2021 Subaru BRZ

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2021 Subaru BRZ Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 26, 2021

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The 2021 Subaru BRZ comes with absolutely no changes from the previous 2020 iteration. The model year 2021 is the last run for the 1st-gen Subaru BRZ that debuted in 2013, before the debut of the all-new 2022 Subaru BRZ that will enter the scene by fall 2021. The 2021 Subaru BRZ is available in a total of 2 trims - Limited and tS.

The tS trim enhances the BRZ's fun to drive character by introducing elements such as STI chassis bracing, SACHS Performance Shock Absorbers with STI Performance Springs, and much more. The prices of the 2021 Subaru BRZ starts from $28,845 for the Limited trim and ranges up to $31,495 for the tS trim. This is excluding the $900 destination fee which the BRZ invites. For leasing, consider the 2021 Subaru BRZ to cost you around $399 per month, for 24 months, with $2199 due at signing. 

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Pros

Offers best practicality

Most Affordable coupe

Punchy engine with fun to drive

AWD offers better handling

Cons

Rear seat is uselsess

Noisy cabin

What's New?

The Subaru BRZ will remain completely unchanged from the 2020 version, for the next year model.


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$28845

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

143 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

205 hp @ 7000 rpm

torque

156 lb-ft @ 6400 rpm

transmission

6-speed Manual

chassis

suspension front

Strut suspension

suspension rear

Double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.6/11.4 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

101.2 in.

length

166.7 in.

width

69.9 in.

height

52 in.

curb weight

2798 lbs.

ground clearance

4.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

76.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

6.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.7 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos

Videos
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Trims

Limited $28,845 onwards

205 hp @ 7000 rpm | 2 L | Flat 4 | Premium unleaded (required)

  • Apple Carplay & Android Auto Smartphone Integration
  • Keyless Access w/ Push-Button Start
  • Leather Upholstery
  • LED Headlights

tS $31,495 onwards

2 L | Inline 4 | Premium unleaded (required)

  • Ambient Lighting
  • Navigation System
  • Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers
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Ratings

Pricing And Features

6.5

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

7.5

Exterior

7.4

Safety

8.5

Competition

8.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


With the lightweight chassis and naturally aspirated 2.0-liter flat-four-cylinder engine configured to a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic, the Subaru BRZ is one of the most fun to drive cars you can get in this budget. The 2021 Subaru BRZ  goes from 0 to 60 in just 6.2 seconds. Besides its traditionally beautiful flat-four heart and signature handling prowess, the Subaru BRZ with its spacious cabin and trunk also adds a sense of practicality. This daily sports coupe with uncomparable fun to drive factor and fluidic movements is a driver's car.

Subaru has managed to make the BRZ a fun to drive vehicle competing against the likes of Toyota 86 and Chevrolet Camaro. Read our in-depth review and pricing analysis of the 2021 Subaru BRZ to know more about this car, which is currently on sale. 

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6.5/10
Pricing and Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

7.4/10
Exterior

8.5/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2021 Subaru BRZ Pricing and Features

6.5/10

Subaru brought back the performance-tuned tS model previous year which joins the line up with the only available Limited model.

2021 Subaru BRZ Coupe third quarter view

The car is expected to be priced around $27,000 to $30,000, which is what the rivals like the Chevy Camaro and Mazda have priced around. With no significant changes for the 2021 model, the BRZ is mostly expected to remain the same as the 2020 model, with a few updates to the engine, more color options and a few cosmetic interior and exterior changes. 

Model

Limited

tS

MSRP

$28,845

$31,495

Key Features

Body-colored and heated side mirrors

In addition to or replacing the features of Limited 

 

LED headlights and LED Fog Lamps

Brembo Performance Brakes

 

Subaru STARLINK 7.0-inch Multimedia Navigation with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

SACHS Performance Shock Absorbers with STI Performance Springs

 

Dual Zone Climate Control

STI chassis bracing

 

Power adjustable and Heated front seats with Alcantara and leather upholstery

Exclusive ceramic white exterior paint with Crystal Black Silica-finish side mirrors

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle with Tilt and Telescopic adjustment

Alcantara and leather upholstery with red accents on seats

 

Sport-design gauges with 4.2-inch multi-function display

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle with red accents

 

Optional paddle shifters

18-inch STI aluminum-alloy wheels with matte bronze finish

 

17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with machined black finish

 

The base Limited trim priced at $28,845 comes with standard LED headlights and foglights, with daytime running lights, heated side-view mirrors, which are the same color as the body and a rear trunk spoiler.

