Interior Advantage - 2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ Long Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ: Interior Advantage

February 12, 2013

2013 Subaru BRZ

The 2013 Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S may be the same car, but they're not the same car. If I were buying something to autocross, to turn into a T4 SCCA racer, it'd be the Scion all the way due to its lower price and slightly briefer equipment list.

But the Subaru BRZ would my choice for a daily driver. Appearance-wise, I like the wider-at-the-top front grille styling. Most of all I prefer the interior.

Navigation and satellite radio are standard on the Subie but are not available without a dealer-installed or aftermarket upgrade in the Scion. I'm neutral on this point because I can replicate navi to my satisfaction with an iPhone app. Beyond that, the Subaru's high-level Limited trim has no equal on the Scion side, so it's the BRZ all the way if you want heated seats, pushbutton start with proximity door unlocking or automatic climate control.

I only care about seat heaters to the extent that my wife is a huge fan. Pushbutton start is a "whatever" gimmick at first glance but I do like being able to keep that proximity key in my pocket without having to fish it out to start the car and lock or unlock doors. But when it comes to A/C, sign me up for the set-it-and-forget-it convenience of automatic climate control. Full auto, 73 on the dial and I'm happy. I'd rather concentrate on the drive in a car like this and let the thermostat sort out my comfort.

At the end of the day the BRZ, particularly the Limited, has daily-use convenience features the Scion doesn't offer. Then again I recently returned from an SCCA National points race weekend. T4 is a competition class that's caught my eye, just as showroom stock once did. I'd strip all that stuff out for race prep. Maybe I need to look at the Scion.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 10,823 miles


  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    No offense, but anyone - any private owner of limited means - who buys a new car in order to basically destroy its value and turn it into a race car is brain dead. There are just so many used race cars out there, or salvage title cars that will do just as well as base material - it's just nuts to use a new car.

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    Autocross ain't side-by-side racing, and only eats up brakes and tires. So bring your new cars - nothing to worry!

  • What's your take on the HID headlights, Dan?

  • Agreed totally Dan. Give me the creature comforts with my feisty little sport compact!

  • lostcomma lostcomma Posts:

    The hid's fit into that quotient too. But the parts issue is something that would keep me away from subaru long term. May be different in S. Cali but thinking long term toyota has an advantage as far as parts availability.

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