2013 Subaru BRZ

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What's New for 2013:
  • 2+2 sport coupe
  • BRZ is the only rear-wheel-drive Subaru

Exterior Features
The 2-door, 4-passenger, 2013 Subaru BRZ sports coupe debuts with a choice of two trim levels: the base Premium and the upgraded Limited. The Premium comes with 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in summer performance tires, and bi-xenon headlights with LED running lights. Get the Limited and the BRZ is equipped with a rear spoiler and fog lights.

The Subaru BRZ was developed in conjunction with Toyota and is nearly identical to the Scion FR-S. Subtle styling and slight content differences differentiate the two models. The trunk provides 6.9 cubic feet of cargo space.

Interior Features
The BRZ Premium includes cloth sport seats, air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, and floor mats. An 8-speaker sound system includes an auxiliary audio input jack, USB port, full iPod control, iTunes tagging, satellite radio, and HD Radio. A voice-activated navigation system is also standard, and includes traffic information, Bluetooth connectivity with music streaming, and hands-free text messaging.

Upgrading to the BRZ Limited adds leather seats with Alcantara suede inserts, keyless entry and push-button starting, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and heated side mirrors.

Optional Features
Aside from dealer-installed accessories, the only option on the Subaru BRZ is an automatic transmission.

Under the Hood
A horizontally opposed, direct- and port-injected, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is the only power plant offered for the BRZ. It produces 200 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 151 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,400 rpm, and comes with a close-ratio 6-speed manual gearbox. A 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is available, and includes a Sport shifting program as well as downshift rev matching. All BRZs have a Torsen limited-slip rear differential, and unlike the rest of Subaru's all-wheel-drive lineup, the BRZ is rear-wheel drive.

The engine's position within the car helps the BRZ achieve a front-to-rear weight distribution of 53:47, and Subaru says the BRZ has one of the lowest centers of gravity of any production car. The company also claims that the BRZ is the lightest 2+2 sports car in America, with a curb weight of 2,762 pounds.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Subaru BRZ are:
  • BRZ with manual transmission: 22/30/25 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • BRZ with automatic transmission: 25/34/28 mpg

The 2013 Subaru BRZ is equipped with 6 air bags, traction and stability control, and 4-wheel ventilated-disc anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, and brake override features.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the 2013 BRZ as this overview is written.


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  • Name Premium (2dr Cpe Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 25495.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 22/30
  • Name Premium (2dr Cpe Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 26595.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 25/34
  • Name Limited (2dr Cpe Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 27495.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 22/30
  • Name Limited (2dr Cpe Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 28595.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 25/34
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Reclining front bucket sport seats -inc: fore/aft adjustment levers, whiplash protection, height-adjustable driver seat, height-adjustable active head restraints
  • Rear seat walk-in system
  • 2+2 contoured fold-down rear bench seat
  • Center console -inc: black finish w/silver shifter bezel, dual front cupholders, 12V pwr outlet, rear storage bin
  • Floor mats -inc: driver-side retention hook
  • Aluminum pedal covers
  • Driver footrest -inc: aluminum cover
  • Tilt & telescopic steering column
  • 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel -inc: red stitching
  • Steering wheel-mounted cruise control
  • Sport design instrumentation & multi-function display -inc: tachometer mounted in center of instrument cluster w/adjustable rev indicator & digital speedometer integrated into tachometer, speedometer dial gauge, digital odometer w/dual trip meters, coolant temp gauge, exterior temp w/freeze warning, current fuel economy, average fuel economy, fuel gauge, digital clock, vehicle systems indicators
  • Pwr windows -inc: auto-up/-down, anti-pinch protection, 45-second closed doors vehicle off operation, full close index
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote trunk release
  • Remote fuel-filler door release
  • Illuminated switches -inc: ignition switch ring, driver door lock, driver window switch
  • Remote keyless entry -inc: answer back chirp
  • Anti-theft engine immobilizer
  • Manual climate control
  • Air filtration system
  • Rear window defroster -inc: rear window defogger w/timer
  • Glove compartment -inc: internal 12V pwr outlet
  • Soft touch urethane upper door panels -inc: red stitching
  • Chrome-look interior door handles
  • Black-trimmed door grips
  • Bottle holders in doors
  • Manual day/night rear view mirror
  • Dual visor vanity mirrors
  • Dome light -inc: off-delay feature
  • Front map lights
  • Trunk light w/switch
  • Leather-wrapped shifter & parking brake handle -inc: red stitching
  • Front passenger seatback pocket
  • Trunk mat
  • Trunk area subfloor -inc: multi-box storage tray, spare tire/jack storage
  • Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Leather & Alcantara upholstery
  • Dual mode heated front seats
  • Illuminated switches -inc: engine start/stop switch, driver door lock, driver window switch
  • Driver door lock/unlock touch sensor
  • Trunk unlock touch sensor
  • Keyless access
  • Keyless start
  • Security system
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Front window defroster
  • Silver-trimmed door grips
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Door courtesy lights
  • 17" x 7.0" machine finish dark gray alloy wheels
  • P215/45WR17 summer performance tires
  • T135/80D16 spare tire
  • Double-sided galvanized sheet metal anti-corrosion treatment
  • Aluminum hood w/prop rod
  • Body color front & rear bumpers
  • Front strut tower brace
  • Body color fender garnish w/black insert
  • Black grille
  • Xenon auto-on/off high-intensity discharge (HID) height-adjustable headlights -inc: auto-off w/ignition switch
  • LED parking lights
  • LED high-mount stop light
  • LED rear combination lights
  • Body color manual-folding pwr mirrors
  • Variable intermittent front windshield wipers -inc: washers, mist feature
  • Green-tinted UV glass -inc: frameless door glass
  • Dark upper windshield sunshade band
  • Body color exterior door handles
  • Rear trunk spoiler
  • Fog lights
  • Body color manual-folding heated pwr mirrors
  • 2.0L DOHC 16-valve 4-cyl boxer engine -inc: dual active valve control system (DAVCS) variable valve timing, chain-driven camshafts w/auto chain tensioner
  • Direct ignition system w/knock sensor
  • Electronic throttle control (ETC)
  • 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission
  • Torsen limited-slip rear differential
  • Rear wheel drive
  • 4-wheel independent sport-tuned suspension
  • MacPherson strut front suspension -inc: anti-dive geometry, lower L-arm
  • Double wishbone rear suspension -inc: anti-lift geometry
  • Front & rear stabilizer bars
  • Quick ratio electric pwr assisted rack & pinion steering
  • 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes
  • Dual single-outlet stainless steel exhaust tips
  • Tool kit -inc: lug wrench, 2-way screwdriver
  • 6-speed electronic direct-control automatic transmission -inc: sport mode, snow mode, manual mode, paddle shifters
  • Engine start/stop switch
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
    • Electronic brake-force distribution system (EBD)
    • Brake assist
    • Brake override system
    • Vehicle stability control (VSC) -inc: sport mode switch
    • Traction control system (TCS) -inc: off switch
    • Clutch pedal-controlled starter interlock system
    • Side impact door beams
    • Ring-shape reinforcement frame
    • Daytime running lights
    • Driver & front passenger advanced airbags -inc: dual-stage deployment, passenger-seat occupant detection system
    • Seat-mounted driver & front passenger pelvis/torso side-impact airbags
    • Side curtain airbags
    • 3-point seatbelts w/emergency locking retractors (ELR)
    • Front passenger & (2) rear passenger seatbelts w/automatic locking retractors (ALR)
    • Front seatbelt force limiters -inc: pretensioners, shoulder belt guides
    • Rear seat lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
    • Emergency interior trunk release handle
    • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
    • Collapsible steering column
    • Pillar-to-pillar steering column support beam
    • Safety pedal system
    • Dual-tone horn
    • Transmission shift interlock system
    • AM/FM stereo HD Radio w/CD/WMA/MP3 player & GPS navigation system -inc: 196 watt amplifier, voice-activated controls, 6.1" LCD touch screen, SD map card, iTunes tagging capability, SMS text messaging capability, XM satellite radio, XM NavTraffic, (2) dash panel tweeters, (4) front door stacked dual cone speakers, (2) rear quarter panel speakers (Subscription required for XM satellite radio, XM NavTraffic)
    • USB port w/iPod control capability
    • 3.5mm aux input jack
    • Bluetooth audio streaming & hands-free phone connectivity
    • Roof-mounted audio/satellite antenna

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