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2014 Subaru BRZ

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2014 Subaru BRZ Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.9

Driven by its rear wheels only, the Subaru BRZ for 2014 is a departure from Subaru’s other all-wheel-drive (AWD) offerings, but to purists it’s the only way to build a true sports car. Whether carving out a winding road or spending a day at the track, the BRZ delivers in a way few cars in this price range can. Precise steering, a brilliantly balanced chassis and taut suspension bring back memories of early Mazda RX-7s and Datsun 280Zs, only with all the modern safety and traction-control features expected of a 21st -century performer. Although it’s nowhere near as powerful as the Chevy Camaro or Ford Mustang, the BRZ also doesn’t carry their hefty weight, which means what it lacks in punch it more than makes up for in poise.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re looking for a rear-drive sports car that is quick, fun to drive and affordable, the 2014 Subaru BRZ is matched only by its twin, the Scion FR-S. Sultry styling, two modest rear seats and impressive fuel economy make the BRZ a very livable daily driver.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If raw power and brutal helpings of torque define “sports car” in your playbook, the BRZ won’t impress you. A V6 or V8 is likely to be more satisfactory, so look to the domestics and you’ll be fine.

What's New for 2014

Aha infotainment smartphone app integration is made standard, and the Limited trim gets a redesigned remote key fob for the keyless-start feature

Driving the BRZ
Driving Impressions

If the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang are oversized power lifters, think of the Subaru BRZ as a lean but equally capable distance runner. Its brilliantly balanced suspension and limited-slip...

... differential allow the 2014 Subaru BRZ to slice through twisting pavement like a seamstress’ shears through silk. The BRZ doesn’t just go where you point it, it reacts instantly to every blip of the throttle, every modest adjustment to the steering wheel. Once you leave the corners, you’ll find the BRZ is no one-trick pony, offering up excellent braking, brisk acceleration and a wonderful manual transmission that slips effortlessly into the next gear. The 2.0-liter engine isn’t a power dynamo, but the car’s lightweight body allows the engine’s 200 horsepower to do their job without disappointment. Best of all, the BRZ sips fuel, has a smooth and compliant ride and is nicely equipped, making it a very livable car for everyday use.

VOICE-ACTIVATED GPS NAVIGATION SYSTEM
While the BRZ’s competitors can be equipped with a navigation system, none of them offers one as standard equipment.

IMPRESSIVE FUEL ECONOMY
We really like that the Subaru BRZ is able to achieve up to 34 mpg highway (with an automatic transmission, no less) while providing all the fun of a sports car.

2014 Subaru BRZ Details
2014 Subaru BRZ photo Interior

Billed as a 2+2 sports car the 2014 Subaru BRZ is best thought of as a 2-seater thanks to elfin rear bucket seats sized for emergency use only. Up front, occupants enjoy more human-like comfort with reasonable head space and comfortable yet incredibly supportive sport seats. The plastic-clad interior isn’t fancy, but it offers simple functionality with minimal distraction, smartly keeping the driver focused on the joy of driving.

Exterior
2014 Subaru BRZ photo

Eye the Subaru BRZ for 2014 up and down and you might notice it bears a striking resemblance to the recently introduced Scion FR-S. The fact is, besides some minor details, the 2014 BRZ and FR-S are identical twins (we’ll leave you to figure out which is the evil one). A long hood, an abbreviated trunk and a squat, planted stance all hint at the BRZ’s sporting credentials. In person Subaru’s coupe has a more charming presence than in pictures due to its small, athletic dimensions.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Anchoring the BRZ’s standard equipment list are a Torsen limited-slip differential, a navigation system with 6.1-inch touch screen, six airbags and an 8-speaker audio system with auxiliary and USB inputs.

Optional Equipment

Buyers looking to enhance the basic Subaru BRZ premium trim can step up to the Limited trim, which adds heated seats with Alcantara inserts and leather bolsters, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lights, keyless entry and engine start, and a rear spoiler.

Under the Hood

We have hopes for a turbocharged engine option in the future, but for now the sole engine available in the 2014 Subaru BRZ is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder producing 200 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the engine’s horizontally opposed layout the Subaru BRZ boasts an extremely low center of gravity, enhancing the vehicle’s handling abilities. Engine power is sent to the rear wheels via a standard 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic transmission.

