NEWS's 2013 Subaru BRZ Mileage Hits 1,600 miles

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The Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S won us over with their impressive handling dynamics and took’s Best of the Year award not only because of how they perform, but because of the value they offer as affordable cars with respectable EPA gas mileage ratings. The six-speed manual equipped on’s BRZ is rated at 22/30 mpg city/highway (25 mpg combined), while the six-speed automatic is higher at 25/34 mpg (28 mpg combined). We’ll vigilantly track the Subaru BRZ’s gas mileage throughout our yearlong test of the rear-wheel-drive sports car.

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The 1,628 miles we’ve racked up so far include a trip from Chicago to Detroit and daily commutes from our downtown Chicago office to various suburbs up to 40 miles one way.

Every tank of the recommend premium fuel that’s gone into the BRZ is accounted for as we track mileage by fill-up calculations as well as how much each tank of go-go juice costs us. Our 25.54 mpg average at 1,600 miles is almost spot-on with the 25 mpg combined rating from the EPA. The highest recorded mileage for a tank of gas so far after seven fill-ups is 28.86 mpg. We’ve spent $244.80 on gasoline and traveled a maximum 302 miles on one tank. Most driving has been in temperatures below 30 degrees.
The BRZ rotates among our editors and their different driving styles multiple times per week. We followed Subaru’s break-in recommendation of keeping the engine below 4,000 rpm for the first 1,000 miles. Not surprisingly, the lowest recorded gas mileage was 21.4 mpg after the 1,000 mile break-in — 7,000 rpm in the BRZ is quite fun.

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Managing Editor Joe Bruzek’s 22 years of automotive experience doesn’t count the lifelong obsession that started as a kid admiring his dad’s 1964 Chevrolet Corvette — and continues to this day. Joe’s been an automotive journalist with for 16 years, writing shopper-focused car reviews, news and research content. As Managing Editor, one of his favorite areas of focus is helping shoppers understand electric cars and how to determine whether going electric is right for them. In his free time, Joe maintains a love-hate relationship with his 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that he wishes would fix itself. LinkedIn: Email Joe Bruzek

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