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Subaru BRZ vs Ford Mustang! - Head 2 Head Episode 7

by Motor Trend Channel • 3,004,299 views

On this episode of Head 2 Head, Angus MacKenzie pits the 2013 Subaru BRZ against its American rival - the 2013 Ford Mustang V6. After carving up canyon roads in both cars, Angus hands the keys over...

Thing I like about the 86/FR-S and BRZ is they're still fairly unique/uncommon on the roads (at least where I live) due to them still just being so relatively new. Stangs are a dime a dozen yawn. I test drove an FR-S (which I later bought =D) around a movie theater parking lot and some dude was taking pictures of it. That by itself says something. Not to mention, Rocket Bunny.
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That's what I planned on getting for. My next car an frs!the car is one I'd snap a pic of too just from the design
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+xRadicalAurax I have a BRZ myself and still see less BRZ/86/FR-S's on the road than even the new 2015 mustangs! 'Dime a dozen' is exactly right about Mustangs and I wouldn't trade my BRZ for anything!
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Huge fan of mustangs, ford gts, and Shelby! I such do love the BRZ tho!
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ZWADIE PHIDD Shared on Google+ · 1 week ago
Lol American muscle they still don't get it
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Taking the subie to my grave!
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The colour of the Mustang... honestly... I swear, it's going to make me puke!
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+BreadfishMC you got 0 taste in colors
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even tho mustang won i think BRZ looks to me sporty and awesome to drive
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Booooringggg! Mick Jaguar sitting on the hood jabbing about the mustang isn't near as interesting as, say, Danica Patrick.
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I got a 2014 mustang gt track pack with moderate mods and I'll tell ya... I'm taking this car to the grave!
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The V6 Mustang is the most common one
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+Texarmageddon it's just because the new model looks "DIFFERENT". other than that, i think they've only enhanced the interior and some internal mods, not the crappy new look that no longer feels like an american muscle.
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American cars break down easily, and are ridiculously heavy, lumbering clumsy beasts. They go fast, but only in straight lines. The so called "ricers", are better cars in terms of manufacturing, precision, and design. 
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Design. Lightweight for smaller engine slower if you're real car enthusiast American, European and Asian cars should make u feel the same. There all great cars
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Obviously u don't know what a drag car or a muscle car is!
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This guy makes me not want to like cars
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I hate when the title says head to head then its all on the track one car at a time, u never see them together starting from zero through the quarter mile mark
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Omg these cars are totally different the Ford Mustang is built for power it's a muscle car and the Subaru is a sports/rally car so acorss they are going to be totally different and better and diffrent things and they also use the mustang for drifting a lot.
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Wow, Mustang is much cheaper than i tought!
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So all you macho men arguing on the internet about which car is better...who's minds did you change today?
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I like the people saying how American cars are only fast in a straight line even though the Mustang beat it around the track.
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Convince yourself all you want, that there close:) there not.your taking what they call there sports car and putting it up against what mustang lovers call there grandma's grocery getter. If you are gonna test it, test there high performance against there 5.0 and tell me there close. There miles apart and I'm a challenger owner. So I'm not a rice lover or a stang lover. You would have to be an idiot to think Subaru makes anything close to American muscle.
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My two favorite cars are the McLaren 570s and the For Shelby GT500 Super Snake Mustang! Well... I also like the Lamborgini Veneno and the Bugatti...
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the only reason i dont like stangs and camaro's is because every other car i see is one of them. plus the convertible looks fucking gross
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having said all the things i have said here! the 2015 mustang for sure is a peice of marvel! i luv how auto makers are taking more pain and research to get the base model perfect! every full blown model is full of specs: power, torque, anti-roll bars, brembo, etc! its these well thought of fine tunning in base model is what is more interesting for me. I got WRX 2015 base cause its truely a much better car then STI cause STI is what its always been with slight tweeks, but the base WRX with its new FA 20 motor, 41% stiffer chassis, 21% less fading brakes, twin scroll turbo is what makes it so competitive with its own full blown STI. same goes to ford here: kudos to this ecoboost base: lots of HPs in a inline 4 with twin turbo. independent suspension. better handling, better everything. then we have a different cuter hooligan league: focus / fesita FT, golf GTI. etc   good job auto industry! its the 25K to 40K segment that is getting more interesting for me to not even bother looking at 60+ K segement!
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Do an ultima vs a radical
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I'm a die hard Ford fan and love the Mustang, but I think if I was buying one or the other I'd have to buy the BRZ. 
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+Yousif Ali It weighs less, cost less and is one of the best handling car for such a low price. And I do like Subaru as well.
