Utah Road Trip, Part 3 - 2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ: Utah Road Trip, Part 3

July 24, 2013

2013 Subaru BRZ

With all my detours through Utah backcountry, the return trip from Moab had me on the road for 15 hours. This experience drove home the point that the 2013 Subaru BRZ is a truly modern sports car that could legitimately serve as your only car.

By the time I took this photo, as we crossed into the small corner of Arizona traversed by Interstate 15, I'd been driving for many hours but I was not uncomfortable in the driver seat.

2013 Subaru BRZ

These are supportive seats, but they're obviously not as aggressively bolstered (or as expensive) as a full-on set of Recaros, and that keeps them from feeling confining on a long trip. But their goodness on this trip went beyond that. The cushioning in the middle of seat supported me well enough, that I never got to the point where I was shifting around, trying to find a position that didn't hurt. They were just comfortable.

In addition, the simulated suede upholstery breathes well, so even when it was over 100 degrees outside, I didn't get sweaty. (Of course, to really know how well a seat breathes, you need to drive the car across Texas.) I also found the air conditioning up to the task of cooling the small cockpit, though admittedly, I'm not a power user: I usually had it set at 74 degrees.

I thought I would miss having a center armrest or padded center console top on such a long drive, but that didn't bother me.

2013 Subaru BRZ

Instead, I enjoyed the storage provisions in this location, as I was able to have my water canteen, a cup of coffee and a bag of trail mix close at hand at all times.

I'll share my fuel economy for this road trip in my next installment.

2013 Subaru BRZ

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 18,953 miles


  • jederino jederino Posts:

    Nice evaluation of the seats. I think I would get the Alcantara as well.

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