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2020 Subaru BRZ Interior Review


Interior: 5.4

The 2020 Subaru BRZ has a driver-focused cockpit, with well-bolstered front seats and little in the way of design embellishment. It features modern smartphone connectivity features, but the infotainment system otherwise leaves room for improvement.

Those after more premium cabin materials, more passenger space, less constricting front seats, any semblance of rear-seat space for passengers, or more advanced safety features may want to look elsewhere.

  • "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 (2018)
  • There were no squeaks or rattles after a year of testing a BRZ, which is a good thing. So, too, is the faux suede on the dash and most trims' seats. But with a sea of black plastic, there's a dated vibe to the BRZ's cabin that could be a turnoff for some." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • Overall … the interior design trends spartan; this is a car focused on driving, and its interior reflects that." -- (2017)


This BRZ comes with four seats, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. No seating upgrades are available, save for red accents for the front seats in the tS trim.

The front seats are supportive but might feel snug for larger individuals. Like many small coupes, the BRZ has virtually no rear-seat legroom without sliding the front seats far forward. For securing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats.

  • "To the more casual driver … the Subaru might seem a little noisy, rough riding and confining." -- Edmunds
  • "You sit low in the 2018 Subaru BRZ in a well-bolstered bucket seat. The 3-spoke steering wheel, shifter and pedals are perfectly placed for performance driving. Even the tachometer is where it should be, directly in front of the driver, just as it is in a Porsche 911, so you can keep tabs on the coupe's high-revving engine. There are seats for four, but the back seat is too small to be truly useful; the good news is that it folds flat to expand the trunk and BRZ's cargo capacity." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • 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 (2018)

Interior Features

The BRZ comes standard with the Starlink infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, an eight-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. Additionally, all models come with dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and proximity keyless entry. There are no available tech upgrades.

The Starlink infotainment system showcases a nice helping of connectivity features, but it’s otherwise not as modern as the systems found in some rivals. With Subaru's system, on-screen text can be challenging to read, and the virtual buttons are small. Some critics dislike that the BRZ has so many physical controls, which make the center stack look cluttered.

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  • "It's a shame the layout isn't less cluttered, and Subaru has somehow managed to pack the BRZ with too many buttons." -- Edmunds
  • Ergonomics overall is strong, but the Subaru's infotainment system, despite improvements, seems a bit dated." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "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 (2018)


With 6.9 cubic feet of space in the trunk, this coupe has a typical amount of space for the sports car class. Folding down the rear seats opens up a bit more room for hauling longer items. 

  • "On its own, the trunk is decently sized at 6.9 cubic feet, which is larger than the Miata's 4.6 cubic feet but smaller than the 11.2 cubic feet offered by the Civic Si. But once you fold the rear seats, the BRZ can hold a full set of wheels and tires and a small tool set, perfect for a weekend track event." -- Edmunds
  • "The back seat … folds to expand the coupe's small 6.9-cubic-foot trunk. With it folded the BRZ can carry two sets of golf clubs or, more importantly, an extra set of wheels and tires to the racetrack. Let's see a Miata do that." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • 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." -- (2017)
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