The tS trim priced at $31,495 gets Crystal black side mirrors and rolls on a set of 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels finished in matte bronze. The performance benefits come from the Brembo brakes, SACHS performance shock absorbers, and STI chassis bracing.

On the inside, both models get a 7-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, SiriusXM satellite radio and manually adjustable, heated front seats which are wrapped in leather and Alcantara, while the tS trim gets unique stitching and red side bolsters.

Additional Popular packages come as added optional which have Auto-Dimming mirrors w/ Compass and HomeLink, and a choice of red and blue footwell illumination kit.

2021 Subaru BRZ Buying Advice

As the BRZ comes only in two variants it is quite simple to differentiate and select the perfect car for your taste. The Limited trim is a simple well equipped and comfortable daily driver, which is practical also as long as the rear seats are not occupied so that they can be folded to create extra cargo space.

The tS trim adds more to the performance factor and will interest the people who crave the pure driving experience and thrill that the BRZ has to offer. With performance enhancement additions like the Brembo brakes and SACHS shock absorbers it is pretty sure that the tS trim is not meant for the amateur and relaxed driver, as these things might compromise with the comfort a little but will provide the best driving experience.

 

2021 Subaru BRZ Engine and Performance

8.0/10

"It's an absolute blast to drive this car down a good road, and its quick but communicative steering rewards smooth and minimal inputs." - Edmunds

The Subaru BRZ is powered by a small yet punchy 2.0L 4 cylinder Boxer engine which when partnered with either a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox turns out 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque which is adequate enough to bring just a bit of fun needed in the Subaru BRZ.

The car feels a bit underpowered but that is easily compensated by the precise steering feedback which makes this a driver car and does not fail to bring a smile on your face every time your take it for a spin. 

Models

2021 Subaru BRZ

2021 Chevrolet Camaro

2021 Toyota 86

MSRP

$28,845

$27,500

$29,910

Engine

2.0-liter Boxer-4

2.0-liter Turbocharged inline 4

2.0L Boxer-4

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed shiftable automatic

Power 

205 hp @ 7,000 rpm

275 hp @ 5,600 rpm

200 hp @ 7,000 RPM

Torque

156 lb-ft @ 6,400 rpm

295 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm

151 lb-ft @ 6,400 RPM

0-60 MPH 

6.3 sec

5.2 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter-Mile 

14.7 sec

13.9 sec

14.7 sec

Top-speed 

143 MPH

155 MPH

143 MPH

All the cars have almost the same identical engine type but produce different power outputs. The Chevrolet Camaro belts out the most output with 275 horsepower while the twins have the same power output, having the same drivetrain and almost the same 6-speed manual gearbox.

Subaru BRZ is considered to be one of the budget supercars which comes with an RWD drivetrain, producing 205 hp from a small boxer engine which on paper sounds less but still makes the 2021 Subaru BRZ sprint from a standstill to 60 MPH in 6.3 seconds. Keep the pedal pinned and the Subaru BRZ will clock the quarter of a mile lap in 14.7 seconds. Flat out, the 2021 Subaru BRZ posts a top speed of 143 MPH. 

The competition is very close as the figures of all the four cars are quite close to one another, the Camaro excels having the most powerful engine does perform well when it comes to competition with the stopwatch. 


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2021 Subaru BRZ Fuel Economy

7.1/10

Subaru has managed to keep the MPG figures of the Subaru BRZ quite good thanks to the small engine and adequately sized fuel tank. The 2021 Subaru BRZ can roll for 21 miles in the city or can cruise through 29 miles on the highway for every gallon of gasoline. Sum up these figures, and the 2021 Subaru BRZ is good for a combined 24 mpg

Furthermore, the entire system comes hooked to a 13.2-gallon fuel tank, so you can enjoy a total range of 317 miles after a full refuel. 

Models

2021 Subaru BRZ

2021 Chevrolet Camaro

2021 Toyota 86

MPG (City)

21

20

21

MPG (Highway)

29

30

29

MPG (Combined)

24

23

24

Fuel Capacity 

13.2

19.0 

13.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined)

277 / 383 / 317

380 / 570 / 437 

277 / 383 / 317

All the rivals are here in the same ballpark in terms of fuel economy. The Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 have a little edge with a combined 24 mpg. Chevy also excels with the help of a bigger 19-gallon fuel tank but puts out almost identical MPG figures as the Subaru and the Toyota.

2021 Subaru BRZ Interior

7.5/10

"The Subaru's lack of sound insulation helps cut costs and weight, but it also allows excessive noise to penetrate the cabin, which can grow tiresome on long trips." - Car and Driver

When you step inside the Subaru BRZ it gives a decent sport feel to it. Subaru has managed to do very much with very little. The use of leather, Alcantara, and aluminum in the right places make the interior of the Subaru BRZ a nice place to be in. The touchpoints of the car like the steering wheel, gear knob are all wrapped in leather, and the seats get a combination of leather and Alcantara.

