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The Scion FR-S is a coupe that has a lightweight, capable chassis with two doors and 2+2 seating, featuring a decently powerful four-cylinder engine. Designed for the budget-conscious driving enthusiast, the FR-S competes with the Subaru BRZ, Mazda Miata, and the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Brand-new for the 2013 model year, the FR-S hasn't developed a history yet--but it is already spread widely... Read More Below »
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The Scion FR-S is a coupe that has a lightweight, capable chassis with two doors and 2+2 seating, featuring a decently powerful four-cylinder engine. Designed for the budget-conscious driving enthusiast, the FR-S competes with the Subaru BRZ, Mazda Miata, and the Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

Brand-new for the 2013 model year, the FR-S hasn't developed a history yet--but it is already spread widely through Toyota-group companies, with Subaru getting its version of the car, known as the BRZ. Toyota itself also has a version of the car, the GT 86, but it's not offered in the U.S.

It's powered by a 2.0-liter flat four-cylinder engine rated at 200 horsepower. While that's not a whole lot in the sports coupe realm, the FR-S tips the scales around 2,700-2,800 pounds depending on trim, and the combination makes for an entertaining, if not quite thrilling, driving experience. The rear-wheel-drive layout alone gives the FR-S more sporting credibility than anything that's yet been offered in Scion's ranks. A six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment, while a six-speed automatic is available.

Fuel economy ratings for the new FR-S are quite respectable, though not as high as you might expect for such a small four-cylinder car when paired with the manual transmission: the EPA estimates 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. With the automatic transmission, things get noticeably better, rising to 25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.

Inside, the FR-S is sporty, with a youthful, modern design and a minimalist ethos that puts the emphasis on the driving itself, rather than coddling occupants with rich materials and intricate features. As such, it suits the sports car nature of the FR-S well, and considering the affordable price point (around $25,000 for most models), it's well within expectations.

The Scion FR-S has already earned some excellent safety results, including top 'good' ratings in all categories from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and IIHS Top Safety Pick status. It hasn't yet been through crash-testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

As it does with the rest of its models, Scion focuses on customization with the FR-S, and there are plenty of other companies making parts for it and its Subaru cousin. Some of the Scion-direct pieces even include a warranty, and include items like spoilers, wheels, shift knobs, and trim pieces. And to that end, the first Release Series is available for 2015, painted a special yellow color and equipped with items that are normally extra cost from the dealer. Tuners took a shine to the FR-S immediately, offering performance and appearance upgrades of their own.

The Scion FR-S has proved itself to be one of the best new cars on the market, and accordingly, it made it to the final cut of Motor Authority's Best Car To Buy 2013 awards.

Rumors of higher-performance versions, a hybrid, or at the least, a factory-backed set of upgrades, persist for the FR-S. A convertible version of the car is also possible; a concept version of the car was shown at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

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Specs: Select a Trim

Style MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
2-Door Coupe Automatic (2)
2-Door Coupe Automatic Specs $26,000 $24,700 25 34
Release Series 1.0 Specs $31,090 $29,536 25 34
2-Door Coupe Manual (2)
2-Door Coupe Manual Specs $24,900 $23,655 22 30
Release Series 1.0 Specs $29,990 $28,491 22 30
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