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Reviewed by Bengt Halvorson
Deputy Editor, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$24,514
BASE MSRP
$25,695
Quick Take
The 2015 Subaru BRZ has the same excellent steering and handling that you can find in significantly more expensive sports cars, making it just as much fun in many cases. Read more »
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Only the front fascia, badges, and maybe wheels separate the BRZ from its Toyota—and Scion—sibling.

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Not only is the graceful coupe a surprise from bland Toyota, it also is a knockout on the street, yanking heads around in double-takes the whole test period.

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$25,695 $29,490
MSRP $25,695
INVOICE $24,514
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2-Door Coupe Manual Premium
Gas Mileage 22 mpg City/30 mpg Hwy
Engine Premium Unleaded H-4, 2.0 L
EPA Class Minicompact Cars
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 4
Passenger Doors 2
Body Style 2dr Car
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The Basics:

Three years in and more or less unchanged since launch, the 2015 Subaru BRZ is an enthusiast-oriented coupe that's lean on weight and heavy on handling–especially in comparison to other cars in its price range. It's priced from the mid-$20,000 range, putting it squarely in Miata territory, as well as pitting it against its nearly identical cousin, the Scion FR-S.

It's quite simply a hoot to drive, with its steering, handling, and low-slung, seat-of-the-pants driving feel a big part of it. Communicative, quick-ratio steering, combined with suspension settings that are taut but just compliant enough allow you to enjoy the tight corners, read the road surface with your hands, and get a sense of where the BRZ's dynamics are headed before the tires lose adhesion.

The BRZ is a popular choice for weekend track excursions, and for that there's not only a DSC Sport mode for the stability control but also a full-off mode. A Torsen limited-slip differential also helps give the rear wheels surer footing out of corners either on the track or on tight, curvy roads. Taller drivers will even be able to fit a race helmet on, and the rear seatback folds forward to fit extra wheels or gear.

Subaru's 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter horizontally opposed ('boxer' or 'flat') four-cylinder engine can squirt you eagerly from corner to corner provided you keep it revving high, though it'll never be confused for the big-displacement V-6 and V-8 engines you'll find in some other two-doors. The precise, short-throw six-speed manual is what we recommend, but those who want an automatic won't be let down by the six-speed auto, with its steering-wheel paddle shifters, sport mode, and downshift rev matching. But the reward of the light construction and small engine is great fuel economy—up to 34 mpg highway.

A 180-degree turn away from the detached driving experience of a luxury coupe, the BRZ two-door is for drivers who want to be delighted by the act, not for those who treat it like a chore. It has more in common, in some ways, with the back-to-basics sports cars of the past--yet it's a modern machine with all of the safety and technology features you'd expect in a new car today. That includes the integration of Aha Radio in the standard navigation system.

Unfortunately, the BRZ isn't all that comfortable or versatile beyond that. While the ride feels fine on the backroads or around town—and we like the rather upright driving position—it tends to get a bit busy and noisy on pockmarked freeways, and the front seats are a bit too firm and could use more adjustability. Trunk space is good enough for a carefully packed weekend trip, but the load opening is quite narrow. And those back seats you see? They're just a tease, and only good for a child seat...maybe.

The BRZ is already proving the worth of Subaru's lightweight ring body structure, which takes advantage of high-tensile-strength steel; it's earned a set of 'good' ratings from the IIHS, and the federal government has given it a five-star overall score.

Considering the engineering and focused performance capability you get with the BRZ, it's pretty impressive that this sports car starts at $26,265. But a look at the BRZ's feature set makes it all the more impressive. Most notably, a touch-screen navigation system comes standard, but we wish its fussy audio controls were a bit easier to access. Again considering the price, it's all quite forgivable, and we tend to think of this small Subaru as one of the performance bargains of the decade—and, perhaps, an instant classic.

Likes:

  • Lean, balanced driving feel
  • Classic sports-car look
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Standard navigation system
  • Charismatic, rev-happy engine

Dislikes:

  • Busy, noisy ride
  • Hard seats
  • Narrow cargo opening and small trunk
  • Fussy touch-screen audio controls
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