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MSRP: $25,595 - $28,695
Invoice: $24,421 - $27,214
MPG: 22 City / 30 Hwy
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Subaru BRZ Review

The 2014 Subaru BRZ ranks 2 out of 10 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.

Reviewers say the 2014 Subaru BRZ's composed handling and responsive steering make it one of the most thrilling sports cars in the class. 

The BRZ's four-cylinder engine doesn't offer as much power as some rivals’, but test drivers agree that the BRZ is still a joy to drive. They say that it’s quick enough to keep the driving experience fun, and the BRZ’s light weight helps it achieve zippy, well-controlled driving dynamics. Test drivers are pleased with both transmission options, but most prefer the manual, saying it's a joy to shift. The base Subaru BRZ earns good fuel economy estimates of 22/30 mpg city/highway. Reviewers are thrilled with the Subaru BRZ's nimble handling and responsive steering. Some say it outshines competitors like the Mazda Miata and Hyundai Genesis Coupe with athletic handling that’s almost as engaging as that of luxury sports cars like the Porsche Cayman.

Inside, auto writers say the Subaru BRZ has comfortable, supportive front seats. However, like many sports cars, they think its back seats are only big enough to accommodate children. Cargo space is also small for the class, but reviewers note that folding the back seats adds more useable trunk space. Although some critics say the 2014 Subaru BRZ's interior is basic, they're generally pleased with its layout and materials. Some test drivers say the center stack buttons are easy to operate; however, one reviewer says the navigation's interface is complicated. The Subaru BRZ comes standard with an eight-speaker stereo, a 6.1-inch touch-screen navigation system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, satellite radio, Aha smartphone app integration, a USB port, an auxiliary input and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Optional features include dual-zone automatic climate control and a 10-inch subwoofer.

  • "If you think you need 300 horsepower to have fun, a test-drive in the 2014 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
  • "Whether carving out a winding road or spending a day at the track, the BRZ delivers in a way few cars in this price range can. Precise steering, a brilliantly balanced chassis and taut suspension bring back memories of early Mazda RX-7s and Datsun 280Zs, only with all the modern safety and traction-control features expected of a 21st -century performer." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The BRZ is a delightfully fun car; a complete package that combines light weight and great handling with just enough power to have fun -- but not too much that you can only enjoy it for three seconds at a time." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • "The Subaru BRZ represents nothing less than the return of inexpensive, fun, front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports cars." -- AutoWeek (2013)

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Other Cars to Consider

The top-ranked Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the most affordable options in the affordable sports car class. Reviewers are thrilled with its quick, precise six-speed manual transmission.

Test drivers say the Chevrolet Camaro offers powerful engine options, which give it superb passing power. The Chevy Camaro also has an excellent safety score and a lower base price.

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Details: 2014 Subaru BRZ

The 2014 Subaru BRZ seats four and has rear-wheel drive. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission are standard, while a six-speed automatic transmission is optional. The BRZ comes in two trims: Premium and Limited. The Subaru BRZ hasn't changed much since its introduction in 2013. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2013 and 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/12/14

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