It’s hard to think of more hyped or secretive sports cars than the 2013 Scion FR-S and 2013 Subaru BRZ. Details on the BRZ and FR-S have been kept tightly under lock and key by Toyota and Subaru but today, one secret has slipped thanks to the EPA. The Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S are officially EPA-rated at 25/34 mpg city/highway for models equipped with the six-speed automatic, and 22/30 mpg for those equipped with the six-speed manual transmission.
Both the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ are powered by a Subaru-built 2.0-liter F-4 that produces 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. Due to the high 12.5:1 compression ratio, the BRZ and FR-S both require premium fuel to achieve the automatic-equipped 25/34 mpg and manual-equipped 22/30 mpg rating.
From the start, the Subaru and Scion twins were designed to be lightweight Mazda MX-5 Miata-fighting coupes. But with the Sciobaru (Subion?) twins having a heavier curb weight and more than 30 horsepower more than the outgoing Miata, the Mazda should easily get better fuel economy than the BRZ and FR-S, right? Surprisingly, wrong—with a five-speed manual the Miata gets 22/28 mpg. The six-speed manual and six-speed auto drop one city mpg each, to 21/28 mpg.
What about the 2013 BRZ and FR-S’ other competitors? The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T gets 21/30 mpg with a six-speed manual and 20/31 mpg with the eight-speed automatic. The 2013 Ford Mustang V-6 gets 19/29 mpg with the six-speed manual and 19/31 mpg with the six-speed automatic. Mini Coupe is rated at 29/37 mpg with the six-speed manual and 28/36 mpg with the six-speed automatic while the Volkswagen GTI gets 21/31 mpg with the six-speed manual and 24/33 mpg with the six-speed dual-clutch tranny. It’s worth noting that all of the BRZ and FR-S’ competitors require premium fuel, save for the Mustang V-6.