2018 Subaru BRZ

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$25,595–$33,495 MSRP range
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Key Specs

of the 2018 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

Notable Features of the 2018 Subaru BRZ

  • Limited-production tS version available
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity now available
  • Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car
  • Product of Subaru and Toyota partnership
  • Performance Package available

2018 Subaru BRZ First Drive

Brian Wong

For the past two model years, Subaru has offered colorized limited editions of the BRZ — the Series.Hyperblue in 2016 and the Series.Yellow in 2017. Both of those, however, were more like glorified appearance packages, offering different colors and trim pieces but not really upping the BRZ's performance quotient.

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The only similarity between the 2018 BRZ tS and those cars is that they were all limited to 500 units. Otherwise, the BRZ tS comes with much more substantive changes (along with three color choices) that do indeed change the way that the car drives. In my mind, it's the best the BRZ can get without — what fans like me have been calling on for years — a big boost in power.

The BRZ tS will cost $34,355 (including destination charges), a $5,050 premium over the Limited trim.

What We Tested

  • Powertrain: 205-horsepower, 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder "boxer" engine, 156 pounds-feet of torque; six-speed manual transmission; rear-wheel drive
  • Fuel economy: 20/27/23 mpg city/highway/combined (premium fuel required)
  • Key features: Manually adjustable carbon-fiber rear wing, STI-tuned suspension with unique dampers, front and side spoilers, 18-inch lightweight wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires, high-performance Brembo brakes (front and rear), Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, leather and Alcantara upholstery
  • Price: $34,355

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What Drivers Are Saying

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(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

Latest Reviews

(4.0)

Bad xxx 2018 car

by chathor25@outlook.com from FairField, CA on June 4, 2018

This car is one of the best car I have test drive. Interiors. Is perfect. In and out. Black metalic is my favorit color. I love just about everything. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Subaru BRZ currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Subaru BRZ has not been tested.

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.

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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