TFLcar Long-Term Road Test Intro: 2013 Subaru BRZ Limited

The 2013 Subaru BRZ is made with magical pixie dust.  Really,  there’s no other explanation for why this car makes me feel like a pro every time I get behind the wheel.

That is, except for when there’s snow on the ground, or when I have to carry more than one passenger.  In theory, practicality is the 2013 Subaru BRZ’s kryptonite.

Armed with a set of Nitto NT-SN2 snow tires and a Graco Nautilus child seat, this TFLcar long-term test sets out to prove that practicality is not the 2013 Subaru BRZ’s kryptonite, and that this car is perfectly suitable as a daily driver.

I’ve found myself aimlessly rowing through gears just to feel the perfectly-weighted shifter snick from gate to gate.

I’ve convinced myself that 200-HP is enough, and that until I learn the car’s stock handling limits, there is no reason to make any modifications.

Will this sentiment remain after four seasons of real-world use, however?  Stay tuned to to find out.

Vehicle Purchased: 2013 Subaru BRZ Limited

Base Price/MSRP: $27,495/$28,906

Engine: 2.0-L FA-series four-cylinder boxer engine, 200-HP @ 7,000 RPM, 151 lb.-ft. @ 6,400 RPM

Transmission: Six-speed manual

Current Mileage: 1,190

MPG (best tank/worst tank/avg.):  31.1/28.1/29.2


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).