It's fairly common that our feelings toward the sports cars in our Four Seasons fleet mirror the temperature outside. When the weather is warm, the logbooks fill with praise. When the snow starts flying, most sporty cars get an icy reception. Our Subaru BRZ has been an exception, however, as it's managed to defrost some of the cold comments we printed earlier this winter. Let's delve into what made us change our tune.
Deputy editor Joe DeMatio arrives at the office a bit late one day and mistakes it for a ghost town: "Several inches of snow fell this morning and our office happens to be surrounded by large expanses of empty asphalt and our office park happens to have wide, empty, unplowed roads with curves and hills and we happen to have a Subaru BRZ in the lot and it's no wonder no one has been at their desk today."
Associate editor David Zenlea was one of the staffers who stepped away from his desk and instantly proclaimed the BRZ to be "the best snow car in our fleet." He quickly qualified that statement with the following: "Maybe if you actually have some place to go the Infiniti JX is preferable, but for having fun, it doesn't get better than rear-wheel drive and a wonderfully balanced chassis." As soon as the snow starts flying, we channel Fred the Baker: time to make the donuts.
"It's a riot even at safe and legal speeds on normal roads."
Associate web editor Jake Holmes did a better job of acting his age with the BRZ, but he still had a blast: "The Subaru BRZ is unbelievably fun to drive, even on ordinary roads during ordinary shopping trips. I just can't resist winding the boxer engine up toward its redline in the first two gears, nor can I resist rev-matching down gears before turns and then surprising myself with how nimbly the BRZ takes said corners. In other words, it's a riot even at safe and legal speeds on normal roads. About how many other cars do we say that?"
Managing editor Amy Skogstrom, unfortunately, felt her age while getting into and out of the low-slung BRZ: "Oh, to be as limber as I was thirty years ago! Once behind the wheel, however, this car makes me feel young, because its no-frills persona means that you don't get distracted by all the fancy technology and can enjoy the simple act of driving - unless you're on a particularly bad patch of road, such as I encountered on Sheldon Rd. in Canton over the weekend. Talk about harsh impacts."
As long as the road is smooth or snowy, we're quite happy with our BRZ. We just hope that the onset of spring doesn't bring too many new potholes to our rather unkempt local roads. We're ready to book another track day and test our R-compound tires as soon as the weather permits.
|Body style||2-door coupe|
|Base price (with dest.)||$26,265|
|Price As tested||$26,265|
|Turning circle||35.4 ft|
|Suspension, Front||Strut-type, coil springs|
|Suspension, Rear||Control arm, coil springs|
|Brakes F/R||Vented disc|
|Tires||Michelin Primacy HP|
|Engine||16-valve DOHC flat-four|
|Displacement||2.0 liters (122 cu in)|
|Power||200 hp @ 7000 rpm|
|Torque||151 lb-ft @ 6400 rpm|
|EPA Fuel Economy||22/30/25 (city/hwy/combined)|
|Headroom F/R||40.3/39.7 in|
|Legroom F/R||41.9/29.9 in|
|Shoulder room F/R||53.1/45.3 in|
|Track F/R||59.8/60.6 in|
|L x W x H||166.7 x 69.9 x 50.6 in|
|Passenger capacity||76.5 cu ft|
|Cargo capacity||6.9 cu ft|
|Weight dist. F/R||xx/xx%|
|Fuel capacity||13.2 gal|
|Est. fuel range||330 miles|
|Fuel grade||93 octane (premium unleaded)|
|STANDARD EQUIPMENT||Bluetooth Air conditioning Variable intermittent windshield wipers Cruise control Tilt-and-telescopic steering column Power windows, locks, and exterior mirrors Sport front seats Height-adjustable driver's seat SiriusXM satellite radio w/trial subscription HID headlights USB port Navigation Sport-tuned suspension Limited-slip differential Stability control|