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2017 Subaru BRZ Walk Around


With its rakish profile and long sloping glass, the two-door BRZ looks like it should have a hatchback, but there’s a small trunk there, which stiffens the structure of the body. Its looks are contemporary: a clean silhouette, arched roof, long low hood, sculpted flanks, flared fenders, and flashy five-spoke wheels.

The low beltline and wraparound glass not only makes the car look modern, it enhances visibility from the cabin. It’s a shame the side fender vents just ahead of the doors look like they were put there by Pep Boys.

Interior

The cabin isn’t all that comfortable or versatile. The bucket seats are sporty and the dash Spartan. The seats have enough room and enough bolstering, and they’re comfortable enough for commuting, but they’re upright, firm, and need more adjustability and lumbar support. Climbing in and out requires some contortion, especially for tall drivers, the price of the seat cushions (especially Alcantara on the Limited model) and low roofline. Once inside, there’s good headroom.

The back seats are good for maybe one child seat, while the seatback folds forward to fit gear. There’s more space in the trunk in back, but not a lot. The pass-through allows a set of four tires mounted on wheels to fit back there, says Subaru, pitching the track-day thing.

The cabin materials lack excitement. There’s lots of hard plastic places you touch. But we like the business-like aspect of the dashboard and controls. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is a bit smaller in 2017. The reddish orange displays are easy to read with polarized sunglasses, we like that. The interface is intuitive and communicative, but the audio and navigation controls are touchscreen-only. Tuning the radio requires concentration and effort.

The Limited model gets a 4.2-inch display in the instrument cluster with additional gauges, including a stop watch for lap times, a G-meter, a braking-force and a steering-angle indicator, and readouts for oil and water temperature, and battery voltage.

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