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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