2015 Subaru BRZSport-tech (M6) 2dr Coupe

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All our editors liked the seats, though: They hold you in place for spirited driving--without being overly restrictive or difficult to get into.
- Cars.com
The brake pedal is firm and easy to modulate, and the tight action of the manual shifter makes running through the gates very rewarding.
- Car and Driver

The Subaru BRZ is a front-engine rear-wheel drive 2-door sport coupe. Engineered and designed together with Toyota, the attractively styled and lightweight BRZ embodies a return to sports car roots. A new Spec A model is available for 2015.

The rear-wheel drive BRZ is powered by a 200-hp 2.0-liter flat boxer 4-cylinder engine with both direct and port injection and is matched with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Its sporty nature is further strengthened by including a Torsen limited-slip differential as standard equipment. Standard equipment includes 17-inch aluminum wheels, ventilated disc brakes front and rear, HID projector headlamps, voice-activated navigation, and an audio system with HD radio, eight speakers and Bluetooth connectivity. Front seats are comfortable sport buckets and the rear seatback folds forward to create more storage space. Safety features include six airbags, stability control, traction control, and brake assist. Available features include leather/alcantara seats, keyless start, and heated front seats and exterior mirrors.

The Subaru BRZ is a carryover for the 2015 model year with the addition of the Spec A trim.


The Subaru BRZ is a fun, affordable, rear-wheel-drive sport coupe that's small, nimble and tossable.It's fun and easy to drive on a race track.

For 2015, Subaru BRZ gets a revised suspension that makes it even more stable in hard cornering.Also new is the 2015 BRZ Series Blue edition, which will be limited to 1,000 units in the U.S.Other minor changes for the 2015 BRZ lineup include a shark fin antenna that replaces the outgoing pole-style antenna, and a revised interior trim.

Built in cooperation with Toyota, the Subaru BRZ is very similar to the Scion FR-S.

Subaru BRZ is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine that makes 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.The standard 6-speed manual gearbox is way fun, carefully designed like the rest of the car to be that way.There's an optional 6-speed automatic, which comes with paddle shifters.

Like the FR-S, the seats and the engine of the BRZ sit lower than most cars, resulting in a low center of gravity that equates to excellent handling with very little body roll.The suspension is firm and hugs the road, though some may find it a little harsh for road trips or daily driving.

Rear-wheel drive is a modern first for Subaru, which has dedicated itself to the beauty of all-wheel drive.With no drivetrain to the front wheels, the engine could be located farther rearward, which means better balance and handling.And the BRZ's light weight of 2762 pounds, using high-tensile steel in the frame with an aluminum hood, adds to the car's agility.In short, it is a classic front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports machine.

Skilled, experienced drivers can throw the BRZ around aggressively, thanks to non-intrusive stability control that has five levels, including one for track driving.The summer performance tires that come standard would handle the track just fine, but enthusiasts who want to swap out for sticker tires will be pleased to know the BRZ's trunk, with its fold-flat seat, will hold a set of four mounted tires.

Styling of the Subaru BRZ is attractive but not over the top, and some of the eye-popping colors available on the Scion FR-S are not offered.

Back seats are small and are best left to children or gear.This is primarily a two-seat car.The interior is simple and comfortable, with the focus clearly on the driving.Fabric seats are rugged and stylish, with excellent bolstering.Alloy pedals and red-stitched leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are cool.We especially liked the tachometer mounted in center that includes a digital readout for speed that's very easy to read.

However, the Subaru BRZ, like the Scion FR-S, lacks certain convenience features such as steering-wheel mounted controls, and some buttons on the dash don't light up at night.That means extra distraction when trying to change the station or toggle through menu items.Also, the touchscreen looks more like an aftermarket edition, and the interface isn't easy to use.

EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2015 Subaru BRZ is 22/30/25 mpg City/Highway/Combined, and 25/34/28 mpg for the efficient 6-speed automatic.One important thing to note is these numbers are achieved using Premium gasoline, which lessens the BRZ's overall affordability over time.But if you want a sports car, you're likely willing to buy Premium gas.

The most direct competitor to the 2015 Subaru BRZ is the Scion FR-S.Although it's a convertible, the Mazda Miata MX-5 is the closest rival when it comes to the track, though we think the BRZ and FR-S handle just as well.Base models of the pony cars are around the same price point: Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, and the much larger Dodge Challenger.


The 2015 Subaru BRZ comes in three models: Premium, Limited and Series Blue.All use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and are available with a six-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic, with the exception of the Series Blue, which comes exclusively with a stick shift.

