The Subaru BRZ is the brand’s most straightforward sports car. This compact coupe isn’t as fast or as all-around capable as the rally-ready WRX, but its rear-wheel drive setup makes it ideal for the racetrack, or your favourite two-lane back road.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2022, the BRZ is all-new and enters its second generation.
The 2022 Subaru BRZ comes in base and Sport-tech trim levels, both of which can be had with your choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. Either way, you get rear-wheel drive and a 2.4L four-cylinder engine in Subaru’s hallmark horizontally opposed configuration.
Every BRZ comes fitted with a limited-slip differential, auto on/off LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, and passive keyless entry.
Inside, there’s an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, six-speaker audio, dual-zone A/C, and leather-trimmed steering wheel/shift lever.
Cars with the automatic transmission get Subaru’s EyeSight safety suite, which brings automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision mitigation.
Sport-tech trim adds steering-responsive headlights, heated seats, 18-inch wheels, an eight-speaker stereo, Starlink connected services, leather/Ultrasuede upholstery, blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Subaru’s fuel consumption estimates for the BRZ are 12.0/8.8 L/100 km (city/highway) for manual transmission models, and 11.0/7.7 L/100 km with the automatic transmission.
The BRZ’s closest competitor is the Toyota 86, which is a mechanical clone to the Subaru. Performance-wise, the BRZ also lines up nicely against the Mazda MX-5 and the Mini Cooper. If you’re shopping on price, you might also consider a Ford Mustang Ecoboost, or a Chevrolet Camaro with its entry-level four-cylinder turbo engine.