New for 2014The 2014 Scion FR-S gets a standard 6.1-inch touchscreen display for its audio system. Three special editions, the 10 Series, Monogram Series, and Release Series 1.0 Yuzu, are also available. 10 Series models come exclusively in Silver Ignition exterior and add an illuminating exterior badging and gear shifter, and an electroluminescent dash panel.
Monogram Series variants add more convenience and tech features to the 2014 FR-S such as heated leather front seats, BeSpoke Premium Audio with navigation, dual-zone climate control, rear center armrest, heated outside mirrors, and push-button start.
Finally, the FR-S Release Series 1.0 Yuzu features more performance-oriented upgrades from TRD such as an aero kit, three-piece spoiler, lowering springs, and quad-tip exhausts. Additionally, it also features HID headlights, LED daytime running lights, dual-zone climate control, push-button start, and “T-Fabric” pattern sport seats.
Vehicle OverviewThe 2014 Scion FR-S is a rear-drive sports car sold in a single trim and is available with a host of accessories that allow buyers to personalize their vehicle. Along with the Subaru BRZ, it is one of two sports cars that emerged out of Toyota’s partnership with Subaru’s parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries.
SummaryThe 2014 FR-S is a thoroughbred sports car that focuses on handling prowess over straight-line speed. It is powered by a high-revving 2.0-liter flat-4 producing 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque paired to six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Due to its light weight and small engine, the 2014 FR-S achieves decent fuel economy with the EPA rating manual-equipped cars at 22/30 mpg city/highway while opting for the automatic improves those numbers to 25/34 mpg.
Excellent driving dynamics define the FR-S with a stiff chassis and suspension that has “playful” demeanor and allows the rear to rotate if one “gets on the throttle too hard.” The FR-S’s light weight contributes to its handling prowess and allows it to “dive into corners with enthusiasm and minimum understeer.” However, the steering, while “highly accurate, isn’t hugely communicative on-road.”
Interior space in the 2014 FR-S is good for two averaged-sized adults and snug for tall individuals. The rear seats are nearly useless for carry people and should only be used to expand the car’s small trunk. Additionally, its infotainment system is dated with fussy controls and a “weak-sounding stereo.”
The 2014 Scion FR-S has a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and is considered a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, earning a good score in four out of five tests except the small overlap front category where it earned an acceptable rating (good is the highest possible score).
What We ThinkThe 2014 Scion FR-S is a good sports car that emphasizes handling prowess over straight-line speed. In a First Drive review of a 2013 model, we noted that the car “moves fluidly,” showing the car’s focus on outright agility and lack of understeer. Accurate and precise steering gives the driver with a good sense of connection with the car, making it feel natural “as every action and reaction feels like you expect it to.” Being an ultra-focused sports car means that creature comforts in the FR-S are limited and space, despite the 2+2 configuration is limited to two adults while trunk capacity is nearly nonexistent at 6.9 cubic feet with the rear seats in place.
- Excellent handling
- Respectable fuel economy
- Accurate steering
You Won’t Like
- Snug interior
- Dated infotainment system
- Limited practicality
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