2018 Subaru BRZ

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2018 MODEL

$25,595 - $33,495

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Detailed Review

The all-new, 2018 Subaru BRZ is a small but performance filled and fun to drive sports coupe with athletic handling. It is a driver's nirvana as the tS trim sharpens the sports car exceptional handling and responsiveness.

This coupe is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that generates 205hp and 156lb-ft of torque. Rear wheel drive comes standard while the gearbox consists of 6-speed manual transmission. However, you can opt for the Limited Auto trim if you want an automatic transmission.

The car is available in 3 trim options. The base trim lacks a lot of basic features as compared to rivals and you only get those in the higher trims. Prices of the BRZ starts at $25,595.


7.8/10
Features

 

7.4/10
Engine

 

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.0/10
Interior

 

7.4/10
Exterior

 

7.8/10
Safety

 
 
 

This coupe is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that generates 205hp and 156lb-ft of torque. Rear wheel drive comes standard while the gearbox consists of 6-speed manual transmission. However, you can opt for the Limited Auto trim if you want an automatic transmission.

The car is available in 3 trim options. The base trim lacks a lot of basic features as compared to rivals and you only get those in the higher trims. Prices of the BRZ starts at $25,595.

2018 Subaru BRZ Features

7.8/10

There are three trims to choose from. All the trims use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and use a 6-speed manual shift stick. The Limited trim offers automatic transmission which brings the engine power down to 200 hp from 205 hp in manual trim.

The higher trims are equipped with premium features that come as standards like the LED fog lights, navigation, and heated front seats.

Trims Premium Limited BRZ tS
MSRP $25,595 $28,445 $33,495
Features
  • A 17-inch wheels, summer performance tires
  • LED headlights
  • A trunk spoiler, heated mirrors
  • A height-adjustable driver seat
  • Cloth upholstery
  • A leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel
  • A folding rear seatback
  • 6.2-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth
  • A variety of smartphone-streaming audio apps
  • USB port
  • An eight-speaker sound system with a media player interface
  • An auxiliary audio jack
  • A CD player and satellite radio.
  • LED foglights
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Simulated-suede upholstery with outer seat portions in black leather
  • Heated front seats
  • An enhanced trip computer display 
  • A second USB port
  • A 7-inch touchscreen that brings with it integrated TomTom navigation
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
  • STI-tuned Sachs dampers
  • Black 18-inch STI wheels
  • The Brembo high-performance brakes
  • Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires
  • A pedestal-style carbon-fiber trunk spoiler
  • Underbody spoilers
  • Special black finishings on various exterior components
  • Special Cherry Blossom Red accents exterior accents.

We Recommend

We recommend going for the Limited trim. This trim is packed with a lot of premium features that you’ll miss out on if you go for the base. Further, you have the option of getting an automatic transmission in the Limited trim. Limited is equipped with a bigger 7-inch display, and have features like Android Auto and navigation.

2018 Subaru BRZ Engine

7.4/10

The 2018 Subaru BRZ is a light sports coupe that’s exceptionally fun to drive, mostly thanks to a brisk engine and responsive handling from its composed suspension system. Drivers who prefer to row their own gears will especially enjoy the standard manual transmission. –cars.usnews

2018 Subaru BRZ Engine and Transmission

The BRZ comes mated to a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine which is capable of generating 205hp and 156lb-ft of torque. These figures drop to 200hp and 151lb-ft if you opt for the automatic transmission. Even though the engine is small, it feels quite lively due to its rapid power delivery but the engine lacks power at midrange rpm which is disappointing.

The revving noise of the engine is harsh and feels irritating to the ears. Among its rivals, the Ford Mustang Ecoboost Fastback has a mightier engine. The Mustang is equipped with a 2.3L engine capable of delivering 310hp and 350lb-ft of torque.

