2013 Subaru BRZ: Utah Road Trip, Final Ramblings
August 5, 2013
One feature I tried out during my 1,700-mile road trip to Utah in our long-term 2013 Subaru BRZ is the trip recorder feature. You access it through the touchscreen display, and it's able to track a bunch of interesting data: average speed, average speed while driving (subtracting out the time when you're stopped in traffic), highest speed, total driving time, highest altitude, lowest altitude and total mileage, of course.
Just before I backed out of my garage at 5:33 a.m. on my way to Moab, I hit the record button, figuring I could record the entire outbound leg.
However, after stopping for fuel and a second breakfast in Baker, California, I realized the trip recorder function had automatically stopped recording due to my extended stopover time (15-20 minutes). This was disappointing. It really shouldn't stop recording until I tell it to stop, or at least not until it has reached the hard drive's capacity limit.
As a result, I quickly lost interest in the trip recorder and never used it again during the trip. Fortunately, the Subaru BRZ is interesting enough to drive that you really don't need diversions like this anyway.
On this trip, the BRZ could have used more torque (considerably more torque), but otherwise, it was totally livable for solo long-distance travel. Driver seat comfort was great, and the ride was good enough. My bag fit in the trunk, no problem, and I always had a secure place to put my coffee. Certainly, I enjoyed the BRZ's tidy handling and quick steering, and the fuel economy was exceptional.
Would I take this same trip again in the Subaru BRZ? Maybe. Although, I'd be more likely to angle for time in our supercharged Scion FR-S. And I regret never taking this drive in our old long-term Mazdaspeed 3 while I had the chance.
Here are a few more photos from the road.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor