2017 Subaru BRZ

Starting MSRP: $25,495 - $27,645

Estimated MPG: 21 city / 29 hwy

2017 Subaru BRZ Review

Available only as a coupe, the 2017 Subaru BRZ is an uncommon kind of sports car, providing rear-wheel drive and a racy-looking exterior at an affordable starting price.

By Charles Krome
Last Updated 07/05/2017

For 2017, the Subaru BRZ receives significant upgrades. BRZ models equipped with a standard manual transmission receive engine tweaks that boost output, and a revised final drive ratio further improves performance. All models get suspension enhancements, along with an updated stability-control system. LED headlamps are now standard, and the BRZ gets a redesigned front bumper. In the cabin, the Limited trim welcomes a new 4.2-inch LCD multifunction display. A Performance package has been added to the options list, and it bundles enthusiast-friendly shock absorbers and Brembo brakes. Finally, the BRZ adds a new limited-edition model, the Series.Yellow.

The 2017 Subaru BRZ is a sports car that seats four passengers. The BRZ is sold in Premium and Limited trims, and all models are powered by a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine.

Exterior

Exterior

The BRZ was designed specifically as a sports car, and that shows in its athletic proportions, sleek sheet metal and aggressive front end. On the front fascia, Subaru’s turn signals and daytime running lights are integrated with the BRZ’s standard LED headlights. LED combination lights illuminate the rear fascia, and the 2017 Subaru BRZ rides on 17-inch wheels.

Base models come with automatic headlights, body-colored side mirrors and a rear spoiler. The list of options includes fog lights and heated exterior mirrors. Series.Yellow models come with yellow exterior paint, unique black alloy wheels, special badging and black folding side mirrors.

Interior

Interior

The cockpit of the BRZ creates a sporty environment for the driver and front-seat passenger. The second-row seatbacks fold for cargo-carrying versatility, stretching the BRZ’s standard 6.9 cubic feet of trunk space. That, for context, compares with the 4.6 cubic feet of cargo volume in the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

With the base Premium model, you get aluminum-alloy pedal covers, manual climate control, chrome inner door handles, power door locks and windows and a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. More luxuries are standard for the BRZ Limited, such as leather-trimmed upholstery with Alcantara inserts, heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Performance

Performance

The standard powertrain for the 2017 BRZ is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission. Models with this powertrain supply drivers with 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque, as well as an EPA rating of 21/29 mpg city/highway. With an optional six-speed automatic transmission, the BRZ’s engine produces 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque, and this powertrain achieves mileage of 24/33 mpg. Paddle shifters are available for the automatic transmission in the BRZ Limited.

Handling and responsiveness are enhanced by a standard Torsen limited-slip differential, and models with the automatic transmission come with a multi-mode drive system that allows you to customize your experience behind the wheel.

Technology

Technology

Each 2017 BRZ comes with a standard Starlink infotainment system, which relies on a 6.2-inch touch-screen display. The setup supports Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling and audio streaming, a rearview camera and an eight-speaker sound system. Among the standard audio resources for the BRZ are satellite radio, HD radio, a 10-inch subwoofer, a USB port and integration for smartphone apps such as Pandora, iHeart Radio, Stitcher and Aha.