Kinda Needs an Armrest But I Don't Want to Give Up the Storage - 2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ Long Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ: Kinda Needs an Armrest But I Don't Want to Give Up the Storage

January 30, 2013

2013 Subaru BRZ

I haven't taken our long-term 2013 Subaru BRZ on a long trip yet, but sometimes, after a couple of hours in it, I think there should be a center armrest, something James mentioned right after we got the car. Neither Subaru nor Scion sells one as an accessory in the U.S., though at least one aftermarket vendor makes one.

Problem is that retrofitting this armrest (or any official accessory that Subaru eventually brings to market) will eat up a lot of the storage in the center console. Mind you, the cupholder unit in the console is a flimsy thing, but I like that you can remove and reposition it further back so that my elbow never bumps my metal water bottle.

Also during a recent drive on some back roads, I had my water bottle, my phone, my garage door open, my keys and two cans of macadamias stowed in the console's various slots. It all remained secure through tighter turns. So maybe I don't want an armrest after all.

2013 Subaru BRZ

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 10,514 miles


  • jpnpower jpnpower Posts:

    I rarely use armrests, but thats just me. Or, I'd just crush whatever is in the storage with my arms, not too uncomfy.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Real driver's cars don't have armrests! Let the flame war begin. [ducks behind cover]

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Sliding center storage armrest... like the one in the Civic ( It's out of the way but it's also pretty versatile. I mean it's pretty clear by now that the Toyobaru has a sort of spartan interior- the way they have the center console laid out is meant to be simple and cheap... the engineers ain't got no time for no armrest!

  • hank39 hank39 Posts:

    Aftermarket armrest looks great!

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    I'm sorry - can I just ask why you would need to get your garage door opener out of your purse and stash it in the console while driving? If this car does not have keyless, then would not your keys be in the ignition, and if it does, just leave them in your purse? Phone - didn't we all insist on Bluetooth so that we could just leave our phones in our pockets, holsters, purses - wherever it is we keep them - and just use them hands-free? My car has keyless and my Bluetooth phone is paired with my car, and I cannot figure for the life of me why I would want my keys and my phone sitting in my console cubbies.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Not to double-post, but that is just about the worst cupholder placement I have ever seen. How do you access your drink without taking your elbow out of joint, especially with those prominent shoulder bolsters?

  • danmonda danmonda Posts:

    i bought an after market armest for my BRZ and it looks like a factory option!

  • kumat63 kumat63 Posts:

    I've found in my FR-S that resting my arm on the inside of the console, so that my forearm is resting on the handbrake is actually quite comfortable. It's hard plastic, but fits my arm nicely.... Kevin

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