Great little sports car. Has great handling and good looks. manual shifter is direct and precise. good visibabilty. bought this because I live in Chicago and drive 6 miles a day in traffic. Don't need a big v8 motor, as much as I want one. Good on gas, 35mpg highway, or about 18 avg combined driving. brisk acceleration( it's ok, it's a little 2.0L 4cyl.) back seat is torture for anyone, has decent trunk space. radio is kinda shitty. tiny buttons and poor sound out of crap stock speakers even with the top of line limited model. Had for 2 years and like my car but now ready for another 2 door with more power, like a camaro v8 or bmw M235i. Wish the brz had like 300 hp, not just the 200 it has.
3 years 9 months later I still have the car. I haven’t kept a car this long in at least 8 cars before. Fun car. Drive year round in snow. Chicago. Snow tires. Summer I take to race tracks. Driving fun at the limits. I Am debating to upgrade to a Porsche. But this car has been reliable and cheap to maintain and own.
As mentioned by others a lot has been written about this car and most of it is true. The car is very well balanced and is great on the backroads. Power is adequate given the weight of the car too much more and it would affect the driving dynamics of the vehicle. Shifting is very precise and short just the way you want it but in the cold weather until the car warms up shifts from 1st to 2nd can be a bit clunky. layout of interior is fantastic seats are supportive but being sport seats can be a little snug for larger people. Back seat to me are just there to save insurance costs not very practical at all. Very well appointed for the money, stock tires are way too brutal over road transitions.
Appearance of car inside and out very well done. Drop down rear seats for extra storage, crisp shifting manual transmission. Very good visibility, excellent heating and cooling control. Many features included in base price, great value. Great balance, tight steering - very precise. Good sounding stereo.
Put Ultra High Performance All season Radials on car vs. Grand Touring tires. Tires are too hard you feel every pebble you drive over, I am changing tires after 1 week of ownership. Buttons to change radio stations a bit small hard to change stations. Don't include NAV in the car, I would rather save 1K and attach a 120.00 Garmin to the windshield when I need it. Offer streamlined splash guards, I have some on my C6 corvette that look great. Audio/Phone buttons on Steering wheel would be nice. Homelink rear view mirror Std would be nice, everyone likes to control their garage door opener at least from the car.
This is my first Subaru. Coming from a celica, and with this car being made jointly by Toyota and Subaru, I felt close to home. The engineers nailed it on this one - the 200hp to weight ratio is perfect and the handling is great. I had a problem with the nav system twice and had to take it to the dealer and have it replaced, but other then that it is a great car to drive and a car that a car enthusiast should not pass up.
The handling, and light weight design.
More mid range torqe, sometimes you do find yourself falling behind.