Model Subaru BRZ Premium Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport Toyota 86 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Fastback
MSRP $25,595 $25,295 $26,255 $25,680
Engine 2.0L DOHC 16V 4-Cylinder 2.0L SKYACTIV-G DOHC 16-Valve I4 2.0L H-4 DOHC D-4S 2.3L EcoBoost
Transmission 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed manual 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual
Power 205 hp 155 hp 205 hp 310 hp
Torque 156 lb-ft 148 lb-ft 156 lb-ft 350 lb-ft

Acceleration

Even though the power delivered by the engine feels quick, the BRZ manages to accelerate at an average rate only. The BRZ takes 6.2 seconds to go from 0-60 mph and takes 15.0 seconds to complete a quarter mile, which is similar to its Japanese counterpart, Toyota 86. Taking 5.6 seconds to hit the 60mph mark, the Ford Mustang has the best in class acceleration owing to its superior engine.

Model Subaru BRZ Premium Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport Toyota 86 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Fastback
0 – 60 mph 6.2 sec 5.6 sec 6.2 sec 5.6 sec
Quarter Mile 15.0 sec 14.5 sec 15.0 sec 14.1 sec
Engine 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L 2.3L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 7.4 6.0 7.4 7.1

Ride and Handling

The 2018 Subaru BRZ gives a joyful ride experience due to its highly communicative suspension system. The suspension system is finely tuned to make the drive sporty yet comfortable. The handling is responsive and driving the vehicle feels tight and athletic.

The steering is easy to handle and quite responsive which makes the driver feel confident while maneuvering the car and making sharp turns. The car is lightweight and quite sturdy and balanced which enables the car to have a better grip on the road and riding the coupe feels precision-filled.

Braking

The brake pedal of the car feels tight yet comfortable to apply. Though not the best in class, the braking setup of the vehicle is impressive as the car comes at a halt from 60 mph in 120ft. Ford Mustang has bigger and better brakes and outperforms all its rivals by taking the only 106ft to go from 60-0mph.

Model Subaru BRZ Premium Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport Toyota 86 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Fastback
60 – 0 mph (ft.) 120 124 120 106
Curb Weight (lbs.) 2789 2332 2774 3532
Brake (Front) 11.6 11.0 11.6 12.6
Brake (Rear) 11.4 11.0 11.4 12.6

2018 Subaru BRZ Fuel Economy

7.1/10

The mileage of the BRZ is almost similar to most of its rivals. The car earns a rating of 21 MPG (city)/ 29 MPG (highway)/ 24 MPG (combined) for the manual transmission models. Going for the automatic transmission would boost the fuel economy to 24 MPG (city)/33 MPG (highway). The Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport has the best in class mileage with a rating of 26/33/29 MPG.

Model Subaru BRZ Premium Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport Toyota 86 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Fastback
MPG (City) 21 26 21 21
MPG (Hwy) 29 33 28 31
MPG (Combined) 24 29 24 25

2018 Subaru BRZ Interior

6.0/10

You sit low in the 2018 Subaru BRZ in a well-bolstered bucket seat. The 3-spoke steering wheel, shifter and pedals are perfectly placed for performance driving. There are seats for four, but the back seat is too small to be truly useful; the good news is that it folds flat to expand the trunk and BRZ’s cargo capacity – Kelley Blue Book

Seating and Comfort

The interior of the car feels premium and comfortable. The leather-wrapped steering wheel has a good grip and the knobs and buttons are placed right, adding to the convenience of the user. The adjustable steering wheel enables the driver to choose the most suitable position for better control. The big windshield provides a good front visibility to the driver.

On paper, the car can seat 4 people. The front seats are roomy and comfortable with ample legroom and headroom. The seats have good contour support and the front seats come equipped with a six-way manual adjustment for setting the best driving position. Like most sports coupe, the rear seats of the car feel cramped. The base trim comes with cloth seats, whereas the top trims get plush leather upholstery. Getting in and out of the car is relatively easy due to the large doors.

