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of the 2016 Subaru BRZ. Base trim shown.
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Manual transmission
- Light weight
- Sport seats
- Backseat for children only
- Requires premium gas
- No center armrest
- Automatic is slow off the line
- Not distinct enough from Scion FR-S
- New touch-screen multimedia system, backup camera standard
- New limited-edition Series.HyperBlue available
- Front engine, rear-wheel drive
- 200-hp four-cylinder engine
- Product of Toyota/Scion partnership
What Is the 2016 Subaru BRZ?
The 2016 Subaru BRZ is a four-seat sports coupe developed in partnership with Toyota, which markets the similar Scion FR-S. It competes with vehicles like the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Mazda MX-5 Miata, and it comes in three trim levels: Premium, Limited and the peculiarly named Series.HyperBlue.
What's New on the 2016 Subaru BRZ?
The 2016 Subaru BRZ now gets a standard backup camera and a standard multimedia system with a 6.2-inch touchscreen. However, the once-standard navigation system is no longer available, even as an option.
Subaru also released a Series.HyperBlue version, limited to 500 models for 2016. This BRZ variant features Hyper Blue exterior paint, black 17-inch alloy wheels and exterior mirrors, a simulated carbon fiber dashboard panel and blue interior accents.
How Does the 2016 Subaru BRZ Compare to Other Sports Coupes?
Starting at $26,000, the 2016 Subaru BRZ has a more affordable price than similar sports coupes. The BRZ offers plenty of thrills for that accessible starting price - including precise steering, engaging throttle response and sporty styling that rivals or beats what similar vehicles offer.
What Features in the 2016 Subaru BRZ Are Most Important?
The 2016 Subaru BRZ comes standard with a backup camera and limited-slip differential. Its 2.0-liter, horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine produces 200 horsepower and is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. Other standard features include Bluetooth streaming audio and a 6.2-inch touchscreen multimedia system with a USB port, analog-input jack and Pandora internet radio integration. Its exterior features an aluminum hood and 17-inch alloy wheels with summer tires. As is required in every new car for 2016, the Subaru BRZ comes standard with front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.
A six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel shift paddles is optional starting on the Limited trim. Other notable available features include keyless access with push-button start, heated front seats, leather upholstery, automatic air conditioning and a trunk lid spoiler.
Should I Buy the 2016 Subaru BRZ?
It's hard to beat the affordability, dynamic drive, balanced weight and graceful steering of the 2016 Subaru BRZ. The manual transmission is exceptional, and the sport seats are a plus. As for drawbacks, if you want to drive with friends in the backseat, you'll likely be disappointed with the tight space. The automatic BRZ is slow off the line, and you'll have to fill up with premium gas. The lack of a center armrest makes the cabin less comfortable than some drivers would like as well.
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The 2016 Subaru BRZ currently has 0 recalls
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24-hour roadside assistance and Carfax vehicle history report
7 years / 100,000 milesPowertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original date of first use. Roadside assistance: 1 year from date of purchase
Under 6 years / 85,000 milesVehicles receive a 152 point inspection and reconditioning.