2017 Subaru BRZ

2017 Subaru BRZ
2017 Subaru BRZ

2017 Subaru BRZ


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 29 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.0 L Premium Unleaded H-4, 205 HP
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 4
  • Doors: 2

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  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver:
  • Side Passenger:
  • Rollover Rating: 5 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2017 Subaru BRZ

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Radio: Subaru Starlink 6.2" Multimedia System -inc: AM/FM Stereo HD Radio w/single-disc CD player, MP3/WMA/CRR/RW file capability, simple touch gesture high resolution 6.2" LCD display screen, Bluetooth audio streaming connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, iPod control capability, SiriusXM all access radio (subscription required), smartphone integration for AHA, Pandora, and STARLINK cloud applications, calendar, IHEART radio, music player, news, stitcher, weather, 8 speakers and steering wheel control switches for audio system and Bluetooth
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Steering Wheel Controls
    • Automatic Equalizer
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 17" x 7.0" Alloy -inc: Dark gray w/machine finish
    • Tires: P215/45R17 87W Summer Performance
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Black Side Windows Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Wing Spoiler
    • Black Grille
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • LED Brakelights
  • Interior Features
    • Performance Design Front Bucket Seats -inc: height adjustable head restraints, driver seat height adjuster, whiplash protection and passenger side seat pocket
    • Full Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Includes Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Fixed Rear Windows
    • Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Mechanical Fuel
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Carbon Fiber Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Simulated Carbon Fiber Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Leather/Aluminum Gear Shift Knob
    • Cloth Upholstery w/Red Stitching
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
    • Full Floor Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front Map Lights
    • Delay Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Instrument Panel Bin, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Fixed Rear Head Restraints
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.0L DOHC 16V 4-Cylinder -inc: Dual Active Valve Control System (DAVCS) Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Close-Ratio Manual
    • Rear-Wheel Drive
    • 4.30 Axle Ratio
    • 48-Amp/Hr 390CCA Maintenance-Free Battery
    • 130 Amp Alternator
    • 3682# Gvwr
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Steering
    • 13.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
    • Mechanical Limited Slip Differential

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.6
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.4
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 6.9
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 390
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 130
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Premium Unleaded H-4
    • Displacement - 2.0 L/122
    • Fuel System - Port/Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 205 @ 7000
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 156 @ 6400
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 101.2
    • Length, Overall (in) - 166.7
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 69.9
    • Height, Overall (in) - 50.6
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 59.8
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 60.6
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 4.9
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 13.2
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 4
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 76.5
    • Front Head Room (in) - 37.1
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.9
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 54.5
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 53.1
    • Second Head Room (in) - 35
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 29.9
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 51.7
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 45.3
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 24
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 21
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 29
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 35.4
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Subaru BRZ
    • Body Style - Coupe
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Double Wishbone
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P215/45WR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P215/45WR17
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.63
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.19
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.54
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.21
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.77
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.44
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.30
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Minicompact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.4
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2785
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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The 2017 Subaru BRZ is in its fifth year, hard to believe, since it has hardly become a household word. It’s more of a quiet revolution. It’s a true sports car. Nearly perfect balance, nimble handling, high-revving engine, no frills, not so many compromises for comfort (but far from uncomfortable). Well, air conditioning is standard, which puts it into perspective, and reality. But it’s still all about the driving experience. Name another car like that.

Even the Mazda MX-5, which certainly succeeds in the driving experience department, doesn’t carry the BRZ’s distinction of a track-day style. The BRZ is for drivers who want to be delighted by the act of driving.

When it was introduced for 2013, it had a twin, the Scion FR-S, which is now the Toyota 86.

New for the 2017 Subaru BRZ is a Performance Package that includes Brembo brakes with 12.8-inch rotors with four-piston calipers in front and 12.4-inch rotors with two-piston calipers in rear. Sachs ZF shock absorbers; and black 17-inch alloy wheels that are a half-inch wider, with 215/45R17 summer tires. Also new for the 2017 BRZ are LED headlamps and a front bumper cap flanking LED foglamps.

Like the Toyota 86, the BRZ uses Subaru’s 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder FA engine with Toyota’s fuel injection making 205 horsepower that loves to be revved. The design of the engine, unique to these two cars, allows it to be mounted low to the ground, even lower than other Subaru flat-fours. The 6-speed manual gearbox is precise and has a short throw. There is also a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters, sport mode, and downshift rev-matching.

With the fairly low weight of 2785 pounds, and smallish (non-turbo) 2.0-liter engine, the BRZ scores an EPA-rated 34 Highway miles per gallon.

