2022 Subaru BRZ in RI

Overview

Some folks look at driving as a pleasurable pursuit – a skill to hone and revel in – as opposed to just a way of getting around. The Subaru BRZ is the car for them. This rear-wheel-drive coupe, the only Subaru without standard AWD, satisfies that class of drivers with its nimble handling, powerful engine, and tech abundant interior. Model year 2022 is especially exciting: the BRZ has been redesigned with some significant upgrades, starting with a new and more powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder BOXER engine. This four-seater also boasts a retuned suspension that’s had its merits tested on the track, plus upgraded performance brakes, wheels, and tires and a refreshed cockpit with more intuitive instruments and controls. Although the standard fully synchronized close-ratio six-speed manual transmission is a must-have for the most hands-on drivers, a reengineered six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and manual mode is optional.

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Trims and Powertrain

Both trim levels – the Premium and Limited – have the same powertrain, an all-new 2.4-liter four-cylinder BOXER engine that produces 228 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The BRZ uses Subaru’s only rear-wheel drivetrain for the true feel of a performance car. As mentioned, a six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters is offered. The manual versions return an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, while automatics are rated for 21 city/30 highway.


Standard Features and Packages

The Premium earns its name with heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob with red accents, LED headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, and high-performance summer tires on 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels finished in high-luster gray. It also has a 7-inch configurable digital gauge cluster with Normal, Sport, and Track modes. The Limited’s upgrades range from steering-responsive LED headlights and Ultrasuede-and-leather seats with red leather bolsters to 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with a dark-gray matte finish wearing Michelin Pilot 4 summer tires. An auto-dimming rearview mirror with a HomeLink universal garage door opener is optional on either trim.


Safety and Technology

Another change with this redesign is that the Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology suite is being offered on the BRZ for the first time. Its features include advanced adaptive cruise control with lane centering, pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning, and lane keep assist. Buyers can also add automatic high beams to both trims, but only the Limited can be ordered with reverse automatic braking. The Limited also gets standard blind-spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert, although the Subaru STARLINK Safety and Security system comes standard on both.

The multimedia setup in the Premium and Limited consists of a refreshed STARLINK infotainment system, which can be controlled via its 8-inch touchscreen or voice-activated controls. The system’s main features are smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), SiriusXM satellite radio, HD radio, Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free phone use, text messaging assistance, and an eight-speaker sound system.