2023 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test: 10,000-Mile Update

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10,000-Mile Replace

Our long-term take a look at autos lead arduous lives in Michigan, with stray wildlife, poorly maintained roads, and treacherous climate circumstances all posing very actual threats. Luckily, we now have no calamities to report relating to our 2023 Subaru BRZ, which survived its first winter nearly unscathed.

Credit score for that triumph largely goes to our automobile being on acceptable winter tires. Particularly, final fall we swapped out our Restricted model’s original-equipment Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer season rubber for narrower 205/55R-16 Michelin X-Ice Snow tires mounted on 16-inch metal wheels, which collectively set us again $1226 from TireRack. Together with assuaging worries about errant potholes and curb strikes damaging our automobile’s inventory 18-inch wheels, all of us agreed that Subaru’s low-slung sports activities coupe seems to be cool on black steelies. Most necessary, the winter tires allowed us to maintain having fun with the BRZ’s rear-wheel-drive goodness even when it was plowing via inches of white stuff.

Although the Detroit space’s winters have grown milder lately, the snowfalls we did obtain would’ve challenged any light-weight rear-drive efficiency machine. However our BRZ trudged via most of it surprisingly effectively, the chew of its winter Michelins offering sufficient grip and stability for us to get round with out our knuckles turning the colour of the encircling panorama. Granted, constructing velocity whereas holding our Subaru pointed straight required fastidiously working its controls and paying shut consideration to what it communicated to us via its steering wheel and seatback. However that is what this automobile is all about. “I really like how even with all of the digital nannies on, the BRZ will allow you to get a bit sideways earlier than the soundness management steps in,” affiliate information editor Caleb Miller wrote. “It is a automobile that can coax you out for a two-hour drive with no vacation spot, simply driving for the pure pleasure of it.”

Certainly, regardless of the suboptimal circumstances, reward for our Subaru stays considerable. “This factor is simply so enjoyable and simple to steer,” famous one driver. “Dynamically, the BRZ is great,” wrote one other. Others referred to as it “endearing,” “pleasant,” and “partaking.” In brief, the BRZ is a blast to drive, even when some pilots nonetheless discover that its considerably sensitive clutch pedal takes some follow to function easily.

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There have been some shortcomings associated to our automobile’s winter footwear, specifically how the squishy tread blocks and taller sidewalls degrade the BRZ’s straight-ahead monitoring at freeway speeds. And the tires’ decreased dry-pavement traction signifies that even this modestly highly effective coupe can spin its rear tires all through second gear. But when something, the decreased dealing with limits make this automobile much more entertaining to drive round city. Nor had been these drawbacks sufficient to forestall one driver from street tripping to Virginia and again over the vacations, which helped the BRZ keep a decent 25-mpg common gasoline economic system.

Upkeep has been simple so far, consisting of 1 routine service (oil-and-filter change, tire rotation, and inspection) at round 7000 miles that relieved us of $124. Extra ominous is the thought that testing director Dave VanderWerp introduced in our Subaru’s logbook: “With the inflow of EVs, I am most anxious about dropping automobiles just like the BRZ—light-weight, pure, direct, and reasonably priced. Will there ever be an EV on this class?” That has but to be seen, however we’ll come again to it later. We simply reinstalled our BRZ’s summer season tires and must go for a drive.

Months in Fleet: 6 months Present Mileage: 10,710 miles
Common Gas Economic system: 25 mpg
Gas Tank Measurement: 13.2 gal Noticed Gas Vary: 330 miles
Service: $124 Regular Put on: $0 Restore: $0
Harm and Destruction: $

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Specs

Specs

2023 Subaru BRZ Restricted

Automobile Kind: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe

PRICE

Base/As Examined: $32,115/$32,115

ENGINE

DOHC 16-valve flat-4, aluminum block and heads, port and direct gasoline injection

