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Redesigned 2022 Subaru BRZ keeps pin-sharp handling, gets a whole new body

Toyota and Subaru have co-developed a new generation of the Subaru BRZ.

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It's low and goes as slow as you let it. But, you won't want to go that slow. The 2022 Subaru BRZ has debuted with sharp looks, even sharper handling, improved stiffness, and a budget-friendly price tag.

Subaru teamed up with Toyota for the redesign. The two companies collaborated on the original BRZ, which shared a body with the Scion FR-S, but different interior, when it hit the market. The BRZ's new design features many of the characteristics of that original 2+2 sports car, and improves upon them.

2022 Subaru BRZ The new-generation BRZ is sleeker and more exciting than the previous generation.Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

Dimensions of the BRZ are similar in the new generation as they are with the previous. It's just over an inch longer and almost half an inch lower than its predecessor. The car has an aluminum roof, front fenders, and hood. Its curb weight is estimated at just under 2,900 pounds, which combines with the car's drive dynamics to deliver track-ready handling.

It has a bespoke chassis that yields a 101.4-inch wheelbase with near perfect weight distribution. At the front are custom-designed MacPherson-type struts and coil springs. Front lateral bending rigidity has been increased by 60-percent for the 2022 model to improve turn-in and response. The double wishbone rear suspension system is designed to deliver outstanding bump absorption to enhance tire grip over varied surfaces.

Subaru will sell the new BRZ with a standard Vehicle Stability Control traction and stability system that offers the driver five different settings. The system can also be completely disengaged.

The rear-wheel drive 2022 BRZ is powered by a 228-horsepower 2.4-liter engine. It redlines at 7,000 rpm and offers 15 percent more torque than it did in the previous generation, coming in at 184 pound-feet. Buyers can choose from the standard six-speed manual transmission or the available six-speed automatic.

2022 Subaru BRZ

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The grille is set low between two wide fender arches and above large functional air intakes. At the sides are sill spoilers while a small fin at the rear and large rear fenders work to keep the car grounded and stable while on or off he track. The roof has a double-bubble-like appearance, which Subaru says is a nod to vintage race cars. It has less greenhouse than the previous version, but thinner pillars.

The BRZ has gotten a driver-centric interior as part of its redesign that includes a customizable 7-inch digital dashboard that has the tachometer with digital readout speedometer in its center. To the left of the tachometer is a programmable meter that can show the driver's choice of amps, water temperature, or a g-meter.

It features deeply contoured bucket seats with red stitching. The back seats fold for added cargo capacity. Despite being small, the BRZ can carry a fair amount of cargo. Subaru says that the BRZ has space for a mountain bike, golf clubs, or four race tires.

While the cabin isn't fancy, it has improved driver amenities including an 8-inch infotainment touch screen at the center with standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, rearview camera, and satellite radio. Models equipped with the automatic transmission also get Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. A telematics system is available.

The 2022 Subaru BRZ will be sold in Premium and Limited trim levels. Production of the Subaru BRZ will be at Subaru's Gunma, Japan assembly plant. It will go on sale early fall of 2021.

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2022 Subaru BRZ pricing announced

The BRZ is all-new for 2022.

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Earlier this year, Subaru announced the all-new BRZ sports car, which is coming this fall to replace the previous generation of the car that was discontinued in 2020. It, along with its Toyota cousin, the 86, get more power, updated interiors, and better technology than their predecessors.

The BRZ Premium is the base trim of the car. It starts at $28,955 after destination. Adding an automatic transmission drives the price up by $1,600 to $30,555. The BRZ Limited starts at $31,455 after destination, which shifts to $33,255 with an automatic transmission.


2022 Subaru BRZ The BRZ's compact size and manual transmission make it enthusiast friendly.


The 2022 BRZ gets a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine that produces 228 horsepower. Part of the appeal of small, sporty cars like BRZ is that they are infinitely more fun to drive than larger, more computerized vehicles. To that end, the car comes standard with a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission. Buyers can opt to swap in a six-speed automatic transmission, but that almost defeats the point of the car. A Torsen limited-slip differential, vehicle stability control with track mode, and 17-inch wheels round out the car's standard performance features.

Inside, the BRZ comes with an 8-inch touchscreen that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and dual-zone automatic climate controls. A new gauge cluster display can show amps, coolant temperatures, or the car's lateral g-forces, and when track mode is engaged, the tachometer shifts from a circular to a color linear graph.


2022 Subaru BRZ An updated interior and tech are highlights of the new BRZ,

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The Nissan Pathfinder is just at home on the trial as it is on the road.

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One of my favorite poems is Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken". The message is about making choices and, how the road taken made all the difference. Often in life and on the road, we have to make one choice. Take one road. No turning back. I thought of this poem on my recent test drive in the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder in the hinterlands of Montana, when I could take two different roads—paved and dirt—and that made all the difference!

Nissan has redesigned and retooled its fifth-generation Pathfinder instilling greater latitude for buyers who want to travel both types of roads and expand their adventure footprint. After seven decades of off-road development, 35 years in the business of selling Pathfinders, and with more than 1.8 million sold in the U.S., this Japanese automaker has moved the needle with a ground-up revision of the previous-gen model.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is a capable off-roader.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The full-sized sport utility is available in four trims (S, SV, SL and Platinum) and two- and four-wheel drive versions; Nissan expects that nearly 60 percent of buyers will choose four-wheel drive. The Pathfinder is in a segment that has grown larger each year as more families want a vehicle for around-town, school and playdate runs and for weekend getaways with traction technology that allows travel in the backcountry and good towing capability. Direct competitors are the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Ford Explorer.

A day-long drive of approximately 150 miles on tarmac and over a variety of dirt roads and tracks provided the opportunity to assess the Pathfinder's updates. A late-spring snowstorm added slickness to all the road surfaces in the region and allowed the Pathfinder to show off its traction capabilities at both slow and higher speeds and with lane change and emergency-braking maneuvers, when towing. I concentrated my evaluation on the augmented hardware and software designed to enhance the crossover's capabilities for backcountry travel and towing.

What I found most notable over every road surface was the comfortable ride and responsive handling that come from a collection of upgrades—and, in particular, as a result of the following: the gearing on the new nine-speed transmission, with paddle shifters for personal and more precise shifting for sport driving and slowing over rough terrain; the new terrain mode system that's engineered for different driving conditions; the four-wheel drive system that moves torque more quickly to avoid wheel slip; the improved suspension system; and new tires with a larger contact patch and more aggressive tread pattern, among other changes.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Pathfinder's drive modes are designed to inspire confidence. Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The Pathfinder provided sure-footed motoring and comfort over uneven surfaces. Its 7.1 inches of ground clearance easily maneuvered over the small obstacles on the trail and hill descent control took the reigns without hesitation for steeper and longer downhills on traction-compromised surfaces.

I was also impressed with the Pathfinder's towing competence and appreciated the standard trailer sway control onboard all trims. It offered notably strong, mannered acceleration from a standing start and excellent straight-line braking without porpoising for either exercise.

The new 2022 Pathfinder brings off-road and towing attributes that are important to families who are seeking to spend time in the backcountry for days trips and longer and for overlanding in terrain that doesn't require a true off-road vehicle with a low range. It's will appeal to buyers who want don't want to have to choose only one road.

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