Inside the space of the cabin is enough to seat 4 people, but if you do half of the people inside the car will have a pretty hard time. The seats in the front are bucket seats which provide great support and the four-point harness just adds more to it. The front Headroom and legroom of Subaru BRZ is good enough to snug a six-footer easily, but the rear legroom poses a problem and would prove to be uncomfortable for anyone as it has very little legroom.

Models

2021 Subaru BRZ 

2021 Chevrolet Camaro

2021 Toyota 86

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/ Leg Room, in inches)

37.1/54.5/41.9

38.5/55.0/43.9

37.1/54.5/41.9

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

35.5/51.7/29.9

35.6/50.3/29.9

35.0/51.7/29.9
Cargo Capacity (cu.ft.) 6.9 9.1

6.9

With a cargo capacity of 6.9 cu.ft. the Subaru BRZ does not have the biggest trunk but is able to fit track day essentials like a helmet, a small tool-kit, and a six-pack of red bulls easily. The rear seats of the Subaru BRZ are mostly used by drivers as storage spaces which increases the overall practicality of the said vehicle and the rear seats being foldable adds more to the overall practicality of the vehicle. Among the rivals, the twins share the same body and so have the same dimension and the Chevy has almost identical rear row space as the twins. 

The 2021 Subaru BRZ will come with the StarLink infotainment which was added in the 2020 model year, this system has proved to be a vast improvement over the previous years’ infotainment systems. Both the trims of the 2021 Subaru BRZ come fitted with a seven-inch multimedia display with integrated navigation.

All the modern amenities such as the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, SiriusXM satellite radio help the Subaru BRZ keep up with the tech available in other cars of the day. A standard eight-speaker sound system fills the cabin of the BRZ easily, which produces a rich bass tone, but if you still want some kick Subaru offers an optional Kicker-powered subwoofer. The infotainment system is easy to use and does the work perfectly.


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2021 Subaru BRZ Exterior

7.4/10

"With LED headlights, a bubble-roof profile, and short overhangs, the BRZ is unmistakable for anything but a small modern sports coupe." - TheCarConnection

Any petrolhead can easily recognize the shape of the 2021 Subaru BRZ from a distance, but when it comes to being sure about whether it is the 2021 Subaru BRZ or the 86 is going to be a little bit tougher. One can easily get mixed up between the twins and to differentiate between the two you have to look out for the exclusive Cherry Blossom Red accent around the front grille and unique rear bumper cover. 

The roof-mounted shark-fin antenna on all the Subaru BRZ is finished in black. Both the trims come with standard LED headlights and foglights, so all in all the Subaru BRZ comes with all the basic stuff needed to keep the rain off from the windshield, the road in the front-illuminated and with the heated rearview mirrors you can also keep a check for pesky Miatas in the rear.

Models

2021 Subaru BRZ 

2021 Chevrolet Camaro

2021 Toyota 86

Curb Weight (lbs)

2798

3374 

3333 

Length (inches)

166.7

188.3

167.5

Width (inches)

69.9

74.7

72.6

Height (inches)

52.0

53.1

51.8

Ground Clearance (inches) 

4.9

3.5

4.0

Wheelbase (inches

101.2

110.7

100.4

Weighing a tad bit more than it’s twin sibling and having ample ground clearance the 2021 Subaru BRZ is sure to get over the bumps and potholes present in the road easily without making the driver worry about hitting the skid plate on the bumps.

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2021 Subaru BRZ Safety

8.5/10

The Subaru BRZ scored a near-perfect score in the crash-test conducted by the IIHS, receiving the highest rating of ‘Good’ in most categories. The exception was its safety cage on the driver's side, which didn’t have enough restraint to prevent the driver from making contact with the dash during a collision.

A whole load of active and passive safety tech is set to grace the 2021 BRZ. Subaru's EyeSight safety tech makes it into the BRZ this time around and that too as a standard feature. The car does help the driver with a few assists such as electronic stability control and ABS. However, it is the nimbleness of the BRZ that is its last line of defense in avoiding an accident. 

Some of the most prominent safety features of the 2021 Subaru BRZ are:

  • Electronic Stability Control(ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact beams
  • Dual-Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Airbags
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Dual-Stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st and 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts with Pretensioners
  • Rear-View Camera

2021 Subaru BRZ Competition

8.0/10

2021 Subaru BRZ Vs Chevrolet Camaro

If you really love the design of a coupe but are looking for something a bit bigger and something that comes loaded with all the modern tech and gadgets look no further than the new Camaro.

