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2014 Subaru BRZ Review

The 2014 Subaru BRZ won’t pin you to your seat, but it offers sharp handling and engaging transmissions, both manual and automatic. The BRZ also has strong safety scores and affordable ownership costs, admirable traits for any sports car.

Pros & Cons

  • Responsive steering
  • Nimble handling
  • Precise manual transmission shifter
  • Limited trunk space
  • Finicky touch-screen system




Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.2
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2014 Subaru BRZ Overview

Is the 2014 Subaru BRZ a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Subaru BRZ is a good used vehicle that sits near the top of the sports car class. Its transmissions, engine, and handling deliver a sporty experience. The interior could be nicer. Still, its dashboard controls are easy to use, and the BRZ is nicely equipped. While it has good safety scores, this Subaru has a below-average reliability rating.

Used 2014 Subaru BRZ Performance and Interior

The base powertrain in the BRZ is a 200-horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission is available. The rear-wheel-drive BRZ may not be the quickest sports car, but it’s a blast to drive. It has a composed ride, even on rough surfaces. Fuel economy is best with the automatic transmission, at 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. With the manual transmission, expect 21/29 mpg city/highway.

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The BRZ has supportive front seats that remain comfortable on long drives. Despite the BRZ’s sports-car proportions, its adjustable seats make finding a good driving position easy. Only children will find the two rear seats accommodating. The BRZ’s sloping hood makes for good forward visibility.

Standard features include a 6.1-inch touch-screen navigation system, Bluetooth for audio and hands-free calling, satellite radio, smartphone app integration, and a USB port. The BRZ is available with dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and keyless entry. It’s not a fancy interior, but the basic controls work just fine. However, the navigation system can be challenging to operate while driving.

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Used 2014 Subaru BRZ Prices

The price of a used 2014 Subaru BRZ ranges from about $17,900 for the Premium trim with manual transmission to around $19,900 for the Limited trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Subaru BRZ?

The 2014 Subaru BRZ has a J.D. Power reliability rating of 2.5 out of five. That’s below average for the auto industry as a whole.

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How Safe Is the BRZ?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the BRZ five out of five stars overall, with five stars in the side and rollover crash tests and four for the frontal crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the BRZ a Top Safety Pick. It scored Good (the highest rating) for the moderate overlap, side, front, and rear crash tests. It earned the second-highest score of Acceptable for the small overlap crash test. The BRZ lacks standard or available active safety equipment.

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Should I Consider Another Used BRZ?

The 2014 Subaru BRZ is part of the sports car’s first generation. The 2014 model year ushered in a minor smartphone app integration change.  The 2013 BRZ lacks this update, but its price is friendlier to your wallet. The 2015 BRZ costs more but adds an upgraded suspension and a unique Limited Series.Blue edition.

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Which Used Subaru BRZ Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Subaru BRZ has two trim levels: Premium and Limited. The Premium trim includes a 6.1-inch LCD touch-screen navigation system, smartphone integration, an eight-speaker AM/FM stereo system, satellite radio, HD radio, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, two 12-volt power points, and manually adjustable air conditioning. The Limited trim adds dual-zone automatic climate control, dual-mode heated front seats, keyless access, push-button start, and front door courtesy lights that illuminate when the doors are opened. True to its sporting roots, the Premium trim is the best choice. It’s well equipped, but not overly focused on creature comforts.

With its below-average reliability, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned BRZ. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Subaru extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 152-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Subaru warranty page carefully.

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2014 Subaru BRZ and Other CARS/SUVS/TRUCKS/MINIVANS to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Subaru BRZ or 2014 Ford Mustang?

The 2014 Ford Mustang isn’t as nice inside as the Subaru BRZ, but it offers a stronger V6 engine and more useable space. The handling advantage goes to the BRZ, but the Mustang can accommodate adults in the rear seats (if only for short trips) and has almost double the cargo space. The Mustang has a higher reliability rating than the BRZ, and it’s the overall better car.

Which Is Better: 2014 Subaru BRZ or 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

Looking for a practical sports car? Then the BRZ is the clear choice over the 2014 Mazda Miata MX-5. The Subaru has more cargo and passenger space and four seats compared to the Mazda’s two. Looking for an engaging sports car? Then the Miata is the better choice. Its light weight, athletic handling, crisp-shifting manual transmission, and strong four-cylinder engine make this two-seat coupe more fun to drive.

Which Is Better: 2014 Subaru BRZ or 2014 Scion FR-S?

The 2014 Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ were developed in a joint project between Toyota and Subaru, They are mechanical siblings, with similar handling and horsepower. Most of the differences are found in the interior. Unlike the FR-S, the BRZ comes standard with navigation and quality interior materials. Either is a good choice, but for a comfier cabin, choose the Subaru.

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