2020 Subaru BRZ

MSRP $28,845 - $30,040

Ranked #2 in Subcompact Coupe

2020 Subaru BRZ Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 4, 2021

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The 2020 Subaru BRZ is quite a popular option among young enthusiasts who don't have the money to buy expensive Porsches or BMWs. The biggest change for this year is the discontinuation of the Premium trim. The 2020 BRZ is available for sale at $28,845 and continues to get a 2.0L boxer-4 engine that makes 205 hp and 156 lb-ft. of torque. For 2020, Subaru has reintroduced the tS trim for the BRZ, which we have reviewed separately.

2020 Subaru BRZ three-quarter view

It is fast enough to achieve 6.3 seconds for the 0-60 MPH sprint and has a top speed of 120 MPH. Subaru employs a minimalistic approach for its cabin. The cabin design is functional and only two adults can fit in comfortably. The BRZ does not come with the latest driver-assist features, which is a big letdown for those looking safe sports car. There are no direct rivals for the BRZ but still, it gets competition from the Ford Mustang, the Chevy Camaro, and the Dodge Challenger

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Pros

Good cabin build quality

Classic coupe styling

Brilliant handling

Good price to fun ratio

Cons

Weak power output

Lack of premium equipment

Cramped rear quarters

Lack of active safety features

What's New?

Premium trim discontinued


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$28845

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

205 hp @ 7000 rpm

torque

156 ft-lb. @ 6400 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11.6/11.4 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

101.2 in.

length

166.7 in.

width

69.9 in.

height

52 in.

curb weight

2798 lbs.

ground clearance

4.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

76.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

6.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/29 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Limited$28,845 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Subaru BRZ in Pure Red color
Pure Red

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

7.7

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

7.0

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


It's not the best choice for a family road trip, but if you drive for the fun of it, you'll love a BRZ- MotorTrend

The Subaru BRZ is the simplest performance car on the market today. You can have a drift machine for just under $29,000, which is an incredible value for money. This coupe, in the truest form, is fun to drive. The BRZ is no family car as its rear seats are tight and the infotainment system is outdated. The BRZ also lacks active safety features.

Therefore, this car is only targeted at drivers seeking excitement. When it comes to ownership costs, the BRZ is not high maintenance. Its repair and fuel costs are lower than its rivals. However, it depreciates its value faster in a period of five years. To be precise, the true cost to own the BRZ is nearly $7,860, which is slightly more than the pony cars. 


7.7/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2020 Subaru BRZ Buying Advice

Subaru has made this pretty easier as the Limited trim has a good standard equipment list. If you are fuel-conscious, go for the $1,100 automatic transmission. If you are a sports car enthusiast who wants to take the BRZ for a drag race, upgrade to the Performance package. 

2020 Subaru BRZ rear driving view

2020 Subaru BRZ Features

7.7/10

Navigation is also standard in the BRZ, unlike its twin, the Toyota 86- Edmunds

With the discontinuation of Premium trim, just one trim is offered for the Subaru BRZ which is the Limited trim. It has a price tag of $28,845, excluding a $995 destination charge. Just one engine is available and RWD configuration is standard. Subaru offers all the necessary items on this trim level, though tech upgrades are not available. It also offers four different packages for the BRZ. 

2020 Subaru BRZ driving view

The $1,195 Performance package adds Brembo brakes, performance shock absorbers, 17-inch alloy wheels. The Popular Package #1 includes an auto-dimming rearview mirror, alloy wheel locks, red footwell lights, and a rear bumper applique for $866. The Popular Package #2 includes the same items except it adds blue footwell lights instead of the red ones. 

