The Scion FR-S is a compact and light sport coupe that appeals to budget-conscious car enthusiasts. It was co-developed by Subaru and Toyota, and was inspired by the Toyota Corolla GT-Sport that was popular in the mid-‘80s. Unlike most contemporary sport coupes, the Scion FR-S is lighter and shorter. Aside from being lightweight, the car has a forceful engine, agile chassis and an ergonomically designed cockpit. These qualities have made the Scion FR-S well-received in the motoring community.
Because the model was co-developed by two well-respected automakers, the Scion FR-S has similarities with another sport coupe, the Subaru BRZ. Some details like the iconic Subaru logo are hidden in various parts of the vehicle, which car nerds should try to uncover. Inside the car are pretty impressive features like Bluetooth connectivity, eight-speaker sound system with CD player, high-definition radio and iPod connection.
The Scion FR-S can sit up to four people. However, there is not enough headroom and leg room in the rear seats which make this car not exactly the ideal vehicle for families. The trunk is also quite small with dimensions of 6.9 cubic foot. While very compact, one will be impressed with the smart design of the car’s interiors.
Extra padding has been placed on the door panels and center console to lessen discomfort of the knees. There is also a standard touchscreen monitor that pilot and co-pilot can use to manipulate the sound system.
Simple is the one word that best describes the interiors of the car. The dashboard has nice contours and undulated. The fabric seats also come with bolsters that keeps passengers fastened down when the car is turning on a corner. The cockpit may look a bit bare when compared to other lightweight sports cars like the Ford Focus, but there’s a back-to-basics feel to it.
The front seats provide enough cushion for hard driving. Drivers and passengers will also feel comfortable with the seats during long distance travel. The backseat, again, are pretty restricted that not too many adults would like to be sitting there.
Although there is not much to expect from the Scion FR-S in terms of space, the car makes up for it with its impressive performance. The 2-liter, 4-cylinder engine can deliver 200 horsepower. While it may pale in comparison with other cars, remember that the Scion FR-S is so lightweight it does not need a lot of horsepower to push it down the highway.
This model has a six-speed manual transmission, and an optional six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The latter is also more fuel efficient, able to maximize fuel economy by as much as 34 miles per gallon on the highway.
While on standstill, the car can zoom from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 6.5 seconds. It’s quite quick, but pales in comparison with other bigger and more powerful sports coupes.
The FR-S is also equipped with the Torsen limited-slip differential (LSD) device that brings power to the rear wheels when making a turn. Thanks to this device, the car gets enough acceleration when moving out of corners, or when drifting.
The standard equipment of the Scion FR-S includes cruise control, power windows and mirrors, door locks, USB inputs aside from the 8-speaker audio system mentioned earlier. In terms of safety, the Scion FR-S relies on its stability control and traction control functions. It also has six airbags like front and side airbags to protect the driver and passenger, and curtain airbags to cover all four passengers. The car is equipped with a monitoring system for tire pressure, and start-stop system that allows it to conserve gas use. It is also equipped with the Smart Stop feature which cuts down engine power once the throttle pads and brake pads are pressed simultaneously.
Optional equipment of the car include dealer-installed accessories like lowering springs, 18-inch wheels that are upgrade from the 17-inch alloy wheels, and upgraded brakes. Owners of this car may also opt to have the Pioneer BeSpoke audio system installed in the car which includes a nice touch screen and iPhone app functionality.
How much does the Scion FR-S cost? The sport coupe is sold at around $25,000, inclusive of taxes. It is almost of the same price range as the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Mazda MX-5 Miata, and Ford Mustang. However, the Scion FR-S has a good resale value compared to other sports coupes within its price range.
The Scion FR-S gets high marks with its sufficient, powerful engine and small frame. Drivers will like its impressive grip. Making gear shifts is also easy and quick, while the chassis should be lauded for remaining poised even on rough surfaces. The Scion FR-S is also easy to drive, making it ideal for long drives or city driving.
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