- Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass & HomeLink
- Rear Bumper Applique
- Wheel Locks - Alloy Wheels
- 2 Doors
- 2 liter flat 4 cylinder DOHC engine
- 205 hp horsepower
- 4-wheel ABS brakes
- Air conditioning with dual zone climate control
- Audio controls on steering wheel
- Climate controlled - Driver and passenger heated-cushion driver and passenger heated-seatback
- Clock - In-dash
- Cruise control
- Daytime running lights
- Dusk sensing headlights
- External temperature display
- Front fog/driving lights
- Front seat type - Sport
- Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 29 and EPA city (mpg): 21
- Head airbags - Curtain 1st and 2nd row
- Heated drivers seat
- Heated passenger seat
- Interior air filtration
- Keyless Ignition - Doors and push button start
- Limited slip differential - Mechanical
- Manual Transmission
- Passenger Airbag
- Power heated mirrors
- Power steering
- Power windows with 2 one-touch
- Rear bench seats
- Rear spoiler - Wing
- Rear-wheel drive
- Remote power door locks
- Self-leveling headlights - Self-leveling
- Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
- Tire pressure monitoring system
- Traction control - ABS and driveline
- Transmission hill holder
- Trip computer
- Video Monitor Location - Front
The 2017 Subaru BRZ comes in Premium or Limited trim levels, and both are offered with either a standard 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic transmission. While performance is the same between the two trims, Limited models gain a rear spoiler, fog lamps and some additional interior appointments, including keyless start, dual-zone climate control, heated seats and mirrors and upgraded seats with more bolstering and suede-like trim.
All BRZ models include more standard features than the typical performance car in this price range. A touchscreen navigation system, integrated with 8-speaker sound and voice controls, is included even at the base Premium level and includes Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming capability, along with iPod controls. Power windows, locks and mirrors are also included, plus a trip computer and rear defrost. The shift knob and parking brake lever are leather-trimmed.
Interior appointments for the BRZ are as expected for a performance-oriented coupe--not luxurious, but a step above economy cars. The overall height is just 50.6 inches, yet Subaru has managed to position the seats in a way that taller drivers will have several inches of headroom above (and there's space for a race helmet for those weekend racers). Rear seatbacks flip forward to open up a trunk pass-through, and while the 6.9-inch-cubic-foot trunk is small, it's shaped well enough for two standard golf bags, a couple of small weekend bags or, as Subaru notes, four race tire-shod wheels for track day.
Performance is the BRZ's true focus. Built on a rear-wheel-drive platform and designed to ride lean and low, the BRZ weighs only 2,800 pounds and has one of the lowest centers of gravity of any production car. Power is provided by a Subaru 2.0L horizontally opposed "boxer" 4-cylinder engine fitted with direct injection that makes 205 horsepower. The 6-speed manual is the best way to enjoy the rev-happy engine, although the 6-speed automatic allows a sporty side (with a Sport mode) when shifted manually through the steering-wheel paddle shifters, which includes rev-matching downshifting. Fuel economy ratings are surprisingly good -- estimated at up to 25 mpg city, 34 highway with the automatic.
Thanks to a quick-ratio rack-and-pinion system, the BRZ has fast, excellent steering. The front strut, rear multi-link suspension system, along with a front suspension brace, thick rear stabilizer and excellent chassis rigidity give the BRZ a firm but comfortable ride paired with crisp steering response. A Torsen limited-slip rear differential helps deliver power in a surefooted way out of corners, while a multi-mode electronic stability control system helps keep it safe and fun. The stability control system includes a Track mode as well as a full-off mode.
For 2017, a limited BRZ "Series.Yellow" Edition is offered. It features an exclusive yellow paint, yellow interior accents, Brembo brakes, Sachs shocks, unique wider wheels and more.
Despite the BRZ's performance focus and attention to weight savings, there's no sign of any compromise in safety. In addition to stability control, all BRZ models include front side airbags, side-curtain bags and anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist.
For 2017, the Subaru BRZ receives several updates. New wheels, a new front fascia and LED headlights and taillights now grace the BRZ's exterior. Inside, infotainment controls now grace the steering wheel, and there's an optional 4.2-inch LCD multifunction display in the gauge cluster that shows performance information. Updated coil springs, dampers and a larger rear stabilizer bar improve the BRZ's suspension, and along with improvements to structural rigidity and revised stability control, handling overall is greatly improved. Under the hood, the transmission has been revised and power is increased to 205 horsepower thanks to new valves, camshaft and cylinder heads, while an aluminum intake manifold and restyled exhaust manifold help to improve air flow. Finally a BRZ "Series.Yellow" edition, limited to 500 cars, offers an exclusive yellow exterior, yellow interior accents, Brembo brakes, Sachs shocks and more.