2.0-liter flat-4
200 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm
151 lb-ft of torque @ 6,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30 mpg (manual), 25/34 mpg (automatic)

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2014 Subaru BRZ Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.6
Out of 10

Based on 19 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.6/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.8/10
    Performance
    9.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Fun toy

By on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "great handling, and great fun and comfortable too"

Cons: "Haven't found one yet."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car as a toy. I wanted something fun to play with on weekends. It has absolutely fit the bill. I live in the southern Appalachian Mountains and my BRZ is perfect for our roads. I bought the manual transmission because I felt the automatic was a little to doggy of the line. I am very happy with the choice. Since I finally made it over the break in period and can use the full range of RPM I'm not even going to complain about the lack of horsepower. It has plenty at 6 to 7 grand. And sounds good too. It handles like a dream in the mountain and I'm very happy with the car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great car. Drives great, looks awesome.

By on Sunday, April 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,093

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Looks great inside, many traction options."

Cons: "Hard on the back for long trips."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is a great car. I bought this car for my wife in April 2014 and she loves it. We are the first and only owners. The car requires special oil and premium gas which is not a big deal. While I was working out of town, we needed a third car so I bought an big, old american land yacht. Now that I am back in town, something has to go. My daughter occasionally needs a car to drive when she is home from college and we figure a Towncar with automatic transmission is safer for her to drive than a sports car with a manual transmission. I will remember two great years of fun driving this car. Hopefully the next owners will get as much fun out of it as we did. This car is fun to drive. The GPS works well and the stereo is great. The back seat works well for one teenager and for groceries. It is, also, built to accept a bike rack."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Agile Fun and Nimble

By on Saturday, March 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Price, Looks, Handling, Storage"

Cons: "Getting out of car, Torque dip, premium gas"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've owned over 30 cars in my life, many of them sports cars. The BRZ handles Amazingly (although the wife may disagree). Power is just at that point where it starts to be fun. Most choose the 6sp, the Auto is decent but not the same experience. If your looking for quick, this car may dissapoint but if you want fun in the curves it will leave you with a smile on your face (make sure you have lids on your coffee). There are some areas (Lower RPM's) where the Torque isn't there, but it's not an issue at higher RPM's. The Car comes with Summer tires, so you may want to purchase some all seasons or snow tires if you have some definite seasons where you live. The Radio (2015) wasn't very impressive (sound was pretty muted), but the factory speakers are better than most. Best MPG on freeway so far has been 37, I sit a lot in rush hour traffic so my in city is usually 21-24 mpg. There is a rear seat, but virtually no leg room so think of it as a 2 seater. Storage is minimal but for the price it really is a good value."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Wonderful Car

By on Thursday, September 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Amazingly fun to drive"

Cons: "Small issue, dealer can easily fix"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought the car brand new, and I have not had many problems with it. A bit slow coming off a dead stop, but accelerates wonderfully and cuts corners like nothing else and you can barely feel the weight shift. The only thing is the "crickets" that I have heard a lot of people complain about, that I noticed recently, but they have all said that the dealer can fix it very quickly and easily."

11 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Great fun to drive

By on Saturday, June 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Handling. Fun. Good looks."

Cons: "Useless rear seat. Poor backing visibility."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Outstanding handling; a driver's car. Could use a bit more power, but it's ok most of the time. Good visibility to the front and sides, but poor to the rear. The back seat is useless for all but legless children. Could use a backup camera. Overall, I love this car. As much fun to drive as a Lotus I used to own. But, hey, it's a sports car, which requires some compromises."

11 people out of 24 found this review helpful

Fun to drive, but a bit noisy at highway speeds.

By on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
5/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Handles great, great shifter and seating position"

Cons: "Noisy at hwy speed, radio not great"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This car would be more fun if I lived in an area with curvy roads and hills etc. If your driving is mostly done on highways or on straight roads you really will not be able to enjoy this car to the fullest, though you will still have to put up with the engine and tire noise at highway speeds. That said, I don't plan to sell mine. It's that much fun to drive, even without the hills and curves. Radio sounds better at low speeds. Once you're on the highway you'll notice it's not that great."

13 people out of 20 found this review helpful

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