2017 Subaru BRZ

MSRP $27,645 - $29,695

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Updated on: January 18, 2022

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A new car that has been built up from scratch, the 2017 Subaru BRZ, jointly developed with Toyota, is a breath of fresh air from the traditional four-wheel-drive Subaru nameplate. In with a multitude of changes or upgrades for that matter, the BRZ holds out its own against the Toyota 86 and the Chevrolet Camaro 1LS. The BRZ gets more power this time around from the similar 2.0L Boxer engine, along with a new "Track mode", to improve its sportier handling dynamics. Significant to the updates given to the BRZ, safety also takes a major catering to, with the latest active and passive features offered as standard. Having said that, Subaru offers the 2017 BRZ at a premium price tag of MSRP $25,495.

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Pros

Sporty driving demeanour

Latest safety features added as standard

Good comfortable interior seating space

Cons

Modest acceleration figures

Rear cabin space not upto the mark

What's New?

New Track mode

More power from the similar 2.0L Boxer engine

Latest safety features offered as standard

Completely redesigned from top to bottom


2017 Subaru BRZ Consumer Reviews and Ratings

7.6

based on 5 ratings


7.6/10Features
6.8/10Interiors
7.6/10Design
7.4/10Safety
7.6/10Reliability
7.8/10Deal Value

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Jack Conner

2017 Subaru BRZ

Series.Yellow 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 18, 2022

affordable sports car with distinctive looks

Pros - Gorgeous exterior looks, athletic handling, comfortable and supportive front seats and good on gas.

Cons - Small backseat and trunk, less powerful with relatively moderate acceleration.

great-handling sports car with big value for the dollar. I love driving around in my gorgeous classy looking sports coupe. My BRZ is a tiny sports coupe that is reasonably priced, has excellent steering and handling that keeps me hooked on the road. It comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags, as well as bigger Brembo brakes that easily stop my car. Driving at normal speeds the car's balance and communication are so superb that I feel secure in my control. The front seats are supportive and pleasant, but the rear is not. Forcing any adult to sit in the backseat necessitates dramatically raising the front seat, and even so, legroo...

7/10
Features
6/10
Interior
7/10
Design
7/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
8/10
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K

Keenan

2017 Subaru BRZ

Series.Yellow 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: December 29, 2021

affordable yet comfortable coupe

Pros - Supportive and comfortable seating, standard features available which is good for the price, excellent steering feel, and athletic handling

Cons - Small cargo area and cramped rear seating.

upscale and fancy coupe with athletic handling. This is a fantastic vehicle. For this vehicle, I traded in my 2014 Genesis Coupe 2.0t R-Spec. Two years down the line this coupe is still performing well. My BRZ has excellent handling, it provides amazing grip while giving average horsepower. On the negative, this Subaru suffers from squeezing back seats and a tiny cargo room. It's always been a fun car to drive. Although it isn't very quick, it turns incredibly well and has swift, responsive handling. Tire grip is finite and the car's balance and communication are so strong that I feel confident while controlling the vehicle. If someone is looking for something to merely carry them to work in luxury, t...

9/10
Features
7/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
8/10
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UL

Una Lawrence

2018 Subaru BRZ

Premium 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: December 27, 2021

a lightweight prizefighter coupe

Pros - Classic body shape, comfortable and supportive front seats, balanced handling and fun to drive.

Cons - Cramped rear seat and significant highway noise along with a small storage space.

Sporty vehicle with excellent handling and reactivity I've always been drawn to unusual automobiles. From the moment I saw the blue colour and sat in the driver's seat, the BRZ had me hooked. And just after the test ride was completed I decided to purchase the beautiful coupe. Its engine and handling have an analogue feel, and it encourages drivers to focus in rather than blank out. Listening to the engine thrash and whine takes away a lot of the fun of cranking it up. The majority of the buttons are precisely located where I expected them to be, visibility is superb, and the driving posture is perfectly appropriate. However, don't expect to fit a lot of people in the back, and the materials quality i...

