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Subaru BRZ Review

The 2015 Subaru BRZ ranks 5 out of 11 Affordable Sports Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Subaru BRZ, as well as reliability and safety data.

Test drivers praise the 2015 Subaru BRZ's agile handling, accurate steering and supportive front seats and say this affordable sports car is a joy to drive.

A majority of critics say the 2015 Subaru BRZ's four-cylinder engine delivers plenty of power. Still, some report that if quick acceleration matters to you in a sports car, the BRZ may not prove satisfying. They say if agile, balanced handling and direct steering matter, however, the BRZ doesn't disappoint. Test drivers note that on rough roads, the BRZ delivers a smooth ride. A manual or automatic transmission is available, and critics report that the automatic shifts promptly and that the manual has a precise shifter, though some caution that its clutch is a bit too light. A BRZ with the manual transmission returns an EPA-estimated 22/30 mpg city/highway, which is comparable with the fuel economy of rivals like the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

The 2015 Subaru BRZ has an unelaborate interior composed of plastics that are pleasantly textured, according to test drivers. They applaud the front seats' support and comfort, but find the back seats cramped. Automotive writers say trunk space is limited, but collapsing the rear seats produces sufficient room for a couple of golf bags. The BRZ comes standard with a navigation system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth and a USB port. Proximity key, push-button start, heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control are optional. Critics mention that the touch screen's menu structure is confusing, and some point out the absence of redundant audio controls on the steering wheel.

  • "But if you're looking for a fun sport coupe with great road manners, a wonderful 6-speed manual transmission and sleek good looks, the 2015 Subaru BRZ deserves at least a couple of test drives." -- AutoTrader
  • "If you think you need 300 horsepower to have fun, think again. A test-drive in the 2015 Subaru BRZ will prove you wrong. Sleek styling, rear-wheel drive and sharp handling make it one of the most appealing and attainable performance cars sold today." -- Edmunds
  • "If you want quick, agile, affordable fun, there's little out there that can match the 2015 Subaru BRZ, save its twin, the Scion FR-S. The styling is spot on, it has serviceable rear seats, and it even gets good fuel economy, making it a livable daily driver." -- Kelley Blue Book

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Other Cars to Consider

Like the BRZ, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is regarded by reviewers as incredibly fun and engaging to drive. Test drivers delight in the Miata's communicative steering, agile handling and precise manual gearbox.

According to test drivers, the Subaru WRX has controlled handling and tenacious grip, thanks to its standard all-wheel drive system. The WRX has more trunk space than the BRZ, and reviewers say that the WRX has authoritative acceleration as well as spacious rear seats.

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Details: 2015 Subaru BRZ

The 2015 Subaru BRZ seats four and has rear-wheel drive. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission are standard, while a six-speed automatic transmission is optional. The BRZ comes in Premium and Limited trims, as well as the new-for-2015 limited production Series.Blue model. Aside from some minor updates, the BRZ has undergone few changes since it debuted for the 2013 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2013 to 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 4/23/15

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