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+Warren Nicholson Apparently it doesn't cost less...go to the start of the video, mustang is 22 grand and subaru is 26
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I know these are both RWD but would one be better in the winter (snow) vs. the other?
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+Motor Trend Channel Could you guys do a rematch of FR-S/BRZ vs Mustand vs ND Miata? They all are under 30k, so I want to know which one I should save up for. Thank you!
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I'm wondering how the BRZ is compared to the Camaro
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The mustang has 100 more horsepower and much stickier tires and still was barely a second and a half faster? What a joke
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Give the brz 100 more horsepower a d the same size tires and I guarantee you it will pull 10 seconds on the rustang
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every man ,must have a ford ,at least once
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Buggatiye yuh beeee adam
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There is a point to WHY Stig don't talk... nice try thou....
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Took a v6 to beat a 4 banger by one second. \/ such a tough guy you are.
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subaru impreza wrx sti rally 2005 nothing more nothing else.
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The Mustang is comparable in price to the BRZ, but a better comparison for the Mustang would have been one of Merc's C-Class coupe V6 cars.
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But then the American car would have lost, wich we know would cause a BIG shitstorm :)
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Ford V6 1 second faster whilst being several hundred pounds heavier and having a live rear axle, can't explain that. Oh wait, you can, overpriced subbie :(
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+Indy7272 Clearly you missed the fact there's a 700-800lb gap between the two
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+Texarmageddon He has already mentioned that, I have just added the thing that he left out ;)
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Cant decide if I should save for a 2014 Mustang V8, with some roush parts.. or the BRZ with rocketbunny and exhaust... I live in a condensed city, but fuel economy doesnt matter to me.
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The brz will be boring on normal driving simply because it's so slow on acceleration
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Subaru BRZ my favourite car
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Why weren't these cars raced?!
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that last part about driving made me sad actually. I love driving and I cant see a future where all cars are automated...
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I have to say, I'm an American muscle guy through and through but this made me consider the BRZ as a next car for a second (I'm also 6'5 and it seems a bit small)
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I have always loved Subaru. They are my favorite cars.
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Pssst. The stat sheet in the video says the BRZ has a turbocharged flat 4, but it's actually naturally aspirated..
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God Damm what's up will all those import hatters..?. Jesus christ...both cars are good for you like ! Mustang or any American muscle = Straight line, import means turns and straight lines ! Like 0-60 go for American muscle ... like to enjoy driving and the connection with the car then go import.
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+Ken R Neither is it little nor (although you didnt say that,not offence)cheap...at least not anywhere outside of the states...
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This is funny because that mustang is sitting in my garage except it is a 5.0 GT and convertable
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I'd be willing to bet that with wider and stickier tires on the brz, it would match the mustang or even possibly beat it. these cars aren't really comparable though, one is bigger, comfier, and faster in a straight line. the other is a no frills handling car with driving as it's center-point.
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Both of these cars are great, put a smile on your face, and Both at a low price
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There needs to be a name for Muscle car people. Like for JDM ppl, it's "ricers".
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Dam that guy is tall as Fuck!
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hell no this is roadkill!
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I wonder how the BRZ compares to the new 2015 Mustang. Please make a comparison video!
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Mustang/370Z would have been a better comparison imo
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He said that mustang wasn't a secretary's car. My legit my schools secretary drives a cherry red one. I find it funny :)
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I'm 18 and I just bought a mustang gt v8 2006. Let me just tell you I've been smoking lil euro cars like nothing. . Cant mess with a full American muscle car
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+Carlos Oseguera 1989 Supra twin turbo missile style, with mufflers cut off, could probably keep up
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Meanwhile I'm just sitting here and saying, "wow they're both great cars"
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BIG PROBLRM HERE IS THAT YOU CAN GET A MUSTANG GT FOR $30K. PERSONALLY I PREFER THE BRZ/FRS OVER THE V6 MUSTANG. BUT EVEN IT IS JUST A VERY BASE GT, I WILL STILL TAKE IT OVER THE BRZ/FRS
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So MT cares more about pretending they have a race car than actual performance. Time to cancel my subscription!
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complete neutral, no dog in this fight and I'd take the Subaru over the Ford any day the Ford will get you from A to B a second or so faster but you need to fight it all the way there, life's too short
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V6 Mustang??? ha Ford doesnt even try. Get the brz or get a V8
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Spoken like every other small dicked V8 red neck…. "V8 or go home yeehah!" (With 0 facts to back anything up.)  Please refer to the video above if you have questions about whether the BRZ or Mustang is better...
