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Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Subaru BRZ Review

The 2015 Subaru BRZ boasts engaging performance and good safety scores, but it ranks in the middle of its class due to its below-average reliability rating. The BRZ also offers little in the way of passenger space, and its features are unintuitive.  

Pros & Cons

  • Thrilling handling
  • Supportive and comfortable front seats
  • Good safety scores
  • Cramped rear seat
  • Difficult infotainment controls
  • Below-average reliability

2015 Subaru BRZ Overview

Is the 2015 Subaru BRZ a Good Used Car?

The 2015 BRZ is a good sports car. It handles with enthusiasm despite its mediocre engine power, and the front seats provide both comfort and support. Though it comes with lots of standard amenities like satellite radio, navigation, and an infotainment system, the features are hard to use. In addition, the back seat is small.

Used 2015 Subaru BRZ Performance and Interior

The 2015 Subaru BRZ is powered by a 200-horsepower four-cylinder engine. While it doesn’t have the outrageous off-the-line muscle of some rival sports cars, the BRZ's flat-four engine still gets the car moving briskly. A six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission are available, both of which shift smoothly and efficiently. Rear-wheel drive and a limited-slip differential are also standard. The BRZ gets EPA-estimated fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission and 24/33 mpg city/highway with the automatic. 

Despite its modest engine output, the rear-drive BRZ is a blast to drive. Its low center of gravity keeps it composed and balanced through turns, and steering is sharp and communicative. The BRZ also boasts a supple ride quality, even on long drives.  

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The BRZ coupe has four seats, but the second row is so small that it is best left to kids. Up front, the seats are both supportive enough for spirited corner carving and comfortable enough for long treks. Cloth upholstery is standard, but some models may have leather and suede seating, along with heated front seats. The BRZ has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors. 

Standard features in the 2015 BRZ include a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a USB port, HD Radio, satellite radio, navigation, Bluetooth, and a 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system. Other features you may find include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity-key entry, and push-button start. The BRZ's touch screen earns criticism for its small icons, confounding menu layout, and general difficulty.   

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Used 2015 Subaru BRZ Prices

Average prices for a 2015 Subaru BRZ range from about $20,000 for a base manual Premium model to about $23,000 for a BRZ Series.Blue model. What you end up paying will depend on the car's mileage, features, and condition, as well as where you live. Prices can also fluctuate with demand and availability.

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We conducted all the necessary research to help you decide if the 2015 BRZ should be your next used car. For each comprehensive review on our site, we analyze dozens of professional testimonies alongside safety scores, reliability ratings, and cost of ownership estimates. 

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Subaru BRZ?

According to J.D. Power and Associates, the 2015 BRZ has a predicted reliability score of 2.5 out of five, which is slightly below average. A score of three out of five is considered average for the entire industry.

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How Safe Is the BRZ?

The 2015 BRZ received five out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with five stars in the side crash and rollover tests and four stars in the frontal crash test. It was also named a 2015 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, earning the organization's highest score of Good in four out of five individual tests and a rating of Acceptable in the fifth (the small overlap front test). 

The BRZ isn't available with any driver assistance features, such as a rearview camera or parking sensors. 

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Should I Consider Another Used BRZ?

Subaru introduced the BRZ as an all-new vehicle for the 2013 model year, and it saw few major changes over the following two years. This means you can likely save money by choosing an older model, without sacrificing features. One notable improvement for 2015 is its revamped suspension, which results in greater overall ride comfort. 

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Which Used Subaru BRZ Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Subaru BRZ is available in three trim levels: the Subaru BRZ Premium, Subaru BRZ Limited, and limited-edition Series.Blue. The BRZ Limited is your best bet. It's available with either a manual or an automatic transmission, and it builds on the base model's numerous standard features with additional comforts like heated seats, automatic climate control, and proximity-key entry. The BRZ Series.Blue features mostly design upgrades. 

Because of the BRZ's below-average reliability rating, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned model. For its CPO 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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2015 Subaru BRZ and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Subaru BRZ or 2015 Scion FR-S?

The Scion FR-S was developed by Toyota alongside Subaru's development of the BRZ, and they have a lot in common. Each utilizes the same 200-horsepower engine and enjoys a refreshed suspension for this model year. They also share the same good safety scores, but the BRZ gets slightly lower predicted reliability. The 2015 Scion FR-S has lower average prices, but that's because there was only one main trim level, and the car wasn't available with features that you can get in the BRZ, such as heated seats, satellite radio, and proximity-key entry.

Which Is Better: 2015 Subaru BRZ or 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

The 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata sets the mark for performance in the class, with razor-sharp handling and impeccable agility. Like the BRZ, the Mazda's four-cylinder engine won't throw you back in your seat, but hit high revs and you'll scoot along just fine. In other areas, the Miata is incredibly spartan. It only seats two, and you won't find any models with technologies like navigation or an infotainment system. Most of the interior is covered by hard plastic surfaces, too. If you place a premium on performance, the Miata is the answer. For more day-to-day livability, check out the BRZ.

Which Is Better: 2015 Subaru BRZ or 2015 Subaru WRX?

The Subaru WRX was introduced for 2015; prior to that, it was sold as a performance trim of the Subaru Impreza. For 2015, Subaru gave the WRX a pair of turbocharged engines that make 268 or 305 horsepower. Add in standard all-wheel drive, and you have one the best-performing compact cars out there. The WRX has a spacious back seat that makes it a more practical choice than the BRZ, but it shares the coupe's lackluster interior design. Average purchase and ownership costs are thousands of dollars higher for the WRX, so keep that in mind as you shop around.

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