Overall Rating: 8.2
Bottom Line: The 2013 Subaru BRZ shows that simplicity and leanness can provide more driving thrills than complex, high-horsepower sports cars costing several times as much.
Outside of perhaps the Mazda Miata, the Subaru BRZ is about as pure and simple as sports coupes—and sports cars—get in this era of modern safety and expected features. And with communicative, quick-ratio steering, a suspension that’s taut but just compliant enough, and a high-revving 200-hp, 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine, it’s a hoot to drive. The suspension could handle performance tires with a lot more grip, but that’s best left to the turbocharged model that’s all but confirmed to be in the works. It’s safe (an IIHS Top Safety Pick) and fuel-efficient (up to 34 mpg highway) as well, and we think the tight, carefully drawn sports-coupe lines are contemporary yet classis, and they’ll age well. The feature set is quite good, too, although the infotainment interface leaves room for improvement.