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2018 Subaru BRZ

vs.

2018 Subaru WRX

2.0L 4-Cylinder

Engine

2,0L 4-Cylinder Turbo
21 city / 29 hwy

Fuel Economy

21 city / 27 hwy
205 HP

Horsepower

268 HP

Differences Between 2018 Subaru BRZ & 2018 Subaru WRX

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Subaru is best known for its four-wheel drive family-friendly sedans. Both the Subaru BRZ and WRX models promise road performance excitement, and both are within most buyers' price range.


The key differences between these two models are in the areas of total power, standard and optional safety equipment, and interior refinements. It really depends on which model appeals to the buyer visually and whether an engine that really packs a punch is a top priority. Below, a further description of the 2018 BRZ and WRX models will help buyers make an informed choice.


Engine and Powertrain

The 2018 WRX is the more powerful machine, and it delivers a more engaging driver experience than does the BRZ. The WRX beats out the BRZ when it comes to:


  • Horsepower
  • Cornering and Overall Handling
  • Electric Assist Steering

The 2018 Subaru WRX is more of a performance car than the BRZ. The latter is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine rated at 205 hp. The WRX comes with a 268-horsepower engine as standard, but the STI version has a more powerful, 2.5L engine that produces a total of 305 horsepower. However, the BRZ features rear-wheel drive, something unusual for a Subaru. The WRX is all-wheel drive. Cornering ability is great with the WRX, and the electric assist steering is superior to that of the BRZ. With that said, Tthe BRZ actually has a better overall suspension system than does the WRX model.

2018 Subaru BRZ Interior

Safety Features

Since these are performance cars, neither comes out on top when it comes to safety and security, but that's to be expected. However, the WRX model can be equipped with several safety systems not found on the BRZ. These include:


  • Blind-Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Adaptive Cruise Control

The 2018 Subaru BRZ has excellent suspension dampening, and this helps keep the driver in control when going around the tight turns. The Limited trim comes with Brembo brakes and Sachs performance dampers. Both trims also feature front airbags. However, the 2018 WRX Limited trim, when purchased with continuously variable transmission, is eligible for the Subaru EyeSight package that adds on all of the safety features listed above.


2018 Subaru WRX Interior

Interior Design

The 2018 Subaru BRZ wraps around the driver and passenger like a wrapper around a candy bar. The interior isn't spacious, but it's certainly comfortable. The key differences between this vehicle's interior and that of the 2018 WRX are:


  • Seat Comfort
  • Rear Seat Size
  • Amount of Hard Surface

The BRZ is a fun machine to drive, but don't expect much from the interior materials quality. That's all right, because this isn't advertised as a passenger-friendly coupe to begin with. The seats don't have any power functions, and the rear seats are best used for stowing bags of groceries. However, the BRZ does have nicely placed controls and good outward visibility. The 2018 WRX has larger back seats, and the Limited trim boasts heated front seats. There's also lots of soft-touch surfaces.


Both of these models are fun to drive, and they cost less than many of the performance sedans and coupes from other automakers. Check them out today at Proctor Subaru. Call ahead to schedule a personal inspection and test drive.

MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

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