New for 2015The Subaru BRZ gets minor changes for 2015 including revised suspension tuning, larger stainless steel tailpipe tips, simulated carbon-fiber dash panel, and a BRZ Series.Blue gets an STI-branded aerodynamic treatment (but no added performance). WR Blue pearl is updated, and Ice Silver Metallic and Crystal White Pearl are added as exterior color options.
Vehicle OverviewThe Subaru BRZ is a compact front-engine, rear-drive, 2+2 sports car that combines lightness and simplicity to produce an honest driver’s car. The Subaru BRZ is nearly identical to the Scion FR-S, and in price is similar to the Impreza WRX sedan.
SummaryThe 2015 Subaru BRZ is powered by a 2.0-liter flat-four that makes 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque that gets paired with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic (with paddle shifters). EPA-estimated fuel economy is 22/30 mpg city/highway with the manual, and 25/34 mpg with the automatic. For the most connected experience we suggest the manual, but the automatic is far from disappointing.
The Subaru BRZ was designed with an eye toward being accessible -- it's a no-frills sports car. The MSRP of $26,490 (including the destination charge) is the first part of the equation. The base Premium includes standard navigation on a 6.1-inch LCD screen, 8-speaker sound system, HID headlights, and Bluetooth with audio streaming. Opting for the Limited adds some unique exterior accents (fog lights, rear body-color trunk spoiler), automatic climate control, heated front seats and side mirrors, hands-free keyless access, push-button start, leaving just one factory option for the Limited: the six-speed automatic.
The 2015 Subaru BRZ received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and is considered a 2014 Top Safety Pick by the IIHS.
What We ThinkWhen talking about the 2015 Subaru BRZ we can’t help but mention another car: the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Sure there are differences, but the Subaru does what the Miata has become known for, and that is provide an inexpensive, simple, engaging, and modestly powered sports car for the masses. Like the Miata (that has its own racing bracket) the Subaru BRZ is a blast to drive on the track, and we took advantage of that with our long-term Four Seasons example. After sampling our Four Seasons 2013 Subaru BRZ on the track one editor noted, “The BRZ's reflexes and its ability to communicate bring out a driver's very best … When the car does lose traction, there's no drama or sideways encounters with the grass, and that encourages you to drive it even harder. The very predictable power delivery helps, as well … You really are doing everything yourself.”
If you plan to track your BRZ we’d recommend a brake upgrade first, as the car doesn’t need more grip or more power to be fun. Fun Fact: with the rear seats folder you can fit an extra set of wheels/tires and tools for those track days. Driving it certainly is the point, but we weren't happy with the rear seats (they’re only habitable by middle-school age children) and the interior styling (everything besides the the steering wheel, shifter, and pedals). The one point of universal complaint was the infotainment unit, which would lose signal (until we had a recall performed), but still was hard to use and had poor sound quality. But, we agreed that the Subaru “feels like a throwback in its simplicity and purity.”
- Superb handling and balance
- Track days and being able to bring an extra set of tires with you
- Despite its sporting aim, incredibly safe too
You Won’t Like
- Using the navigation system
- Fitting adults in the rear seats
- No BRZ STI option, yet
- Mazda MX-5 Miata
- Mini Coupe Cooper S
- Scion FR-S