Trim

Limited

MSRP (RWD)

$28,845

Key Features

7-inch touchscreen w/ Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
 

Keyless access with push-button start

  Leather seats with Alcantara insert
  Leather steering wheel
  Front heated seats
  8-speaker sound system
  Navigation system
 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

  Satellite radio

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2020 Subaru BRZ Engine and Performance

9.0/10

Don't let the boy-racer vibe deter you: The BRZ is perfect for purists on a budget. -CarAndDriver

Powering the Subaru BRZ is a 2.0L boxer-4 engine that makes a healthy 205 hp and 156 lb-ft. of torque. It is connected to a 6-speed manual transmission to drive power to the rear wheels. You could also choose a 6-speed automatic, which comes with rev-matching and paddle shifters. Except for better fuel economy, there isn't much reason to consider the automatic though, as it isn't as engaging as the manual. 

2020 Subaru BRZ engine

The BRZ is extremely calm and composed, but only if you're gentle on the curves. If you drop that demeanor and be a little aggressive, the excited BRZ might give you a little sideways action. While every BRZ encourages aggressive driving thanks to its terrific balance and high-fidelity steering, the optional Performance package retunes the suspension and brings upgraded Brembo brakes as well as wider wheels and tires.

2020 Subaru BRZ driving view

Speaking of acceleration, the BRZ does a 0-60 MPH sprint in 6.3 seconds and manages to cover a quarter of a mile in 13.6 seconds with a top speed of 120 MPH. The BRZ races ahead initially, but the lack of top-end power sees it lose to the more powerful rivals. The BRZ has great braking performance, much better than acceleration. It registers a braking distance of 120 feet to come to a halt from 60 MPH. 

Models

2020 Subaru BRZ

2020 Ford Mustang

2020 Dodge Challenger

2020 Chevrolet Camaro

MSRP

$28,845

$26,670

$28,095 $25,000

Engine

2.0L Boxer-4

2.3L Turbo Inline-4

3.6L V6

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

Drivetrain RWD RWD RWD RWD

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Manual
Power

205 hp @ 7,000 RPM

310 hp @ 5,500 RPM

305 hp @ 6,350 RPM

275 hp @ 5,600 RPM

Torque

156 lb-ft. @ 6,400 RPM

350 lb-ft. @ 3,000 RPM

268 lb-ft. @ 4,800 RPM

295 lb.ft. @ 3,000 RPM

0-60 MPH 6.3 sec 5.1 sec 6.3 sec 5.4 sec
Quarter Mile 13.6 sec 13.6 sec 14.8 sec 14.0 sec
Top Speed 120 MPH 121 MPH 135 MPH 130 MPH

With 205 horses on tap, the BRZ isn't the strongest contender in the affordable performance segment. That title goes to the Ford Mustang and it is also the quickest car in this competition. The Chevy Camaro stays at the tail of the Mustang in both performance tests. The bulky size of the Dodge Challenger pushes to the last place in spite of making more power than the BRZ. 


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2020 Subaru BRZ Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The 2020 Subaru BRZ is only average in terms of efficiency but fares better with an automatic transmission- The Car Connection

The Subaru BRZ is quite a frugal drinker. it sips a gallon every 21 miles in the city, 28 miles on a highway, and 24 miles combined. Fuel-conscious people, opt for the automatic transmission as it returns 24 MPG in the city, 33 MPG on a highway, and 27 MPG combined. These MPG figures stand out in its segment. 

2020 Subaru BRZ side driving view

Unlike its rivals, the BRZ gets a small fuel tank that measures 13.2 gallons in size. When in full capacity, it delivers 317 miles in mixed proportions. The automatic version increases the range to 356 miles but still, it's less than the competition. Therefore, you may visit gas stations frequently but thanks to great efficiency, fuel costs are lower. 

Models

2020 Subaru BRZ

2020 Ford Mustang

2020 Dodge Challenger

2020 Chevrolet Camaro

MPG (City)

21

21

19

20

MPG (Highway)

28

30

30

30

MPG (Combined)

24

24

23

23

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallon) 13.2 15.5 18.5 19.0
Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles) 277/383/317 326/465/372 352/555/425 380/570/437

The BRZ is the most efficient sports car here. Considering the power levels of the Ford Mustang, its fuel efficiency isn't bad either. The Chevy Camaro is the least efficient car but its large fuel tank contributes to the best driving range in this competition. The Dodge CHallenger's fuel estimates are similar to the Camaro and it is a bit more efficient too. 