Model Subaru BRZ Premium Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport Toyota 86 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Fastback
Passenger Capacity 4 2 4 4
Passenger Volume (Ft.3) 76.5 N/A 76.5 84.5
Headroom (Front/Rear) (in.) 37.1/35.0 37.4/N/A 37.1/35.0 37.6/34.8
Legroom (Front/Rear) (in.) 41.9/29.9 43.1/N/A 41.9/29.9 44.5/30.6
Shoulder Room (Front/Rear) (in.) 54.5/51.7 52.2/N/A 54.5/51.7 56.3/52.2

Infotainment System

The 2018 Subaru BRZ features a simple and easy to use infotainment system. All the controls and options are displayed right on the screen and the user won’t have any problem using the menu. The base trim gets a 6.3-inches display screen, whereas the higher trims get a bigger 7-inches screen.

Infotainment System Features

  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Navigation
  • HD radio
  • Satellite radio
  • Auxiliary audio input

Cargo Volume

The cargo space (6.9 cubic ft) of the BRZ is not large enough, which is a common issue in sports cars. However, Ford makes an exception as the Mustang has a boot volume of 13.5 cubic ft which is way more than any of its competitors.

Model Subaru BRZ Premium Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport Toyota 86 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Fastback
Trunk Vol. (Ft.3) 6.9 4.6 6.9 13.5

2018 Subaru BRZ Exterior

7.4/10

The BRZ takes cues from sports cars of the past, with a modern spin. Its profile is sharp and nose-first, with sculpted flanks, an elegant roofline, and flared fenders that may well be a greatest hits compilation. Last year, a new front bumper cap and LED lights all around helped– finish what the BRZ started several years ago – The Car Connection

Dimension and Weight

The car is elegantly and aerodynamically designed. The eye-catching curves and lines of the car combined with sleek looking head and tail lamps and a stylish rear spoiler gives this car the perfect sporty appearance. The car comes in beautiful and exotic color options to choose from. This sports coupe runs on 17-inch wheels. However, going for the top trim would fetch you 18-inch alloys.

The vehicle has a ground clearance of 4.9 inches which is similar to most of the cars in this segment. The Mustang has a slightly better ground clearance of 5.1 inches. The wheelbase (101.2 inches) of the BRZ is neither the longest nor the shortest in its class. The car comes equipped with standard features like fog lamps, power mirrors, and auto-leveling headlights.

Model Subaru BRZ Premium Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport Toyota 86 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Fastback
Curb Weight (lbs.) 2789 2332 2774 3532
Wheelbase (in) 101.2 90.9 101.2 107.1
Length (in) 166.7 154.1 166.7 188.3
Width (in) 69.9 68.3 69.9 75.4
Height (in) 50.6 48.6 50.6 54.4
Ground Clearance (in) 4.9 4.9 4.9 5.1
Track Width – Front (in) 59.8 58.9 59.8 62.3
Track Width – Rear (in) 60.6 59.2 60.6 64.9

Exterior Features

  • LED headlights and tail lights
  • Power windows
  • LED fog lamps
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Auto-leveling headlights

2018 Subaru BRZ Safety

7.8/10

The Subaru BRZ proved in the testing that it’s a safe car. It scored a perfect 5 star in rollover rating and scored 4 stars in overall frontal barrier crash rating conducted by the NHSTA. IIHS has also rated the car “good” in many of its tests.

The car has a limited warranty of 3-years/36,000 miles and a powertrain warranty of 5 years/60,000 miles.

NHSTA Ratings

Overall Rating N/A
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating 4 Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver 4 Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger 4 Star
Rollover Rating 5 Star

IIHS Ratings

Crashworthiness
Small overlap front driver side Acceptable
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good

Safety Features

The car is equipped with basic safety features like airbags, traction control, auto-leveling headlights, and brake assist. Other safety features of the car are provided in the list below:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS and Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Outboard Front Lap and Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

2018 Subaru BRZ Competition

Subaru BRZ vs Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Both the cars are priced almost similarly (BRZ costs $300 more). The BRZ has a mightier engine compared to the 155hp engine of the Mazda. The Mazda has better acceleration and fuel economy. The braking and boot space of the BRZ is superior to the Mazda. Further, Mazda has a sitting capacity of only 2 people which can be a huge disadvantage when choosing a car. Subaru BRZ is the car to go for.

