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2021 Subaru BRZ Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 13, 2020

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Subaru comes with a history of being one of the top contenders on roads where not many automakers could make their car go or excel. In the WRC or World Rally Championship Subaru has made a big name and carrying on that same driving esthetics and precise handling and steady feedback make the BRZ purely a driver’s car. Partnering with one of the best automakers Toyota, they brought the Subaru BRZ and the Toyota 86 first in the year 2012. The 2021 BRZ comes with no identical changes from the previous 2020 iteration.

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 it goes from 0 to 60 in just 6.2 seconds. Subaru has managed to make the BRZ a fun to drive vehicle competing against the likes of Toyota 86 and Chevrolet Camaro. Here’s our take on the 2021 Subaru BRZ Coupe that is soon going to be on sale in the market. Looking for a used Subaru BRZ, Check here.

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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 unelsess

Feels underpowered

Noisy cabin

What's New?

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


Pictures & Videos

Videos
2021 Subaru BRZ Review video

Ratings

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

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Subaru BRZ Limited

Limited

power
205 hp @ 7000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 combined

$28,845


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $28,845 MSRP (21/24/29) 205 hp @ 7000 rpm, 2 L, Flat 4, Premium unleaded (required)
6-speed Close-Ratio Manual rear wheel drive 4

2021 Subaru BRZ tS

tS

power
205 hp @ 7000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 combined

$31,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
tS 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $31,495 MSRP (21/24/29) 205 hp @ 7000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Premium unleaded (required)
6-speed Automatic rear wheel drive 4

Expert Review

7.6

Overall Rating


Many sports coupes are known for their complex and stiff driving conditions, however, what the Subaru BRZ offers is just opposite. This is a regular sports coupe that gets used to road driving conditions and offers fun to drive experience. The vehicle is fair on practicality and offers the amount of performance one needs for a non race track coupe. However it feels a bit underpowered and has a tiny rear row which is just useless to be frank. This place can be further used after folding the seats as an extension of the cargo area. For other aspects of the coupe please read the below review and comparison with rivals.

2021 Subaru BRZ Coupe
2021 Subaru BRZ Coupe

6.5/10
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 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 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Subaru is the brand that has an already established reputation for making safe and reliable cars when joined forces with Toyota the result was bound to be great, and indeed it is. The Subaru BRZ stands as one of the most reliable and fun to drive vehicles out on the road. The Subaru BRZ offers all the fun and excitement of a sports car infraction of a price and although it feels a little underpowered, this is fully overcome by the excitement, and thrill which is offered by the Subaru, making it one of the most-liked vehicles by the enthusiasts.

 Reliability and Ownership Costs

Named as “Most Trusted Brand” by KBB for five years running and also Number one for “Customer Satisfaction” for two years in a row by ACSI (American Customer Satisfaction Index), Subaru has managed to earn the top spot for reliability and customer satisfaction among the brands and has upheld that reputation pretty well over the years. JD Power hasn’t rated the car yet for the 2021 model nor its previous year model.

The Subaru BRZ Coupe on average costs around $28,845 and remains the same throughout the U.S.States like Montana, Atlanta. Oregon might enjoy less prices as they have exempted the sales tax.

States

Cost

Washington 

$29,735

New Jersey 

$29,929

California

$29,431

Florida

$29,264

On average, the cost of ownership of a brand new Subaru BRZ Coupe spread over 5 years is $45,533 which is decent for the performance it offers. No recalls have been issued to its name for 2021 or its previous model year. 

Warranty

The warranty offered by Subaru for the BRZ is nothing special, or more than what is offered by the rivals. The standard warranty that is offered is for 3 years of 36,000 miles. Other than the basic warranty, Subaru offers a corrosion warranty for 5 years and roadside assistance for the same time period as the standard warranty.

Criteria

Period

Limited Warranty

3 Years/36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain Warranty

5 Years/60,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Corrosion Warranty

5 Years/unlimited miles

Roadside Assistance

3 Years/36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Miles Per Dollar

On average, a gallon of gas costs around 2.5USD. Considering the fact that it offers around 21-29 miles per gallon, it should equate to about 10 miles per dollar.

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 for 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.

Is buying a used Subaru BRZ Coupe a good idea?

Subaru and Toyota have managed to retain the fun that these small rear-wheel drive cars have to offer, with a choice of manual and automatic transmission available they can easily be made to suit your driving style, whether you like to floor it or let the computers do the work. The Subaru BRZ has retained its value over the years. The used Subaru BRZ’s that are available can be bought for about $15,000 to $20,000 according to the model year. 

The thing which you might have to look for before buying is whether the car takes a lot of time to start or the engine wants to stall, this indicates to the ECU’s of the Subaru BRZ that either needs an update or a flash to make the engine work properly, other things to look out for is that the gears engage smoothly and the car doesn’t shudder when you take off if it does you could be looking at a worn clutch or wear the flywheel by too many hard takeoffs. The most important thing to look out for is whether or not this particular Subaru BRZ you are looking at was used as a track day car or not, whether it had holes drilled to accommodate roll cages and fire extinguishers, if it has the rims chipped, has some sponsors stickers and decals.

2021 Subaru BRZ Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The Subaru 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. Rumors suggest that the 2021 model might get a 2.4L Turbo 4 cylinder Boxer engine.

Models

2021 Subaru BRZ (Expected)

2020 Chevrolet Camaro

2020 Toyota 86

MSRP

$28,845

$27,500

$26,985

Engine

2.0-liter Boxer-4

2.0-liter Turbocharged inline 4

2.0-liter Boxer-4

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

Power 

205 hp @ 7,000 rpm

275 hp @ 5,600 rpm

205 hp @ 7,000 rpm

Torque

156 lb-ft @ 6,400 rpm

295 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm

156 lb-ft @ 6,400 rpm

All the cars have almost the same identical engine type but produce different power outputs. Chevy produces the most output producing 275 horsepower while the twins have the same power output, having the same drivetrain and almost the same 6-speed manual gearbox.

2021 Subaru BRZ Coupe Acceleration and Braking Performance

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 small puppy sprint from a standstill to 60 MPH in 6.3 seconds. The only thing keeping the Subaru BRZ from becoming one of the most iconic cars of all time might just be the elephant in the room, the engine. It makes the car feel just a bit underpowered and always makes it feel a little incomplete, although there were speculations that the 2021 model might be powered by a bigger 2.4-liter engine that seems to remain just that, speculation.

2021 Subaru BRZ Coupe acceleration

The brakes of the base Limited trims offers quite a good stopping distance which is at par with what the rivals offer, and the bigger and heavier Brembo brakes that come with the tS trim are sure to increase the performance drastically and help the car excel, the Subaru BRZ, in short, is not a car made for the quarter-mile but to set lap times on curvy tracks.

Models

2021 Subaru BRZ (Expected)

2020 Chevrolet Camaro

2020 Toyota 86

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

60-0 MPH

120.ft

121 ft.

120 ft.

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. 

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 Subaru BRZ puts out 21 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway and comes with a combined MPG figure of 24, and with a 13.2-gallon tank on board, it is sure to give you a range of about 300 miles within the city.

Models

2021 Subaru BRZ (Expected)

2020 Chevrolet Camaro

2020 Toyota 86

MPG (City)

21

20

21

MPG (Highway)

29

30

29

MPG (Combined)

24

23

24

Fuel Capacity 

13.2 gallons

19.0 gallons

13.2 gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined)

277/383/317 miles

380/570/437 mile

277/383/317 miles

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

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.

2021 Subaru BRZ Coupe cockpit

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 (Expected)

2020 Chevrolet Camaro

2020 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

35.5/51.7/29.9

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 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.

How’s the 2021 Subaru BRZ Coupe’s infotainment system?

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.

2021 Subaru BRZ Coupe infotainment

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.

2021 Subaru BRZ basic Coupe steering wheel control
2021 Subaru BRZ Coupe
2021 Subaru BRZ basic Coupe front seats
2021 Subaru BRZ Coupe
2021 Subaru BRZ basic Coupe instrument cluster
2021 Subaru BRZ Coupe
2021 Subaru BRZ basic Coupe cockpit area
2021 Subaru BRZ Coupe
2021 Subaru BRZ basic Coupe interior image
2021 Subaru BRZ Coupe
2021 Subaru BRZ basic Coupe emblem
2021 Subaru BRZ Coupe

2021 Subaru BRZ Exterior

7.4/10

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. 

