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2017 Subaru BRZ Review

The 2017 Subaru BRZ delivers adept handling even on the curviest roads, and it has a sprightly four-cylinder engine. However, it finishes toward the bottom of our sports car rankings due to its below-average predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Athletic handling
  • Less powerful engine than rivals
  • Low predicted reliability rating
  • Small rear seat and trunk

New for 2017

  • Refreshed interior and exterior design
  • Increased horsepower and improved suspension
  • 4.2-inch driver information display and hill-start assist became standard
  • Available Performance package with upgraded brakes, rotors, and shocks




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 9.2
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2017 Subaru BRZ Overview

Is the 2017 Subaru BRZ a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Subaru BRZ is a good coupe, but there are much better sports cars out there. While the BRZ has outstanding handling, some rivals match its grip while offering even more horsepower. On the downside, this Subaru stumbles with its cramped rear seats and a small cargo area.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, the total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 33 professional evaluations for this 2017 Subaru BRZ review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Subaru BRZ?

There are about 40 2017 Subaru BRZ listings on our site, with prices ranging from a low of $22,700 to a high of $29,000. The average price is $25,900. A vehicle’s location, condition, features, and mileage affect pricing.

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How Much Does the 2017 Subaru BRZ Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 BRZ are estimated to be $27,671. That’s slightly below average for the sports car segment.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New BRZ?

The base 2018 Subaru BRZ has a starting price of $25,595, which is a few hundred dollars lower than the average price of a used 2017 BRZ ($25,900). Those shopping for a base model should consider a used model to save a few thousand dollars. Or, you can get a midrange trim of the 2017 BRZ for the price of a new base model. For 2018, Subaru added a tS trim level and several available features, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, and a 7-inch infotainment display. You’ll need to buy the 2018 model to get these features.

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There are lots of new sports cars to choose from that match the average price of a 2017 BRZ. These include the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata ($25,295), the 2018 Ford Mustang ($25,680), the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ($25,905), and the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider ($24,995).

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Which Model Year of the Subaru BRZ Is Best?

The BRZ made its debut during the 2013 model year. Differences between the model years have been incremental. The 2014 BRZ received standard smartphone app integration, and the 2015 BRZ received a suspension upgrade. The 2016 BRZ gained a standard touch-screen infotainment system with a rearview camera. Although it costs more, the 2017 model makes the most sense. For 2017, the BRZ received a boost in horsepower, refreshed styling inside and out, a revised suspension, standard features like a 4.2-inch driver information display and hill-start assist, and several available performance upgrades.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Subaru BRZ?

The 2017 Subaru BRZ has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Subaru BRZ Recalls

As of this writing, there are no recalls for the 2017 BRZ.

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Which Used Subaru BRZ Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 BRZ comes in three trim levels: Premium, Limited, and Yellow. The base Premium trim features hill-start assist and the Subaru’s Starlink infotainment system with a 6.2-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, and smartphone integration.

The base trim should be fine for most shoppers, but the Limited trim is a better choice for those who want more comfort amenities. The Limited trim adds heated front seats, leather bolsters and Alcantara upholstery for the front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and a 4.2-inch LCD driver information display in the instrument cluster.

The Yellow trim is hard to find, as Subaru only produced 500. They featured a distinctive yellow paint and yellow Subaru badging, uniquely stitched leather seats, and sporty upgrades like Brembo brakes, performance dampers, and a frameless rearview mirror.

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What Does Subaru's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Subaru offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Subaru extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. Subaru provides no additional coverage for CPO vehicles, so buyers receive the remainder of the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty. However, buyers can purchase additional coverage. Every CPO Subaru must pass a 152-point inspection. Additional benefits like owner loyalty discounts, a one-year Starlink Safety Plus trial subscription, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Subaru warranty page carefully.

Subaru’s CPO program isn’t particularly robust, according to our analysis. Among affordable automakers, Toyota, Mazda, Honda, and many others have better programs.

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How Safe Is the BRZ?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Subaru BRZ four out of five stars in frontal crash testing and five stars in rollover testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the BRZ the top score of Good in all tests except the small overlap front crash, in which the Subaru earned the second-highest score of Acceptable. A rearview camera is the BRZ’s only driver assistance feature.

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2017 Subaru BRZ Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Subaru BRZ or 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

The two-seater 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata convertible is one of our top-rated sports cars, while the 2017 BRZ ranks closer to the bottom. The lightweight Mazda earned performance accolades for its handling and overall sportiness. The Subaru has a better infotainment system, slightly more cargo space, and two rear seats (albeit with very little legroom). However, the MX-5 is the right choice for those who want to have the most fun behind the wheel.

Which Is Better: 2017 Subaru BRZ or 2017 Chevrolet Camaro?

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro is a better sports car than the 2017 BRZ. The Chevy has a powerful 275-horsepower turbocharged base engine, optional V6 and V8 engines for even more power, and better composure through the curves than the BRZ. The Camaro also has a standard infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The Chevy’s much higher predicted reliability rating rounds out the reasons why it’s a better buy than the BRZ.

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2017 BRZ Performance

How Does the 2017 Subaru BRZ Drive?

Subaru improved the BRZ’s handling for 2017, giving it better grip around turns and improved stability. A 205-horsepower four-cylinder boxer engine, a six-speed manual transmission, and rear-wheel drive are standard. A six-speed automatic transmission is available on some models.

Does the 2017 Subaru BRZ Get Good Gas Mileage?

According to the EPA, the BRZ with the standard transmission gets 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway – about average for the class. The automatic transmission returns better fuel economy at 24/33 city/highway, which are above-average numbers for the segment.

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2017 BRZ Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 BRZ Seat?

The two-door 2017 Subaru BRZ seats four on standard cloth upholstery. The BRZ’s front seats provide good support for spirited driving through twisty roads and stable comfort for longer journeys. The back seat is too small for regular use. Alcantara and leather upholstery are available on some models.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Subaru BRZ?

The BRZ’s two rear seats have complete LATCH child-seat systems. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the BRZ’s LATCH equipment the lowest rating of Poor for its ease of use. The anchors are buried deep in the seat cushions, too much force is needed to attach to the anchors, and it is difficult to maneuver around the anchors.

2017 Subaru BRZ Features

Standard features include an eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a 6.2-inch touch screen display with Subaru’s Starlink infotainment system and smartphone integration. Dual-zone automatic climate control and a 4.2-inch LCD driver information display are available.

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2017 Subaru BRZ Dimensions

Subaru BRZ Cargo Space

Cargo space is minimal in the 2017 BRZ – even for a sports car – with just under 7 cubic feet.

2017 BRZ Length and Weight

The 2017 BRZ is 13.9-feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 2,785 to 2,835 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Subaru BRZ Built?

Subaru manufactured the 2017 BRZ in Japan.

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