Perfect for the City - 2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ: Perfect for the City

May 13, 2013

2013 Subaru BRZ

The last time I called a long-term car a "great all-rounder" it was our Mazda 3. And I'm finding our 2013 Subaru BRZ to be another such jack of all trades, at least for a single, city dweller such as myself. Here's why I like it so much:

-- It's approachable. Sure, I like the Nissan GT-R and the Mitsubishi Evo, but since I'm not a pro racer, those two are way more car than I can handle. But the Subaru BRZ has just enough power to get around daydreaming commuters but not too much horsepower where I'll be tempted to get into trouble.

-- It's a great handler. Most Angelenos seem to think SUVs are the perfect vehicle for the city so they can see over each other or something. But I believe you want a car like the BRZ for maneuvering city streets. Plus, you can still have fun with it on roads like GMR.

-- Sure, the backseat is not as spacious as our Mazda 3's but since I don't even use the backseat in my own daily driver, the BRZ's diminutive dimensions aren't that much of an issue. Unless I'm hauling my dog around, that is. But it IS there when I need that extra room in a pinch, for insistent friends or more groceries than the trunk can handle.

-- It's not a double-taker but it is a head-turner. Our BRZ (and the Scion FR-S) is an attractive car and yet not SO attention-grabbing that I'd feel insecure about parking it on the street. In my neighborhood, there's this person who parks their black GT-R ON the street. That makes me cringe. But with our BRZ, I don't feel guilty when I have to do that or when I don't valet.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor


  • jederino jederino Posts:

    I do slightly prefer the BRZ front mask to the FR-S. It is a good looking car, but I wish it was gorgeous.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    These qualities (approachable performance, just enough power, great handler) are reasons why the other sports compacts like the GTI are popular. It's also why if this car was a HATCHBACK IT WOULD BE PERFECT.

  • ddougyy ddougyy Posts:

    Haha duck87 beat me to the GTI comment. Was going to say basically the same thing. Not sure how the BRZ would look as a hatchback though with such a low rooline.

  • gtfrank1 gtfrank1 Posts:

    For the BRZ to be a hatchback they would have had to stiffen the chassis more to maintain the same level of chassis stiffness. It would have added between 80 to 100 pounds to the car and made it more difficult to convert to a convertible. That is why it was ruled out.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    @gtfrank1: You know what's really funny about this kind of argument, particularly as the tC itself, as well as the past Celica was a hatch? The fact that nobody ever talks about how they had to "stiffen" the chassis for the recently previewed FT

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