2021 Subaru BRZ Coupe third quarter view

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 (Expected)

2020 Chevrolet Camaro

2020 Toyota 86

Curb Weight 

2798 lbs.

3374 lbs.

2776 lbs.

Length 

166.7”

188.3”

166.7”

Width 

69.9”

74.7”

69.9”

Height 

52.0”

53.1”

52.0”

Ground Clearance 

4.9”

3.5”

4.9”

Wheelbase 

101.2”

110.7”

101.2”

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.

2021 Subaru BRZ basic Coupe wheel
2021 Subaru BRZ Coupe
2021 Subaru BRZ basic Coupe haedlamp
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2021 Subaru BRZ basic Coupe left side view
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2021 Subaru BRZ basic Coupe tail light
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2021 Subaru BRZ basic Coupe three quarter view
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2021 Subaru BRZ Safety

8.5/10

Subaru offers the basic safety feature required to keep the occupants alive in case of a serious track day mishap, which includes six airbags, height-adjustable three-point seatbelts and a vehicle stability control system with ABS brake assist and a tire pressure monitoring system. Apart from these some few extra safety features are offered in the car as optional like an auto-dimming rearview mirror, but in terms of driver assistance features Subaru does not have much on the plate. NHTSA has put the 2021 Subaru BRZ through a few tests in which it had scored quite good four out of five stars and the IIHS results show that it has performed well in most of the tests but still couldn't get the Top Safety distinction due to the lack of advance avoidance collision systems.

2021 Subaru BRZ Competition

8.0/10

2021 Subaru BRZ Vs Chevrolet Camaro

2021 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

2021 Toyota 86 coupe

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 standard 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 Overall Reviews


AF

Arthur E. Floyd

2020 Subaru BRZ

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

1

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Lost the true meaning of BRZ

Pros - Not much

Cons - Power, handling, body roll

Overall Review

1 /10 Overall Rating

I'd like to call this lease a total waste of what I spent on it. A sports oriented car that can't do a sprint quick enough to surprise me or handle itself composed on the corners. The acceleration feels sluggish and not linear at all, the handling is the worst and not free from awkward bodyrolls.

1/10
Features
1/10
Interior
1/10
Design
1/10
Safety
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Deal Value
1/10
Dealer Review

SG

Stephen J. Goodfellow

2020 Subaru BRZ

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

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

A lot of AM stuff added

Pros - Leather and alcantara upholstery, cruise control options useful for highway driving, manual stick

Cons - Hate the stock tires

Overall Review

7 /10 Overall Rating

I like to drive this car on highways which won't require frequent gear shifting or having me hold the gas. Also, since it has a manual stick, every drive feels more engaging and connected

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

LG

Larry V. Giles

2020 Subaru BRZ

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

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Great car, great looks, great performance

Pros - Comfotable, infotainment, styling

Cons - Backup camera, sound system

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

I call it a driver’s car. It has just the right amount of power, cuts corners like nothing else, and is smooth to drive. Though around 4,000 rpm it looses power for a second but is hardly noticeable

10/10
Features
9/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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Top User Reviews

1

User Overall Rating

Lost the true meaning of BRZ

I'd like to call this lease a total waste of what I spent on it. A sports oriented car that can't do a sprint quick enough to surprise me or handle itself composed on the corners. The acceleration feels sluggish and not linear at all, the handling is the worst and not free from awkward bodyrolls.

by Arthur E. Floyd

7

User Overall Rating

A lot of AM stuff added

I like to drive this car on highways which won't require frequent gear shifting or having me hold the gas. Also, since it has a manual stick, every drive feels more engaging and connected

by Stephen J. Goodfellow

10

User Overall Rating

Great car, great looks, great performance

I call it a driver’s car. It has just the right amount of power, cuts corners like nothing else, and is smooth to drive. Though around 4,000 rpm it looses power for a second but is hardly noticeable

by Larry V. Giles

10

User Overall Rating

Absolute fun to drive

The strength of BRZ lies in handling and not in speed. If you are looking for power than you may be disappointed but if you want tail sliding/fun in the curves it will leave you smiling like an idiot. It is that good. Most people will go for 6A that may be quick and good but the real fun lies with the 6M. Plus, you can always tune this car as it is designed to be tuned

by Ivan J. Crump

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