Subaru BRZ vs Toyota 86

Toyota 86 is known as the twin of the Subaru BRZ as both the cars have the same boot space and engine, with similar acceleration and braking figures. Fuel economy is almost similar too. The higher trims of the BRZ have more and better features than the Toyota 86. It all depends upon the preference of the buyer. Go for the car that appeals to you more.

Subaru BRZ vs Ford Mustang Ecoboost Fastback

The Ford Mustang leaves all its competitors far behind in dust when it comes to performance and space. The car has a way mightier engine than the BRZ and features best in class acceleration and braking. One of the best things about the Mustang is its large cargo volume, which is almost double when compared to its rivals. The Mustang is hands down the best car in this segment.

2018 Subaru BRZ Final Verdict

The 2018 Subaru BRZ is a cheap and comfortable sports car with a joyful ride experience. It has a lively engine and a very controlled and athletic handling. The infotainment system could have been better but the roomy interiors and convenient controls make up for it. What’ll appeal to most buyers is the beautiful sporty body of the Subaru BRZ. Go for this car if you want a stylish and hip looking, cheap yet comfortable sports car.

Pros

{"0":"Perfectly balanced for a superb handling

1":"Responsive steering at higher speeds too

3":"Comfortable front seating"}

Cons

Lack of standard and available features

Cramped rear seats

Small trunk space

What's New?

New Trim BRZ tS with enhanced suspension and brakes

Upgraded infotainment system with a new 7-inch touchscreen

Navigation and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25595

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

134 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

205 hp @ 7000 rpm

torque

156 lb.-ft. @ 6400 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11.4 in./11.6 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

101.2 in.

length

166.7 in.

width

69.9 in.

height

52 in.

curb weight

2789 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

6.4 sec.

zero to 100 mph

16.3 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

7.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.8 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

164 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/29 mpg

highway range

382.8 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Subaru BRZ in WR Blue Pearl color  2018 Subaru BRZ in Pure Red color  2018 Subaru BRZ in Ice Silver Metallic color  2018 Subaru BRZ in Heritage Blue color  2018 Subaru BRZ in Dark Gray Metallic color  2018 Subaru BRZ in Crystal White Pearl color  2018 Subaru BRZ in Crystal Black Silica color
WR Blue Pearl

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

Features

7.8

Engine

7.4

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

6.0

Exterior

7.4

Safety

7.8

Comfort

6.4

Driving

9.1

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Subaru BRZ Premium

Premium

power
205 hp @ 7000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 combined

$25,595


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $25,595 MSRP (21/24/29) 205 hp @ 7000 rpm, 2 L, H4, premium unleaded (required)
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6-speed manual rear wheel drive 4   Crystal Black Silica
  Crystal White Pearl
  Dark Gray Metallic
  Heritage Blue
  Ice Silver Metallic
  Pure Red
  WR Blue Pearl

 2018 Subaru BRZ Limited

Limited

power
205 hp @ 7000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 combined

$28,445 - $29,545


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $28,445 MSRP (21/24/29) 205 hp @ 7000 rpm, 2 L, H4, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 4   Crystal Black Silica
  Crystal White Pearl
  Dark Gray Metallic
  Heritage Blue
  Ice Silver Metallic
  Pure Red
  WR Blue Pearl
Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $29,545 MSRP (24/27/33) 200 hp @ 7000 rpm, 2 L, H4, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 4   Crystal Black Silica
  Crystal White Pearl
  Dark Gray Metallic
  Heritage Blue
  Ice Silver Metallic
  Pure Red
  WR Blue Pearl

 2018 Subaru BRZ ts

ts

power
205 hp @ 7000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 combined

$33,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
ts 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $33,495 MSRP (21/24/29) 205 hp @ 7000 rpm, 2 L, H4, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 4   Crystal Black Silica
  Crystal White Pearl
  Dark Gray Metallic
  Heritage Blue
  Ice Silver Metallic
  Pure Red
  WR Blue Pearl