2016 Subaru BRZ vs. Its Competition

2016 Subaru BRZ Series.HyperBlue
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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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Quick Specs
8.2
The Subaru BRZ is just as much fun as high-priced sports cars in many cases, at a small fraction of the price; and it's reasonably practical.
8.4
The Ford Mustang keeps its newfound finesse and pony-car attitude, blasting past its 50th year with a rorty new Shelby GT350 variant plus more ways to stand out from the crowd.
8.2
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata shouldn’t disappoint driving purists, yet it’s been reformulated for a new generation to enjoy.
8.0
The 2016 Nissan 370Z offers a wide range of performance options in two body styles, all of which represent good value in a segment of the sports-car world with few other similarly priced options.
8.0
The 2016 Scion FR-S is the perfect affordable sports car for many, with just enough in the way of creature comforts to keep it livable as a daily driver as well.
MSRP From    
$25,395$24,145$24,915$29,990$25,305
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Premium Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded H-4
EPA Class    
Minicompact CarsSubcompact CarsTwo-SeatersTwo-SeatersMinicompact Cars
Style Name    
2-Door Coupe Manual Premium2-Door Fastback V62-Door Convertible Manual Sport2-Door Coupe Manual2-Door Coupe Manual (GS)
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
44224
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
CoupeFastbackConvertibleCoupeCoupe
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/OD
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