2013 Subaru BRZ: Spotting the Low Clearance
September 9, 2012
The ground clearance on our long-term 2013 Subaru BRZ isn't super low for a sports car, but it's low enough that you don't want to be pulling up too close when parking in spots with curbs or concrete blocks. Its front spoiler also sticks out a bit.
Obviously, the familiarity that comes with driving a car every day -- and thus knowing exactly where it begins and ends -- is the best way to avoid heartache in the parking lot. Lacking that familiarity, I've been parking the Subaru with a high level of caution... I just don't pull up that far in parking spaces. Usually, this works fine because the BRZ, at 166.7 inches long, fits in most spaces with room to spare.
But last night when picking up dinner, I encountered an on-site parking aid -- mirrored exterior glass on an adjacent storefront. I could see exactly how far to pull up in this space.
I think most owners will adjust quickly to parking the BRZ (and FR-S). Forward visibility is pretty good, the car itself isn't that large, and the vast majority of first- and second-year Toyobaru owners are going to be obsessively careful.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 4,890 miles