It's Just Fun on a Back Road - 2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ Long Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ: It's Just Fun on a Back Road

January 28, 2013

2013 Subaru BRZ

Finally, I carved out some time to drive our long-term 2013 Subaru BRZ on a good road. It was a late-hour decision, as you can see in the photo, so only my husband went with me. Our drive took us down some of our favorite roads in the San Gabriel Mountains. It was a mini celebration of six months of marital bliss. Then, we went out for sushi.

The BRZ is the most entertaining car I've driven on these roads since our long-term Mazdaspeed 3 left. I know, I've previously said our Ford Focus ST is great fun, and it really is, but there's something about the BRZ that makes me enjoy it just a little bit more. I think it's probably a combination of the Subaru's seating position, which is just spot-on for a 5-foot-10-inch, 150-pound adult, and this small coupe's lightweight, unencumbered feel.

2013 Subaru BRZ

Plus, the steering is just quick with lots of feel. And the suspension calibration keeps body roll in check without making the ride too rigid over crumbling bits of blacktop. And thanks to the Subaru's HID headlights, the fun doesn't stop when the sun sets because, even at the low-beam setting, you can see a bit farther down the road than with conventional halogens.

At times, I still wish the engine in this car had a little more personality, but on these roads at my pace, you don't really need an engine with exhaust character or a ton of torque. This car offers just enough grunt to accelerate out of corners, and good pedal placement makes for easy heel-and-toe downshifts to keep engine rpm in the useful range. I can't wait to take a longer drive.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 10,383 miles

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