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2016 Subaru BRZ Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Subaru BRZ was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.5

Critics say the 2016 Subaru BRZ's interior doesn't have an especially impressive design. However, most reviewers are satisfied with its cabin, noting that the BRZ is more about performance than style. The interior contains a fair amount of plastic trim, according to auto writers, but they say contrasting patterns and textures keep the styling from getting too dull. The front seats are comfortable, according to critics. The rear seat and trunk are small, reviewers say, but that's common for a sports coupe.

  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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)

Seating

The 2016 Subaru BRZ seats four and comes standard with cloth upholstery. The Limited trim comes with leather and Alcantara (faux suede) upholstery, as well as heated front seats.

The BRZ's front seats offer great support and are comfortable for long periods of time, according to critics. The seats’ low mounting, reviewers add, provides generous headroom. Test drivers add that forward visibility is good from the driver’s seat. Rear-seat space is limited, reviewers say, but that's common in sports coupes.

  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • 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 (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Subaru BRZ include a new Starlink 6.2-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a rearview camera, HD Radio, satellite radio, a USB port, an auxiliary audio jack, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker stereo. Available features include a proximity key, push-button start and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Test drivers say the new touch-screen infotainment system won't impress tech-savvy buyers. Some also bemoan the BRZ’s lack of steering wheel-mounted audio controls, which means you may have to take your eyes off the road to change stereo settings. However, some reviewers appreciate the BRZ's straightforward gauges and climate controls.

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  • "Technophiles probably won't be impressed with the new touchscreen audio and infotainment system. There aren't even steering-wheel-mounted audio controls available." -- AutoTrader
  • "Not helping matters is that there are no audio controls on the steering wheel. As such, you might catch yourself taking your eyes off the road to fiddle with the controls." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "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)

Cargo

The 2016 Subaru BRZ has 6.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is small for the class. However, the BRZ comes standard with a folding rear seat, which makes it possible to carry two golf bags, according to auto writers.

  • Trunk space is also rather small at 6.9 cubic feet, but folding down that mostly useless backseat expands cargo capacity considerably." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "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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