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2020 Subaru BRZ

What’s new

  • Premium base trim discontinued
  • New tS trim level, with upgraded handling, debuts
  • Part of the first BRZ generation introduced in 2013

Pros & Cons

  • Balanced and forgiving handling makes for an easy and fun drive
  • Comfortable and supportive front seats
  • Better tech than what's offered by its Toyota twin
  • Tepid acceleration with no engine upgrade offered
  • Significant engine noise and freeway noise
Other years
MSRP Range
$28,845 - $31,495
MSRP Starting at
$28,845
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$28,063
Edmunds Suggests You Pay
$28,063 - $29,174

Save as much as $2,340
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MSRP Range
$28,845 - $31,495
MSRP Starting at
$28,845
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$28,063
Edmunds Suggests You Pay
$28,063 - $29,174

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2020 Subaru BRZ Review

Since its introduction in 2013, the Subaru BRZ has been one of the few cars that have prioritized driving purity over most everything else. So good and rewarding was the way the BRZ gulped down a good road, the true enthusiast could easily overlook the stiff ride, elevated interior noise levels and lack of sophisticated infotainment. But over the years, the BRZ hasn't really progressed. And its initial shortcomings, such as the anemic engine, are now glaring and frustrating, even to the bluest-blooded enthusiasts.

Even so, the driving experience is difficult to dismiss, and the BRZ possesses a beautiful simplicity and an exploitable balance that's nearly impossible to match, no matter the price. Combining that experience with everyday practicality, its small size and relatively low price, the BRZ continues to make a compelling argument for owning a car built solely for the purpose of driving enjoyment.

But the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the car that reintroduced the concept of a simple, lightweight sports car is still around and better than ever. Combined with its impressive new engine and featherweight chassis, it still defines the class. But if you yearn for more creature comforts and refinement, the scrappy Hyundai Veloster is a quirky yet attractive option as is the evergreen Volkswagen GTI. Even the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang offer affordable fun. Despite its flaws, the Subaru BRZ is still nearly as compelling as it was on its introduction in 2013.

Notably, the 2020 Subaru BRZ is a featured vehicle in our Cheapest New Cars article and we picked the 2020 Subaru BRZ as one of Edmunds' Best Gas Mileage Cars for 2020.

What's it like to live with the BRZ?

Learn about day-to-day ownership of the Subaru BRZ from our editorial experts' long-term test of a 2013 Limited. We know it is fun and relatively affordable. How comfortable was the ride? How was the fuel economy? Was the cargo room big enough for everyday use? Learn this and more from our test. Note that the 2020 BRZ differs slightly from the 2013 model we tested — the manual-transmission version gained more power in 2017, and the performance-oriented tS trim debuted in 2020 — but our coverage is otherwise applicable.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
Rated for you by America’s best test team

Our verdict

7.6 / 10
The Subaru BRZ has always appealed to a small but dedicated group of driving enthusiasts. But after nearly seven years without any appreciable performance gains and somewhat lackluster infotainment, the BRZ is quickly losing its shine. Still, if you can look past its faults, almost nothing can match the pure and delicate driving experience of this lightweight and eager sports car.

How does it drive?

8.0
When it comes to feel, precision and handling, the BRZ is near the top of the class. It's an absolute blast to drive this car down a good road, and its quick but communicative steering rewards smooth and minimal inputs. The brakes feel great and are easy to modulate, both around town and at higher speeds. But they can't take too much abuse before the pedal starts to lose most of its feel.

Engine performance is the low point, and the BRZ was only able to hit 60 mph in a rather unimpressive 6.9 seconds. Longer grades can't even be pulled in sixth gear, and the thrashy sound made by the engine simply adds to the disappointment. It's absolutely the weakest link.

How comfortable is it?

7.5
There are two sides to every coin and the BRZ is no exception. If performance and sheer driving pleasure are what you're all about, the BRZ offers almost no downsides. The seats are supportive, and though the ride is stiff, it manages to take the harshness out of less-than-perfect roads all while maintaining excellent body control.

To the more casual driver, though, the Subaru might seem a little noisy, rough riding and confining. The supportive seats simply don't breathe well, and the climate controls can be obstructed by the gear lever. Interior noise levels might be too much as well, with tire and road noise prevalent at all speeds.

How’s the interior?

7.5
The Subaru isn't going to win any interior design awards, but with plenty of space and most every control at your fingertips, the BRZ is a comfortable companion through during spirited driving. Visibility is quite good for a sport coupe too. The driving position is also difficult to fault, although it might take a bit of time to adjust to the more upright seating position.

