The 2022 Subaru BRZ Is the Best First Sports Car You Can Buy Right Now

If you haven’t driven a sports car yet and want one, congratulations. You’re on the right track. Not only will the experience be a fun one, but you’ll learn more about driving than any day of driver’s ed could teach you. The 2022 Subaru BRZ is a great candidate for that. In fact, it’s the best first sports car you can possibly buy. Period.

Why is the 2022 BRZ still not a turbo?

A cutaway model of a turbocharger
Don’t as Subaru about a turbo BRZ | SSPL via Getty Images

People love to ask this question, and frankly, the 2022 Subaru BRZ doesn’t need a turbo. Honestly, adding a turbo to the BRZ kind of defeats the purpose of the car. The 2022 Subaru BRZ, like other BRZ’s before it, isn’t here to show you what real speed looks like. If you want real speed, go buy a Tesla. However, Subaru has ironed out the torque hole from the last model and upped power to 228 hp.

But that’s not the point. This car is about feel, and Car and Driver agrees with me. Sure, you can get a new BRZ with an automatic, but unless you physically have to, you’re kind of missing the point. Row your own, learn to rev match, and enjoy it. Gas-powered cars are dying oh-so-rapidly, and the 2022 Subaru BRZ (or Toyota equivalent) will be one of the last small, affordable sports cars.

The new BRZ is more teacher than sports car

A silver 2022 Subaru BRZ slides it's way down a mountain pass kicking out tire smoke
This is the kind of teaching the BRZ is best at | Subaru

To that point, should you buy a BRZ, you ought to let it teach you. You have two choices in tire when ordering a new one, the Premium package Michelin Pilot Sport 4s, or the less grippy Michelin Primacy HP. Why would you want a less sticky tire? So you can do what the driver in the image above is doing. Don’t worry they’ll keep you on the road rain or shine, but the Primacy tires let you move the car.

And that movement is where the 2022 Subaru BRZ becomes a teacher. Sliding a car, and learning how to safely, teaches you so much about how a car behaves (EVs too). Weight transfer is something the new BRZ er, leans into. Feeling a car transition into a slide is of course important not only for fun but for safety too. You’ll know what to do the next time you hit a big puddle on the highway, I promise.

Is the new BRZ worth it?

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In short, the 2022 Subaru BRZ is absolutely worth it. People loved the last-gen cars for a reason, and the new BRZ takes all that was good about the old car and refines it. It’ll stay cheap forever, and you’ll be a better driver by the time you go to sell it. You should absolutely get yourself to a dealership before someone else does.