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2014 Subaru BRZ

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/14/2014 Christian Seabaugh

Vehicle Overview

The 2014 Subaru BRZ enters its second model year mostly unchanged. That's a good thing, though those who complain that the BRZ needs a turbocharger or supercharger will be disappointed. The 2014 Subaru BRZ is powered by a high-revving 2.0-liter F-4 making 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, and then on to a mechanical limited-slip differential. Opting for the manual transmission nets you a Motor Trend-tested 0-60 mph time of 6.4 seconds, while the best-skipped automatic is good for a 7.7-second 0-60 mph time.

Generally speaking, we're fond of the Subaru BRZ. It won our $28,000 Sports Car comparison test, beating out hopefuls like the identical Scion FR-S because of its balance, poise, and even drift-ability. In our 2012 Best Driver's Car competition, the BRZ finished in a respectable fourth-place, especially considering it beat cars like the 662-hp Ford Shelby GT500 and 691-hp Lamborghini Aventador. Hot shoe (and Daytona winner) Randy Pobst: "Fabulous car! Oh, my god! I mean, really just a wonderful and satisfying experience. I feel like I can just drive this car right on the edge of the friction circle. What a satisfying ride in terms of...everything!" The BRZ is best-enjoyed with the manual transmission, as those getting the "auto-tragic" model are missing the point.

The 2014 Subaru BRZ is essentially unchanged. Unlike its Scion FR-S cousin that saw extensive updates this year, the only changes to the BRZ consist of a new key fob, and some new infotainment add-ons.

New for 2014

The Subaru BRZ is pretty much unchanged for 2014 and we're OK with that. The 2014 Subaru BRZ remains the affordably priced rear-drive sports car we know and love. The only changes to the 2014 Subaru BRZ consist of a redesigned key fob, and Aha integration into the standard infotainment system.

You'll Like

  • Autocross ready out of the box
  • One of the best affordable driver's cars available
  • Telepathic steering
  • Decent fuel economy
  • How easy it is to get the tail out.

You Won't Like

  • Slower automatic-transmission model
  • The 2.0-liter F-4 could use a bit more power
  • Defending your choice of sports car on the internet.

Key Competitors

  • Scion FR-S
  • Ford Focus ST
  • Ford Mustang V-6
  • Hyundai Genesis Coupe
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata

Sum Up

4 star The return of the affordable sports car.

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