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+reese c Think what you think in the mustang\muscle community I mean it doesn't matter. It's better to use the V8 no harsh feelings you racist. Get the V6 if you want you'll regret it. Like the all the V6 owners I've met. Get the brz. Its worth it either way its just my opinion wont make a difference anyway
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This was a boring reveiw
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Mercedes can make a 2.0L turbo engine make 360hp but it still sounds shit, gimme a throatier V6 any day.
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Serious question please don't be a jerk when answering please. Ok, So right now I'm driving a 2004 pathfinder le and was thinking about getting a car so is the S Scion FRS a good car? Or I just stay with my pathfinder?
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Go to a dealership and drive one!!!!! Then go to your next car choice and drive that car. That's why I picked my mustang over the Camaro, 370z, and challenger. I drove about 7 different cars before making my choice. It's a lot of money so don't half ass it. Find a car that suits you. I hope you find what you are looking for though.
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It all comes down to personal preference...power or handling. I like the BRZ but ended up getting a Mustang...originally planned on a Performance Pack V6 but ended up springing for the GT and it was worth every penny. You don't know how satisfying that V8 sound and power is until you drive it. Another area the Mustang wins in is comfort. Although that's not what you buy one of these cars for, it still matters. The BRZ is a sardine can inside. I'm 5' 11" and I felt like I could barely fit in it. The Mustang on the other hand has plenty of room, at least in the front. The rear seat is still usable though, unlike the BRZ.
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the mustang by comparison to the sub.. is out of its element when it comes to handling ..its like the fat girl that still want to compete in belay...not a pretty sight  lol
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Anyone else notice in the chart it says the brz is turbocharged. How did they not catch that
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Or just buy a Honda S-2000. More power than the BRZ, better handling than the Ford mustang. I personally haven't lost to this mustang in a drag race yet, but that could be other driver error. But luckily you don't have do deal with the terrible handling of a mustang so it's a better option than both. Drivers car what you want? Buy a Honda S-2000!!
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Anyone know where the road the reviewer first drive these cars is?
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Fuck this you don't like ford you who makes this video go to hell
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get him the fuck out of that car. Man he is annoying to look at!!!!! *jaws (James Bond)
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They had a track package on the Mustang so stock suspension on the Mustang is going to feel even more sluggish with a lot more roll.  A few of the simple mods on the Mustang (CAI and a re-tune) and it would strip another 1/2 second at least off of some of those numbers.
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What a bunch of haters on both ends. No once of respectable car enthusiasts here. It's obvious both cars have there pros and cons and it's all about the type of driving you do that will determine the vehicle of choice. Clearly the BRZ is not made for straight line performance and the Mustang is not intended for track/autocross. 
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Nice typo right up front. "Turbocharged inline 4"? That would be nice lol
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Mustang wins, don't priss the Subaru up. If you wanna drive it like that, you know how to drive and the Stang still wins every time.
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+bigDcstx except if you want a pure driving car
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Leon McGee Shared on Google+ · 7 months ago
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Fuck this your cars sick I have a bugatti
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Why do ALL white people I've personally ever seen pronouncing Subaru say su-BU-ru?? Come on white people, there's an A for a reason, not a U!!!
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Being able to turn is not a very important feature for a sports car. I was thinking about mounting a pulse engine to my skateboard. That would be pure awesomeness. I would blow any car away going from stoplight to stoplight!
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+Dwayne P I was being sarcastic. Just trying to convey that a sports car is not all about power unless all roads are straights. I own a 2014 BRZ limited and it is the only reason I wake up in the morning to drive to work.
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Imports will ALWAYS be better. American cars are pieces of junk.
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If any thing they are the most reliable. Ford has changed a lot over the past few years. Ever since the repression they have gotten new management and administration. Instead of getting bailed out like the other big two, they took the long and hard road. They have fired and hired a lot of people in the process and have turned out better in the end. I would suggest you give them another chance and go and test out a new mustang or Taurus with the v6 Eco Boost. They give a lot of power and belong to the only U.S. Company to still make their cars in America.
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My 98 Volvo s70 non T5 could give the brzzzz a run for its money in a straight line and on the track. That's sad.
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Well enough. I paid $600.00us for my car....you've got to be some kind of a giant moron to pay $30k + for that turd.
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Easy...... Mustang v8 GT      35,605 (not the premium package)         ......Subaru 2015 STI    40 000 (premium) after ONLY 5 years              Mustang lose more than 10 000 to 15 000 dlls in price              STI         lose only 5 000 to 10 000 maximun after 10 years             Mustang Price 5 000 to 9 000 dlls (if under 100k miles)             STI         Price 17 000 to 22 000 dlls (check princes your self) Maybe not eveyone think about YOUR money....... but i think the best option is SUBARU Sorry for my grammar is suck i know
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Fuck I hate v6 muscle cars..
