2018 Subaru BRZ vs. Its Competition

2018 Subaru BRZ tS
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The BRZ and Toyota 86 are mechanically related, although Toyota doesn’t offer an equivalent to the BRZ tS.

If you’re looking for a track-day special with a factory warranty, the tS might be the best route.

The Subaru most often competes with the Mazda MX-5 Miata, which uses the same formula: fun doesn’t need fast.

The 370Z uses the same two-door formula in a different application with more power.

It’s fun to drive, but relatively aged and lacks the balance that the BRZ has.

The Camaro and Mustang both offer smaller turbo-4s, but are significantly bigger and don’t handle as confidently.

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Quick Specs
6.3
The 2018 Subaru BRZ is a lightweight prizefighter that punches out of its class in handling, but not power.
6.8
A true sports car in muscle car guise, the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro will go toe-to-toe with any performance rival and usually come out on top.
7.3
Athletic performance, decent fuel economy, and surprising technology make the 2018 Ford Mustang even better.
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The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the quintessential modern sports car.
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The 2018 Nissan 370Z is a confident coupe or roadster with an impressive pedigree and a recognizable shape. It's comparatively aged, but an instant classic for most owners.
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The 2018 Toyota 86 is a thrilling entry sports car at an affordable price. We wholeheartedly appreciate its enthusiasm.
MSRP From     
$25,595$25,905$25,680$25,295$29,990$26,455
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Premium Unleaded H-4Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded H-4
EPA Class     
Minicompact CarsCompactSubcompact CarsTwo-SeatersTwo-SeatersMinicompact Cars
Style Name     
Premium Manual2-Door Coupe LS w/1LSEcoBoost FastbackSport ManualManualManual (SE)
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
444224
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
CoupeCoupeFastbackConvertibleCoupeCoupe
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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