Why the Subaru BRZ is $3K Better than the Scion FR-S
I love both the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ. And when I was in the market for a new car about three months ago, the two were on my short list (along with the likes of the Focus ST and Veloster Turbo). But I came to a crossroads when deciding which new car would be sitting pretty in my driveway for the next few years or so — Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ.
I chose the more expensive BRZ (about $30K sticker price), and yes, I am ragged on constantly as my buddies ask me how the "FR-S" is treating me. Very funny. But why is the Subaru BRZ just plain ol' better than the FR-S? Here's why: The Quality
Inside and out, the average consumer has a very difficult time telling both of these cars apart. But any well-versed enthusiast (like myself) will give you every single specific difference and detail until they're blue in the face. With the BRZ, the front end is cleaner, arguably meaner looking, and more refined. In the back, you get a sharper factory spoiler. And on the sides, Subaru does away with the "86" badge for obvious reasons. Inside it's much of the same.
Alcantara seats coat the BRZ compared to the cloth of the FR-S. And while I can undoubtedly admit the infotainment system on the FR-S is leaps and bounds ahead of the the BRZ's Pioneer system, the BRZ has much more detail elsewhere. It's just a better experience.
Ok, so I've driven both of these cars and I can tell you that they are phenomenal...