2020 Subaru BRZ Interior

7.5/10

The interior design trends spartan; this is a car focused on driving, and its interior reflects that- Cars.com

The Subaru BRZ is a proper two-door coupe. The cabin has a simple and clean look. Hard-touch plastics abound the interior but door panels and dashboard are covered with soft-touch materials. Like other sports cars, though it is marketed as a four-seater coupe, only two adults can be seated in comfort in the front row. The seats are treated with leather while the contrast stitching and Alcantara inserts make them look premium. 

2020 Subaru BRZ dashboard

The front seats are quite comfortable and accommodating. They are manually adjustable but they come standard with heated functionality. The three-spoke steering wheel looks bland but adds a pair of paddle shifters for a true sports car feel. Head and legroom are abundant in the front row. The rear seats are only there for show, and not even children would properly fit in there

2020 Subaru BRZ infotainment system

On the infotainment front, you get a 7-inch touchscreen display that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Starlink infotainment system has a straightforward interface but seems to be outdated compared to its rivals. The hard buttons below the screen are of good quality and are within easy reach of the driver. The system is paired with an 8-speaker sound system to keep your drives entertained. 

Models

2020 Subaru BRZ

2020 Ford Mustang

2020 Dodge Challenger

2020 Chevrolet Camaro

Passenger Capacity

4

4

5

4

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.1/54.5/41.9

37.6/56.3/45.1

39.3/58.5/42.0

38.5/55.0/43.9

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

35.0/51.7/29.9

34.8/52.2/29.0

37.1/53.9/33.1

33.5/50.3/29.9

Cargo Space (cu-ft.)

6.9

13.5

16.2

9.1

Coming to cargo capacity, only 6.9 cu-ft. of space is offered in the BRZ. Trunk space is barely enough for a week's worth of groceries. Thankfully, the rear seats can be folded down to accommodate much more luggage or even four full-sized spares for your track day antics. There are smartly placed cubby holes in the center console and on the inside door panels. Some other cabin features are :

  • Tilt & telescopic multi-function leather steering wheel
  • Manually adjustable front heated seats
  • Leather seats with contrast stitching & Alcantara inserts
  • Push-button start
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
  • 7-inch touchscreen w/ Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
  • 8-speaker sound system
  • Satellite radio
  • Navigation system

2020 Subaru BRZ Exterior

7.0/10

The profile is classic coupe — long hood with a short cabin dipping down to a curtailed rear end- Kelly Blue Book

In terms of design, the little Subaru BRZ offers a brilliant package. It is a handsome little car and could be easily mistaken for a much faster car by the uninitiated. The aerodynamic styling is both aesthetically pleasing and functionally relevant. The sharp coupe line adds character to the side profile, as do the 17-inch alloy wheels. The simple yet elegant tail section completes the look.

2020 Subaru BRZ front driving view

For immense gains in maneuverability and nimbleness, the BRZ holds under just under 1.4 tons of metal and plastic together in a compact package. With length under 170 inches and width under 70 inches, you could drive this car on the sidewalk if you wanted to, not that it's recommended, ever. The 101-inch wheelbase is tiny, and with the slide happy tail, you could pull out stunts worthy of Hollywood features.

