Coupe: 2014 Subaru BRZ

Modestly-powered coupe with emphasis of handling and driving pleasure; better smartphone integration for 2014

With gas prices spiralling and speed limits ever more rigidly enforced, it would seem like the days of the driving enthusiast are coming to a close. Not so with the sprightly little BRZ, which goes back-to-basics with rear wheel drive, light weight construction, balanced handling and a focus on fun-to-drive. It’s a hoot, not a handful, and you get small back seats that fold and a reasonable trunk – it’s completely workable as a daily driver. The 200-horsepower flat-four engine doesn’t have a lot of torque but does love to rev, and driving it reasonably returns decent fuel economy. 2014 sees few updates for the range, with the exception of new smartphone pairing capabilities.

The Specs

Type Two-door coupe
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Base engine (hp) 2.0L flat-four (200 hp)
Transmission(s) 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Fuel economy (L/100km, city/highway) 8.3/5.9 (auto)
Basic warranty 36 months/60,000 km

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