8/10
Features
7/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
6/10
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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$27645

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

134 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

205 hp @ 7000 rpm

torque

156 lb.-ft. @ 6400 rpm

transmission

6 speed Manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

101 in.

length

167 in.

width

70 in.

height

51 in.

curb weight

2793 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

76.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

6.9 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.2 sec.

zero to 100 mph

16.3 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

7.2

standing 1/4-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

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Limited$27,645 onwards

  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • Heated mirrors and heated front seats
  • Keyless ignition & entry
  • Led foglights
  • Rear spoiler
  • Simulated suede and leather upholstery

Yellow Series$29,695 onwards

  • Frameless rearview mirror
  • Yellow interior accent stitching

Colors and Styles

2017 Subaru BRZ in Crystal Black Silica color
Crystal Black Silica

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.0

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

6.9

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.7

Safety

6.5

Competition

8.0

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.0

Overall Rating


A true blue sports car, the 2017 Subaru BRZ is often known for its inspiring handling dynamics, That is taken care of even further this time around with new dampers, coil springs, and much more, thus introducing a new Track mode. The lightweight machine, although houses a Toyota engine, but the designing credit has to go to Subaru which has practically redesigned its coupe range in a BRZ disguise.

 

However, even with a price of around $25,495, the Subaru BRZ is significantly at par with all its rivals and houses a similar Toyota engine as well. Powered with a 2.0 Liter DOHC 16V 4 Cylinder engine, it generates about 205 hp of power, figures which easily match its rivals. Moreover, unlike its Toyota cousin, the BRX undergoes a major updated interior styling and improved specs and feature list. Let's find out what these are-


7.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.9/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

7.7/10
Exterior

6.5/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2017 Subaru BRZ Features

7.0/10

The 2017 Subaru BRZ Coupe is available in three trim variants, namely Premium, Limited, and Series Yellow, with prices starting from an MSRP of $25,495 for the Premium trim, and goes all the way up to $29,695 for the top-of-the-line Series Yellow trim. Now as we've mentioned before, Subaru introduces an upgraded feature list across the lineup, and the premium-ness improves as you go up the trim ladder. All the said trims will have the same 2.0L Boxer engine pushing out 205 hp, although with an option of a 6-speed manual or automatic to take care of the transmission duties.

Trim Premium Limited Series Yellow
MSRP $25,495 $27,645 $29,695
Key Features LED headlights with automatic leveling Adds to the Premium trim's features Adds to the Limited trim's features
  17-inch alloys LED fog lights Alcantara and leather-trimmed upholstery
  Leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated controls Proximity Key with Push-button Start Black exterior badges
  Heated side mirrors Rear spoiler Heated, sport-type front seats
  Subaru's 6.1-inch Starlink Infotainment System with Navigation Dual-zone automatic climate controls Frameless rear-view mirror

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This 2017 Subaru BRZ sports coupe is a unique mix of sleek exterior designing and snazzy interiors. And thus, each and every one of the trims in this lineup has its own merits. So, this one truly boils down to the buyer. All the trims offer a different yet effective blend of features. However, the Limited edition, for an MSRP of $27,645 seems to be the most eye-catching one with additional features which are truly practical, if not outright sporty. The Performance and all-weather package only add to its merit list.

2017 Subaru BRZ Engine and Performance

7.0/10

Although it isn't blisteringly fast, it corners extremely well with quick, communicative steering - Edmunds

The 2017 Subaru BRZ sports coupe is powered by a 2.0 liter Flat 4-cylinder DOHC engine which produces 205 hp of outright power and 156 lb-ft of torque. While the engine offered is standard, Subaru offers a choice of two transmission units, one a 6-speed manual setup and the other, a 6-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles. The power figures also differ while you opt for the AT unit, as the 2017 BRZ then produces 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque.