The modern styling and technology that has been installed in the new Camaro are easy enough to attract buyers, and the fun to drive experience and powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is just the cherry on top of the cake.

 2021 Subaru BRZ Vs Toyota 86

Both the Toyota 86 and the 2021 Subaru BRZ share the same platform and are identical mechanically as they were both developed as a joint venture. They are almost identical with a few differences that keep them separate.

The 86 is a bit cheaper than the Subaru but lacks the tech that comes in the Subaru as standards like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. The Subaru weighs a tad bit more and the keenest and experienced driver can easily notice this difference when it comes to cornering where the 86 takes the lead, but in all, it is a win-win choice for the cars. 

2021 Subaru BRZ Final Verdict

Developed jointly by Toyota and Subaru, the Subaru BRZ and 86 twins without a doubt are one of the best and the cheapest rear-wheel-drive pure fun to drive sports cars out there on the road. While the 86 has its own pros and cons, the Subaru BRZ makes up to be more practical and retains marginally better fuel economy than the 86 some even say that the BRZ is slightly quicker off the line, and with better infotainment system to offer the BRZ is a better twin among the two and the most lovable RWD sports car on the road.

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2021 Subaru BRZ FAQs:

How fast can the Subaru BRZ go?

The Subaru BRZ's 2.0L Boxer-4 engine can go from 0-60 in 6.3 seconds. Flat out, the Subaru BRZ has a top speed of 143 MPH. 

What does the BRZ stand for?

BRZ in Subaru BRZ stands for Boxer, Rear-wheel drive, Zenith. Well because, it has a Boxer engine and a rear-wheel-drive setup, and the word Zenith is used to describe the Subaru BRZ as worthy enough for it is the best at what it does.

What is the annual maintenance cost for a Subaru BRZ?

The annual maintenance cost of a Subaru BRZ, on average comes out around $672. 

Do Subaru BRZs hold their value?

Subarus as an automaker has a pretty good reputation in the automotive industry. Now although the Subaru BRZ does hold its value down the line, it still doesn't match up to the rest of the Subaru lineup.

2021 Subaru BRZ Consumer Reviews and Ratings

7.9

based on 72 ratings


7.8/10 Features
7.7/10 Interiors
8.2/10 Design
7.7/10 Safety
8.0/10 Reliability
8.2/10 Deal Value

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2021 Subaru BRZ Overall Reviews


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Karen

2021 Subaru BRZ

tS 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 26, 2021

The fun Machine.

Pros - Sporty coupe design,rumbling exhaust note,Fun to drive nature

Cons - Interior space, equipment levels.

The sports car for the enthusiasts on a budget. The BRZ has been my weekend fun choice.I opted for the auto,cause I did not want the hazzle of shifting throug the cogs.The engine though small,is pleasantly powerful for the size and does not limit the fun.Now the only downside I feel in the car is the slow responding transmision,which I had optioned for. If you are looking to tour with the car, well this in not a good place to be in for long.It is designed just for that short weekend fun rides through the mountain roads and dont even think of taking someone in the 2nd row.

8/10
Features
9/10
Interior
10/10
Design
7/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
9/10
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BJ

Beverly Juarez

2021 Subaru BRZ

tS 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 15, 2021

One little fire cracker.

Pros - Driving characteristics, performance package,

Cons - Could have been more powerful given the chassis potential.

The sports car for the enthusiasts on a budget. Last week I had a blast through the Weathertech raceway. The car performed exceptionally well with that 2.0l boxxer and excellent 6 speed gearbox. The chassis feels tight with exceptional damping from the new dampers for a much flatter cornering experience and some top of the line brembo brake to provide you that bite for late corner entry braking. The only fly in the oinment is the engine which does not have the power to mach the chassis potential. The interior feels fully mechanical and functional and does not have any modern gizmos, which essentially suits the purpose of this car. Satisfied with the services

7/10
Features
8/10
Interior
10/10
Design
8/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
9/10
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JB

Jerome L. Bustos

2021 Subaru BRZ

Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 4, 2021

BRZ

Pros - Driveability, quick, reliable

Cons - Mpg, cheap interior

Cool coupe There are things that I like and then there are things I don’t like. I like the fact that the interior is spacious and is comfortable; the infotainment/touchscreen is very responsive! But I don’t like the interior quality and material choices. BRZ looks sleek and modern from every angle. The wheels are not good though and could have been better! In an out experience and no nonsense whatsoever kind

9/10
Features
8/10
Interior
9/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
9/10
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