2019 Subaru BRZ vs. Its Competition

2019 Subaru BRZ
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 are fundamentally identical, right down to the lugnuts—pick your badge there.

The Nissan 370Z has more power, and a more serious price, but is relatively aged and due for a rethink soon.

The MX-5 has newfound power this year, a leg up on the sometimes breathless BRZ .

Both the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang can cost orders of magnitude more than the BRZ—with gobs of power to follow—but their turbo-4 versions can suffice in a pinch if you’re looking for the style, without the power.

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Quick Specs
The 2019 Subaru BRZ is a lightweight two-seater coupe that’s proof power and performance aren’t directly proportional.
It may look like a muscle car, but the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro is a sports car that can outperform rivals that cost much more.
The 2019 Ford Mustang finally gets it: Muscle-car power doesn’t have to come with muscle-car handling compromises.
The 2019 Mazda MX-5 keeps the crown of “affordable and fun” with a more potent engine this year.
The base 370Z is just about as barebones as it gets, with electronics and interior that were barely up to date in 2009, when the car was first released. Sport models add the right performance bits and don’t complicate the price tag too much.
If you value driving fun over pure power, there’s hardly a vehicle more up to the task than the 2019 Toyota 86.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Premium Unleaded H-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded H-4
EPA Class     
Minicompact CarsSubcompact CarsSubcompact CarsTwo SeatersTwo SeatersMinicompact Cars
Style Name     
Premium Manual2-Door Coupe 1LSEcoBoost FastbackSport AutomaticManualManual (Natl)
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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