The 2.0L Boxer engine along with the optional transmission units sends all of the power to the rear wheels of the car. The new engine is pretty peppy on a straight road and does what is really expected of a mid-price range sports coupe. The peppy engine coupled with its lower heft also helps it to post some good acceleration times.

Models

2017 Subaru BRZ

2017 Toyota 86

2017 Chevrolet Camaro

MSRP

$25,495

$26,255

$25,905

Engine

2.0L DOHC Flat-4

2.0L DOHC Flat-4

2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

Horsepower

205 hp @ 7000 RPM

205 hp @ 7000 RPM

275 hp @ 5600 RPM

Torque

156 lb-ft @ 6400 RPM

156 lb-ft @ 6400 RPM

295 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM

The rivals have a similar 2.0-liter engine here, with the Toyota 86 and the BRZ sharing the same Toyota engine. The power and torque generations are absolutely similar as well. However, the 2.0-liter engine of the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro is on a different level altogether in this regard with almost double the figures of the rest, which allows it to post some blisteringly fast 0-60 MPH times.

2017 Subaru BRZ 0-60 MPH and Acceleration

The 2017 Subaru BRZ is able to sprint from 0-60 MPH in just 6.2 seconds, all the while covering the quarter-mile mark in 15 seconds. This might not be what you expect from a sports coupe, but these times are blisteringly fast for a 205 hp producing car. Now the above time was for the 6-speed manual setup, whereas, when coupled with the 6-speed AT, the 2017 BRZ is able to post a sub-8-second 0-60 MPH time.

Models

2017 Subaru BRZ

2017 Toyota 86

2017 Chevrolet Camaro

0-60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.2 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter mile

15.0 sec

15.0 sec

11.1 sec

Nevertheless, these figures are much better than the previous iterations of the BRZ. The reason being, the Flat-4 engine gets new camshaft and cylinder blocks, which is thus paired to a new intake manifold for greater airflow, and subsequently better performance and acceleration figures. Here again, the Chevrolet Camaro soars way above the rest with absolutely magnificent figures of 4.3 seconds and 11.1 seconds respectively, courtesy of its segment-best engine specs.

2017 Subaru BRZ Ride and Handling

Subaru for the 2017 BRZ has brought loads of changes to aid in this department. First and foremost, Subaru upgrades the "Sports" mode to "Track" mode. This has made it more planted, courtesy of the updated coil springs and dampers, and a large rear stabilizer bar. This suspension tuning has made it more subtle to bumps. The steering feedback is quick and communicative too, with absolute control in terms of balance maintained with the road.

The handling dynamics is where the Subaru comes into its own, with the lightweight car being at its absolute best in terms of handling and driving. The car is very agile around the corners and barring the body roll on some occasions, is the best in this regard. Overtaking maneuvers seem to be a riot as well.

2017 Subaru BRZ Braking

With 11.6-inch front brake rotors and 11.4-inch rear ones, the 2017 Subaru BRZ comes to a dead stop from 60 MPH in just 124 ft. The 2017 Subaru BRZ Coupe has the brakes which match its acceleration i.e. despite not having the largest or the best of brakes; this lightweight sports coupe is not too far behind the rest. 

Model

2017 Subaru BRZ

2017 Toyota 86

2017 Chevrolet Camaro

Brake Front (in.)

11.6

11.6

12.4

Brake Rear (in.)

11.4

11.4

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2785

2774

3354

60-0 MPH (ft.)

124

124

123

The Camaro pulls the rabbit out of the hat in this regard too with a rather decent 123 feet to stop from 60 MPH. While despite the Toyota 86, weighing in lighter than the BRZ, it comes to a complete stop in a similar 124 ft.

2017 Subaru BRZ Fuel Economy

6.9/10

The 2017 Subaru BRZ delivers 21 MPG in the city and about 29 miles to the gallon out on the highway. This when coupled with its 13.2-gallon fuel tank, allows the BRZ to stack up an impressive 383-mile range. The DOHC engine does what was expected from it, as the spooled-up Toyota engine is definitely better than the previous ones. The above-mentioned figures were for the 6-speed manual-backed BRZ. When you opt for the 6-speed AT, the 2017 BRZ delivers 24 MPG in the city and about 33 miles to the gallon out on the highway. 

Model

2017 Subaru BRZ

2017 Toyota 86

2017 Chevrolet Camaro

MPG (city)

21

21

20

MPG (highway)

29

28

30

MPG (combined)

24

24

23

Fuel tank capacity 13.2 gallons 13.2 gallons 19 gallons

Moving onto the rivals, the Chevrolet Camaro, in particular, has impressed us a lot, with its 23 MPG combined efficiency, despite putting down much more power than its competitors. It also has a segment-best 19-gallon fuel tank. The Camaro has one this round by a mile.

2017 Subaru BRZ Interior

7.0/10

Though it isn't full of upscale or fancy trimmings, the BRZ has a likable interior - Edmunds

The 2017 Subaru BRZ is a two-row sports cruiser that is meant to accommodate 4 average-sized people, although the rear space isn't big enough for 2 well-grown adults to be seated in comfort. The interior is made up of simple yet fancy materials that depict a subtle interior setup. Nevertheless, for 2017, Subaru has brought about an upgrade in the interior as well, with the latest feature offerings.

The seats provide heated and cooling functions as well. The passenger rear seats are also electrically powered. The BRZ logo embroidered sports driver's seat is a bit down on comfort but that shouldn't be much of an issue. The synthetic leather seats are pretty decent in this regard. They provide electric seat adjustment as well. Also, on an ending note, the interiors are very well laid out and look absolutely magnificent along with the simple dashboard.

Model

2017 Subaru BRZ

2017 Toyota 86

2017 Chevrolet Camaro

Passenger capacity

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/54.5/41.9

37.1/54.5/41.9

38.5/55.0/43.9

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

35.0/51.7/29.9

35.0/51.7/29.9

33.5/53.0/29.9

Some of the interior features on offer are-

  • Height-adjustable seats
  • Leather Wrapped Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Frameless rearview mirror
  • Yellow interior accent stitching
  • BRZ logo embroidered front seats

2017 Subaru BRZ Infotainment

As evident, the 2017 Subaru BRZ hasn't been flushed with the latest infotainment features, rather it makes do with a simple yet practical interior layout. Standard across the trim range, is a 6.2-inch infotainment touchscreen system. The Subaru BRZ coupe's infotainment system is easy to use, once you clear the first curve. It provides a great interface, coupled with excellent sound quality. A rear-view camera has also been made standard this time around.

Some of the infotainment features on offer are-

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • iTunes tagging
  • HD Radio
  • Pandora
  • iHeart radio
  • Premium Sound System

2017 Subaru BRZ Cargo Capacity

The 2017 Subaru BRZ Coupe has a relatively spacious 6.9 cu. ft of trunk space. There is no load lip to lift up the baggage. The storage spaces are excellent with a 12V socket as well. The rear seats are foldable leading to an extra room.

Model

2017 Subaru BRZ

2017 Toyota 86

2017 Chevrolet Camaro

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

6.9

6.9

9.1

Here again, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro is too good for the rest, with a class defining 9.1 ft of space inside the trunk. The similar Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 are the same in this regard too.

2017 Subaru BRZ Exterior

7.7/10

The BRZ bristles with references to great sports cars of the past, though it comes off as completely contemporary and modern - The CarConnection

The 2017 Subaru BRZ gets a minor update on the exterior front. The styling has been a constant feature of the Subaru brand and this one is really special. This 2017 BRZ is stylish and sleek from the inside and the outside. The updates include redesigned front and rear fascias, including the front LED lights and wider bumpers positioned lower than usual. This is because of the flat-four engine being placed lower than a normal engine.

Modern in its design layout, the 2017 BRZ houses a clean silhouette of crisp character line flowing down through the sides, longer than the usual hood, and an optional variety of 5-spoke wheels, as you go up the trim ladder. Apart from the new alloys on offer, Subaru also introduces a new rear spoiler just for that sporty character.

Model

2017 Subaru BRZ

2017 Toyota 86

2017 Chevrolet Camaro

Curb weight (lbs.)

2785

2,774

3354

Length(in)

166.7

166.7

188.3

Width(in)

69.9

69.9

74.4

Height(in)

50.6

50.6

53.1

Ground clearance (in)

4.9

4.9

5.0

Wheelbase (in)

101.2

101.2

110.7

Track width (in) F/R

59.8/60.6

59.8/60.6

63.0/62.9

Coming to the dimensions, BRZ is one of the shortest sports coupes in the segment, which is thus reciprocated to its interior cabin space too. Based on the same platform, both the Toyota 86 and the BRZ have similar dimensions altogether. However, the Chevrolet Camaro is on a different level here too, with exceptional dimensions, pretty amazing for such a small car.

Exterior Features of the 2017 Subaru BRZ are-

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Power windows with Rear defrost function
  • Rear spoiler
  • Automatic rain-sensing wipers
  • LED headlights and running lights
  • Summer tires
  • Black exterior badges

2017 Subaru BRZ Safety

6.5/10

Being a sports coupe, it is quite evident that, the Subaru BRZ might miss up on the latest driver-assistance features on offer, except the usual active and passive tech. Nevertheless, having said that, Subaru has found it in themselves to deploy certain more safety features as standard for the 2017 BRZ. This has, in turn, allowed the BRZ to get an overall 4 out of 5 stars in the following crash-testing scenario from the NHTSA, whereas IIHS has deemed it with a "Good" rating of all.

Some of the safety features on offer are-

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor

2017 Subaru BRZ Competition

8.0/10

2017 Subaru BRZ vs 2017 Toyota 86

The Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 are the same in almost every regard. The dimensions of both the cars are pretty much similar, while the power generation, torque along with the physical attributes like the trunk size and fuel economy are exactly similar too.

The only difference visible to the naked eye is in the interior and the feature list each one offers, and this is something that solely depends on the choice of the customer. So both the cars remain at par in this regard. Nevertheless having said that, the Subaru BRZ inches a bit further, courtesy of its lower price-tag.

2017 Subaru BRZ vs 2017 Chevrolet Camaro

The Camaro has a similar 2.0-liter engine to the BRZ, but, the Chevrolet does generate massive torque and power. The pickup of the Camaro is better too. Having said that, the Camaro is purely meant to be used mostly on the track, whereas the BRZ's sporty ride and handling dynamics allow it to be taken on normal roads too.

However, the Camaro does get to a different level when you consider the dimensions and trunk size along with the comfort on offer, making the Camaro a clear winner, that too by a mile.

2017 Subaru BRZ Final Verdict

The 2017 Subaru BRZ may have the most consumer-friendly price tag and it doesn't have a big engine. However, it is nothing short of a true blue sports offering. It gives a sporty feel, courtesy of the renewed dampers and coil springs, is comfortable from the inside, and has a peppy drive to it too. However, although the Subaru is not lagging in any regard, the Chevrolet Camaro has taken itself to a different level altogether, making it a deserved winner. Although, the backup pick will still be the 2017 Subaru BRZ Coupe.

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Top User Reviews

7

User Overall Rating

affordable sports car with distinctive looks

great-handling sports car with big value for the dollar.

by Jack Conner

8

User Overall Rating

affordable yet comfortable coupe

upscale and fancy coupe with athletic handling.

by Keenan

8

User Overall Rating

a lightweight prizefighter coupe

Sporty vehicle with excellent handling and reactivity

by Una Lawrence

7

User Overall Rating

Tiny but packs a lot of fun and thrill

Wish it was a bit mor aggressively styled

by Elizabeth Fraser

8

User Overall Rating

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