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The 2020 Subaru BRZ is a sports car through and through. The engaging driving dynamics, potent engine power, and dialed-in responsiveness mean you'll love every drive in a BRZ, whether you're commuting or off on a weekend adventure. The sleek lines, aggressive stance, and charming color choices mean this is a car you'll enjoy on your daily drive. This 2020 Subaru BRZ research will introduce you to the top reasons to buy, what you need to know about this sports car, and what you should look out for in a used BRZ.
F 41.9"/R 29.9"
F 37.1"/R 35"
The base Limited model has the option of a performance package. Look out for this if you'd like an even more performance-focused feel to your BRZ. You'll get 17-inch alloy wheels, Brembo® performance brakes, and SACHS® performance shock absorbers. This gives you a stiffer, more responsive ride, as well as a sportier look.
The rear-wheel drive BRZ is ready to hit the track. Use the 4.2-inch multifunction display to keep an eye on G-force, lap times, engine torque, and more. There's also a dedicated track driving mode that lets you push the car even further. When turned on, the car will slide more easily, without completely disabling the traction control.
Despite its compact sports car looks, the 2020 Subaru BRZ does, in fact, have a back seat. It's not the most spacious but it's suitable for children. Where it does come in handy, though, is as interior storage, something two-seat sports cars are often lacking. If you are going to carry passengers, the legroom in the back row is 29.9 inches with 51.7 inches of shoulder room.
The 6.9 cu-ft of trunk gives you enough space to pack up for a weekend away. Or, if it's more your style, you could fit some extra tires and some tools in there for a trip to the track. Adding this practicality to a fun car makes every drive more enjoyable and enables you to use the BRZ as your daily driver.
Where this car shines is in its engaging driving dynamics. Part of this is down to its low center of gravity, which makes you feel more connected with the road. With the 205-horsepower engine and lightweight construction, the 2020 Subaru BRZ handles phenomenally. You'll also enjoy the small-diameter leather-wrapped steering wheel—it makes it easier to go lock-to-lock when pushing this car on the track.
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Limited: Features proximity keyless entry, sport-tuned suspension, limited-slip differential, seven-inch touch screen, track-mode, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, navigation system, Bluetooth® connectivity, eight-speaker audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, rearview camera, and more.
tS: Adds manual transmission, larger alloy wheels, Brembo brakes, SACHS performance dampers, and more.
Very much so. Take a 2020 BRZ to the track, and when new, it can reach a top speed of 143 mph and will go from zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). The 2.0L engine offers up 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque.
It's actually a pretty cool answer. According to Subaru, BRZ stands for 'Boxer-Engine, Rear-Wheel Drive, Zenith'—neat, right? These are all elements that make up the charm of the 2020 Subaru BRZ.
Yes, it does. This two-door sports car has a second row of seats that can accommodate adults when required, usually just on short journeys, however. Where it comes into its own is when you want to take your niece or nephew for a spin or buckle your small dog into the rear seats while you drive over to the grooming parlor.
Yes, you can. The 2020 BRZ is equipped with two sets of LATCH fixtures that can accommodate a variety of child seats. Given its limited space back there, try out a variety of models in your BRZ before committing to the purchase of a seat—not all brands will fit as you'd like them to.
Crystal Black Silica
Crystal White Pearl
Ice Silver Metallic
Magnetite Gray Metallic
WR Blue Pearl
The two-door, four-seat BRZ has a slick cockpit interior with synthetic Alcantara® suede and real leather seat upholstery, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel—all standard for the 2020 models. Grippy seat bolsters ensure your twists and turns won't affect your seating position, while the BRZ's low-slung seats and center of gravity take you closer to the road action. Available in Black or Black and Red interior finishing, there's no doubt the 2020 BRZ has the looks and personality to charm drivers and passengers alike.
This nifty sports car has seating for four across two rows, and while the second row can accommodate adults at a pinch, it suits your smallest travel companions perfectly. The 2020 Subaru BRZ rear-row has two full sets of LATCH restraints (upper tether and lower anchors), that are easy to find and can accommodate front-facing seats. Not using the front passenger seat? Push it forward, and your BRZs rear row can also accommodate some rear-facing seat models too.
Driven by a 2.0L flat-four Subaru Boxer® engine with rear-wheel drive, the 2020 BRZ achieves 205 hp and 156 pound-feet of torque. Your driving style will dictate whether the six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission suits you best, with only a small reduction in horsepower (down to 200 hp) under the automatic transmission's power distribution.
Equipped with a sports-tuned suspension and track-ready data technology, the 2020 BRZ, when new, can reach a top track speed of 143 mph and a zero-to-60 time of 6.2 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). If fuel economy is your priority, the Limited trim with automatic transmission is the option to go for, achieving an EPA-estimated 27 mpg combined.
2013–2021 Subaru BRZ (first generation)
The first generation BRZ saw its biggest changes in 2017. A revised manual transmission and some engine upgrades bring more power to the fore. The interior cockpit gains some improved accent finishing along with a refreshed infotainment system and gauge cluster.
For the 2018 BRZ, the Limited trim gains some nice tech functionality, namely a 7-inch touchscreen with smartphone functionality. A short-run BRZ trim, the tS, is also available for this model year, offering a stiffer chassis and slick ride suspension. Another limited-run trim, the Series.Gray appeared in 2019.
For 2020, the tS trim is now a permanent offering, while the Premier trim is discontinued. With no yearly update in 2021, the BRZ awaits 2022, and its second-generation debut.
2022–2023 Subaru BRZ (second generation)
Kicking off the second generation with a ground-up redesign, the 2022 BRZ gets an updated interior with more technology and a new 228-hp 2.4L engine.