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...more
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.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags; traction and stability control; and ABS are standard.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Scion FR-S
- Honda Civic Si
- Hyundai Genesis
- Mazda MX-5 Miata
- Subaru BRZ