Balanced chassis; communicative steering; comfy front seats; seductive styling; reasonably well-equipped for the price
Engine could use more power; lack of high-output audio system; cramped rear seat; no advanced driver assist or collision avoidance systems
For 2018, the BRZ gains a new tS trim featuring a specially tuned suspension, a more rigid chassis, 18-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, a carbon fiber rear spoiler plus unique interior trim including black Alcantara sport seats with red leather bolsters. The Limited and tS gain a new 7-in STARLINK audio system featuring navigation plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The Premium gains heated side mirrors and all models now feature one-touch lane change turn signal and headlight auto on/off with wiper feature. Finally, to celebrate Subaru's 50th anniversary, a special 50th Anniversary limited edition is offered wearing Heritage Blue exterior paint, unique wheels and custom interior trim. See the 2018 Subaru BRZ models for sale near you
Unless you absolutely can't live without heated seats, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay or an automatic transmission, go with the base Premium trim over the Limited. It has everything you need to enjoy what the BRZ is all about, plus you can use some of the $2,000 savings to replace the underwhelming audio with a nice aftermarket system. If you can't drive a stick, however, you'll have to move up to the Limited, as the Premium doesn't offer an automatic transmission.
Subaru offers the 2018 BRZ in three well-equipped trims: The Premium, Limited and tS. There's also a 50th anniversary model based on the Limited trim due later this year. Both the tS and 50th anniversary are limited editions with only 500 of each being produced. All trims come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. A 6-speed automatic with manual shift control is offered on the Limited and 50th for an additional $1,100.
The BRZ Premium ($26,455) brings air conditioning, cruise control, heated power mirrors, 1-touch up/down power windows, power door locks with a remote fob, a leather-wrapped tilt-telescopic steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth controls, a 65/35-split folding rear seat, a limited-slip rear differential, HID headlights, LED headlights, a rear spoiler, 17-in alloy wheels and a 6.2-in high-resolution single-gesture touchscreen audio system with Subaru STARLINK, SiriusXM radio, a single-CD player, eight speakers, USB/iPod control, Bluetooth streaming audio and phone connectivity.
The BRZ Limited ($29,305) adds LED fog lights, Alcantara and leather seat inserts, push-button start, illuminated sun-visor vanity mirrors, 7-in STARLINK audio with navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, dual-zone automatic climate control and the Cold Weather package, which adds heated front seats and heated side mirrors. A 6-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters is optional, while cars equipped with the manual transmission offer a Performance package that adds 17-in wheels, Brembo brakes and SACHS performance dampers.
The BRZ tS ($34,355) adds STI-tuned front and rear SACHS dampers and coil springs plus flexible V-braces in the engine compartment. Also standard are a set of lightweight STI 18-in wheels, Brembo brakes and exclusive interior and exterior trim pieces including a carbon fiber rear wing, a unique rear bumper plus red leather bolstered black Alcantara sport seats. The Limited's LED fog lights are removed.
The BRZ 50th Anniversary ($31,740) includes all the features of the Limited, plus unique Heritage Blue paint, contrasting silver stitching on the seats and shift boot and silver seatbelts.
The BRZ offers a modest trunk that measures 6.9 cu ft. and can be expanded by folding down the rear seat backs.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
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