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2015 Subaru BRZ KBB Expert Review

The Fair Market Range for this car in your area is $24,570 - $25,148.

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MSRP $26,490

Fair Purchase Price $24,667
Fair Market Range ($24,570 - $25,148)

Invoice $25,309
"What Others Paid" is based on the last 90 days within the U.S.

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KBB Expert Rating 7.8 / 10
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Vehicle Details Interior  Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo

Technically, the BRZ has rear seats, but we feel sorry for anybody who has to spend any length of time there. It's better to just fold them down and use the 2015 Subaru BRZ as a 2-seat sports car. The front seat passengers will find plenty of room once they make their way into the low-slung cockpit. There's good head room even for tall drivers, and the seats are very supportive, but comfortable for longer drives. The interior isn't particularly fancy, but it's good enough, and the all-important steering-wheel/pedal placement/shifter relationship is among the best you'll find.

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If you park the 2015 Subaru BRZ next to a Scion FR-S, and you'll be hard-pressed to tell the difference. The fact is, besides some minor details, the 2015 BRZ and FR-S are identical twins. This year, the Series.Blue limited edition provides a bit more visual distinction, with two unique colors: 500 will be in WR Blue Pearl, and 500 in Crystal White Pearl. 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 Standard Equipment

The 2015 Subaru BRZ comes standard with 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.

Notable Optional Equipment

If you want a bit more dazzle for your 2015 BRZ, you can step up to the Limited model, 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. You can also get an automatic transmission. The Series.Blue adds the special paint, plus red-painted brake calipers and a few aerodynamic enhancements.

Under the Hood

While we've long harbored hopes that Subaru will put one of its turbocharged engines under the hood, for now, we're satisfied with the 2015 Subaru BRZ's standard engine: 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, which means more of its weight is closer to the ground. That enhances the sports car'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)

Pricing Notes

The 2015 Subaru BRZ Premium trim has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just below $26,500. The fancier Limited trim adds $2,000 to the total, or $3,000 if you want an automatic transmission. The new Series.Blue limited edition costs a bit more than $30,000. It's priced a little higher than its sports-car competitors – the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Hyundai Genesis Coupe – but keep in mind that the BRZ offers an all-inclusive package unlike the others whose many options and trim variations can drive up the bottom line. Be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price to see what other BRZ buyers in your area are paying for their cars. Over a 5-year period, we expect the Subaru BRZ to retain its resale value much more than its American and Korean rivals.

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