It’s not often that two carmakers, in this case Subaru and Toyota, combine forces to build one car. But the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S—identical save for some minor trim changes—is that car. Whichever is more responsible, we’re not sure. We only drove the Subaru version, and that’s the one we’d recommend twice over.
Bear in mind that the BRZ is meant to be sparse and simple. It’s a lightweight, rearwheel-drive coupe with 200 horsepower, a 6-speed manual, and that’s about it. Navigation is optional (it’s terrible, I got over it), but everything is centered around pure driving bliss. I haven’t driven a car so balanced and in tune with the road all year, save for the Porsche 911.The BRZ costs $25,000.
What’s even more surprising is how comfortable and well-built it is. After 800 miles, we never felt leg cramps from shifting, and despite the high-revving four-cylinder, it’s quite easy and practical in everyday driving. The BRZ is a reminder that automakers can shove aside all the mind-numbing electronics and just create some fun. --CA