Reviewers say the FR-S proves that thrilling performance doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
Reviewers agree that the 2013 Scion FR-S is set to shake up the affordable sports car class. Separated at birth from its sibling, the Subaru BRZ, the Scion FR-S seems poised to bring a surprising amount of performance and value to enthusiasts. Autoblog writes, “Is the FR-S one of next year's enthusiast bargains? Absolutely, and that is a conclusion we consider irrefutable.”
It all starts under the hood. The FR-S’ engine is mounted low and as far back in the engine bay as possible. Combined with its low center of gravity and a performance-tuned suspension, critics say these attributes make the FR-S one of the best-handling sports cars on the market. And although it trails rivals like the Ford Mustang and Nissan 370Z with significantly less power, its light weight and slick transmission choices make the FR-S a lively, enjoyable drive.
Although the FR-S is nimble enough for weekend track days, it still offers more interior comfort and practicality than some competitors. Like most sports cars, its back seat is tiny, but the seat folds flat to increase utility, and test drivers love the comfortable, supportive front seats and driver-focused cabin. Ultimately, the FR-S’ biggest competitor may be the Subaru BRZ. Early reports suggest that while the BRZ offers similar performance and accommodations, it will likely come with more standard features, though it will probably have a slightly higher price tag.