2016 Subaru BRZ

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Subaru BRZ. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Dynamics
  • Steering
  • Manual transmission
  • Light weight
  • Sport seats
  • Affordable

The Bad

  • Backseat for children only
  • Requires premium gas
  • No center armrest
  • Automatic is slow off the line
  • Not distinct enough from Scion FR-S

Notable Features of the 2016 Subaru BRZ

  • 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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2016 Subaru BRZ Overview

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Vehicle Overview

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What Drivers Are Saying


It a great buy and car

by Tl from Silverton or on August 24, 2018

I love it it's just good as all reviews I read and after driving it it was all I expected to and a litte more. Read full review


Great Drive But Terrible Comfort

by dajin_1147 from Fort Collins on September 23, 2017

This car just fits someone who likes driving for fun. In fact, It's really noisy which I can't endure at all. Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2016 Subaru BRZ currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Subaru BRZ Premium

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Roof Strength


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Lower Leg/Foot
Overall Evaluation
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
Structure and Safety Cage
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Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Subaru

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original date of first use. Roadside assistance: 1 year from date of purchase
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 152 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The BRZ received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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