Models

2020 Subaru BRZ

2020 Ford Mustang

2020 Dodge Challenger

2020 Chevrolet Camaro

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,798

3,542

3,858

3,351

Length (in)

166.7

188.5

197.9

188.3

Width (in)

69.9

75.4

75.7

74.7

Height (in)

52.0

54.3

57.7

53.1

Ground Clearance (in)

4.9

5.3

5.2

4.5

Wheelbase (in)

101.2

107.1

116.2

110.7

The Dodge Challenger hauls the most metal and consequently is the heaviest and the largest in here. The Chevy Camaro holds a comfortable middle ground here, being neither tiny nor enormous. The Ford Mustang's high ground clearance is good enough to prevent the underbelly from being scraped. Some other exterior bits of the BRZ are:

  • LED headlights
  • LED DRLs
  • LED taillights
  • Exterior entry lights
  • LED fog lamps
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Black grille
  • Dual exhaust tips
  • Rear wing spoiler
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

2020 Subaru BRZ Safety

8.0/10

The safety levels on the BRZ are a contentious topic- Carbuzz

The Subaru BRZ scored well in the crash tests conducted by NHTSA  and IIHS. It received a 4-star overall rating by NHTSA. On the flip side, IIHS gave a 'Good' rating in four crash tests and an 'Acceptable' rating for the river's side crash test. Categories such as front crash prevention and headlights were not rated by IIHS. 

2020 Subaru BRZ side driving view

As far as safety features are concerned, the BRZ is a sports car and hence, no advanced driver aids are available. The only driver-assist feature available is a rearview camera which is standard. However, it does comes with six airbags for preventing serious injuries in the event of an accident. 

2020 Subaru BRZ Competition

7.0/10

2020 Subaru BRZ vs 2020 Ford Mustang 

Cheaper than the BRZ, the Ford Mustang is more powerful and delivers agile acceleration. The fuel economy is similar to the BRZ. Inside, both the cars are equally spacious but the Mustang's infotainment system is user-friendly and intuitive. It is also more practical than the BRZ. You also get access to more safety techs in the Mustang. 

2020 Ford Mustang

2020 Subaru BRZ vs 2020 Dodge Challenger

The Dodge Challenger houses a V6 that makes 100 hp more than the BRZ. However, due to its bulky size, it is slow in the corners. The V6 is a fuel sipper whereas the BRZ is the most efficient car here. The Challenger is a 5-seater car and is the most spacious inside. Its cargo capacity is also the best in the class. Safety-wise, the Challenger offers few driver-assist features. 

2020 Dodge Challenger

2020 Subaru BRZ vs 2020 Chevrolet Camaro

The Chevy Camaro is the most affordable car in this competition. It delivers quick acceleration owing to its powerful engine but it isn't fuel-efficient as the BRZ. The Camaro's cabin is spacious and packs an easy-to-use infotainment system. It offers more tech features than the BRZ. Its trunk volume is slightly more as well. Also, more active safety techs are offered in the Camaro. 

2020 Chevy Camaro

2020 Subaru BRZ Final Verdict

With the 2020 Subaru BRZ, they let go of the practicality by a fair amount and dialed up the fun to 11. The BRZ is one of the purest cars you will ever drive, and even if you don't already own one, you should at least drive one. The biggest pea under the mattress is the tiny engine. If you aren't a young enthusiastic driver, you'll outgrow the car pretty soon. You could go for aftermarket upgrades, but those void the warranty, and aren't really foolproof. A stock car will last longer, but your interest in it might not.

2020 Subaru BRZ front angle view

2020 Subaru BRZ FAQs

Is the Subaru BRZ fast?

The Subaru BRZ isn't that agile as some other sports cars. It sprints from 0-60 MPH in 6.3 seconds and has a quarter-mile time of 13.6 seconds. The top speed is limited to 120 MPH. 

Is the Subaru BRZ 4-seater?

It is a 4-seater coupe but in reality, the rear seats are not functional. 

Does the Subaru BRZ have heated seats?

Yes, heated front seats are standard in the Subaru BRZ. 

What transmission does the Surabu BRZ have?

It comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission but a 6-speed automatic transmission is optional. 

Is the Subaru BRZ turbocharged?

No, it gets a 2.0L naturally aspirated boxer-4 engine. 

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