The Subaru BRZ Leaves Other Sportscars in its Dust

Normally when drivers think of sportscars they picture a sleek, European model or an American muscle car that's price tag will set you back, but your sportscars options spread way beyond that. There are several models from manufacturers like Toyota, Mazda, and Nissan that are designed to captivate and thrill drivers while not breaking the bank, and the best option among these affordable sportscars is the Subaru BRZ.

The lightweight materials, sports-tuned suspension, and impeccable engineering of its horizontal BOXER® engine combine to make your journey exhilarating. You'll hug corners, hit straightaways, and fell a surge of acceleration every time you touch the gas pedal, and you'll do it all with a smile on your face. But it doesn't stop there as the Subaru BRZ comes packed with standard features, like the Subaru STARLINK infotainment system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and standard LED head and taillights, that make your adventures more enjoyable.

To help shoppers interested in a more affordable sportscar, we've gone ahead and highlighted how the Subaru BRZ coupe compares with three competitors, the Toyota 86, Nissan 370Z, and Mazda Miata MX-5. Read on to learn more!


Subaru BRZ vs. Toyota 86


  • The Subaru BRZ comes standard with more features, so not only is it available to a wider range of shoppers, it also provides more luxury.
  • The horsepower, torque, and curb weight specs are similar between the two models, so you can expect thrills with either, but the available performance package of the Subaru BRZ, with its Brembo® brakes and SACHS® dampers, make it smoother and easier to handle than the Toyota 86.
  • The Subaru BRZ comes standard with the STARLINK infotainment system that integrates Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto, which takes the hassle out of finding the route or choosing the music for your drive.

Subaru BRZ vs. Mazda Miata MX-5


  • The Mazda Miata MX-5 holds an advantage in curb weight, but not enough to make up for the difference in engine power. The Subaru BRZ easily beats it in horsepower, 205 vs. 155, and torque, 156 pound feet vs 148, which are key to providing a sporty feel.
  • Part of the extra weight of the Subaru BRZ comes from its rear row of seats for fitting up to four passengers. The Mazda Miata MX-5 only has seating for two and has less cargo room, so you may have to leave some picnic items behind.
  • The Subaru BRZ comes with a better package of features to improve your drive. These include: sport seating, performance brakes, shock absorbers, Alcantara® leather seats, and more!

Subaru BRZ vs. Nissan 370Z


  • The Nissan 370Z uses a V6 engine that, while having an advantage in power, is bulkier, so it doesn't sit as low as the BOXER® engine of the Subaru BRZ, which is a major part of why the Subaru BRZ handles so well. The Subaru BRZ is also much lighter, so that power is felt more easily and you'll accelerate more quickly.
  • The Subaru BRZ is able to excite like other sportscars, but it also comes with the smart features and room for four that lets you use it for more than just thrills. The Nissan 370Z doesn't offer the same suite of features that help with everyday driving.

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Shop for New Subaru BRZ Models Near Oakland & Walnut Creek

The new Subaru BRZ proves that a car designed for optimal enjoyment of the open road doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg, so if you want to learn more about it, stop in at our Albany, CA Subaru dealership today! We are conveniently located near Berkeley, El Cerrito, Richmond, Oakland, and San Francisco . Use the form below to contact Albany Subaru and test drive the new Subaru BRZ coupe.


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Albany Subaru

718 San Pablo Ave
Directions Albany, CA 94706

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