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2017 Subaru BRZ Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Subaru BRZ was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.5

Critics seem to like the refreshed 2017 Subaru BRZ’s interior, noting that most surfaces have been upgraded to smooth and soft materials. Though the back seat is small, the front seats are supportive for all kinds of driving. A new feature for 2017 is a 4.2-inch LCD display screen in the Limited trim that provides performance details such as horsepower and torque curves, fluid temperatures, and a lap timer in the instrument cluster

  • The interior for the Premium model is essentially carry-over, but the Limited arrives with a new 4.2-inch LCD data screen next to the tachometer, as well as improved dashboard materials and embroidered seatbacks. It's still a far cry from the Ritz-Carlton, but at least Subaru made an effort to spruce things up for its not-so-Motel-6 trim." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Further polishing the Limited's cabin are premium material accents with Alcantara seat inserts, its seat back embroidered in a red BRZ." -- Motor Trend
  • "Sliding into the 2017 car, the cabin immediately feels more upscale and welcoming than the Spartan pre-facelift model's. Most of the touchable surfaces, including the dash, door panels, and center console, come slathered in soft stitched materials instead of the old hard plastic." -- Autoblog

Seating

The 2017 Subaru BRZ offers seating for four and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Heated front seats upholstered in leather and Alcantara are available with the Limited trim.

The BRZ’s front seats provide good support for spirited driving through twisty roads and stable comfort for longer excursions. The low hood line offers wide visibility out of the cabin. Critics agree that the back seat is too small for normal use.

  • The BRZ isn't for everyone, however. Although it has a small back seat, the BRZ's cabin is really only fit for two passengers." -- AutoTrader (2016)
  • "The BRZ's firm, well-shaped front seats are supportive enough for hard driving on curvy roads, yet remain comfortable on long-distance trips. People of just about any size should find the driving position quite agreeable, and thanks to the low-profile hood, there's an expansive view of the road ahead." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "The 2016 Subaru BRZ has rear seats but we'd use this little jewel as a 2-seater. Entry and exit might be awkward but, once inside, front-seat occupants will find plenty of room, and the seats offer both comfort and support for long drives or quick corners." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 BRZ include an eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, a rearview camera, hill-start assist, and a 6.2-inch touch-screen display with Subaru’s Starlink infotainment system and smartphone integration. Available features are LED fog lights, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, front seats with leather bolsters and Alcantara upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless access, push-button ignition, a 4.2-inch LCD driver information display, and performance brakes, rotors, and shocks.

Reviewers appreciate the new display screen in the gauge cluster, adding that it aids drivers in monitoring their performance vitals. They also like the new inclusion of controls on the steering wheel for audio functions and the vehicle information screen.

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  • "A new 4.2-inch performance display is integrated into the updated instrument cluster. Within the new readout, drivers can monitor fluid temperatures and horsepower and torque curves. The latter is especially useful for drivers intent on avoiding that soft zone in the powerband." -- Car and Driver
  • A big change from the 2016 is that there are actual controls on the spokes - basic stereo functions on one side, and a way to flip through vehicle information on the other. The latter controls a 4.2-inch TFT screen that displays everything from outside temperature to power and torque curves, replacing the rather blank-looking analog fuel and engine temp gauges of old." -- Autoblog

Cargo

Cargo space in the 2017 BRZ is minimal, with just under 7 cubic feet. However, folding down the rear seat can increase the usable space significantly.

  • 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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