Editor’s note: Limited BRZ trim in the US is called BRZ Sport-tech in Canada.
Affordable sports cars are a declining niche in today’s auto market, with top-selling, high-earning SUVs and trucks dominating the scene. However, for 2022, Subaru and partner Toyota revamped the much-loved twins that debuted (in Toyota’s case as a Scion) in 2012. The recipe is the same: a front-engine, rear-wheel drive 2+2 coupe that specializes in handling and fun rather than speed. Straight line.
Subaru BRZ Packaging and Pricing
There are two basic models: the entry-level BRZ (Canada) or the Premium (USA); And the Better Equipped Sports Technology (Canada) or Limited (USA). Both come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission but can be selected with 6-speed driver assistance and EyeSight technology at an additional cost. MSRPs are as follows:
- BRZ $3,495 CAD / $28595 Bonus
- BRZ with EyeSight CAD 32,895 / Premium with EyeSight $30.095
- Sport Tech C$33,495 / C$31,095 Limited
- Sports technology with EyeSight CAD 35,895 / Limited with EyeSight $32.795
Each BRZ is powered by the same 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 228 horsepower. We drove a 2022 sports car but there are no changes to the BRZ for 2023.
The transition from BRZ/Premium to Sport-tech/Limited adds leather/Ultrasuede seats, heated side mirrors and steering-responsive headlights. The regular 17-inch wheels are swapped out for 18-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires. Aside from the EyeSight/auto combo, there are no major option packages to speak of.
BRZ Design and Interior
The latest BRZ is an evolutionary step over the first generation car, which finished with the 2020 model year, but the body is nonetheless all-new. There are subtle aerodynamic details everywhere you look covered in a stylish duck-shaped rear wing. The roofline’s subtle “double bubble” is a nod to vintage racing cars. Our test car was finished in a traditional Subaru World Rally Blue Pearl paint.
Interior and equipment
BRZ interior dimensions:
|Height (f/r)||37.0 inches / 33.5 inches.|
|Legroom (f/r)||41.5 inches / 29.9 inches.|
|Hip space (f/r)||52.4 in / 45.2 in|
|Shoulder space (f/r)||53.6 inches / 51.7 inches.|
|EPA passenger volume||77.2 cubic feet.|
|EPA Box Size||6.3 cu ft (extra carrying space with the rear seat back folded)|
|Trunk Height||27.1 inches|
We didn’t find it easy for long-legged drivers to climb into the BRZ. The left end of the dashboard heads toward the driver’s door, creating a lump that’s best avoided as you swing your knees through a narrow gap. You will soon feel at ease as soon as you enter.
After adjusting the driver’s seat and small steering wheel to suit the situation, the driving position is great and thanks to the thin A-pillars, the view forward is also excellent, with the pointed tops of the fenders helping you position the car precisely.
In front of you, the fully digital instrument cluster focuses on the tachometer with an internal digital speedometer and gauges on each side. The G-meter on the left is more convenient for tracking usage than driving on the road, but changing the configuration can replace it with other metrics.
The other screen is an 8-inch element in the middle. The graphics and the Starlink operating system are behind a generation of the best other car manufacturers have to offer, and the audio system isn’t great.
You’ll need to put your phone, keys, and coffee in a central box a little behind you, which isn’t ideal.
There is further evidence that Subaru has prioritized driving experience over comfort and ergonomics in the lack of upfront storage. You’ll need to put your phone, keys, and coffee in a central box a little behind you, which isn’t ideal. Moreover, only small rear passengers will fit comfortably in the 2 + 2.
But if you’re traveling with two seats up, the rear seats usefully fold down to expand the cargo area which is already large for this size and type of vehicle. It’ll contain a set of day spare tires, a mountain bike, golf clubs, or, for this test, boxes for my kids’ Nerf tearers on their way to playtime!
2022 Subaru BRZ Horsepower and Performance
As mentioned earlier, this isn’t necessarily the car that wins a traffic light drag race, but it is absolutely fast, taking about 6 seconds to accelerate from zero to 60 mph/100 km/h. The new engine is larger than before, rising from 2 liters to 2.4, with 23 more horsepower to take output to 228 horsepower.
More importantly, there’s extra torque — up from 156 lb-ft to 184 — and peak will be available soon, at 3,700 rpm, to improve mid-range drivability. The Torsen limited slip differential helps put power into the rear wheels.
We feel the manual transmission is an integral part of the performance package, but if you opt for the car, it comes with paddle shifters, has a throttle on the lower gear and, surprisingly, 10 percent better fuel economy.
2022 BRZ Key Performance Specifications:
|engine||FA24 four-cylinder, horizontally opposed (SUBARU BOXER), aluminum alloy cylinder block and cylinder heads|
|Energy||228 @ 7000 rpm|
|torque||184 lb-ft. @ 3700 rpm|
|Valvetrain||DOHC, four valves per cylinder, Subaru Dual Active Control variable valve timing on the intake and exhaust camshafts.|
|payment system||Rear wheel drive with TORSEN limited slip differential|
|Connecting||Standard: 6-speed manual
– Optional: 6-speed automatic with adaptive control, manual shift mode, down cruise control and steering wheel pedal shift controls
|Stability / Traction Control||Vehicle stability control (VSC) with traction control system (TCS); Multi-mode switch with track mode and TCS Off switch|
Without massive amounts of power or massive turbo rush, the BRZ still performs at legal speeds, every day. Its already legendary handling is bolstered by a stiffer chassis and a lower center of gravity than the outgoing model, but that doesn’t come at the expense of ride comfort. It’s assertive, for sure, but there’s an amazing amount of give that day trips don’t turn out to be an experience.
Perhaps best of all, the steering is precise and direct, with no dead spot around the front. It’s perfect for carving through corners, but you’ll need to focus on the highway to keep things straight and change lanes smoothly.
- Focus on driver pleasure
- Usable performance
- Practical charging space
- Entry will be difficult for some
- convenient concessions
- The info seems to be outdated
Aside from the GR86, the BRZ’s competitors at this price point are few in number but huge in range, from the Ford Mustang to the Mazda MX-5. As a motorist, we feel the BRZ is hard to beat at this level; We only wish that interior design would make it easier to live every day.
2022 BRZ Pictures
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