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Subaru BRZ Buying Guide:
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Subaru BRZ


Just when the world thought, sports cars are big, bulky and pricey monsters, Subaru stepped in! In 2012, the first Subaru BRZ was introduced. And now, for 2020, the new Subaru BRZ has been unveiled and it’s superior. In style. In performance.

While most sports cars are heavy with advanced and complex systems in which the riders take time to understand and adapt, Subaru BRZ is a light-weight, pragmatic, and simpler sports car. It is not as expensive as other big coupe cars and people who dream to drive a sports car but have a budget constraint can thank the Subaru BRZ and get their value for money.

The responsiveness of the car is impressive. As suggested by Subaru, the BRZ gives you the pleasure of ‘pure driving’ and ensures a smile on the faces of car enthusiasts.

As they rightly say,” Simplicity is the ultimate Sophistication”. The car is simple and yet so attractive, giving major competition to the big and powerful sports cars.

What's new for 2020?

Novelty, refined performance, and the return of the Ts! Yes. What's new for 2020. After the 2018 launch, the tS is returning in 2020 with its improved version. This rear-wheel-drive coupe has a better grip, better control, and raises the benchmark for Subaru BRZ.

While the production of 2018 Subaru BRZ tS was limited to 500 units available in 3 exterior colors, for 2020 only 300 units in ceramic white are to be produced. The carbon fiber from the previous model has not been carried forward and there have been changes in STI.

All the tweaks and revamping are fresh for 2020. The upgrades are worth the hype!

How well does the Subaru BRZ perform?

With the six-speed transmission and 2.0-liter flat-four-cylinder engine, the 2020 Subaru BRZ delivers 205 horsepower and a torque of 156 lb-ft. It reaches from rest to 60mph in 6.2 seconds and gives a fuel economy of 29mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. For the tS trim, the numbers are 20mpg and 27mpg respectively. It’s a rear-wheel-drive with strut front suspension and double-wishbone rear suspension. The 13.2-gallon fuel tank enables it to achieve an estimated range of 304-356 miles.

Again, handling is agile and playful. It displays a 13.1:1 steering ratio which is pretty commendable. Often labeled by Subaru as a ‘responsive’ car, the car ensures good reflexes for a smooth and comfortable ride.

The two-door sports coupe is roomy on the inside, they promise! It has 4 seats to accommodate 4 adults comfortably. But again, if you go for long journeys and want an uninterrupted comfort, it's better if there are fewer passengers! Or it will be best if there are only children at the back!

For two medium-sized suitcases, the boot space is fairly enough. It’s a smaller sports coupe, after all, so you cannot expect a king-size trunk space. If we go by the figures, the available trunk space is 6.9 cubic feet. You can always fold the rear seats if you want an increased space for your luggage. Oh Yes, this trick never gets old!

However, the safety features of the car are debatable. The NHTSA has given the car, four-star rating for front crash test results, and a five-star rating for rollover safety. Honestly, modern tech-based safety features lack in the car. The basic ones like traction control, stability control, airbags, and a back-up camera are however present. Note that there is no automatic emergency braking system! Careful fellas!

Trims and Features

The 2020 Subaru BRZ comes in two trim levels.

The first trim is the Subaru BRZ Limited. With the 2.0L SUBARU-BOXER engine and a sport-tuned suspension, this model has an MSRP of $28845. It comes in both a 6-speed automatic and 6-speed manual. Delivering a horsepower of 205, this sports car has been adorned with stylish exterior finishes and LED headlights. There are six color options for exteriors. The interiors are well-built in black leather and with a round steering wheel and flat dashboard. There is a nice cabin and some push-button starts. Talking about the infotainment, it has SUBARU STARLINK multimedia, standard navigation by TomTom, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto integration, and SiriusXM

The second trim is the BRZ tS. Ts here stands for tuned by STI. So, the sport suspension for Subaru BRZ Ts has been developed by STI for delivering the best possible handling experience. The MSRP for this trim is $32395.

While retaining all the good features from the 2018 version, the 2020 Subaru BRZ tS has new wings, new wheels, and swanky exteriors with a Ts badge. LED headlights and fog lights, low profile rear spoiler, 18-inch bronze finished wheels and ceramic white exterior color, are major attractions. For the interiors, the black leather has been contrasted with red stitching. The 2020 Subaru BRZ ts has a 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with pretty much the same standard features as the base trim. For stacking you with information about g-forces and lap time, the information cluster has been integrated with a 4.2-inch LCD screen. Moreover, it has Brembo brakes and Sachs performance shock absorbers.

Which variant should you go for?

2020 Subaru BRZ Ts is simply an accessible and decent sports car and fun for its price! Just Go for It! It is cooler. It is sharper. It is just way too improved than the basics.

Appealing looks, fun and playful driving experience, and practicality are the principles that govern its design. Only 300 units of this Ts version are expected to be coming to America which makes it even more exclusive. 

The STI tag associated with the Ts version assures quality and performance. All in all, making its comeback in 2020, the Subaru BRZ Ts being a rear-wheel driven small sports coupe is a blessing in disguise for sports car enthusiasts who want it in their budget and want it all practical!

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