2017 Subaru BRZ vs. Its Competition

2017 Subaru BRZ
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Subaru BRZ doesn't have many rivals, but what a collective set.

It includes the Toyota 86, the BRZ's twin, recently renamed from its Scion-badged days.

It's 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 slight difference in tuning.

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 4-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.

The engineer in charge of the BRZ's handling drives a Porsche Cayman, which is renamed this year as the 718; it's one of the absolute best-handling cars on the planet, and a good target to aim for.

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Quick Specs
6.5
The 2017 Subaru BRZ is a great-handling sports car with big value for the dollar; it's just not very fast.
7.3
From base to Shelby, the 2017 Ford Mustang reminds us why America loves its pony cars so damn much.
6.8
The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata offers back-to-basics sports car fun in the classic roadster or the new RF body styles.
6.6
The 2017 Nissan 370Z has a classic sports-car shape, excellent sports-car handling, and a tuned Nismo track weapon in its lineup.
8.2
The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman remains some of our favorite performance cars; they're thrilling to drive, and in base form they're exceptional sports car value, too.
6.3
The 2017 Toyota 86 isn't about power, but it is about fun, and it has just enough creature comforts to make it livable as a daily driver.
MSRP From     
$25,495$25,185$24,915$29,990$53,900$26,255
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine     
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Passenger Capacity     
442224
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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