Suggestion No. 3 – 2014 Subaru BRZ
Ok, suggestion No. 3 comes so close it’s not even funny, but since the Subaru BRZ is missing one mission-critical feature it technically doesn’t count. Regrettably the car is not offered as a convertible… yet. With that out of the way let’s sing the praises of this sports car.
Along with its Scion FR-S doppelganger this Subie is more fun than should be allowed. “Mechanically they’re a joy” Hall said, thanks to their light weight, rear-drive layout and focus on finesse. Sounds like a familiar formula, no?
Hall also noted that the FR-S makes a lot of sense for enthusiasts but “I would recommend a BRZ over an FR-S,” and for good reason. He added “we had a saying at Mazda. ‘Whoever provides the engine provides the heart of the car.’” Since the Scion variant features a Subaru horizontally opposed powerplant he considers it to be a Subaru, plus not as many BRZs will be sold compared to FR-S’s.
Price-wise this Subie is all over the Miata like barbecue sauce on a chicken wing. Base price is just about $26,000 for a version with sporting a refined six-speed manual transmission.
When it comes to power the car features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that delivers an even 200 hp along with 151 lb-ft of torque. The goods are sent rearward through a standard six-speed manual transmission and ultimately to the wheels via a Torsen limited-slip differential.
Thanks to a curb weight under 2,800 lbs, the car should be able to stretch a gallon of gasoline 22 miles in urban driving and up to 30 on the interstate; combined it delivers 25 mpg. However, opting for the available automatic gearbox significantly reduces consumption, upping the average by three mpg.
SEE ALSO: 2013 Subaru BRZ Review
Clearly there’s a lot to love about the Subaru BRZ, if they only offered it with a drop top it could be the perfect Miata killer.