2015 Scion FR-S

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2015 scion fr-s Reviews and News

2015 Scion FR S Auto Front Three Quarters
Rosamond, California— The FR-S's engine is winding up with some enthusiasm as we climb the long hill up to turn 1 at the Streets of Willow. This is pretty much what we expect, since the 2015 Scion FR-S hasn't changed much, and the 200-hp, Subaru-built 2.0-liter engine has always been far livelier than you'd expect.
The unknown here is the suspension calibration, which has been retuned a bit for 2015 thanks to some fiddling with dampers, springs, and bushings. We're promised a far more track-friendly package than before, but we're already cringing as we get ready for this rear-wheel-drive car to sit down on its outside rear tire and get all drifty as it has typically done in the past.
Then we bend the car into the fast right-hander, line up for the slow right-hander that follows and then emerge on the other side. Well, what do you know? The 2015 Scion FR-S practically zinged through this combination on a tight, crisp line like it has been born to do this all along.

Signs of life at Scion

The 2015 Scion FR-S has turned the corner, and there are increased signs of life at Scion itself. As we're told later while we swelter beneath the desert sun, Scion will be presenting three concept cars in the coming months, evidence of renewed commitment to the brand.
That's encouraging news, as those festival-type gatherings of Scion xBs in 2003 seem like a very long time ago, and even more distant seems Toyota's 1998 announcement of Project Genesis, a special internal study group to help the company embrace the youth market. As so often happens, Toyota inevitably gets distracted by manufacturing, and good intentions are overwhelmed by the need to churn out cars as if they were patio chairs.
But to its credit, Scion is still an innovative brand, although maybe not in ways that you expect. Scion Swap is a pilot program that enables Scion owners to temporarily rent larger Toyota vehicles such as a minivan or a pickup for a short period. There are preferred financing programs also being employed as well. Most important, the tuning of the FR-S has developed a new engineering vocabulary for ride and handling that has helped Toyota improve the performance dynamics of its cars.

Not so sideways

Scion has been pretty vague about the details of the 2015 FR-S's suspension makeover, but we're guessing stiffer bushings in the front have quickened the car's responses, while work with the springs and dampers in the rear has helped the back of the car stand up a bit as you lay down the power. The bottom line is a car that scribes the line through a corner with confidence, and we like this on the track far more than either the 2014 FR-S's slightly sideways tendencies or the Subaru BRZ's awd-style understeer.
We might not be the only ones to prefer the 2015 calibration, as Team Scion drift driver Ken Gushi allowed that the hurried preparation of his GReddy FR-S for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb this past summer didn't allow much time for suspension tuning, and his car's preference for sideways motoring proved more adventuresome than he would have preferred on the mountain's 156 corners, even though he finished on the podium in his class.
Gushi brought along a GReddy-prepared Scion FR-S presented by Toyota Racing Developments (TRD) as a project car, and we have to say this compact piece makes a pretty darn nice racing car. Of course, the 400-hp GReddy-prepared engine under the hood and the Volk Racing VE40 wheels with 255/35R-18 Toyo Proxes 888 tires in this modified track-only car would probably please anyone. The FR-S is an incredibly small car, about the size of a Mazda MX-5 Miata, yet this TRD FR-S drives with the predictability of a large car. (Well, that's what we think after too few laps behind the wheel.)

Packaged for driving

Sadly we weren't able to get as many laps behind the wheel of the 2015 Scion FR-S as we would have liked, and we drove only on the track, not the street. Yet we put in our time on both 2014 and 2015 versions of the FR-S in versions with both manual and automatic transmissions, and the 2015 proved much better to drive in a very noticeable way. The 2015 car also receives a larger roof-mounted antenna, larger-diameter exhaust tips, auto on/off headlights, and carbon-style interior trim pieces. We also really liked the 2015 Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0. Unfortunately, it died an electronic death shortly after we had our way with it. (Uh oh, did we touch it last?) The Scion people admitted that it had been put together with prototype parts very hurriedly. More important, this car looks great in its Yuzu Yellow paint and TRD aero kit, and the TRD steering wheel is pretty nice, too. If we were driving a 2015 Scion FR-S, this is how we'd like it to look. Some 1500 will be made, and it carries an MSRP of $29,990 with a manual transmission and $31,090 with an automatic.
We also like the Scion way of releasing special editions. It makes any model seem fresh. In the end, a little excitement is what any brand needs, whether it's a Lamborghini or a Mini. Maybe with the 2015 Scion FR-S, Toyota's youth division will get the excitement it needs, too.

2015 Scion FR-S

Base Price $25,670
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Engine 2.0-liter flat-4
Power 200 hp @ 7000 rpm
Torque 151 lb-ft @ 6400 rpm
Transmission 6-speed manual
Drive Rear wheel
Steering Electrically assisted rack-and-pinion
Front suspension MacPherson strut, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension Multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Brakes Ventilated discs, ABS
Tires 215/45R-17 Michelin Primacy HP summer performance
L x W x H 166.7 x 69.9 x 50.6 in
Wheelbase 101.2 in
Track F/R 59.8/60.6 in
Weight 2758 lb
Passenger volume 76.5 cu ft
Cargo volume 6.9 cu ft
EPA mpg 22/30/25 City/Highway/Combined
2015 Scion FR-S
2015 Scion FR-S

New for 2015

The Scion FR-S receives some minor updates for the 2015 model year, including revised suspension tuning, larger exhaust tips, automatic headlights, carbon-fiber dash trim, and a redesigned key. Additionally, Steel and Halo replace Argento and Whiteout as exterior color options.

