2017-subaru-brz-reviewThe 2017 Subaru BRZ is an athletic sports car with many changes for the 2017 model. It has seating for four people and uses a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine with 205 horsepower. Reviewers say the BRZ is fun to drive and feels responsive when making sharp turns. It has comfortable seating and quick acceleration.

What’s new for 2017? Subaru have updated the BRZ for the 2017 year and the design for both the interior and exterior has been changed. The BRZ has more horsepower and a new Performance Package is available which includes upgrades to the brakes, rotors and shock absorbers. It also now comes with a 4.2-inch display.

The BRZ is available in two trims although both use the same Subaru Boxer engine. The base price for the 2017 BRZ is $25,495. This is pretty competitive with the other sports cars on the market. It has great handling due to the 2017 upgrades although the engine is less powerful than some rivals.

Specs

While the 2017 BRZ is not the most powerful sports car you can drive it is very nimble and fun to drive. The 2017 version comes with a number of enhancements that make it more agile on the road including the upgraded engine, brakes and shocks. The 4-cylinder Subaru Boxer engine makes 205 horsepower which gives it enough acceleration and speed for most circumstances.

“This is arguably the car business’ last best hope for a fun, inexpensive sports car. It puts an exclamation point on the notion that a car without a gazillion horsepower or a six-figure sticker is fun to drive.” – AutoWeek.

The BRZ comes with a 6-speed manual as standard on both models. The higher trim has an optional upgrade to a 6-speed automatic that gives it better fuel economy but slightly less horsepower. The BRZ has better grip and stability on corners and better braking capability than before.

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Interior

The 2017 BRZ is more concerned with performance than a luxurious interior. Features are focused on making driving more fun and comfortable for the driver than anything else. This includes a 4.2-inch display screen for giving the driver information on the cars vitals. It also includes wheel-mounted audio control and comfortable seating.

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While there is enough seating for 4 people you’ll realistically only want 2 in the car at a time as the rear seats are too small for adults. The rear cargo space is also very small and can only hold a modest amount of cargo with 7 cu. ft. of space. The driver has wide visibility through the front windscreen which is a good plus.

There are a number of optional upgrades such as leather upholstery and heated front seats. You can also opt for a larger 6.2-inch touchscreen, heated side mirrors, dual-zone climate control, keyless access and LED fol lights.

Price

The 2017 Subaru BRZ comes in two trims, the Premium with a starting price of $25,495 and the Limited with a price of $27,645. Both use the same engine although the Limited comes with the option of upgrading to the automatic transmission with better fuel economy.

Alternatives

The 2017 Subaru BRZ is a great little sports car and ranks favorably alongside the 2016 Dodge Challenger and the Scion FR-S. Some other alternatives are the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata and the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.