STATUS: Unchanged for 2020 - The sporty little BRZ was created in tandem with the identical Toyota 86. In the flesh, the BRZ looks flat-out terrific with its properly planted stance, bulging fenders and generously sized windshield. The twin exhaust pipes encased in a blacked-out diffuser are a neat touch. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes 205 horsepower when mated to a six-speed manual transmission and 200 with the six-speed automatic. The auto has paddle shifters, rev-matching downshifts plus a "sport" mode that, by activating a floor-console switch, delivers quicker shifts. To aid turning and cornering capabilities, the engine is positioned almost mid-body and sits low to the ground due to the horizontally opposed design: Instead of four cylinders inline with each other and their pistons firing up and down, two cylinders are opposite of the other two in flat configuration. The base-equipment list is extensive (and even includes navigation), while the limited-edition tS model is set up for both street and track use. It gets a specially tuned suspension, Brembo-brand brakes, manually adjustable carbon-fiber rear spoiler and unique interior and exterior trim.
Base price (incl. destination): $29,850
Type: Two-door coupe
Engine (h.p.): 2.0-liter H-4 (200/205)
Transmissions: Six-speed manual; six-speed automatic (opt.)
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 21/29/24 (MT)Base weight (lb.): 2,760