Though it's quite low to the ground, the BRZ isn't that difficult to get in and out of, with the exception of the back seats. They should function merely as interior storage since even children will find sitting there uncomfortable. It's a shame the layout isn't less cluttered, and Subaru has somehow managed to pack the BRZ with too many buttons.

How’s the tech?

6.5
The BRZ's technology package is like the car itself, but at least it offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Navigation is also standard in the BRZ, unlike its twin, the Toyota 86. But the touchscreen is difficult to see during the day, and the entire unit looks like a low-end aftermarket piece. Audio quality is also lacking and simply couldn't keep up with road noise at highway speeds.

Thanks to the compact cockpit and elevated interior noise, the voice controls are almost unnecessary. We do like the ease with which the stability control system can be relaxed or simply defeated to enjoy the modest limits of the BRZ without interference.

How’s the storage?

7.5
No one will ever accuse the BRZ of sacrificing performance for practicality, but that doesn't mean it's not capable of carrying its fair share. On its own, the trunk is decently sized at 6.9 cubic feet, which is larger than the Miata's 4.6 cubic feet but smaller than the 11.2 cubic feet offered by the Civic Si. But once you fold the rear seats, the BRZ can hold a full set of wheels and tires and a small tool set, perfect for a weekend track event.

The BRZ's small cabin doesn't present a lot of storage options, but what's available manages to hold most small personal items. As a bonus, nothing stored in the cupholders will prevent you from driving as vigorously as you like.

How economical is it?

7.5
With an EPA-rated 24 mpg combined (21city/29 highway), the BRZ can return some decent mileage so long as you have a light foot. Our mixed-driving test loop returned just over 30 mpg, while the rest of our driving returned over 21 mpg, even with a fair number of enthusiastic miles. Subaru does recommend premium unleaded for the BRZ.

Is it a good value?

7.5
It's tough to assign value to an emotional machine like a sports car, but if simple rear-wheel-drive excitement is what you're after, the BRZ is right in the mix. It offers more protection and insulation than a convertible like the Miata, but it's smaller and more fun than an entry-level Camaro or Mustang. With the exception of the head unit, build quality is good. The BRZ was free of squeaks and rattles and the panel gaps were small and consistent. Warranty coverage is comparable to what other cars in the segment offer.

Wildcard

8.5
To the casual driver, there are more than enough reasons to not buy a BRZ. But to the true enthusiast, the Subaru resonates in ways that all but a handful of cars can. If driving feel, fun and purity are all that matter, the BRZ is tough to top. But after seven years with minimal performance upgrades to the engine, the 2.0-liter powerplant is more annoyingly deficient than ever. Its bizarre power delivery and uninspiring sound sap the thrill from the BRZ almost as quickly as a flat tire.

Which BRZ does Edmunds recommend?

Though basic is usually best when it comes to sports cars, we think the BRZ tS is worth the extra money since it contains nearly every modification the enthusiast buyer would likely seek out through the aftermarket. The tS comes with larger wheels and true high-performance tires, uprated shock absorbers and chassis bracing. There are also interior upgrades, such as faux suede upholstery and red stitching.

Subaru BRZ models

Echoing its purity as a sports car, the 2020 Subaru BRZ is offered in only two trim levels: the Limited and the tS. Only one engine is available, a 2.0-liter flat-four making 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. Those are the numbers for the six-speed manual transmission, with the optional six-speed automatic at 200 hp and 151 lb-ft.

The Limited is fairly basic but still comes equipped with dual-zone climate control, keyless entry with push-button start, LED foglights, an aluminum trunk-mounted spoiler, and a 7-inch touchscreen with an eight-speaker stereo system. The automatic transmission is optional. The only option package available for the Limited, when equipped with the manual transmission, is the Performance package, which includes dark gray-painted wheels, Brembo brakes and Sachs shock absorbers.

The tS trim is almost completely performance-based, offering uprated shock absorbers, 18-inch wheels with high-performance tires, and numerous chassis upgrades. Exterior upgrades are limited to black-painted trim, special badging and red accent stripes. Only the manual transmission is available in this trim.


