2013 Subaru BRZ Premium

The Good The 2013 Subaru BRZ Premium is a joy to drive, with light, direct handling that doesn't separate the driver from the road with gadgetry. Driver ergonomics are fantastic. Torque from the Boxer engine is adequate and linear.

The Bad The extremely cheap dashboard materials and build quality were a disappointment. The premium audio-and-navigation system was frustrating and difficult to use, and the stereo sounded, frankly, horrible.

The Bottom Line Choose the spartan 2013 Subaru BRZ Premium if you're looking for a fantastic driver's car that carves corners with unmatched precision, but steer clear if cabin tech and "premium" comfort top your list of requirements.

Editors' Rating
  • Cabin tech 5.0
  • Performance tech 8.0
  • Design 8.0
6.8 Overall

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Review

Subie's simple sports coupe is a purist's delight

The 2013 Subaru BRZ is a gorgeous car. For all intents and purposes, it's identical to the Scion FR-S that we tested last year, but with a few superficial styling differences. It's got different badges, a reshaped lower grille, different wheels, and a different cap on the cosmetic fender vents, but in the broad strokes of the sports coupe's design it's so similar to the Scion model (and the Toyota model that both of them are based on) that you'd have a hard time telling the difference if you passed one in traffic.

One easy way to distinguish our Subaru from its Scion-badged cousins is the signature WR Blue Pearl paint, which is unique to the BRZ and is a stunning color in person.

Cheap dashboard, poor cabin tech
Let's go ahead and get this out of the way, so that I can get on to gushing over how much I loved driving the BRZ: the entire dashboard experience is crap. The build quality is low and the best thing about the audio and navigation system is that it looks easy to remove and replace.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $25,495
  • Brand Subaru
  • Available Engine Gas
  • Body style Hatchback
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