The BRZ Premium ($25,695) includes manually operated air conditioning, fabric sport seats, a height-adjustable driver's seat, keyless entry, cruise control, power windows/door locks/mirrors, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob, an eight-speaker sound system with CD player, HD radio, satellite radio, auxiliary audio jack and USB port, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 6.1-inch touchscreen with navigation and voice control, a fold-flat rear seatback, a limited-slip rear differential, automatic bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights and 17-inch alloy wheels with summer tires.

BRZ Limited ($27,695) upgrades to dual-zone automatic climate control and simulated suede and leather upholstery and adds pushbutton start, heated front seats and mirrors, foglamps and a rear spoiler.

BRZ Series Blue (available in a blue or white exterior color) includes everything found on the Limited model plus a unique black-and blue interior color scheme with accent stitching, additional aerodynamics, black wheels and red calipers.

Safety features include dual-stage frontal airbags, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, electronic stability control and traction control, ABS with electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist and brake override, which cuts the engine power when the brake pedal and gas pedal are both pressed.


The Subaru BRZ is handsome but might not turn heads, at least not in plain silver like our test model.Scion has a couple colors for the FR-S that Subaru doesn't have, and colors on this car make a big difference.

As the BRZ was developed in partnership with Toyota, we're told the exterior design was inspired by the Toyota 2000GT of the late 1960s.And while the BRZ lacks the long hood and relatively short passenger compartment of the old car, one can see that it echoes the 2000 GT's long, sleek shape and its pagoda-style roof.

It's super low, with a roof height of only 50.6 inches, or .8 inches lower than that Porsche Cayman.It has a big hexagon mouth, with the corners trimmed.HID headlamps are sharp triangles pointing toward the grille, like pizza slices smoothed out so they don't look like pizza slices.There are plastic pretend air intakes at the corners of the front fascia, surrounding the foglamps on the BRZ Limited, but standing alone and making a statement (this car is cheap) on the (oxymoronic) standard Premium.

The roof has a wide groove, and that adds distinction; it spreads out, so by the time it reaches the top of the rear window, most of the roof is groove.The sideview mirrors are sharpened, which is also neat, but it would be neater if they weren't black on the bottom half.There are some awful gray or black plastic things just forward of the sideview mirrors.

There's a Subaru six-star ornament on the nose, so you know what it is.

At the tail, the lamps are round red LED lights that look good when they're lit up, with white wings that don't look so good, hiding amber turn signals.Twin tailpipes come out of the black diffuser that has vertical ridges that appear to have been copied from the Batmobile.Between the pipes there's a red triangle reflector that somebody forgot to remove from the European version (where it's a foglight), and a white backup light.


The cockpit of the Subaru BRZ is plain and simple.It has most of what you need, including navigation as standard equipment.But it lacks features found standard on most cars at the same price these days, like steering wheel-mounted audio and phone controls, which can be distracting.We also found the voice activation to be inaccurate and frustrating.

We like the rugged fabric seats; they have an appropriate look and feel, and the Limited model uses Alcantara-like upholstery with leather trim.The bolstering is good and tight.The three-spoke steering wheel is leather-wrapped with red stitching, and looks cool.So do the alloy pedals, including the dead pedal that's very functional and great to have in a car like this.

Gauge-wise, there's a big tachometer in the center, with a small shift light on the left side of the dash; not the best place but better than nothing.The speedometer to the left isn't always easy to read, but there's also a digital display with your numbers in the middle of the tachometer.

The standard screen is small, 6.5 inches, and looks more like an aftermarket addition than the beautiful touchscreen displays we see from some other car companies.In addition, the menus are not always intuitive, and it can take several steps to find a function.

Climate controls are three simple knobs.Two cupholders behind the leather-wrapped shift lever hold standard-sized bottles and cans.There's good visibility out the rear window, although the center brake light is mounted on little legs that cause it to obstruct a bit in the rearview mirror.Much worse is the big blind spot from the sloping C pillar, when the driver looks over his or her shoulder.

As for the rear seats, they're tiny and are best for carrying cargo or children.On the plus side, the BRZ offers respectable trunk space for its small size, measuring 6.9 cubic feet, which is generous compared with the Mazda Miata MX-5's 5.3 cubic feet.

Driving Impression

The Subaru BRZ is tossable, thanks to its quick steering and able Michelin summer performance tires.Acceleration is smooth, but in the low revs, it might not always get you there fast, especially at full throttle on a straight freeway on-ramp.But if you're between curves on a two-lane road, acceleration is just right.

