KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors
- Updated Date: 10/25/2013
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
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.
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