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Then don't watch a video about them...?
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The comments say that american cars can only go in a straight line fast and imports are real drivers cars. I think you all forgot about the corvette it can do both
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Why would anyone even consider buying a toyota gt86/subaru brz when they can buy a mustang, its a bigger,more powerful car with a much much better badge and its even cheaper!
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+fatboy19831 The mustang gt feels liek a power sedan not a sports car, i got a use ls3 vette over the 15 mustang gt, faster and handle better the best of both wourld son.
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+Ken R  I am 6.5 feet tall. I cant even fit in the new Vette or Viper.
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I hate Ford stupid company !!
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They changed a lot over the past few years. Ever since the repression they have gotten new management and administration. Instead of getting bailed out like the other big two, they took the long and hard road. They have fired and hired a lot of people in the process and have turned out better in the end. I would suggest you give them another chance and go and test out a new mustang or Taurus with the v6 Eco Boost. They give a lot of power and belong to the only U.S. Company to still make their cars in America.
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Honestly these 2011-2014 v6 mustangs are some of the best cars ever for the price. 305 at the crank thats enough power to have so much fun stock and it gets good mpg's. The brz/frs is also a fun little car but the lack of horsepower is what makes these cars less appealing than the sixer.
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+Patrick Jane I was too. CRX, Integra, Accord, 2000 Celica (loved that car).   I had to have the RWD BRZ.
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+fatboy19831 Mustang starts at 37k? Learn to read mate. Never started that high... You can get one NEW with the track pack less than that
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I find old school muscle such as the 69 gto or your "hot rods" more valuable than the new chargers, mustang's, challenger's. I believe that's what muscle is (my opinion is like your ass whole we all have em)...now I drive a 95 wrx coupe and in the process of buying the 2013 BRZ limited. I have a love for the way it feels while driving, like your handling the road rather than the road handling you. I like the feeling I'm not driving a beast other wise I'd buy a truck. It's great and all that the mustang beats the suby by 2 seconds oh boy...2 seconds cornering or accelerating better can make up that w seconds and they weren't necessarily neck to neck at the same time in the video. If it were an actual race who know what might happen. I'd like to see them actually neck to neck. Props to mustang but I think BRZ <3 all the way. This is a Chick critic so in advance fuck the negative comments. I am a drag strip, rally, Baja running, track, and much more enthusiast. I have 4 years experience as a diesel mechanic and absolutely love the power behind many motors small and big. I saw some muscle sick talking about how the 6 cylinder was faster by 2 seconds (let's think about this...the Subaru is 4 cylinders and if 4 more cylinders only gave you 2 seconds on the grid I gawk at this) so let's put this in theory of the Subaru had 6 cylinders it'd put the stang in the dirt. And that is all. Mwah xoxo
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go test drive a fx4 with 3.5 eco, fricken rocket and as you're a chick driver....fx4 + U would be a man magnet!
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+Dirtyharry70585 I don't see myself buying a truck anytime soon, I want to stay sporty...I already drive the impreza coupe and want something a little different. Not only that I'm not a hug Ford fan the only way I'd associate my self with Ford it to work with them. I'd make more money fixing them than driving them. (that's again my opinion and preference) although it looks sleek dolled up. I'm more a dodge fan. Diesel at that! I really want to have a collection of vehicles my husband and I talk about needing a 20+ car garage...I don't think a specific vehicle makes a "dude magnet" for me...
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I'm surprised how subarus brang up a higher base price than that 3.7l v6 Mustang
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+Quinnjamin10 The sub is also a import so there are tariffs put on it.
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+MrGimmethreesteps Oh, didn't really think about that. Thanks!
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BRZ plz or GT86,FRS same thing
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American cars are shit in the following categories: -Unreliable -heavy -horrible drag coefficient -horribly unbalanced -ugly -lacks innovation Japanese cars are shit in the following categories -.... -.... -....?
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+GeForce GT I think Chevy is wise to stick with the wet time and leave us guessing.
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for a under power car like the BRZ.  I would say the brz is more effcient.  Why compare a v6 to a boxer 4? lol compare the dang mustang to like a 370Z or something god dang it. big muscle always trying to pick on little 4 piston. lol they never pick on something their level lol
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The V6 Mustang and BRZ are at the same price point in the states both are RWD with limited slips with HIDs standard.  I shopped the Mustang before I purchased my BRZ.
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If you compare base off by price, I usually compare off by performance.
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oh yea and thats the ONLY GOD DAMN AD google plays is this fucking truck commercial, enough that if I were going to buy a new truck I WOULD NOT look at a cheby
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They are, but like I said, they each have strengths in other areas, that the other does not
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