2013 Subaru BRZ: Impreza Head Unit Should Be Standard
October 17, 2012
We've hardly gushed over the Impreza's stereo head unit, but I'd much rather have it than the terrible standard navigation unit found in the BRZ. Actually, I like it better than the non-nav head unit in the FR-S as well.
Its physical radio preset buttons will always score points for me, the iPod interface works well with the tune/track/ch knob and the screen is large. Sure, it doesn't allow you to alter the sound settings whilst driving (among other functions), but in general, I'd much rather have this than the so-called upgrade navigation unit that is also an option on the Impreza. Its tiny "buttons" are almost unusable, there's no tuning knob and you can't simultaneously see the radio presets and radio information.
Let's also not forget that removing the standard navigation system would theoretically lower the BRZ's price.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor