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FEATURES | 7 out of 10
The infotainment interface appeared simple enough, but I still had a harder time locating options than I would have liked to.
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There's a lot of engineering and performance ability baked into the BRZ, so it may come as a surprise that it starts at only $26,265. Looking at its list of features might impress you even more.
The 2014 BRZ can be had in either Premium or Limited trims, with either manual or automatic transmissions. All BRZs include an eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, a touch-screen navigation system, iPod controls and xenon headlights. There's also a rear defroster, trip computer, leather shifter and parking brake trim, power locks, mirrors and windows, and variable intermittent wipers.
We found the touch-screen system—which is only marginally better than most aftermarket systems—to be a bit frustrating at times as there are no steering-wheel buttons, and there's no way to select audio other than with tiny 'buttons' on the touch screen; but it does allow a split-screen view to see audio and the map/navigation view simultaneously.
The Limited models gain upgraded seat bolsters, heated seats and mirrors, a rear spoiler, dual-zone climate control, fog lamps, and a keyless start system—and altogether sticker at just under $30k, even with automatic. Options are limited to a few port- and dealer-installed accessories.
Options are limited in the Subaru BRZ, but even the base car comes with a fair helping of infotainment.