2013 Subaru BRZ Reviews, Ratings, Prices - Consumer Reports
With the BRZ, Subaru has hit the sweet spot for driving enthusiasts with an exhilarating to drive sports coupe that also happens to be affordable and economical at the pump. Co-developed by Subaru and Toyota , the BRZ and FR-S are nearly identical twins. The only differences are nuances in design, exhaust notes, and suspension tuning.
Alerts
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
NA
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
NA
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
NA
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

With the BRZ, Subaru has hit the sweet spot for driving enthusiasts with an exhilarating to drive sports coupe that also happens to be affordable and economical at the pump. Co-developed by Subaru and Toyota , the BRZ and FR-S are nearly identical twins. The only differences are nuances in design, exhaust notes, and suspension tuning. The higher-priced Subaru offers more upscale features and factory options than the lower-priced Scion, including standard HID headlights.

Each is powered by the same 200-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, mated to a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission. That combo delivers ample acceleration, thanks to well-chosen gear ratios, and impressive fuel economy of 30 mpg.

Seating
2 front, 2 rear
Drive Wheels
Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
coupe
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (200 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Subaru BRZ owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen difficult to see

"No USble screen, much too small, must pull off the road to select items on the screen"

Thomas M., NJ (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Worst GPS system I have ever see. Poor logic, maps can't get you from here to there. VERY difficult to walk through the logic of the system. Radio is same. Will cause people to crash trying to adjust GPS or Radio station"

Thomas M., NJ (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Not intuitive. Somehow goes into loops and gives incorrect directions. It's useless"

Mike A., RI (2013 Subaru BRZ Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"All I can say is POS. This thing is slow, reroutes poorly, and the screen randomly freezes when zooming. If you rely on it, you'd run into a wall or a lake"

Michael H., WY (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The GPS system has been fairly inaccurate. It was repaired due to a manufacturing issue in 2013 but the issue has gotten worse. Often, while driving on major roadways in good conditions the location provided is several miles off"

John L., MN (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The system was unable to maintain its bluetooth pairing with my Motorola Droid Razr Maxx"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru BRZ 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth failed. Dealer wants $2000 to fix it."

John H., CA (2013 Subaru BRZ Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Right great tail light developed condensation and was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Subaru BRZ Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The seal had to be replaced on the left wondow"

Randy S., CA (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"There are rattles coming from the trunk location especially during the warmer months. A Subaru dealer attempted to find and resolve the noise but was unable to locate the source"

John L., MN (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"windows do not seal well"

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru BRZ Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Had the seal replaced on left door"

Randy S., CA (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Camshaft bearing and seal needed replacement ~4 shop days of work under warranty. Cause oil to leak onto exhaust down pipe passenger side. Detected by smell and smoke, then visual inspection"

Derek Y., KS (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"This was a warranty issue with valve lifters. I had no problem wuith my vehicle but warranty covered the overhaul."

Anonymous, KY (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It was a recall repair actually; they had to replace the valve springs. After the repair, the engine failed and I lost operation for about a month."

Brown A., FL (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Early failure necessitating an $1800 repair."

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"refrigerant leak but repaired by dealer under warranty"

Stephen M., OH (2013 Subaru BRZ 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"My BRZ has a synchronizer issue with 6th gear. When accelerating and shifting from 5th to 6th gear, the transmission grinds going into 6th, regardless that the clutch is completely disengaged and shifting normally"

Lewis D., FL (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shifting when cold into 2nd gear"

Anonymous, NS (2013 Subaru BRZ Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"front bumper loose or broken. costs 800 to repair"

Stephen M., OH (2013 Subaru BRZ 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"squeaky window - changed mechanism"

Anonymous, QC (2013 Subaru BRZ Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Heavy use of Clutch for 50k miles in bumper to bumper traffic caused the problem. Its not a car company problem, but a problem caused by driver"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Grinding / roughness downshifting from 6th to 5th gear. Attributed to synchro issue and the entire transmission was replaced because car was under extended warranty."

Harish R., (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The front bumper cover keeps detaching from the fenders"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"Both front strut mounts broke loose. The same thing happened to my 2001 Subaru Legacy. This time, they were replaced by a part with a different part number (redesigned?)."

Anonymous, NE (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Tail lights fog up, had replaced once under warranty, passenger side still fogs up. Makes it hard to see braking/turning signals to vehicles behind me"

Michael H., WY (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Starter

"Car died and had to be towed to the dealer."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

"High pressure fuel pump produces a chirping sound at idle when the engine is warm. It is a very noticeable sound, and gets worse in warmer weather. The problem is ongoing as it does not affect the functionality of the vehicle and is not a risk of damaging the vehicle."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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