While its Scion FR-S brother hogs the spotlight by receiving electronically-charged commercials, Subaru quietly and confidently offers drivers a nice sports-themed alternative. Question is, are you going to want to drop the bass from behind the wheel of the 2013 BRZ? Plug in to find out.
Subaru BRZ Trims and Feature Highlights
Controlling BRZ means that you enjoy a proper driving experience; you’ll get there by utilizing rear-wheel drive and a 200 horsepower ‘boxer’ engine, designed to provide better balance, along with a sports-tuned suspension & Torsen limited slip differential that’ll help you take tight corners with confidence and a smile. And, thankfully, Subaru is thorough with their cars, as strong safety numbers and a clean, well-stacked interior can testify to.
You’ll be able to choose from two trims for the 2013 model year; Premium (from $25,495) and Limited ($27,495). Standard Premium features include 17 inch alloy wheels & HID headlights outside, and voice-activated navigation, leather trimmed-accents, 8-speaker HD radio with MP3 connectivity, and Bluetooth inside. Spending a little more for the Limited gives you a rear spoiler, foglamps, dual-zone climate control, and heated leather-trimmed seats.
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Subaru BRZ Performance
Subaru has places a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder boxer engine inside every BRZ, which means you’ll have an even 200 horsepower alongside 151 lb.-ft. of torque to play with. These numbers are capable of getting BRZ from 0 to 60 in a little over seven seconds, using either the standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission. If you go for the auto you also get paddle shifters.
Subaru BRZ Fuel Economy
The EPA people have given 2013 BRZ estimates of 22/30/25 (city/highway/combined) MPG for manually driven models; opt for an automatic transmission and you’ll see numbers rise kindly to 25/34/28.
Subaru BRZ Interior Highlights
BRZ gets the advantage of being new, so the cabin experience gets defined by liberal amounts of the term ‘fresh.’ You’ll be able to spoil yourself with standards like a leather trimmed steering wheel & shift knob along with voice activated navigation for eyes-up driving, and any plastics you encounter won’t bother you too much, because they look good.
And though BRZ’s simple interior approach is designed to get you to focus on the driving side of things, you can focus with comfort- at least in the front seats. Drivers are given a six-way manual adjustable seat along with a telescoping steering wheel, so finding the right spot for assuming control shouldn’t be a problem.
Here’s a BRZ tip for the day: call shotgun for the front seat if you’re not driving, or just wait for the next trip. Rear leg room, at just 29.9 inches, even reads uncomfortable. Trunk space isn’t a whole lot better at 6.9 cubic feet, but nobody buys a BRZ for the cargo capacity anyway.
Subaru BRZ Safety
Standards for 2013 include 4-wheel antilock brakes with brake assist, stability & traction control, and a six-piece airbag system that features front seat-side and side curtain bags.
The IIHS has made the 2013 BRZ a Top Safety Pick after awarding it top scores in all three of their crash test phases.
Subaru BRZ Summary
People who can’t see the Subaru badging may think that you paid a lot more for your BRZ, even if it doesn’t provide the aggressiveness of an elite sports car. Power aside, there’s more than enough technology surrounding BRZ to have a good time on the road or the track.
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