontinued; it is now being replaced by the lower-priced Series.Gray. Software updates are available over-the-air for the infotainment systems
Pricing and Trims
The Subaru BRZ coupe is available in two trim levels. Premium is the base trim and includes features such as a six-speed manual transmission and Bluetooth. It also has side and curtain airbags, stability control, traction control, and Bluetooth. Limited buyers get all the features of a Premium model, plus leather upholstery, keyless ignition, and an optional automatic transmission. A BRZ includes a $25,097 factory invoice for a Premium model and a MSRP of $26,265. Buyers who choose the Limited trim level of a car can expect a MSRP of $27.495.
Engine and Performance
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine boxer engine is standard in both trims of the Subaru BRZ. The engine is small in size but produces maximum 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet torque without any turbochargers or superchargers. The six-speed automatic transmission is available for purchase. Buyers can control the gear changes manually via the shifter paddles mounted to the steering wheel. Automatic transmissions also come with rev-matched downshifts. The EPA estimates that a BRZ equipped with the manual transmission will get 22 mpg city driving, 30 mpg highway driving and 25 mpg combined driving. The optional automatic transmission can be fitted to models with 25 mpg city driving, 34 mpg highway and 28 mixed driving.
Those familiar with the current Subaru and Toyota cars, will be able to see that the Subaru BRZ has switches and control knobs from both companies’ part bins. The interior of the BRZ is simple and clean. It doesn’t have the frills that are found in cars like the Mustang and GTI. The Subaru BRZ’s interior is dominated in black, with some grey added to the dashboard and steering wheel. The car’s aluminum pedals and gauges emit a race-inspired glow that lights up in red. Although some might feel that the interior of the BRZ is too simple for its price, Subaru is promoting the car as a performance vehicle with no frills and the interior reflects this attitude. Although the front seats have large, supportive bolsters that hold the driver and passenger in place during tight cornering maneuvers the car is comfortable and well-padded, the rear seat is very cramped and uncomfortable. It also doesn’t include headrests. The BRZ has a touch-screen infotainment screen mounted in its center stack, as with many modern cars. It controls Bluetooth connectivity, radio and navigation. The system also displays information such as the average speed and expected range until empty. It is difficult to use the touch-screen buttons due to their small size. Also, it can be difficult for drivers and passengers to navigate the system. Passenger and driver will find it difficult to select the right buttons on the screen if they are driving over rough roads. This can make the system more frustrating for them while traveling. The BRZ’s small trunk of 6.9 cubic feet is too small to hold much. The backseat is too small and uncomfortable to fold down, which allows for more cargo, such as larger bags or large suitcases.