MotoGP Road Trip, The Wrong Seat - 2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ: MotoGP Road Trip, The Wrong Seat

August 13, 2013

2013 Subaru BRZ

The 2013 Subaru BRZ is a driver's car. So fittingly, I find myself in the passenger seat. As Mark mentioned, we're on our way up to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to drown in the glory that is MotoGP. Mark is driving, which gives me some time to look around for that perfect spot on the Central California coast to build my winery.

It also gives me time to think.

Stuff like, "Why does Mark's iPod have so many songs by Kenny Loggins?"

"Another Roger Waters song?"

"Enya? C'mon Mark."

And, "My butt hurts."

As annoying as the first three thoughts were, it's the last one that really, really bothered me. You see, as a photographer I'm used to riding shotgun. The BRZ, however, is the only car in four to five years, or well over 200 cars, that became a really uncomfortable place to sit.

I've driven the BRZ, and the FR-S, and I've never found a fault with the driver's seat. I'll chalk the discomfort up to the slight difference in seating position one adopts when they're not pushing pedals and the general flatness of the seat cushion. Neither of these things would ever bother the driver though, and now, for more than one reason, the driver's seat is the best seat in the BRZ.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 19,150 miles


  • mtakahashi_ mtakahashi_ Posts:

    I celebrate his entire catalog.

  • that music list is nothing compared to the time I hitched a ride from Southern California to San Fransisco with an acquaintance that only had 1 tape and it was the soundtrack to the Disney movie "An American Tail"

  • yellowbal yellowbal Posts:

    An American Tail is awesome music. I only have one song on repeat.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    For a change, I'm speechless (about the tunes). A man that can build a high-tech bar and swears off children should really edit out that playlist. But he did choose the right (left) seat in the BRZ

  • bassrockerx bassrockerx Posts:

    you should have tried the back seat and see if it was any better lol

  • whaleya_ whaleya_ Posts:

    My older Outback also has the famous Subaru flat seats and is horrible on long drives because of them. A flat engine is a good design choice, a flat seat bottom is not. To be honest the uncomfortable seats are a major reason my next can won't be a Subaru. For the record the Subaru seats are the only ones that make my butt hurt and I have driven lots of different cars and I am of normal height/weight.

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    3 months later... no signs of life Subaru BRZ listed as MIA somewhere in the California/US DMZ.

  • No wrap up report?

  • nivek111070 nivek111070 Posts:

    i can tell you after 7 months in my BRZ that the seats are absolutely junk, my [non-permissible content removed] hurts so bad after 20 minutes it's not even funny. Not made for anyone over 150 lbs.

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