The two-liter flat-four engine is better in the higher revs and redlines at 7400.Beyond that, the rev limiter will kick in, and both you and the car will not be happy.Torque is only 151 pound-feet, peaking at a high 6400 rpm, but we never would have guessed.The torque feels more available than those numbers suggest.

Stability control was non invasive and has five different levels, including the most aggressive setting for the track.A Torsen limited slip differential helps give the inside rear wheel traction in corners, especially accelerating hard out of second-gear curves.

The manual gearbox has very short throws, and can feel notchy at first, but we got used to it after a while.Alas, we didn't get a chance to drive a BRZ with the paddle-shifting 6-speed with sport mode and downshift blipping.We'd buy the manual, though.A word of caution, though, the BRZ doesn't have hill-hold assist, so you'll have to use the handbrake the old-fashioned way when stopped on a steep incline.

The brakes do the job quite nicely.We used them good and hard, and liked the firm pedal feel.Ventilated 11.6-inch discs front and rear, twin-piston calipers in front and single-piston in back.

We liked the suspension, both the around-town ride and out there on the track.The ride is firm, and it hugs the bumps and feels tight.While it might be the perfect setup for the track and enthusiastic Sunday drives, it could be a bit too firm for some as a daily driver.


Subaru BRZ hits the mark with a capable powertrain, dynamic handling and affordable price.

New Car Test Drive correspondents Sam Moses and Laura Burstein contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

Subaru BRZ Premium ($25,695); BRZ Limited ($27,695); BRZ Series.Blue ($29,490).

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Options As Tested


Model Tested

Subaru BRZ Premium ($25,695).
ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Front air conditioning zonesDual
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
Premium BrandPioneer
Radio Data SystemYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers8
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Fabric TypeSimulated suede/leather
Fabric Type 2Leatherette
Fabric Type 3Simulated suede/leather
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimMetal-look
Dash trimSimulated carbon fibre
Door trimSimulated carbon fibre
Floor matsCarpet front
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimLeather/aluminum
Steering wheel trimLeather/metal-look
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet1
Center ConsoleFull with storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
Door pocketsDriver and passenger
Passenger seat easy entryNo
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Remote trunk releasePower
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage1
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).28 cD
Angle of Approach13.2 degrees
Angle of Departure18.3 degrees
Front Head Room944 mm
Front Hip Room1,349 mm
Front Leg Room1,065 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,384 mm
Front track1,520 mm
Overall height1,285 mm
Overall Length4,235 mm
Overall Width1,775 mm
Rear Head Room888 mm
Rear Hip Room1,149 mm
Rear Leg Room759 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,314 mm
Rear track1,540 mm
Wheelbase2,570 mm
Rear door typeTrunk
Driver Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Axle ratio4.10
Driven WheelsRear-wheel
Limited slip differentialMechanical
Compression Ratio12.50 : 1
Displacement122 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationFlat
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Horse Power200 hp
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Max RPM7,000 RPM
Max Torque RPM6,400 RPM
Size2.0 L
Torque205 Nm
Total Valves16
TypePremium unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV II
Exterior Features
Rear spoilerWing
Tailpipe finisherChrome
Fuel Consumption
City10.9 L/100 km
Highway7.9 L/100 km
Driven WheelsRear-wheel
Engine Size2.0 L
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Number of CylindersH-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAManual
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsFixed
Number of rear headrests2
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Trip computerTrip computer
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Front Fog lightsFront fog/driving lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Xenon HeadlightsXenon high intensity discharge
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
FoldingFold forward seatback
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeSport
seating capacity4
Total Seating Capacity4
UpholsterySimulated suede/leather
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlABS and driveline
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeDouble wishbone
stabilizer barFront and rear
Navigation systemWith voice activation
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Speed RatingW
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemYes
Width215 mm
Manual / automaticManual
Number of speeds6
Truck Features
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size6.1"
Video Monitor LocationFront
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months36 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place196 L
Curb weight1,259 kg
EPA interior volume2,165 L
Fuel Capacity50 L
Gross vehicle weight1,670 kg
Ground clearance124 mm
Max cargo capacity196 L
Turning radius5 m
Rim TypeMachined w/painted accents aluminum
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows2
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Front dual zone A/C
Illuminated entry
Navigation system
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
AM/FM radio
CD player
MP3 decoder
Radio data system
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Delay-off headlights
Front fog lights
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Limited slip differential
Variable intake manifold
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Heated front seats
Leather shift knob
Leather upholstery
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

2015 Subaru BRZ Sport-tech (M6) 2dr Coupe, Red Deer, Alberta

Scott Subaru, 6801 50th Ave., Red Deer, Alberta T4N-4E2

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