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2018 Subaru BRZ Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.5

The interior layout of the 2018 Subaru BRZ reflects its emphasis on the driver and driving. The front seats are comfortable, with thick bolstering, and controls are within easy reach. The cabin feels solidly built, and its design is simple and straightforward. One of the few weaknesses in the cockpit is the unimpressive infotainment system. Like other sport coupes, behind the front seats is a set of small rear seats and a diminutive trunk.

  • "Red stitching on the seats and trim along with padded surfaces on the dash and doors spruce up this budget sports car's interior. The carpeting and painted dash panels are more purposeful than plush. Most panels have a solid feel and fit together well." -- Consumer Reports
  • Overall, though, the interior design trends spartan; this is a car focused on driving, and its interior reflects that." -- Cars.com (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Seating

Cloth seats are standard in the BRZ, along with a six-way manually adjustable driver's seat and a four-way manually adjustable front-passenger seat. Leather and Alcantara upholstery and heated front seats are also available. For child safety seats, the BRZ comes with two clearly labeled tether anchors. Two sets of lower anchors are also on hand, though much force is required to use them, and they're buried in the seat cushions.

The front seats are well-bolstered and decently comfortable. Maximum passenger capacity in the BRZ is technically four people, but the low-slung rear seats are small, which is typical of a two-door sports car. Despite the cramped accommodations, this area provides convenient in-cabin storage or room for those rare occurrences when you need to carry extra passengers.

  • Aggressively bolstered front seats are firm and provide good lateral support in corners. Broad-shouldered drivers might find them confining and uncomfortable for long trips. Front seat height and backrest angle are adjustable, but there is no lumbar adjustment." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The 2017 Subaru BRZ coupe can technically seat four passengers, but take one look at the diminutive rear seats and you'll likely just use them for extra storage. This isn't unusual for a coupe -- the larger Camaro and Mustang are the same way -- and at least adds to the BRZ's everyday practicality. … Up front the seats are well bolstered for the kind of sporty driving the BRZ entices, and controls are easy to reach and use." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "Visibility isn't great over either shoulder, the rear side windows are small and the large C-pillar creates a sizeable blind spot on either side. It's also a bit noisier than, say, a commuter car, partly as a function of its firm ride but also because there's less sound deadening to keep its weight down." -- Cars.com (2017)

Interior Features

The BRZ's standard infotainment system consists of the Starlink interface, a 6.2-inch touch-screen display, an eight-speaker sound system, smartphone integration, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a rearview camera. Uplevel trims also come with 7-inch infotainment display, navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 4.2-inch LCD driver information display screen, keyless access, and push-button ignition.

This is a pretty slim list of features, though not all drivers want the intrusion that comes with an abundance of technology. Updates such as standard steering wheel-mounted controls and the available 7-inch touch screen are welcome additions to the BRZ cabin. Overall, the system isn't as high-tech as some and gets so-so reviews.

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  • "Most controls and switches are simple and straightforward, with three large knobs for the climate control. The exception is the radio. The annoying headunit has no tuning knob. Most controls are either flush touch-sensitive buttons or a touch screen with tiny on-screen buttons and hard to read graphics and small fonts. Odd warnings like 'Automatic connection was fail' suggest this radio isn't fully vetted for the US market. The standard navigation system is no prize either, lacking the ease-of-use of more intuitive systems." -- Consumer Reports
  • In the Limited trim cars, Subaru threw a 4.2-inch display to the right of the tachometer that shows the fuel level and speed. The tachometer bezel cuts through the LCD display, separating the digital speedometer and the rest of the displays functions. The sliced display takes a minute for the eye to adjust to it, but after a while it just becomes natural." -- Autoweek (2017)
  • Technophiles probably won't be impressed with the new touchscreen audio and infotainment system." -- Autotrader (2016)

Cargo

The BRZ's 6.9-cubic-foot trunk is a typical size for this type of car. It's large enough to hold a few small suitcases, and you can fold down the one-piece back seat to carry a set of golf clubs or an extra set of tires.

  • "Trunk space is small but adequate for two. Weekend racers will find sufficient room for another set of wheels and tires inside the car. You'll have to fold the one-piece rear seatback to do that, an operation that requires leaning into the trunk and pulling straps on either side." -- Consumer Reports
  • Rear cargo space is small, at 6.9 cubic feet. At best, a few small bags or a set of golf clubs can fit back there. The backseat folds in a single piece to open up more room." -- Cars.com (2017)
  • 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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