2019 Subaru BRZ

Buyer's Guide

Apparently worried it would be seen as a one-trick pony with its all-AWD lineup of sedans, hatchbacks and crossovers, Subaru in 2013 launched the rear-drive BRZ sports coupe.

Now in its seventh year on the market, the BRZ gets yet another round of incremental changes: outside, there are new aero fins at the rear wheel arches and a retuned rear suspension, while the cabin gets the brand's latest infotainment system, operated via a touchscreen, which Subaru says offers smoother and faster operation and boasts a better refresh rate.

For the BRZ, Subaru teamed up with Toyota, whose designers did the styling while Subaru's engineers drew up the BRZ's dirty bits. Toyota's version of this car started out as the Scion FR-S and later became the Toyota 86 after the Scion brand was, well, eighty-sixed.

With fundamentals unchanged from last year, the BRZ retains a 2.0L horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine that makes 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual, and a six-speed automatic is the option.

Subaru could have done more to appeal to hardcore sports car fans by making the BRZ more powerful, but we like it fine the way it is, with modest power output making it fun to drive flat out without automatically breaking speed limits.

Direct competition is scarce: the Mazda MX-5 is the obvious alternative here, but we could argue the Ford Mustang Ecoboost is a fair comparison. The Mustang is more powerful, but it's also heavier, and we'd bet not even the Ford's optional handling package would make it as quick around a challenging racetrack.

The BRZ is offered in three trims for 2019: base, Sport-tech and RS. Gone this year is a limited-run tS introduced last year with its adjustable carbon fibre rear spoiler.

Standard kit in the base trim includes the manual transmission, mechanical limited slip differential, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED head- and taillights, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio and satellite radio.

Sport-tech models come with the automatic transmission, passive keyless entry and push-button start, black leather/Alcantara upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and LED fog lights.

Finally, the Sport-tech RS package reverts to the stickshift and adds Sachs suspension dampers, Brembo brakes and gunmetal grey alloy 17-inch wheels.

Subaru's fuel consumption estimates for the BRZ are 11.2/8.3 L/100 km (city/highway) with the manual transmission, and 9.7/7.2 with the automatic.

2019 Subaru BRZ Specifications

There are 3 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $27,995 MSRP
9.8
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
205 hp @7000 rpm
Number of seats 4
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Body style Coupe
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
Manual $27,995 4 Coupe
Manual 205 hp @7000 rpm 156 ft-lb @6400 rpm 6-Speed M/T Rear Wheel Drive
Manual 166.7" 69.9" 52" 101.2"
Manual
Manual Cloth Seats
Manual
Manual
Sport-tech Auto $31,295 4 Coupe
Sport-tech Auto 200 hp @7000 rpm 151 ft-lb @6400 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
Sport-tech Auto 166.7" 69.9" 52" 101.2"
Sport-tech Auto
Sport-tech Auto N/A
Sport-tech Auto
Sport-tech Auto
Sport-tech RS Manual $31,795 4 Coupe
Sport-tech RS Manual 205 hp @7000 rpm 156 ft-lb @6400 rpm 6-Speed M/T Rear Wheel Drive
Sport-tech RS Manual 166.7" 69.9" 52" 101.2"
Sport-tech RS Manual
Sport-tech RS Manual N/A
Sport-tech RS Manual
Sport-tech RS Manual

Owner Reviews: 2019 Subaru / BRZ

Average Rating

2013 Subaru BRZ

Trim: Sport Tech
by SubieShane on 10-19-2012
Absolutely AMAZING!!
This car was worth every penny and then some! I have never been in a car that handles so well out of the box. UNREAL HANDLING! People said it was slightly underpowered, but I feel it's perfect. At only 2700 pounds, it's a lightweight fighter jet than maneuvers with precision every step of the way!
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2013 Subaru BRZ

by Esmond on 10-15-2012
Amazing affordable rear-drive sports car!
- amazing handling
- sharp/accurate steering
- quick for a small naturally aspirated 4cyl engine
- confidence-inspiring
- affordable
- aggressive/sporty styling
- makes you feel like a race car driver; it's everything that the media and every car reviewer is saying it is..

Highly recommended.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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2013 Subaru BRZ

by MartinV on 10-12-2012
Best fun new car
Performance / Fun
-The car does NOT have a lot of power !!! BUT !!!
* That's what makes it FUN *
-The car can be driven more aggressively on the street than any other performance/sport car. Hence your satisfaction on a daily commute is drastically increased.
-Japanese with RWD!
-With that said, you are not going to win races on the track.

Handling/Comfort
-Stiff enough to corner well
-Not family sedan smooth but not stiff enough to break your back

Any Cons?
-You buy this car cos a WRX STi/Evo/GT-R are not in your budget, hence making the engine use premium fuel is not welcomed.

Reliability
-Made by Toyobaru but its not your Toyota.

Overview
Buy this to have fun while keeping the bank account intact. You wont win any races but this is the most fun you will have on the street.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
3/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
4/5
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