Displacement: 146 in3, 2387 cm3

Energy: 228 hp @ 7000 rpm

Torque: 184 lb-ft @ 3700 rpm

TRANSMISSION

6-speed handbook

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink

Brakes, F/R: 11.6-in vented disc/11.4-in vented disc

Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4

215/40R-18 85Y

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 101.4 in

Size: 167.9 in

Width: 69.9 in

Top: 51.6 in

Passenger Quantity: 77 ft3

Cargo Quantity: 6 ft3

Curb Weight: 2839 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS: NEW

60 mph: 5.4 sec

100 mph: 13.3 sec

1/4-Mile: 13.9 sec @ 102 mph

130 mph: 25.9 sec

Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 6.6 sec

High Gear, 30–50 mph: 8.9 sec

High Gear, 50–70 mph: 8.0 sec

High Pace (C/D est): 140 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 162 ft

Braking, 100–0 mph: 318 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.95 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Noticed: 25 mpg

75-mph Freeway Driving: 31 mpg

75-mph Freeway Vary: 400 mi

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 22/20/27 mpg

WARRANTY

3 years/36,000 miles bumper to bumper

5 years/60,000 miles powertrain

5 years/limitless miles corrosion safety

3 years/36,000 miles roadside help

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

Introduction

This was a given. Redesigned for the 2022 model 12 months and already carrying round a 10Best trophy, the brand new Subaru BRZ was a shoo-in for a long-term go to, particularly now that it is imbued with extra energy and refinement than the 2013 BRZ we final subjected to a 40,000-mile take a look at. That is 2839 kilos of reasonably priced rear-wheel-drive enjoyable. Meat-and-potatoes driving enjoyment. Why’d we decide the BRZ over its also-fresh Toyota GR86 counterpart? That is a harder name, however this platform remains to be the Subaru engineering staff’s child. That the BRZ additionally rides higher on crappy Midwestern roads than the Toyota and is barely much less tail-happy in corners ought to make it that a lot simpler for us to take pleasure in over the following 12 months or so.

Subaru makes it easy for drivers to configure their BRZ. All variations characteristic a significantly stiffer chassis and a 2.4-liter flat-four good for 228 horsepower—a 23-hp enhance over the earlier 2.0-liter mill. Extra importantly, the brand new engine’s meatier 184 pound-feet of torque now peaks at a decrease 3700 rpm, leading to smoother energy supply. A Torsen limited-slip differential is customary, as is among the most satisfying six-speed handbook setups accessible. Wonderful by us.

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The BRZ’s Premium trim stage begins at $29,615, underscoring this automobile’s budget-conscious positioning. An intuitive 8.0-inch touchscreen, a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster, dual-zone computerized local weather management, keyless entry, a push-button ignition, and different niceties are all included. However we might’ve been silly to not step as much as the $32,115 Restricted, if just for the 18-inch Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer season tires that substitute the bottom automobile’s 17-inch Michelin Primacy HP rubber. The heated entrance seats, blind-spot monitoring, and microsuede upholstery with pink distinction stitching that the Restricted additionally provides are a welcome bonus. The BRZ’s non-obligatory six-speed computerized transmission, which comes with a set of Subaru EyeSight driver aids, was by no means thought of, although we did resolve to tempt destiny with roadside tax collectors by choosing vibrant Ignition Purple paint (for gratis).

An early street journey from Michigan to Virginia Worldwide Raceway (VIR) in help of our Lightning Lap occasion knocked out our automobile’s 1000-mile break-in interval and helped set up its present 26-mpg common gasoline economic system—4 mpg higher than its EPA mixed estimate. We additionally ran it on our 75-mph freeway route, the place its 31-mpg end result topped its federal ranking by an identical quantity.

Upon its preliminary go to to the take a look at monitor, a tire-spinning launch punted the BRZ to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and thru the quarter-mile in 13.9 seconds at 102 mph, making it a couple of second faster than its predecessor in each measures. It additionally posted a strong 0.95 g of grip across the skidpad and stopped from 70 mph in 162 toes and from 100 mph in 318 toes. We’re greater than happy with this up to date automobile’s bang for the buck. “It solely took 5 miles to reconvince me that this can be a implausible sports activities coupe,” stated senior technical editor Dave Beard, who added that he “110 % would purchase one.”

