Subaru BRZ: The Fun-to-Drive Car for 2013

This year the Subaru BRZ (and its sister car, the Scion FR-S) arrived to great fanfare, and the long-awaited Subaru-Toyota collaborations did not disappoint.

A curious thing happens after you drive the Subaru BRZ: You can’t stop thinking about driving it again. When rumors first started swirling that Subaru and Toyota were working together on an affordable RWD sport coupe, the anticipation was immediate. And to everyone’s delight, the BRZ exceeded all expectations. Largely engineered by Subaru and styled by Toyota, the BRZ–and its sister car, the Scion FR-S–shares some suspension components with the Impreza, but those bits were modified. The car is virtually all-new. So is the engine, a Subaru 2.0-liter flat-four that musters 200 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque. That might not sound like enough oomph for a sports car, but slide behind the BRZ’s wheel, down into the bolstered seats, and push the pedal. Within a few miles, you’ll realize that this is the perfect amount of power to match the car’s talents and dainty 2762-pound curb weight.

The BRZ handles like it’s your personal road therapist, intuiting your every thought while supplying plenty of feedback along the way. The gearbox and transmission operate with the precision of a Swiss watch, and that fat steering wheel is just what your hands want. Cost-cutting measures have been taken, but the car doesn’t feel cheap. Instead it feels light and toned like a bantamweight boxer, ready to take on whatever the road throws at it.