2013 Subaru BRZ: One Of My All-Time Favorites
March 12, 2013
A lot of cars have been run through the Edmunds long-term test program over the years. It's hard to say exactly how many of those I've driven, but it's easily more than 100. Within that group, there are certain cars that I truly enjoyed and would love to own and put in my own garage.
The 2013 Subaru BRZ is one of them.
Just about everything seems right about this car. The styling is crisp and distinctive. I really enjoy the communicative steering and modest-yet-entertaining handling and how they are complemented by a not-too-stiff ride quality. Acceleration isn't blazing, but its quick enough to still have fun without putting my driver's license at risk. You get solid fuel economy, too.
Inside, there's nothing dramatically special about the BRZ, but little touches like the red accent stitching on the steering wheel or digital speedo go a long way. It's also reasonably functional as a sports coupe, with comfortable and supportive front seats and enough trunk space and rear-seat room to make daily driving and/or long road trips quite easy to do.
Finally, I love how you can get all of this for around $26,000.
If I were to rank all the long-term cars over the years in terms of favorites, the BRZ (and, yes, Scion FR-S) would be in my top five of all time.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 11,832 miles