Some acquainted nits have already cropped up within the BRZ’s logbook. Although it’s nicer and extra snug inside than earlier than, this up to date automobile’s steering column nonetheless does not telescope so far as some taller drivers would really like. And the intimate cabin—whereas pleasantly simple when searching apexes—is stingy on helpful locations to stash our stuff throughout commutes. At the least folding down the rear seats ought to assist it swallow an additional set of tires and wheels for monitor days, which we sit up for confirming.

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Substantial street and engine noise contained in the automobile—91 decibels at full throttle, 74 decibels at 70 mph—are also part of life with the BRZ. Whereas the track that the brand new 2.4-liter engine sings is simple sufficient on our ears, these sound measurements are even louder than what we recorded in our previous-gen long-termer, which we stated was “100 kilos of sound deadening materials away from greatness.” A bit of that elevated noise stems from the faux engine word the brand new automobile performs via its stereo audio system—a characteristic Subaru does not allow you to management, although the proprietor’s handbook does word that your seller can deactivate the added sounds upon request. A fast web search reveals a extra sensible resolution: Merely unplug the system’s management module by way of an entry panel on the far-right aspect of the dashboard. Voilà, no extra flat-four backing monitor.

We can’t know exactly how a lot that repair has muffled our Subaru’s voice till its return go to to the take a look at monitor. However our preliminary impression is that we have merely toned down the racket contained in the automobile reasonably than altered its tone. Trundle down the freeway and you’ll barely hear the engine. Drive it exhausting, although, and loads of flat-four growl can nonetheless be heard via the firewall. And we will all the time plug the system again in when it fits us. Subsequent up is becoming a set of winter tires, which is not going to solely assist our BRZ survive Michigan’s annual snowpocalypse however make its rear-wheel-drive goodness much more exploitable.

Months in Fleet: 1 month Present Mileage: 3097 miles
Common Gas Economic system: 26 mpg
Gas Tank Measurement: 13.2 gal Noticed Gas Vary: 340 miles
Service: $0 Regular Put on: $0 Restore: $0
Harm and Destruction: $0

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Specs

Specs

2023 Subaru BRZ Restricted

Automobile Kind: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe

PRICE

Base/As Examined: $32,115/$32,115

ENGINE

DOHC 16-valve flat-4, aluminum block and heads, port and direct gasoline injection

Displacement: 146 in3, 2387 cm3

Energy: 228 hp @ 7000 rpm

Torque: 184 lb-ft @ 3700 rpm

TRANSMISSION

6-speed handbook

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink

Brakes, F/R: 11.6-in vented disc/11.4-in vented disc

Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4

215/40R-18 85Y

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 101.4 in

Size: 167.9 in

Width: 69.9 in

Top: 51.6 in

Passenger Quantity: 77 ft3

Cargo Quantity: 6 ft3

Curb Weight: 2839 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS: NEW

60 mph: 5.4 sec

100 mph: 13.3 sec

1/4-Mile: 13.9 sec @ 102 mph

130 mph: 25.9 sec

Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 6.6 sec

High Gear, 30–50 mph: 8.9 sec

High Gear, 50–70 mph: 8.0 sec

High Pace (C/D est): 140 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 162 ft

Braking, 100–0 mph: 318 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.95 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Noticed: 25 mpg

75-mph Freeway Driving: 31 mpg

75-mph Freeway Vary: 400 mi

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 22/20/27 mpg

WARRANTY

3 years/36,000 miles bumper to bumper

5 years/60,000 miles powertrain

5 years/limitless miles corrosion safety

3 years/36,000 miles roadside help

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

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Technical Editor

Mike Sutton is an editor, author, take a look at driver, and basic automobile nerd who has contributed to Automobile and Driver‘s reverent and irreverent ardour for the car since 2008. A local Michigander from suburban Detroit, he enjoys the outside and complaining in regards to the climate, has an affection for off-road autos, and believes in federal safety for naturally aspirated engines.

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