Is a used Subaru BRZ reliable? The most reliable used sports cars for under $25,000 now include the Subaru BRZ. A recent Consumer Reports ranking says the 2013 Subaru BRZ is a good choice for buyers looking for an affordable sports car under $15,000† They also chose its cousin, the Scion FR-S, the same vehicle developed with Toyota. According to Consumer Reports, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is also a good choice.
The 2013 Subaru BRZ
Consumer Reports says: “Subaru’s first rear-wheel drive sports car has a 200-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Handling is super responsive, with impressive agility. Fast cornering, with almost no body lean. The steering is fast and well-weighted, with decent feedback.”
What is the disadvantage of BRZ?
Consumer Reports says, “Inside, the cabin is relatively plain, with well-reinforced sports seats in the front. But the stiff ride and increased noise can be taxing. The rudimentary rear seats are best suited for cargo.”
The Best Sports Cars Under $25,000
Consumer Reports says the best sports cars from $20,000 – $25,000 include the 2016 BMW 2 Series, 2016 BMW 4 Series, 2017 Chevrolet Camaro and 2019 Honda Civic. But she don’t have the 2015 Subaru WRXwhich would fall in the $25,000 price range.
To make the best sports car list, they must meet CR’s reliability standards. Unfortunately, Consumer Reports doesn’t even rate the Subaru WRX for reliability. They rate the owner’s satisfaction.
2015 Subaru WRX
The 2015 Subaru WRX got a complete overhaul and CR gives the sports sedan a owner satisfaction of 2/5 points† The WRX gets a 90/100 for driving experience, 40/100 for comfort, 70/100 for value, 40/100 for styling, and fifty-six percent of owners say they will buy the same vehicle again.
The 2015 fourth-generation Subaru WRX was criticized for changes in exterior styling compared to the outgoing 2014 model year. Subaru also dropped the hatchback body in 2015.
Should you avoid the 2015 Subaru WRX?
In Kelly Blue Book consumer reviews (based on 72 ratings), the 2015 Subaru WRX gets a 4.6 out of 5.0 consumer rating, and ninety percent of owners recommend this vehicle. The WRX scores a 4.5 for quality and a 4.7 for reliability.
Overall, the 2015 Subaru WRX had few reliability issues with the FA20 2.0-liter turbo engine. The NHTSA Shows zero recalls and three complaints† The main issues were with the EJ25 2.5-liter boxer engine in the 2015 WRX STI.
Consumer Reports likes the 2013 Subaru BRZ as a reliable sports car under $15,000. They don’t like the Subaru WRX, but it shouldn’t stop you from buying one, although used WRX prices are rising due to shortages of the next-generation 2022 models.
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in an advisory role with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press† Checking out Subaru Report where he handles all models of the Japanese automaker. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Dennis on facebook† Twitterand Instagram†
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