July 31, 2013
I've complained about our long-term 2013 Subaru BRZ's feeble power on my recent road trip to Utah. But as I've been hinting, the BRZ returned stellar fuel economy, even though its 2.0-liter engine got a workout on the mountain passes, and even with 75-mph speed limits on much of Interstate 15.
Over 1,726 miles, the Subaru averaged 31.9 mpg. Not only does that far surpass its lifetime average of 26.5 mpg, it's well ahead of its 30 mpg EPA highway rating.
July 26, 2013
We were reaching the end of the long-term test of our 2013 Subaru BRZ when photographer Kurt Niebuhr and I received an invitation to attend the MotoGP race weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. What a great way to log another 700 miles or so before we hand the keys back, no?
July 3, 2013
We put 1,296 miles on our 2013 Subaru BRZ during the month of June. That's a low total for us, especially considering our 12-month long-term test ends in late July. We'll simply have to take it on a road trip to plump up its mileage. Of course, I've already volunteered. I'm driving it to Moab, the place in Utah, next week.
In the meantime, let's talk about mpg, as the BRZ continues to impress in this area.
June 3, 2013
The Month of May saw another 1,417 miles tacked-on to our long-term Subaru BRZ. Besides a trip to the dealer for the 15,000-mile service, the BRZ didn't see any notable trips outside of the usual L.A. commute.
May 2, 2013
We added about another 1,000 miles to our 2013 Subaru BRZ during April. The miles were largely from commuting around Los Angeles and resulted in an average of 26 mpg. That's slightly above the EPA's 25 mpg estimate for combined driving.
April 2, 2013
In the month of March, our long-term 2013 Subaru BRZ spun an additional 1,344 miles onto its odometer and consumed 51 gallons of 91 octane fuel. That equates to 26.3 miles per gallon for the month, which is bang on its lifetime average, too.
March 4, 2013
We added about another 1,000 miles to our 2013 Subaru BRZ during February. The miles were largely from commuting around Los Angeles and resulted in an average of 25.6 mpg. That matches the EPA's 25 mpg estimate for combined driving.
February 4, 2013
You would think that a car like the 2013 Subaru BRZ or its Scion FR-S cousin would be the sort that underperforms when it comes to real-world MPG. Why? Because they beg to be driven, that's why.
Thankfully, that's not the case. The 2013 Subaru BRZ is EPA-rated to deliver 22 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in the typical mix of each that we all really drive. In just under 6 months and just over 10,500 miles our BRZ has averaged 26.3 mpg. Compare that to its 25 mpg combined rating in order to be suitably impressed.
The first three months included many road trips, and during that period we bested the 30 mpg highway rating on no less than 8 fill-ups. Over the last three months it stayed closer to home and didn't get out on the open road much, but it still averaged 25.6 mpg and beat its EPA combined rating without the benefit of a single 30+ mpg tank.
You want to talk about range? We don't often run a tank dry, but our Subaru has gone as far as 356.9 miles between fill-ups. We put 11.4 gallons into its 13.2-gallon tank that day, so 400 miles isn't impossible in the right sort of conditions.
Of course all of this was done on 91-octane premium, the required fuel for this car.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 10,512 miles
September 24, 2012
The BRZ's odo just spun past 5,000 miles. Sorry I didn't hit it on the nose, but the display had been showing outside temp (it only shows one function at a time -- odo, trip odo, temp, take your pick) and by the time I remembered "Hey, we should be close to 5,000 miles" it had passed.
Thus far the BRZ has been trouble free (as I'd hope a car with just 5k on it would be, but that's not always the case). Fueling up today, it came to light how impressive it's been with fuel economy: our BRZ has been averaging 27.3 mpg against the EPA's "combined" number of 25, despite our staff's spirited driving style.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 5,085 miles.
August 20, 2012
I know my limitations and math is certainly one of them. After I posted my thoughts about our long-term BRZ's wing, I received an email from someone at Subaru. His message confirmed one of our commenter's statements that the wing actually reduces the car's coefficient of drag from 0.29 to 0.28. I tried - believe me, I tried - to figure out what this 0.01 reduction means in practical terms, but failed.
So I turn to you, the masses of well-educated readers, to help me come up with a meaningful figure. How many miles per gallon will this save? How much higher of a top speed will this allow for? What does this spoiler do?
So have at it, readers. The best answer wins my undying respect and admiration.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor