2019 Subaru BRZ

MSRP $25,795

Ranked #1 in Subcompact Coupe

7.7

Overall Rating

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2019 Subaru BRZ Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 17, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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So the small sports car segment is not a very crowded space and there are not a lot of cars that are as famous as the Mazda Miata. Well, one more car that is very hugely admired by the masses is the Subaru BRZ which is very well priced and quite a practical sports car to have. Now it has been quite some time since the current generation BRZ hit the market and though it needs an overall upgrade, it still is one of the best-looking cars out there. 

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Pros

Excellent at handling

Fuss-free sports car

Quite affordable

Looks good

Cons

More power needed

Back seats are crammed

Not much cargo room

What's New?

New limited edition Series.Grey trim

No other significant changes for 2019


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25795

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

101.2 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.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.4 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

478.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 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

Premium$25,795 onwards

Colors and Styles

2019 Subaru BRZ in Crystal White Pearl color
Crystal White 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

Pricing and Features

6.5

Engine and Performance

8.2

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

7.5

Exterior

7.7

Safety

8.4

Competition

8.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


For 2019, Subaru has added a limited-edition trim which gets sport gray painted 18-inch alloy wheels, Brembo brakes, Sachs performance suspension, and a lot more goodies to keep you tripping off your feet. So if you want one of those, you better be quick as the car is just limited to 250 units and they are flying off the shelves. Pricing begins at $25,795 for the base trim and goes up to more than $30,140 for the special edition. The BRZ competes with the Toyota 86, Nissan 370Z, and the Mazda MX-5 Miata


8.2/10
Engine and Performance

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

7.7/10
Exterior

8.4/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2019 Subaru BRZ Features

Essentially the Subaru BRZ is available with just two trims which are Premium and Limited. A special edition Series. Gray trim has also been added to the lineup; limited to just 250 units. The base-level Premium trim starts at $25,795 and only comes with a manual. It comes with basic features like a 6.2-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic headlights, 17-inch wheels, and cloth upholstery. The Premium’s touchscreen skips Android Auto or Apple CarPlay compatibility, although Subaru’s native system is fairly straightforward and easy to understand. The second trim is the Limited which comes with both a manual and automatic transmission.

The BRZ Limited adds synthetic suede inserts into the upholstery, heated front seats, fog lights, keyless ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an upgraded 7.0-inch touchscreen. The lucky few who snapped up all 250 Series. Gray versions of the BRZ got special wheels, interior accents, badges added to performance package-equipped BRZ Limited cars for $31,025 if not more.

Model

Premium

Limited

Series.Gray

MSRP (RWD Manual)

$25,795

$28,645

$30,140

MSRP (RWD Automatic)

N/A

$29,745

N/A

Key Features

Leather multi-functional steering

Adds/upgrades to Premium - 

Adds/upgrades to Limited - 

 

17-inch wheels

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Sachs performance dampers

 

LED headlights

LED fog lights

Frameless rearview mirror

 

Trunk spoiler

Heated front seats

Unique cabin trim and badges

 

6.2-inch touchscreen

7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Brembo brakes

 

8-speaker stereo

Navigation

Gray-painted alloy wheels

 

Cloth upholstery 

Simulated suede upholstery with heated front seats

Exclusive Limited Edition optional wheels

Which Trim should you buy?

The base Premium package is our pick of the bunch as it comes with nearly all the creature comfort features that you’ll ever need like a 6.2-inch touchscreen, an 8 speaker audio unit, cloth upholstery, LED headlights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a few more nitty-gritty. For those who want an automatic though, the Limited is their only option. 

2019 Subaru BRZ Engine and Performance

8.2/10

The 2019 Subaru BRZ may be the most analog and fuss-free sports car you can get in modern times. There are not a lot of things that can go wrong with this car as it is as basic as it can be. The BRZ is powered by a rather free-revving 2.0-liter Flat-4 which is quite a unique configuration to see in cars these days. Now, this is quite a very high revving engine and produces its peak power of 205 hp at 7000rpm while the torque figure is a modest 156 lb-ft at 6400 rpm. This engine can be had either with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission and while the purists will find the manual ones more exciting, the automatic is actually the one that is more efficient. Power is sent to the rear wheels as standard as the BRZ is the only Subaru that doesn’t get all-wheel-drive.

This is a very punchy motor and power comes quite late in the rev band which again might sound exciting and fun to some but is rather bad for the fuel economy. It is not a very fast car though and is among the slowest of the bunch but that is not what this car is made for. It is built for having fun with minimal drama and it certainly does that. Well, the engine lacks in lower rpm power because that is quite characteristic of a naturally aspirated flat-four but once you pass that sweet spot of 5000 rpm, the engine gets into a completely different character and gets a lot more lively. The pull is quite a liner and the manual gearbox helps you to hold on to gears for as long as you want. 

Models

2019 Subaru BRZ

2019 Toyota 86 GT

2019 Nissan 370Z

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club

MSRP

$28,645

$28,785

$30,090

$29,590

Engine

2.0-liter Subaru Boxer-4

2.0-liter Subaru Boxer-4

3.7-liter V6

2.0-liter inline-4

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Power 

205hp @ 7000 rpm

205hp @ 7000 rpm

332hp @ 7000 rpm

181hp @ 7000 rpm

Torque

156lb-ft @ 6400 rpm

156lb-ft @ 6400 rpm

270lb-ft @ 5200 rpm

151lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.3

6.4

5.0

5.8

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14.7

14.8

13.6

14.5

Top-Speed (MPH)

143

140

155

135

For a sprint from 0 to 60mph, the Subaru and the Toyota are the slowest and that was pretty much predictable while the most powerful Nissan 370Z takes the crown for acceleration. It is even the fastest with the highest top speed. All the cars come with a 6-speed manual gearbox as their base unit and rear-wheel-drive as standard. The 370Z even though it shows its age very evidently, still is a superb performer in the segment. 

How well does the 2019 Subaru BRZ handle?

Handling is the best bit of the BRZ. A flat-four configuration gives the 2019 BRZ quite a low center of gravity which makes the overall car sit tauter and lower. It is quite good at going around corners and handles like a butterfly in those fast sweeping corners. Add to that the steering wheel is also quite responsive and is very well-weighted. This gives the BRZ quite an advantage when going around a circuit. 

Coils over struts in the front and a double-wishbone in the back prioritize weight over the front wheels. Nail the throttle and the BRZ’s weight gradually slides toward the rear, where its tail can step out in predictable—but not very powerful—slides over and over, again. A Torsen limited-slip differential helps the vehicle mind its manners, even when we don’t. Overall the BRZ Coupe is an impressive performer in the handling and driving dynamics department. 

2019 Subaru BRZ Braking Performance

The 2019 Subaru BRZ is quite a light car at its feet and this gives it an inherent advantage while stopping the car. It gets 11.6” rotors up at the front and 11.4” rotors at the back. They are not very huge in size but considering the car weighs so much less, this is quite enough of a setup to stop the car at a safe distance. It is among the quickest stopping sports cars among the bunch and is further aided by brake assist for when you forget to push the brake pedal hard enough.

Models

2019 Subaru BRZ

2019 Toyota 86 GT

2019 Nissan 370Z

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

11.6

11.6

12.6

11

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.4

11.4

12.1

11

Curb Weight (lbs)

2789

2776

3333

2339

60-0MPH (feet)

109

109

121

124

The Nissan 370Z is the most powerful and heaviest car of the bunch also has the biggest brakes and they are quite good at shedding speeds. The Mazda, despite being the lightest one here, has the worst braking performance, owing to its smaller discs and also not very effective braking hardware. The BRZ and the Toyota 86 are the actual kings in the braking department stopping at the shortest distance. 

2019 Subaru BRZ Fuel Economy

7.1/10

The 2019 BRZ is quite a fuel-efficient car as the small four-cylinder boxer engine is good enough for 21mpg for city driving, 29mpg for the highways, and 24mpg for the combined conditions. These are figures for the manual transmission cars and the automatic ones are even more impressive. The automatic Subaru BRZ is rated for an increased 24/33/27 mpg for city, highway, and combined cycles respectively.

Models

2019 Subaru BRZ

2019 Toyota 86 GT

2019 Nissan 370Z

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club

MPG (City)

21

21

17

26

MPG (Highway)

29

29

26

34

MPG (Combined)

24

24

20

29

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

13.2 

13.2 

19.0 

11.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

277/383/317

277/383/317

323/494/380

309/404/345

With a quite smaller fuel tank and average fuel efficiency figures, the BRZ and 86 cousins sit at the lower side of the spectrum while the Nissan is the least fuel-efficient but offers a much bigger fuel tank making it the leader of the board. The real surprise is the cute little Miata which has the best fuel efficiency figures. The Subaru as we can see does not provide great efficiency figures or a superb range. 

2019 Subaru BRZ Interior

7.5/10

The 2019 BRZ has quite a decently put-together cabin layout. There is not a lot of clutter and you’ll get all you need in the right places without the need of digging around much. The quality of materials used is quite good while the lower part of the dashboard does have some scratchy hard plastic bits which are quite expected at this price point. Just like every other sports car out there, the Subaru also claims to have a 2+2 cabin, but the back seats are best for carrying luggage as they are just not suitable even for kids. 

The front seats though are surprisingly spacious and quite practical as well. You do get a feeling of sitting quite low to the ground and that is basically the whole idea of being into a low-slung sports car. These may not be the most spacious sets of the bunch but they are rather good at their job. These are sports bucket seats so they are contoured in a way to give you utmost comfort. The finish is leather with Alcantara in the middle for the top of line Limited trim while the lower trims get cloth finishes. Also, the seats are heated for added convenience.

Models

2019 Subaru BRZ

2019 Toyota 86 GT

2019 Nissan 370Z

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club

Seating Capacity

4

4

2

2

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

37.1/54.5/41.9

37.1/54.5/41.9

38.2/54.4/42.9

37.4/52.2/43.1

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg, in inches)

35.0/51.7/29.9

35.0/51.7/29.9

N/A

N/A

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

6.9

6.9

NA

4.6

The 2019 BRZ offers a 6.9 cu-ft of trunk volume which might not be a lot but for a small sports car, it is quite enough. Further, the rear seats can also be used as some extra space to carry a few more bags because that is the best utilization of that space. The Nissan has the most spacious front row seats but both the 370z and Miata are strict two-seaters while the Subaru and Toyota get additional two seats. Now the additional seats can’t really accommodate people but still, more space is always welcomed. Standout interior features include:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Manually adjustable front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather and Alcantara upholstery
  • Heated front seats

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The Premium BRZ's 6.2-inch infotainment display includes a single-disc CD player, AM/FM and satellite radio, Bluetooth, and apps for music streaming services. The Limited and Series. Gray trims have a larger 7.0-inch touchscreen display which adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, HD radio, and subscription-based navigation with traffic updates. 

Also in the higher trims is a 4.2-inch color screen next to the tachometer, which displays data like braking and g-forces, accelerator pedal position, steering angle, fluid temperatures, and lap times. All BRZs are equipped with an eight-speaker sound system, two USB ports, an auxiliary audio input. Standout infotainment features:

  • 7.0-inch Touchscreen Infotainment Display
  • AM/FM radio
  • Navigation
  • Apple Carplay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth and Dual-USB ports
  • Satellite Radio
  • CD Player
  • 8-speaker Audio

2019 Subaru BRZ Exterior

7.7/10

The 2019 Subaru BRZ is undoubtedly a very smart-looking sports car. It is quite an old design now but they have done just the right things to make it look up to date even by today’s standards. So the front starts with a long and low bonnet which houses the engine. There are not a lot of cuts or creases here but the design is rather smooth and chiseled. The lower bumper has the front grille and even that doesn’t have big intakes. Then to the side, there are inlets for the radiator and obviously some aerodynamic trickery. The headlights with projector bulbs and LED DRLs look smart and striking and add to the character of the car.

The side profile has the unmistakable stance of a sports coupe with a sloping roofline and wide hunches for the wheel arches. Top-of-the-line trim comes with 18-inch alloy wheels which look utterly sporty. There are no vents as such on the side and just some cuts above the front wheel arches. The rear gets a spoiler to add to the sportiness quotient and also the LED taillights. The twin exhaust pipes housed lower in the bumper are a thing to look out for while going over larger speedbumps. There is also an option to add a rear bumper diffuser to further enhance the styling of the car. 

Models

2019 Subaru BRZ

2019 Toyota 86 GT

2019 Nissan 370Z

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club

Curb Weight (lbs)

2789

2776

3333

2339

Length (inches)

166.7

166.7

167.5

154.1

Width (inches)

69.9

69.9

72.6

68.3

Height (inches)

52.0

50.6

51.8

48.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

4.9

4.9

4.8

5.3

Wheelbase (inches)

101.2

101.2

100.4

90.9

The Miata is the smallest car here so it is very much expected that it also will be the lightest one here. Just like that, the 370z is the heaviest car in the bunch and also the biggest one too. Subaru and Toyota, which are ideally the same car, lie somewhere in between the Miata and the 370z in terms of dimensions and numbers. Standout exterior features include- 

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Wing spoiler
  • Twin exhaust pipes
  • Black exterior badges
  • High-performance Brembo brakes

2019 Subaru BRZ Safety

8.4/10

Well the Subaru BRZ is quite a safe car considering it’s a small sports coupe but it does seriously lack a lot of active safety features. NHTSA has tested the car for just front and rollover crash tests in which it scored Four and Five stars respectively. The car is not very good at frontal crash protection due to low ride height and the unavailability of knee airbags. 

Further IIHS also crash-tested the car and while they awarded the BRZ with a “Good” rating for all other parameters, the small overlap front crash test got the car stuck where it received just an “Acceptable” rating. Primarily because after the crash test, the car’s structure was deformed which means the driver’s survival space was not maintained well. Also, the dummy’s head missed the airbags and slid to the side. The BRZ is effective quite a safe car but there are places that need some improvement. Standout safety features in the Subaru BRZ are the following: 

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Brake Override System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

2019 Subaru BRZ Competition

8.0/10

2019 Subaru BRZ vs 2019 Toyota 86 GT

The Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 are essentially the same cars so there is not even a single difference between the two other than the logos and the badges. So effectively you won’t go wrong if you pick any one of those. There are a few styling changes and those like a slightly edgier looking car, then the 86 GT might excite them. Also, the Toyota 86 has a few more trim levels to choose from which gives it an advantage over there. The 2019 Toyota 86 is also just a bit more expensive than the Subaru.

2019 Subaru BRZ vs 2019 Mazda Miata MX-5 Miata Club RF

The Mazda Miata MX-5 is the OG small sports car. It is the car that defined and started this segment and is still a pretty solid car to buy. Over the years it has seen a lot of updates and though in its newest avatar it still looks strikingly beautiful to us. It is small, nimble, and agile just like a sports car should be, and also very fuel-efficient. If it is about pure driving fun, then the Miata will be our pick despite being the least powerful one here.

2019 Subaru BRZ vs 2019 Nissan 370Z

With a big powerful V6 under the hood, the Nissan 370Z definitely has an advantage over the others in terms of power and performance. But that is pretty much all it has to offer. It is quite a heavy car, not very fuel-efficient and expensive as well. The base variant which is the only one that can be compared to the Subaru lacks features and is nowhere close to the BRZ when it comes to the value for money quotient. It does have a bit more space in the front row but the BRZ comes with additional two seats which is a bigger advantage. Overall the Nissan is a very good car but is certainly a one notch upper segment than the BRZ and here in this comparison, the BRZ is the better car.

2019 Subaru BRZ Final Verdict

In a world where everything is seeming to move towards being digital and more and more driver aids are ruining the driving feel, the Subaru BRZ is a raw and analog car that teaches you what a sports car should be like. It is quite practical, very good at handling corners, is decently powerful, and is as comfortable as a sports car should be. It is very perfect for the job it is designed to do and though it is running quite old now, we still love it and would always be excited to see one in our driveway.

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