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2013 Subaru BRZ Review
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Subaru has finally released the 2013 Subaru BRZ. The BRZ received a lot of hype in the year or two leading up to the release, and most reviewers agree it was well worth the wait. The 2013 Subaru BRZ is a compact sport coupe that is actually the result of a collaboration between Subaru and Toyota. Toyota's version in the U.S. will be sold as the Scion FR-S. The end result is a high-performance sports car with impeccable engineering from the inside out. From the aerodynamics and low center of gravity to its unique engine and sports car drivetrain; Subaru has created a driving experience like no other.
There is a lot to love with the Subaru BRZ. This attractive, sporty, rear-drive sports car is offered in two models: Premium and Limited.
New For 2013
The 2013 Subaru BRZ is all-new for 2013. Some highlights of this much-hyped vehicle include:
- High-performance, all-new Subaru BOXER engine
- Distinctive styling
- Voice-activated GPS Navigation
- Excellent fuel economy - 25/34 mpg city/highway
The new Subaru BRZ is a nice looking car by any measure. Its wide grille, distinct headlights, smooth lines, and sleek styling are sure to turn heads. The BRZ also has a super light, well-balance chassis and a curb weight of only 2700 lbs. It is offered in seven classic colors: Crystal Black Silica, Dark Gray Metallic, WR Blue Pearl, Galaxy Blue Silica, Satin White Pearl, Sterling Silver Metallic, and Lightning Red.
Standard features in both the Premium and Limited trims include high-intensity discharge xenon headlights, power side mirrors, 17-inch 15-spoke dark gray-finished aluminum-alloy wheels with machined accents, and summer high-performance tires. The Limited model adds a rear spoiler, heated side mirrors, and fog lights. Automatic transmission paddle shifters and a uniquely designed fuel door cover are optional on both trims.
Interior & Cargo
The 2013 Subaru BRZ is a four-seater sports coupe. True to its purpose, Subaru's new BRZ is a high-performance sports car without a ton of bells and whistles. However, it does have all of the expected sport touches, such as black cloth upholstery with red striping, six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel, shift knob and brake handle, voice-activated GPS navigation system, Bluetooth, USB port, and eight-speaker HD radio audio system. The Limited model adds an Alcantara-trimmed upholstery, heated front seats, silver metallic accent trim, keyless entry, and keyless start. An auto-dimming mirror with compass and Homelink, 10-inch powered subwoofer, rear diffuser, chrome fender trim and interior illumination kit are all available as options on both trims.
The BRZ offers a comfortable ride at any speed, even for long-distance drives. The front seats offer plenty of room, even for taller drivers. However, with rear legroom of just 29.9 inches, the back seats are really just for children with short legs. As you also may expect with a sports car, the BRZ offers limited cargo space with only 6.9 cubic feet in the trunk, although the split-folding rear seats can be lowered to provide a bit more space.
Subaru took the time to add a whole list of available standard safety features. The 2013 Subaru BRZ comes with standard a four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), electronic brake force distribution, reinforced frame, Subaru’s advanced airbag system, including driver's and front-passenger's front airbags, active front seat head restraints, stability control, traction control, engine immobilizer, Brake Assist, and the LATCH system (lower anchors and tethers for children). The Limited trim also comes with a standard anti-theft security system.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the BRZ the highest rating of ""good"" in the frontal-offset crash tests.
The driving experience is the highlight of this car. The 2013 Subaru BRZ is powered by a direct and port-injected Subaru BOXER engine. This powerful 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive offers 200 hp. Six-speed automatic transmission is available as an option. The BRZ is a true sports car with independent MacPherson struts in the front and independent double wishbone suspension in the back. It also has Torsen® limited-slip differential that offers better cornering ability and improved grip. The engine is farther back and lower, which results in a balanced car with a low center of gravity. All of this gives the BRZ amazing handling and control. The 2013 Subaru BRZ looks, feels, and drives like a sports car should.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Subaru BRZ
- Subaru WRX
- Hyundai Genesis Coupe
- Volkswagen GTI
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