What is the BRZ?
The 2024 Subaru BRZ is part of a dwindling breed, namely affordable coupes. There are plenty of options if you want something with bonkers power and a sleek design, but if you want something simple, lightweight and relatively easy on the wallet, the Subaru BRZ fits the bill. With a peppy four-cylinder engine sending power to the rear wheels through a genuine shift-for-yourself transmission (an automatic is optional), the BRZ backs up its sporty looks with solid performance and a wholly entertaining driving experience. It's not the fastest machine on four wheels, but the driving experience rates among the best of any new car on sale today. As the current car was only introduced in 2022, we don't expect any significant changes for the 2024 BRZ.
But that's hardly a bad thing. The BRZ is fun at almost any speed, making even daily commutes a little less of a slog. It's a big reason we added one to our long-term fleet. It doesn't hurt that it's relatively easy on gas and that the cabin and trunk offer enough utility to make it a usable daily driver. Sure, the rear seat is a joke for most adults, but it adds utility and makes the BRZ feel less claustrophobic.
The Subaru isn't as large or as powerful as cars like the Ford Mustang, Toyota GR Supra or Nissan Z, but the Subaru is arguably as fun on the street as you can really use more of its power. It's also significantly less expensive than those cars. The closest analog is the Mazda MX-5 Miata, another small, affordable sports car (or convertible in the Mazda's case) hailing from Japan, though the Miata is even smaller and lacks some of the BRZ's utility. Sport compacts and hot hatches like the Hyundai Elantra N, Volkswagen Golf GTI, Toyota GR Corolla and Honda Civic Type R offer a lot of performance and practicality, but none of those offer the sort of look, feel and handling you'll find with the BRZ.