The NHTSA gives the BRZ five stars overall, with four stars for the driver in a frontal crash; and the IIHS gives it mostly top ratings. A rearview camera is standard, however there are fewer safety options than with Subaru sedans and crossovers.


The 2017 Subaru BRZ Premium ($25,395) comes standard with power windows, air conditioning, cruise control and 6.2-inch touchscreen incorporating HD Radio, satellite radio, a CD player, Bluetooth audio streaming, iTunes tagging, a USB port, and an aux-in port. It’s compatible with smartphone apps for Aha, Pandora, and Stitcher, among others.

BRZ Limited ($27,395) gets heated seats and other niceties. BRZ Series Blue ($27,690) is a Limited enhanced with special trim.


With its rakish profile and long sloping glass, the two-door BRZ looks like it should have a hatchback, but there’s a small trunk there, which stiffens the structure of the body. Its looks are contemporary: a clean silhouette, arched roof, long low hood, sculpted flanks, flared fenders, and flashy five-spoke wheels.

The low beltline and wraparound glass not only makes the car look modern, it enhances visibility from the cabin. It’s a shame the side fender vents just ahead of the doors look like they were put there by Pep Boys.


The cabin isn’t all that comfortable or versatile. The bucket seats are sporty and the dash Spartan. The seats have enough room and enough bolstering, and they’re comfortable enough for commuting, but they’re upright, firm, and need more adjustability and lumbar support. Climbing in and out requires some contortion, especially for tall drivers, the price of the seat cushions (especially Alcantara on the Limited model) and low roofline. Once inside, there’s good headroom.

The back seats are good for maybe one child seat, while the seatback folds forward to fit gear. There’s more space in the trunk in back, but not a lot. The pass-through allows a set of four tires mounted on wheels to fit back there, says Subaru, pitching the track-day thing.

The cabin materials lack excitement. There’s lots of hard plastic places you touch. But we like the business-like aspect of the dashboard and controls. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is a bit smaller in 2017. The reddish orange displays are easy to read with polarized sunglasses, we like that. The interface is intuitive and communicative, but the audio and navigation controls are touchscreen-only. Tuning the radio requires concentration and effort.

The Limited model gets a 4.2-inch display in the instrument cluster with additional gauges, including a stop watch for lap times, a G-meter, a braking-force and a steering-angle indicator, and readouts for oil and water temperature, and battery voltage.

Driving Impressions

The Subaru BRZ has the dynamics to delight high-performance drivers on twisty back roads. Not only is the front-rear balance good, and the 2800-pound weight light, but the center of mass is one of the lowest of any car made. It’s a car that you feel in the seat of your pants. The handling is predictable and body control inspires confidence, even without all-wheel drive like every other Subaru made. However a Torsen limited-slip differential gives the rear grip on both sides, enabling sure footing exiting slow corners, especially.

The steering is quick and communicative, the suspension taut and compliant. However on even slightly patchy pavement, the BRZ bounds up and down, and it’s fatiguing. The noise doesn’t help.

The double-wishbone multi-link suspension is adapted from the high-performance Subaru STI sedan. Front struts and coil springs in front, mounted low. It’s designed to scrub speed off the front wheels and transfer weight to the rear, when the car is driven aggressively: hard on the gas, hard on the steering. In other words, it’s tuned to be easy to drive tail-out–that’s what it’s all about.

There is a sport mode for the stability control to allow the tail to go out, but also a full-off mode that allows the tail to go out and around. In 2017, the stability control has been programmed to allow more yaw, a complement to the car’s predictability.

The engine is almost just a vehicle to deliver the handling. It’s enough but not exceptional. The 2.0-liter boxer four delivers 205 horsepower with only 156 pound-feet of torque (with the manual transmission, five less of each with the automatic). It’s high-revving but lacks low-rpm torque, so the spirited driver must keep his (or her) foot in it. There’s not much grunt below 4500 rpm, but it fairly zooms from 4500 to 6500, while the exhausts like a Subaru WRX.

So you have to shift gears a lot, to keep the revs high. The 6-speed gearbox engages with a snick, and we love the short throw; it’s the transmission we go for and it just seems so right for this car. However, the paddle-shifting 6-speed automatic also makes it not too hard to stay in the power zone. The sport mode delays and sharpens shifts, and adds a big blip when you downshift hard. In that sport mode, it’s programmed to stay in the gear even at redline; we like having the power to shift at redline when we want to.


There isn’t a lot of competition for the Subaru BRZ (other than its fraternal twin the Toyota 86). If you want an affordable sports car with characteristics like this (in a word, tossability), it’s your call. When it comes to tossability, it’s hard to beat the Subaru BRZ or Mazda MX-5.

Sam Moses contributed to this report; with driving impressions by The Car Connection staff.

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