Utah Road Trip, Final Ramblings - 2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test
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2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ: Utah Road Trip, Final Ramblings

August 5, 2013

2013 Subaru BRZ

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.

2013 Subaru BRZ

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.

2013 Subaru BRZ

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.

2013 Subaru BRZ

2013 Subaru BRZ

2013 Subaru BRZ

2013 Subaru BRZ

2013 Subaru BRZ

2013 Subaru BRZ

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor


Comments

  • Even a math idiot like me can figure out from the numbers you didn't blur that your average speed while moving was 81.12 mph :)

  • the photos on yelp of Arne's royal Hawaiian Motel are priceless.

  • eriches eriches Posts:

    @ Zim: Closed course of course. Unrelated, I've always liked your screen name. I was a fan of Jhonen Vasquez's show and have my own GIR action figure.

  • frsfan frsfan Posts:

    Hi Erin. Thanks for your Utah trip report. Was road noise an issue with the BRZ? Folks complain about the road noise in its twin, the FR-S. Thanks.

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    What was the highway mileage, anyway? I think I missed that report.

  • eriches eriches Posts:

    @ frsfan: Road noise is noticeable, but for this type of car, I didn't consider it excessive and it didn't really bother me. (It's hard for me to make an apples-to-apples comparison because our FR-S has non-OEM tires and is significantly louder on the hig

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    Thanks, Erin. Sounds like the BRZ delivers on the roadtrip! Good to know the stock tires are at least relatively quiet, too.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    My el-cheapo aftermarket Garmin records all the trip statistics mentioned except elevation, and won't reset until you tell it to, not even after its been cycled off during a refueling stop.

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