Vehicle Overview

The Scion FR-S is a 2+2-seat sports coupe that aims to prove it’s not all about power, but about what you do with it. Handling and balance take the place of big power, making the FR-S more fun than the spec-sheet seems to indicate it can be. In price, the FR-S sits above the tC coupe in the Scion lineup.


The 2015 Scion FR-S is powered by a front-mounted, 2.0-liter flat-4 that drives the rear wheels and produces 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. Both an automatic and manual transmission are available, both with six forward gears, but we think the manual is the better choice for a sporty car like this. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 25/34 mpg (city/highway) with the automatic and 22/30 mpg with the manual.
Notable standard and available features on the 2015 FR-S include one-touch power windows, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, projector headlights, Bluetooth calling and streaming audio, a Pioneer audio system, and auxiliary and USB media connections. Although the mechanically related Subaru BRZ may have more standard equipment including HID headlights and a navigation system, we think tThe FR-S is the sort of car that’s best without too many frills, more of a pure sports car.
The 2015 Scion FR-S received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and is considered a 2015 Top Safety Pick by the IIHS.

What We Think

The 2015 Scion FR-S is the first rear-drive Scion, indeed the first car from Toyota in a long while driving the rear wheels (not to mention the Tacoma or Tundra), and it’s an excellent first effort at applying the sports-car formula: front engine; rear-wheel drive; light, responsive handling; and no-frills enthusiast motoring. The FR-S is an immensely engaging vehicle for the “race on Sunday, drive to work Monday” crowd, and as we noted in a review of a 2013 Scion FR-S, “[speaking of the FR-S and Subaru BRZ twin] as a track-day smile-maker, these cars are the official bargain of the decade.”
The FR-S is an excellent track vehicle, with a predictable manner at the limit, but how about on the street? We noted: “The FR-S’s steering isn’t hugely communicative on-road, but it’s highly accurate. The shifter feels great, and it’s easy to shift smoothly. … The suspension is just firm enough to do its job without ever being harsh, and it’s noticeably firmer than the Subaru’s. Outward visibility is very good by sports-car standards. The steering wheel doesn’t quite telescope close enough to the driver, but at least the seats are comfortable and supportive, and the driving position is otherwise nice.” The problem? The engine, although impressive in its power delivery (100 hp per liter is nothing to laugh at) and smoothness, offers an exhaust note that’s far from soul-stirring. The sounds coming from the engine bay hardly encourage you to keep going, but opinions were divided. Some of us didn’t mind it, but no one likened it to the musical snarl of a Porsche flat-six. (The original Boxster came with similar power numbers and a similar mission.) In a comparison between a 2013 Scion FR-S and a 1971 Datsun 240Z, we found that it was only by respecting the tradition established by the excellent Z-car that the FR-S was able to stand equal with it. We noted: “The Scion FR-S feels a lot like a 41-year-old Datsun Z. Its normally aspirated boxer engine, which can be better heard with the A/C turned off, responds instantly to throttle inputs even though it's not physically connected to your right foot via a cable. The brakes are firm and progressive, never letting on that computer-controlled sensors are constantly watching for signs of wheel slip. Unlike so many modern cars, it feels like a machine engineered to work through you rather than for you.”

You’ll Like

  • Track days
  • Like the original Z, but with A/C
  • Handling

You Won’t Like

  • Needs more torque
  • Better on the track than the street
  • Steering isn’t very communicative in regular driving

Key Competitors

  • Subaru BRZ
  • Mazda Miata
  • Nissan 370Z
  • Hyundai Genesis Coupe
  • Ford Mustang


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The U.S.-spec Scion FR-S has seen its fair share of special editions, but none have been as dramatic as the Toyota 86 style Cb edition, which the automaker announced will launch in Japan this April.
Scion FR S T1 For 2014 SEMA Side View
While the 2015 Scion tC Releases Series 9.0 will actually head to showrooms early next year, several other wild Scion models on display at this year's Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show are merely concepts. Tuners took to the Scion FR-S, xB, and tC to create a variety of wild custom cars for next week's aftermarket show in Las Vegas.
2015 Subaru BRZ Series Blue Front End From Above
Good news for fans of the Subaru and Toyota sports coupe twins, as there is no even stronger confirmation that the car will return for an encore. A Toyota official in Europe confirmed to Australia's Motoring that a second generation of the GT86 -- known here as the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ -- will be sold.
2015 Scion FR S Release Series 1 Front Three Quarter
Pricing has been announced for the limited-edition 2015 Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0. When the car debuted in at the New York auto show, Scion promised a starting price under $30,000. The Release Series 1.0 just barely misses that, as the special version of the sports car starts at $30,760 after a $770 destination charge.

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2015 Scion FR-S Specifications

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2.0L H4Engine
Fuel economy City:
22 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
30 MPG
200 hp @ 7000rpm
151 ft lb of torque @ 6400rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
36,000 miles / 36 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
25,000 miles / 24 months
25,000 miles / 24 months
IIHS Front Small Overlap
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
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NHTSA Rating Overall
NHTSA Rating Rollover
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Best Pick
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