Auto123 took advantage of a beautiful spring day to see what the 2022 Subaru BRZ and one of the funniest cars on the market at that price, the Mazda MX-5, in the RF version in this case.
For the past few months, there has been a new sports car roaming the roads of Canada, the 2022 Subaru BRZ, which joins the 2022 Toyota GR 86 – its non-identical twin – to entice these customers who still prioritize the fun of driving.
See also: 2022 Toyota GR 86 review: reborn!
The BRZ/86 sedan (or FR-S for some) has attracted the public for good reasons (road holding, nervous mechanics, performance, etc.) since its introduction on the market, but also for bad ones (lack of horse power, lack of torque, unquestionable structure, etc.). We could already see a clear improvement during our first contact, but we wanted to push the exercise a little further by pitting it against the true rival of this BRZ, I called the Mazda MX-5 RF.
Moreover, for the purpose of the case, the GR 86 coupé remained in the garage, because the differences are small between the two models produced together (BRZ and GR 86). And even if it was possible for you to do this great fight alone from the same starting point and using the same route, this comparison match was possible thanks to the contribution of another partner of Auto123, friend Daniel Rufiange agreed. playing a game and sacrificing a few hours of work (in front of the computer screen) for a few hours of work (in front of the steering wheel).
However, contrary to the usual way, because everything has been said – or almost – on small Japanese cars, Daniel and I have decided to present our definition of the best “cheap” sports car based on the strengths and weaknesses of these two athletes .
A word about design
Before we launch into an inventory of the features of each vehicle entered into this duel, let’s take a few seconds to highlight the physical differences between the MX-5 RF and the BRZ Sport-tech.
On the one hand, Mazda takes the shape of a coupe, but it’s the only one that offers hair-raising driving (Targa-like in this case), although to spoil your style a lot, I recommend the top MX-5. road. It’s also a true two-seater, while the BRZ coupe is a 2+2, the two-seater bench seat being more symbolic than practical, however.
If the MX-5 hasn’t changed since the introduction of this fourth-generation model in 2016, the BRZ coupe is completely new for 2022, despite a very similar platform and dimensions to its predecessor. On the other hand, the curves of the new BRZ are more mature, even more aggressive with these openings at the front and sides, a comment that also applies to this redesigned dashboard.
A sports car must have communication with its driver, and on this level, two cars do very well, the MX-5 offering a slightly lighter ride than the Subaru coupe. But, in both cases, whoever holds the steering wheel should expect a precise, light and quick steering column. In short, it is almost a draw for this parameter.