2016 Subaru BRZ Review – The Other Half of the Toyota/Scion and Subaru Partnership

When Toyota decided to bring back the sportiness in their line of cars, they decided to go for a throwback to the sporty 80’s with the Toyota 86, but it did not, however, wasn’t done by Toyota alone, the 86 shares the engine of the Subaru WRX’ flat four making the 86 a joint project by Toyota and Subaru; the result is that Toyota, Scion, and Subaru offers the car in three different names, namely: 86/GT-86, FRS, and the 2016 Subaru BRZ. But does the BRZ differ the least bit with its siblings? Let’s find out.

2016 Subaru BRZ Review - The Other Half of the Toyota/Scion and Subaru Partnership

The Difference in the 2016 Subaru BRZ Lies in its Interiors and Tech Packages

On the outside, the only difference of the 2016 Subaru BRZ to the other cars are the badges and slightly different front and rear bumper designs, the rest, if you don’t know what you’re looking for, are hard to mistake one car for another. Under the hood is Subaru’s own 2.0-liter flat four or a boxer engine with four cylinders making for a low center of gravity as the engine is mounted very low to the chassis and is positioned behind the front wheels as the engine itself is so compact, it reduces front overhang making for a better weight distribution. The flat four is mated to a 6-speed manual that delivers the 200 horses to the rear wheels.

For 2016, the Subaru BRZ gets a refreshed touch screen MFD and a standard rear view camera. Obviously the MFD features the marquee’s own UI. The interior is simple and pleasant which features both Subaru and Toyota touches. Standard features include navigation, HD radio, Bluetooth, and aux inputs. The seats are bolstered enough to keep you seated when attacking corners as well as keeping you comfy on long hauls. Quite rare for these types of sports coupes is a backseat which is good for children maybe, as legroom and headroom is very limited.Trunk space is also limited but practical use is second priority for the BRZ anyway.

Driving performance is the primary focus of the BRZ; while there are 200 horses, it feels tame because the BRZ is not meant to be a very fast car. The BRZ is meant to be used on winding roads where its dimensions and superb handling come into play; not to mention it’s quite a happy car when it lets the rear end slide a bit giving you a smile as you carve those corners.

The chassis is light and well-balanced in the 2016 Subaru BRZ. Steering feedback is spot on. You’d be surprised that this sports coupe delivers decent fuel economy. However, the back seats are a welcome addition but is mostly useless for adult use, and the trunk is very limited. Lacks power for a thrilling ride on straights. Ultimately, the Subaru BRZ is a back to basics sports coupe that gives you smiles while delivering tofu down mount Akina.


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