2013 Subaru BRZ: Carving Canyons
April 10, 2013
I really hate getting speeding tickets. And with the BRZ's aggressive looks, I knew I'd be a target for every cop between Los Angeles and San Diego. But I wanted to get this little sports car out of traffic and onto something fun to drive. Sure, with a tiny back seat and a decent trunk, you can use this as a daily driver. But it yearns for a winding country road where I could wind it out. So that's where I went.
I really enjoyed the BRZ's performance and handling with one exception.
It took me a while to find the sweet spot with this 2.0-liter flat-4 that delivers 200 hp and 151 pound-feet of torque. The fun starts at 3,500 rpm. There's little torque in first and second gear and the shifts are harsh with a lot of driveline lash. But once you get it revved up in third and fourth it hits its stride. And you don't have to break the law either. There's a lot of pleasure in just tucking into the curves and letting the lateral support of the seats catch you.
At a sticker price of $28,265, the BRZ could almost be called a bargain.
Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 13,310 miles