2013 Subaru BRZ Limited – Icy/Dicey!


It’s early Sunday morning, something like 4:45am.  The ambient temperature hovers around 20 degrees fahrenheit and a layer of thick, icy fog hangs just above the ground.

“(Expletive), I’m going to miss my flight,” I thought, as I feverishly ridded my windows of an inch-thick layer of ice.  Sure, I’d replaced the 2013 Subaru BRZ’s stock Michelin Primacy summer rubber with a fresh set of Nitto NT-SN2s, but how stable would the BRZ prove to be during my 25-mile drive to the airport across an asphalt skating rink with zero visibility?

Perfectly stable, as it turned out.

The 2013 Subaru BRZ’s neutral handling traits even shone through on icy roads.  With sensitivity to throttle and steering inputs as well as the extra grip afforded by siped cold-weather tires, the car navigated three icy freeways while keeping up with the flow of traffic.

I made the trek to the airport in 50 minutes with an average speed of 45 MPH (including a 3-mile detour), and averaged 36.1 MPG.

Further proof that when properly equipped, the 2013 Subaru BRZ will do just fine in a wintry climate.  Stay tuned, as there’s a snow storm predicted to be rolling through on Tuesday night.  More updates to come.

Current Mileage: 1,280


Daniel Buxbaum has had a life-long passion for all things automotive. His background as a Porsche, Audi and BMW service advisor brings a more technical approach to his writing. Dan’s passion for automotive journalism secured him a position as regional manager and contributing writer for Parts & People, a multi-region automotive trade publication. Dan is also an active member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP) and Motor Press Guild (MPG).