2013 Subaru BRZ: It Can Be Fun in the City
March 8, 2013
Recently editor Travis Langness wrote an update on our 2013 Subaru BRZ noting how he took the car to some local back roads to truly enjoy it after suffering in typical Los Angeles traffic. I totally get that, thinking back to when I took the BRZ on some of my favorite driving roads last year.
Still, I would add a counterpoint: In cities not as congested as L.A. (and with not as poor of roads), the BRZ can still be a lot of fun.
Given its modest tire grip, small size and excellent communication through the steering wheel, you can sweep around city street corners at decent (though still legal) speed and really feel the BRZ work its way up to its handling limits. It's the sort of fun you can't really get from anything else these days, with the exception of a Miata.
All you need to do is throw in some heel-and-toe downshifting during braking, and you've got your own little faux autocross on your way home from work.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 11,721 miles