2018 Subaru BRZ

Pros: Lithe, agile handling; true sports-car personality; nice selection of standard equipment; good fuel economy for a sports car; relatively affordable pricing

Cons: Some enthusiast drivers will wish for more power; low-slung body and long doors make for tricky entry and exit; barely usable back seat; no options available

CG Says: The 2018 Subaru BRZ has an upgraded infotainment control system on Limited and the new tS trim. The tS is a limited-production model with has sport suspension, upgraded brakes, aerodynamic enhancements, and unique trim. BRZ is a rear-wheel-drive sporty/performance coupe with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that develops 200 horsepower with a 6-speed automatic transmission or 205 hp with a 6-speed manual. Like its near twin, the Toyota 86 (formerly Scion FR-S), the Subaru BRZ attempts to blend the pure enthusiast appeal of a finely honed rear-wheel-drive sports car with the accessibility and everyday practicality of a compact economy car. It succeeds on most counts. The typical sporty-coupe demerits–most notably a somewhat stiff ride and a tiny back-seat area–are here, but they’re tempered by the BRZ’s respectable fuel-economy numbers and sprightly all-around performance.

The Facts
Class Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door coupe
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive
Manufacturer Subaru
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices Premium: $26,455
Limited: $29,305
tS: 34,355

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower
200 (205 with manual transmission)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
20-24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27-33

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2018 Subaru BRZ tS
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
0%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - NA
0%
Rollover - 5
100%

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