2018 Subaru BRZ
- Balanced and forgiving handling make for an easy and fun drive
- Excellent steering feel and response
- Comfortable and supportive front seats
- Better tech than what's offered by its Toyota twin
- Modest acceleration with no engine upgrade
- Significant highway noise
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Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating7.4 / 10
It doesn't seem that long ago that we were cooing at the arrival of the Toyota-Subaru twins, a pair of almost identical rear-wheel-drive sport coupes that were lightweight, beautifully balanced, easy to drive, and quite simply a whole heap of fun. Well, it's been five years, and we're still huge fans of the 2018 Subaru BRZ. And after two consecutive years of upgrades, it's now easy to say that it's the more appealing of the twins.
If you're only considering the cheapest base versions of the twins, they're practically identical. But if you're looking for extra equipment and extra performance, the Subaru is the way to go. In terms of creature comforts, the BRZ Limited adds dual-zone climate control, push-button start, heated seats and, for 2018, a new 7-inch touchscreen complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You also get access to the Performance package, which adds upgraded Sachs dampers and Brembo high-performance brakes for superior driving dynamics the 86 just can't match.
And then there's the new BRZ tS also introduced for 2018. Limited to 500 units, it adds a variety of chassis-stiffening components, a further-tuned suspension, and special exterior and interior design elements. Plus, since it was tuned by Subaru's STI group, a carbon-fiber pedestal wing is thrown in for good measure.
So, even if the BRZ is the better choice between the Toyota-Subaru twins, there are still flaws and competitors to consider. The engine is the main point of contention. Acceleration is fine on paper, but there's little midrange punch and you have to keep the rpm high to get the most out of it. That means listening to a lot of unrefined racket from the four-cylinder boxer. Competitors are better in terms of power, refinement, noise and even fuel economy. There's also something to be said for interior space and quality, plus some missing safety features. Be sure to look around a bit.
2018 Subaru BRZ configurations
The 2018 Subaru BRZ is a two-door sport coupe available in three trim levels: Premium, Limited and low-production tS. All of them come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive. With the standard six-speed manual, the engine produces 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. Those figures dip to 200 hp and 151 lb-ft with the optional six-speed automatic transmission.
Standard equipment on the BRZ Premium includes 17-inch wheels, summer performance tires, LED headlights, a trunk spoiler, heated mirrors, a height-adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, a folding rear seatback, a 6.2-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, a variety of smartphone-streaming audio apps, a USB port, and an eight-speaker sound system with a media player interface, an auxiliary audio jack, a CD player and satellite radio.
Stepping up to the BRZ Limited nets you LED foglights, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated-suede upholstery with outer seat portions in black leather, heated front seats, an enhanced trip computer display, a second USB port, and a 7-inch touchscreen that brings with it integrated TomTom navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Only the Limited can be fitted with the optional automatic transmission. Its optional Performance package adds Sachs performance dampers, Brembo high-performance brakes and gray-painted alloy wheels.
The limited-edition BRZ tS adds various body-stiffening elements, different STI-tuned Sachs dampers, black 18-inch STI wheels, the Brembo high-performance brakes, Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires, a pedestal-style carbon-fiber trunk spoiler, underbody spoilers, special black finishings on various exterior components, special Cherry Blossom Red accents exterior accents, and matching red leather on those seat portions that are black in the Limited. It does not have the Limited's LED foglights.
Noise & vibration6.0
Ease of use6.0
Getting in/getting out7.5
Audio & navigation5.0
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Our experts’ favorite BRZ safety features:
- Side Curtain Airbags
- Automatically deploy when the car has been struck from the side. Covers the windows of both rows and protects 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 strop.
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The 2018 Subaru BRZ proves you don't have to spend a lot of money to have a blast behind the wheel. Nor do you have to have a ton of power or need advanced driving skills to keep yourself out of a ditch. The BRZ is fun, forgiving, and quite simply one of the best sport coupes on the road.
Last year saw it get even better with revised suspension tuning, a smidge more power and a newly available Performance package that includes upgraded dampers and brakes. That alone could be reason enough to choose the BRZ over its Toyota twin, the 86, but for 2018, it gets another reason. The BRZ's standard touchscreen was already far more user-friendly than the 86's frustrating Pioneer unit, but the new 7-inch Starlink touchscreen is better still. Besides its bigger screen area, it includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto — features the Toyota 86 doesn't offer at all.
Despite these changes, the BRZ maintains those intrinsic elements that have attracted us from the start. It is a classic sports car with crisp steering and sharp handling that forges a special connection between the driver and the road. It makes a reasonably comfortable and economical daily driver, but it's as a grin-generating weekend car that the BRZ really stands out. Upgrading to the Performance package, or the new-for-2018 BRZ tS with its further chassis enhancements, only makes those grins broader.
At the heart of the BRZ is a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder boxer engine. BRZs with the manual transmission generate 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque, though output for models with the automatic transmission remains unchanged, at 200 hp and 151 lb-ft. The EPA estimates the BRZ's fuel economy at 24 mpg combined (21 city/29 highway) for manual-equipped cars and 27 mpg combined (24 city/33 highway) for the automatics. The manual-only tS gets 23 combined (20 city/27 highway).
Rear-wheel drive is a rarity for the all-wheel-drive specialists at Subaru. And it is this method of power delivery that makes the BRZ fun. The car is exceptionally well balanced, which allows you to explore its handling limits at sane speeds. Subaru retuned the suspension last year, making it easier to probe those limits and slide the back end of the car around a bit, if that's your thing. The ride is not soft, yet those used to a sporty car (especially some of Subaru's past STI models) will find it fine for daily driving. The noisy cabin is less forgivable. Enthusiasts may gravitate toward the manual transmission but don't dismiss the automatic. It is a great companion for sporty driving, eagerly popping off smooth rev-matched downshifts to keep the engine on the boil.
The BRZ's interior is generally easy to use, and its controls are perfectly located. The front seats offer plenty of room and are quite comfortable, even if some extra adjustment would be nice. The back seat is best reserved for small dogs or packages, but that's better than what you'd get in some two-seat-only competitors. The trunk is also useful for some weekend luggage or groceries. As for cabin quality, you're unlikely to experience many rattles, but the materials themselves are hard and look a bit plain. The design is rather dated, too.
Subaru offers three versions of the BRZ: Premium, Limited and the limited-production tS. The Limited is the one we'd opt for given its better infotainment system and its Premium package option. Those same elements are found on the tS, which is definitely the top choice for driving enthusiasts with a healthier budget. In any event, Edmunds can help find the perfect 2018 Subaru BRZ for you.
2018 Subaru BRZ Overview
The 2018 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), tS 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M), and Premium 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M).
What do people think of the 2018 Subaru BRZ?
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2018 Subaru BRZ Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A)Available Inventory:
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2018 Subaru BRZ Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
The 2018 Subaru BRZ Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,955. The average price paid for a new 2018 Subaru BRZ Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is trending $1,748 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Subaru BRZ Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is5.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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