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Day by Day Review: 2013 Subaru BRZ car test drives subaru daily car reviews
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Okay let’s be honest here, nobody cares about dash plastics and rear leg room in this car, so I’m going to skip the formalities—at least for now, I may return to them later. What everyone wants to know is how this car drives and what it transmits to the driver, right?

Does the Subaru BRZ live up to the hype? I’ve heard that it’s like a Miata with a hard top and a little more power—I disagree… it’s way better than a Miata! The Subaru BRZ (and by extension the Scion FR-S) is most likely the most down to earth, back to basics driver’s car sane money can buy these days—I think I’m in love.

Day by Day Review: 2013 Subaru BRZ car test drives subaru daily car reviews
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Road noise, yup there is some, maybe some would even say that there is lots—but that’s fine by me. The noise isn’t overwhelming, it is just reminding you that you are driving a car, not a boat, and that you have a connection between you and the road and it exists by virtue of just four rubber patches the size of your shoes.

This is a proper sports car and what you get is proper steering with some good weight to it that is very communicative. When you couple that with brakes that are firm, controllable and powerful you have a car that speaks to the driver as they manipulate the inputs.

The clutch and transmission are not the best out there and I’d say the Miata transmission speaks to the driver more but it is good, good enough to not really care that it’s not perfect while not hating it. It gets the shifts done, it does so with good feel, and it is there when you need it.

The chassis, the seats, and the driving feel in the BRZ are bar none the best I have driven in a new car in years—this vehicle speaks to the driver and is constantly coaxing them to find a road with more curves.




About James Bergeron

James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. He is also a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).