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 TFLcar.com 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).