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Scion FR-S

A pure sports car for Scion.

The FR-S is the first-ever sports car for Scion, and it’s a radically different machine from the boxy subcompacts that the brand is best known for and is nothing like even the sporty tC coupe. The FR-S is the result of a collaboration with Subaru, and Subaru is selling a virtually identical car, the BRZ. Subaru also builds both versions, and the engine in the FR-S is a horizontally opposed Subaru four-cylinder. The benefit of a so-called boxer engine is its low overall height, which allows the FR-S to have a lower center of gravity. The 2.0-liter is good for 200 hp and comes with a six-speed stick or a six-speed automatic with shift paddles. In keeping with the pure sports car idea, the FR-S is rear-wheel drive and, equally important, is very light weight, at about 2750 pounds. The small two-plus-two does have rear seats, but they’re pretty cramped; the rear seatbacks do fold down to expand trunk space. Performance-wise, the FR-S is not a powerhouse, but it’s definitely quick. The car’s overarching character, however, comes from its beautifully balanced chassis, which makes for neutral handling. The FR-S is fun to drive in a way that no previous Scion has ever been and few other cars are.

COMPETITORS

Honda Civic Si

Hyundai Genesis

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Subaru BRZ

new for 2013

The FR-S was introduced in the spring of 2012 for model year 2013. It is nearly identical to the Subaru BRZ; the FR-S is slightly less expensive, but it has a bit less standard equipment.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Front, side, and side curtain air bags; traction and stability control; and ABS are standard.

High Mileage

MPG

CITY 22–25

HWY 30–34

PRO

Light and lively

True sports car experience

Ultraresponsive handling

CON

Cramped rear seats

Tiny trunk

Boxer engine thrum

Base Price: $24,955

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Rear-wheel

TRIM LEVEL: FR-S

BODY STYLE: Coupe, 4-passenger

ENGINE: 2.0L flat-4, 200 hp, 151 lb-ft

TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: 76.5 cu ft

CARGO SPACE: 6.9 cu ft

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