It Can Be Fun in the City - 2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ Long Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ: It Can Be Fun in the City

March 8, 2013

2013 Subaru BRZ

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


  • jederino jederino Posts:

    Good to know! Sounds fun. I was reading a Kia Forte review, and it's 2.0 liter mill had more torque, which made me sad. But then, this car is still fun without a punchy engine, and I think it sounds entertaining. That made me think - could this car benefit from a rear-mounted KERS system to deliver a little more twist at low RPM, to complement the high-revving engine? Or, why not increase the displacement? Until I get a chance to drive it, that's just what I keep thinking about. Sounds like most drivers think it isn't needed.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    Ahh, simple pleasures. I think I could grow to love the twins as my own. Light, simple, and fun. You're not worried about beating anyone to the almighty 60, not worried about G's or any other numbers, just taking corners a little fast and letting the wheels slip ever so slightly on the way out. Good job Mr. Toyoda, I think you succeeded entirely. It's not the track tests or news articles that prove it, its the post from a car guy enjoying his ride on the way home one evening.

  • bassracerx bassracerx Posts:

    honda fit and fiat 500 will let you drive like this too.

  • upshift11 upshift11 Posts:

    "and with not as poor of roads" ... Have you ever considered hiring a professional editor?

  • upshift11 upshift11 Posts:

    "and with not as poor of roads" ... Have you ever considered hiring a professional editor?

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    @jederino: If Hyundai's recent performance figures are anything to go by, that Forte will probably be really lethargic. Do you really need to complicate and increase the price of the car through mild hybridization?

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    @duck87, no - I think keeping the price low is a priority. But, a revvy and lively engine with a some KERS is the future. Only on a top-shelf Ferrari for now, but I think the packing and battery improvements coming to market make this a tantalizing pro

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