Consumer reviews

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    Features & Specs

    Limited 2dr Coupe features & specs
    Limited 2dr Coupe
    2.0L 4cyl 6M
    MSRP$28,845
    MPG 21 city / 29 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission6-speed manual
    Horsepower205 hp @ 7000 rpm
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    Limited 2dr Coupe features & specs
    Limited 2dr Coupe
    2.0L 4cyl 6A
    MSRP$29,945
    MPG 24 city / 33 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower200 hp @ 7000 rpm
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    tS 2dr Coupe features & specs
    tS 2dr Coupe
    2.0L 4cyl 6M
    MSRP$31,495
    MPG 20 city / 27 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission6-speed manual
    Horsepower205 hp @ 7000 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite BRZ safety features:

    Side Curtain Airbags
    Automatically deploy when the car has been struck from the side. Cover the windows of both rows and protect occupants' heads.
    Vehicle Stability Control
    Uses the brakes and reduces power to prevent accidents. A Track mode reins in this intervention to allow some sliding.
    Brake Assist
    Automatically applies full braking force when the car detects the driver is initiating a panic stop.
    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Good
    Roof Strength Test
    Good
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

    Subaru BRZ vs. the competition

    Subaru BRZ vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata

    Considering a back-to-basics sports car without including the Miata would be a mistake. After all, the Miata can be credited with the rebirth of the entire segment. And in its newest iteration, it remains true to the original's "light makes right" philosophy. The Miata is about as pure as it gets, but it does lack the cargo capacity and the sound insulation of a true coupe like the BRZ.

    Compare Subaru BRZ & Mazda MX-5 Miata features

    Subaru BRZ vs. Volkswagen GTI

    If a good drive on a great road gets your heart racing but you won't give up creature comforts and refinement in the name of purity, the GTI may be what you're looking for. We're fans of the GTI's power, excellent road manners and overall sophistication. It's also exceedingly practical and one of the best all-arounders you can buy today.

    Compare Subaru BRZ & Volkswagen GTI features

    Subaru BRZ vs. Chevrolet Camaro

    If you really love the style of a coupe but want something a bit larger and with more modern tech, look no further than the refreshed Chevy Camaro. Belying its size, the Camaro is a good drive, with excellent handling and good power, even from its turbo four-cylinder engine. You can also get it with a manual transmission.

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    FAQ
    Is the Subaru BRZ a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 BRZ both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.6 out of 10. You probably care about Subaru BRZ fuel economy, so it's important to know that the BRZ gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg to 27 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the BRZ has 6.9 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Subaru BRZ. Learn more
    What's new in the 2020 Subaru BRZ?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Subaru BRZ:

    • Premium base trim discontinued
    • New tS trim level, with upgraded handling, debuts
    • Part of the first BRZ generation introduced in 2013
    Learn more
    Is the Subaru BRZ reliable?
    To determine whether the Subaru BRZ is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the BRZ. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the BRZ's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2020 Subaru BRZ a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Subaru BRZ is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 BRZ and gave it a 7.6 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 BRZ is a good car for you. Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2020 Subaru BRZ?

    The least-expensive 2020 Subaru BRZ is the 2020 Subaru BRZ Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $28,845.

    Other versions include:

    • Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M) which starts at $28,845
    • Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $29,945
    • tS 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M) which starts at $31,495
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    What are the different models of Subaru BRZ?
    If you're interested in the Subaru BRZ, the next question is, which BRZ model is right for you? BRZ variants include Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A), and tS 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M). For a full list of BRZ models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 Subaru BRZ

    2020 Subaru BRZ Overview

    The 2020 Subaru BRZ is offered in the following submodels: BRZ Coupe. Available styles include Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A), and tS 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M).

    What do people think of the 2020 Subaru BRZ?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Subaru BRZ and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 BRZ.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Subaru BRZ and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 BRZ featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2020 Subaru BRZ?
    2020 Subaru BRZ Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

    The 2020 Subaru BRZ Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,845. The average price paid for a new 2020 Subaru BRZ Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $2,340 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $2,340 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $28,505.

    The average savings for the 2020 Subaru BRZ Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is 7.6% below the MSRP.

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    We are showing 4 2020 Subaru BRZ Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2020 Subaru BRZ Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

    The 2020 Subaru BRZ Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,745. The average price paid for a new 2020 Subaru BRZ Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is trending $2,257 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $2,257 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $27,488.

    The average savings for the 2020 Subaru BRZ Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is 7.6% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 9 2020 Subaru BRZ Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    Which 2020 Subaru BRZES are available in my area?

    Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2020 Subaru BRZ for sale near. There are currently 18 new 2020 BRZES listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $30,203 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2020 Subaru BRZ. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $1,981 on a used or CPO 2020 BRZ available from a dealership near you.

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    Should I lease or buy a 2020 Subaru BRZ?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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