The revised roadster handles well in the rain and will never leak because it only comes as a hardtop.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The revised 2022 Subaru BRZ retains its classic sports car profule but with a more mature look.It’s the middle of June and most of us are going just a little bit crazy with the record-setting rainfall this spring. Convertible weather should be here by now, but it’s not. However, I recently spent a week driving the Subaru BRZ in the rain, and I was reminded why this affordable sports coupe is one of my favorite vehicles.

The BRZ offers a pure sports car experience. With a 2.4-liter engine good for 228 horsepower and paired with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, the BRZ offers good acceleration and a sporty demeanor. It’s not an exotic or near-exotic with a 3-second 0-60 time, but rather a traditional momentum sports coupe. 2022 is the first year of the second-generation BRZ, and Subaru has given this model year the best handling ever. So while you won’t get to 60 mph in under three seconds, once you’re going the BRZ will keep up its speed through the corners.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The interior of the 2022 Subaru BRZ is simple and efficinet, with optional leather trim.

Inside, the BRZ is cozy but not cramped, at least in the front. There is a back seat, but you wouldn’t want to sit back there. Consider it a convenient carrying spot for your backpack or purse, or a great place for your dog to ride. The front seats are comfortable, and designed for back and flank support. As a sports car, the wheel and all controls are within easy reach. There’s a nice 8-inch touchscreen for your infotainment and connectivity needs. Full Apple and Android phone integration is supported.

The main thing to know about the BRZ interior is that it reinforces the sports car DNA of the model, with leather touch surfaces and a minimalist design. One last thing, there’s no sunroof, moonroof, or other source of leaks in the top. So even 10 years down the road, your BRZ will survive a Portland winter.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The new front bucket seats in the 2022 Subaru BRZ are more supportive than before.

On the road, the BRZ is the kind of sports car you have always wanted. It’s not big and ponderous like so many V8-powered performance cars, but rather light and nimble. The BRZ provides plenty of braking power and predictable handling. This car is so intuitive it feels like an extension of your body.

The base BRZ Premium trim starts at $28,595, while the upgrade Limited trim starts at $31,095. The differences between the trims amount to cloth or leather upholstery, standard or LED headlights, and wheel choice. For the small difference in price, I definitely recommend the Limited trim, but the Premium trim is just as good a car.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2022 Subaru BRZ features a real trunk, not a hatch.

The bottom line on the Subaru BRZ is that it’s a perfect choice for a Pacific Northwest sports car. It drives as well in the rain as any all-wheel-drive Subaru,

offers more daily-use utility than you might think, and above all it’s still affordable. That’s an attractive combination.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2022 Subaru BRZ features a 2.4-liter Boxer engine good for 228 horsepower and paired with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission

2022 Subaru BRZ Limited

Base price: $31,095

Price as tested: $31,455

Type: Sports coupe

Engine: 2.4-liter four cylinder (228 hp, 184 lbs-ft)

Transmission: 6-speed automatic; 6-speed manual

EPA estimated mileage: 20/27

Overall length: 167.9 inches

Curb weight: 2,835 pounds

Final assembly: Gunma, Japan

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2022 BRZ is the only Subaru that does not come standard with all-wheel-drive, although the traction controls provide great handling.

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By Kelli