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2015 Subaru BRZ Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2015 Subaru BRZ was new.


Interior: 7.5

The automotive press reports that the 2015 Subaru BRZ has a straightforward, driver-oriented cabin with supportive and comfortable front bucket seats. They write that the cabin does not look particularly lavish. However, they appreciate the nicely textured plastics and details like the stitching on the shifter boot and emergency brake lever. Some critics mention that the BRZ's cabin is noisy when the engine is at higher RPMs.

  • "The interior isn't particularly fancy, but it's good enough, and the all-important steering-wheel/pedal placement/shifter relationship is among the best you'll find." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The BRZ has a simple, pleasantly styled cabin that features a blend of Toyota and Subaru switchgear and materials. It's a bit bland compared with some other sporty cars in its price range like the Genesis coupe, but then this is supposed to be a back-to-basics driver's car." -- Edmunds
  • A resonator pipes sound into the cabin, and above 5000 rpm, there's enough noise inside the car that you'll need to scream to talk. Not that you'll be having much conversation." -- Car and Driver (2013)
  • "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 (2013)


The base Subaru BRZ seats four and comes with cloth seats, while the Limited trim comes with leather and faux suede (Alcantara) seats, as well as heated front seats. Reviewers write that the BRZ's front seats offer optimal support, ample headroom and are comfortable for long periods of time. Additionally, reviewers say that forward visibility is good from the driver’s seat. However, most agree that the rear seats are quite cramped.

  • "The front seat passengers will find plenty of room once they make their way into the low-slung cockpit. There's good head room even for tall drivers, and the seats are very supportive, but comfortable for longer drives." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The BRZ's firm, well-shaped front seats are supportive enough for hard driving on curvy roads, yet are still comfortable for long-distance trips. People of just about any size should find the driving position to be quite agreeable, and thanks to the low-profile hood, there's an expansive view of the road ahead." -- Edmunds
  • Although it has a small back seat, the BRZ's cabin is really only fit for two passengers." -- AutoTrader
  • "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 (2013)
  • "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 (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features on the 2015 BRZ include a navigation system with a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker stereo. Proximity key, push-button start and dual-zone automatic climate control are optional.

Critics note that the touch screen's menu structure is confusing, and that the buttons themselves are small and hard to use. Others are disappointed that there are no stereo controls mounted on the steering wheel.

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  • "Technophiles won't be impressed with the audio and infotainment system, which may be one of the least intuitive in the industry. There aren't even steering-wheel-mounted audio controls available." -- AutoTrader
  • There's no shortage of features, however, as even the base model is loaded with high-tech items like navigation, HD radio and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity. Sadly, those particular features are controlled by a touchscreen interface that's difficult to use. The menu layout requires a lot of back-and-forth commands, and the small virtual buttons are tough to press on the first try." -- Edmunds
  • "Three gauges are straight ahead, the center a tach with a digital speedo, the analog speedometer to the left, fuel and temp on the right. 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 (2013)


The 2015 BRZ has 6.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which auto journalists agree is pretty limited. However, some mention that the rear seats fold down, which makes it possible to carry two golf bags.

  • Trunk space is also rather small at 6.9 cubic feet, but folding down that mostly useless backseat expands cargo capacity considerably." -- Edmunds
  • "Trunk space is meager, at 6.9 cubic feet." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • You can also lower the rear seatback, making more room for the 6.9-cubic-foot trunk. With the seats down the cargo bay will hold two standard golf bags, and with the front passenger seat down as well the BRZ can hold a set of racing tires, a helmet and basic tools." -- Autoblog (2013)

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