2013 Scion FR-S vs. Its Competition

2013 Scion FR-S
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

While the Mustang, 370Z, and Camaro are much heavier--fitting better into the muscle car or grand touring segments--they're priced around the same mark, and offer their own kind of fun.

The Nissan 370Z is actually a bit more expensive even in base configuration, and though it's larger and heavier, doesn't offer much more space--and completely lacks back seats.

The Chevy Camaro is more powerful, but lacks the handling and precision of a true sports car; the Ford Mustang likewise is more powerful and heavier, and while it's more balanced in some regards, it doesn't have the feel and precision of the FR-S.

Subaru's BRZ is the doppelganger to the Scion FR-S, but slight differences in the rear suspension setup of the FR-S make it a bit sharper and more neutral in cornering; some may prefer the styling and brand reputation of the Subaru, however.

Finally, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is much different, with a convertible top, no rear seats, and less horsepower than the FR-S, but it is even lighter, and with the optional retractable hard top, can offer a solid alternative to the sporty coupe.

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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2013 Scion FR-S is the real deal: a sports car, built simply, at an affordable price.
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The Chevy Camaro's no single-minded musclecar--there's good gas mileage and entertaining handling to be had, if you tick the right boxes.
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Don't let the brash sound and classic looks fool you; the Ford Mustang offers some of the best performance-car bang for the buck--delivered with surprising sophistication.
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If you want a light and lean open-top sports car that's fun at legal speeds, the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata is it--and it's reasonably practical.
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While the performance-per-dollar value of the 2013 Nissan 370Z remains largely intact, enabling it to play with more expensive sports cars for less money, rising prices narrow that advantage.
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The 2013 Subaru BRZ shows that simplicity and leanness can provide more driving thrills than complex, high-horsepower sports cars costing several times as much.
MSRP From     
$24,500$23,345$22,200$23,720$33,120$25,495
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4Gas V6Gas Flat 4
EPA Class     
MinicompactCompactCompactTwo SeaterTwo-SeaterSubcompact Cars
Style Name     
2-Door Coupe Manual (GS)2-Door Coupe LS w/1LS2-Door Coupe V62-Door Convertible Manual Sport2-Door Coupe Manual2-Door Coupe Premium Manual
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear wheel driveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
444224
Passenger Doors     
2N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
CoupeCoupeCoupeConvertible2 Door CoupeCoupe
Transmission     
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