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2016 Subaru BRZ Walk Around


The silhouette shows off the swoopy lines of the arched roof, and the BRZ further attracts attention with sculpted flanks, flared fenders, and flashy five-spoke wheels. From head-on, that low engine mounting enables a low hood, with the grille below the bumper and headlamps spaced wide to the fenders.

If you look hard, you might find some Subaru family in the taillamps, but not in the carved sheetmetal in the tail, and black rear fascia. There’s a blemish each side, however, as the fender vents just ahead of the doors look cheap and slapped on.

Interior

We’ve been extolling the virtues of sports car purity, without saying that means some discomfort. We like the upright driving position, but the sporty seats are firmer and less adjustable than they need to be. And it’s noisy on rough pavement.

If you pack carefully, if not sparingly, there’s enough trunk space for a road trip, although the access is narrow. The rear seat folds forward, for more room. Of course you can use the rear seat for overnight bags, electronic things, or sacks of snacks.

The dash is clean, spartan. We like the industrial touch, the climate knobs and their nut-and-bolt design, against a material that looks like corrugated metal. But it could be more exciting, especially in front of the passenger, where there’s a long slab of silvery plastic. In fact there’s too much hard plastic in places that fingers touch. And the dash trim doesn’t match the centerstack trim.

Importantly, the touchscreen interface is light, communicative, and intuitive.

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