The 2019 Subaru BRZ is a great-looking and exciting sports coupe that's different from anything else this Japanese carmaker offers. For one thing, it's the only Subaru model that does not come with all-wheel drive - as well as the only one that calls for premium unleaded. It also delivers a decent combination of horsepower (up to 205) and fuel efficiency (up to 24 mpg city and 33 mpg highway) and can be equipped with a performance package that adds Brembo brakes, SACHS performance dampers, and 17-inch spoked aluminum-alloy wheels. The BRZ stacks up against its rivals by offering better connectivity and active safety features than the Toyota 86 and significantly more interior volume and trunk space than either the Mazda Miata or Nissan 370Z.




The '19 BRZ gets its power from a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed and naturally aspirated (non-turbocharged) Subaru Boxer engine that is mounted low and farther back under the hood. This engine placement really keeps the center of gravity low so that the car really hugs the road and improves the fun of driving it. This engine placement combined with the quick-ratio steering, Torsen limited-slip differential, and stability control with selectable track mode make the BRZ a great handler along the curves.

Plenty of sport-oriented details on this car increase its racing feel, from the bolstered seats to the metal brake, accelerator, and - in the case of the standard transmission - clutch pedals. Steering is very responsive with the super-quick 13.1:1 ratio, and the wheeler is a smaller-than-standard diameter for that extra sporty effect. The firm braking feels great underfoot and gives the driver confidence. The transmission choices are the standard six-speed close-ratio manual or a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters that's only available on the Limited trim. The Limited also gets a multi-function gauge cluster that shows performance information, including digital G-force.

Trims and Standard Equipment

Subaru presents a simple lineup of just two trims, the Premium and the Limited. The Premium comes equipped with a rear spoiler, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, cloth upholstery, power side mirrors, and a six-speed manual transmission. The Limited adds quite a bit, with fog lights, heated side mirrors, heated front seats, Alcantara leather upholstery with BRZ embroidery, dual-zone automatic climate control, two USB ports, and keyless access with push-button start. The Limited is also eligible for both the optional automatic transmission and Performance Package.

Technology Features

The Subaru STARLINK Multimedia system that comes standard with the Premium trim is outfitted with a 6.2-inch touchscreen, a CD player, HD radio, one USB port, and Bluetooth capability for audio streaming and hands-free phone use. The upgraded version gets a 7-inch screen, voice-activated TomTom navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and an additional USB port.

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