The Scion FR-S is very closely related to the BRZ—interchangeable in most ways—but it costs just a little bit less, with fewer standard items and just a slightly difference in tuning.
The driving dynamics for the Scion are just different enough where we'd recommend driving them both.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is otherwise the top rival to the BRZ, and while it's a convertible it offers a quite comparable driving experience, with a great weight distribution, high-revving engine, and basic interior; in both models, too, you don't need to go fast to have fun.
If you're looking for more power and speed, though, the Nissan 370Z is fun, although it lacks the perfect balance and the lean driving manners that the exterior suggests.
The Ford Mustang is now offered in turbocharged four-cylinder form, as well as with a V-6; in either of these layouts the Mustang has a surprising amount of athleticism and refinement this time around—even though it feels like a big touring coupe next to the BRZ.
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|2016 Subaru BRZBrowse Used Listings||2016 Ford MustangBrowse Used Listings||2016 Mazda MX-5 MiataBrowse Used Listings||2016 Nissan 370ZBrowse Used Listings||2016 Scion FR-SBrowse Used Listings|
|22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy|
|Premium Unleaded H-4||Regular Unleaded V-6||Premium Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded V-6||Premium Unleaded H-4|
|Minicompact Cars||Subcompact Cars||Two-Seaters||Two-Seaters||Minicompact Cars|
|2-Door Coupe Manual Premium||2-Door Fastback V6||2-Door Convertible Manual Sport||2-Door Coupe Manual||2-Door Coupe Manual (GS)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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|2016 Subaru BRZ vs. 2016 Ford Mustang||2016 Subaru BRZ vs. 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata||2016 Subaru BRZ vs. 2016 Nissan 370Z||2016 Subaru BRZ vs. 2016 Scion FR-S|