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2013 Subaru BRZ Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Subaru BRZ was new.


Interior: 7.6

The 2013 Subaru BRZ features a driver-focused interior layout with straightforward controls that reviewers appreciate. Most agree that the textured, hard plastic trim inside the BRZ looks nice, while comfortable front seats are also nicely bolstered. Although the back seat and trunk aren’t as large as those of cars like the Ford Mustang or Dodge Challenger, the BRZ still offers more space than rivals like the Mazda Miata.

  • "In this day of hard interior plastic/low-cost interiors, Subaru has done a reasonable job of making certain everything you touch has a comfortable feel to it. There's leather on the shift knob, emergency brake handle and steering wheel, the last adjustable for rake and reach." -- Road and Track 
  • "Subaru has plenty of experience making the most of black plastic, and the BRZ cabin doesn't let down, with various textures and minor bits of trim like metal-look finishing on the center console and (Legacy) door handles, and contrasting stitching on the shift boot and (Legacy) handbrake handle being enough to break things up." -- Autoblog


As with affordable sports cars such as the Chevrolet Camaro, reviewers agree that the back seats of the Subaru BRZ are best left to children. Critics agree that the BRZ’s front seats, however, are comfortable and supportive. Additionally, one auto writer comments that front-seat entry and exit are easy for 6-footers, thanks to a roofline that peaks right where the driver gets in.

  • "It's great in other ways, too -- it's 9 inches shorter than the Cayman, but seats two additional people. The BRZ's front seats are highly supportive and very comfortable, though the rears are for very short trips or very short passengers." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "The rear seats technically hold an adult but would be better for kids--a rear-facing child seat fits back there, too." -- AutoWeek 
  • "Subie touts this as the shortest rear-drive 2+2 on the market. So it is. It also says that the car can accommodate a forward-facing child seat in the back. A rear-facing seat, on the other hand, would probably only fit if the parent riding shotgun rides shotgun in a car following behind." -- Car and Driver 
  • "The roofline's side curve peaks right about where the driver gets in, so entry and exit for anyone around six feet is easy. You'll snuggle right into the well-bolstered seats, which should be as comfortable for long runs as for tight corners." -- Road and Track 
  • "On top of that, the seats are excellent. Large bolsters hug the driver properly, and the canted, adjustable headrest doesn't jut into the back of your head." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

The 2013 Subaru BRZ Premium comes with navigation and an eight-speaker stereo with satellite and HD Radio, Bluetooth and a USB port. Options and standard features on the Limited trim include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic climate control and a universal garage-door opener.

Test drivers are pleased with the BRZ’s thick, small-diameter steering wheel and straightforward switchgear, but one critic comments that his test car’s navigation system seems outdated compared with other affordable sports cars'.

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  • "The steering wheel is small, just 14.4 inches in diameter, and the smallest of any modern Subaru. But the shape and diameter is just right - thick enough given the small size, but oversize and doughy like the ones in recent BMW M cars." -- Motor Trend 
  • "HVAC controls are in the center stack, configured with knobs and levers that are large enough that you can easily operate them, even with gloves. No mysteries, no fiddling around." -- Road and Track 
  • "The eminently grippable steering wheel is the smallest Subaru makes, at 14.4 inches it's ¾-inch smaller than the next size up, and its 13:1 ratio doesn't demand much sawing to get through hairpins." -- Autoblog


The 2013 Subaru BRZ has 6.9 cubic feet of trunk space. While that’s more than the Mazda Miata, and roughly the same amount as the Nissan 370Z, reviewers also report that the BRZ’s rear seatbacks fold to increase utility.

  • "Trunk space is meager, at 6.9 cubic feet." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "Rather than say the trunk can hold two golf bags, which it can, Subaru prefers to point out that you can carry a complete set of wheels and tires for track days." -- AutoWeek 
  • "The trunk will hold just seven cubic feet of stuff, although both halves of the rear seatback fold for larger loads." -- Car and Driver

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