2014 Subaru BRZ vs. Its Competition

2014 Subaru BRZ
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Scion FR-S is the near-twin to the BRZ, and while it comes with fewer standard features, it also costs around $1,300 less to purchase.

There are a few tuning nuances between the two models, so it's worth taking both for a spin.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is due for replacement soon, but it's the next-closest competitor in the small, focused sports car segment.

However, the BRZ is more practical, making it our choice between the two.

If you're willing to spend a little more, the Nissan 370Z is a more powerful, heavier car, but it lacks the BRZ's perfect balance.

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe also offers comfortable daily commutability and weekend track prowess, and both available engines are more powerful than the Subaru's.

Finally, there's the Ford Mustang V-6, which may seem like the polar opposite of the BRZ–exchanging weight for power–but it's surprisingly agile and affordable.

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Quick Specs
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The 2014 Subaru BRZ can be every bit as thrilling as more powerful, more expensive sports cars. Its light weight, direct steering and excellent suspension make it a blast to drive.
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The 2014 Ford Mustang delivers some of the best performance-car bang for the buck, all with a level of sophistication that's surprising given the brash sound and classic looks.
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Everyday comfortable, yet track-ready, the 2014 Hyundai Genesis is one of the better performance-car picks if your budget is tight.
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The 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the lightest, leanest sports roadster you can buy for small-time money today--and it has a rich history of happy owners.
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The 2014 Nissan 370Z continues to deliver good value and big sports car grins.
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Simply built and beautifully executed, the 2014 Scion FR-S is a true sports car.
MSRP From     
$25,595$22,510$26,350$23,720$29,990$24,700
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Premium Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded H-4
EPA Class     
Minicompact CarsSubcompact CarsSubcompact CarsTwo-SeatersTwo-SeatersMinicompact Cars
Style Name     
2-Door Coupe Manual Premium2-Door Coupe V62-Door I4 2.0T Automatic2-Door Convertible Manual Sport2-Door Coupe Manual2-Door Coupe Manual (GS)
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
444224
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
CoupeCoupeCoupeConvertibleCoupeCoupe
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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