2016 Scion FR-S

Pros: Lithe, agile handling; true sports-car personality; decent list of standard features; good fuel economy for a sports car; affordable pricing

Cons: Some enthusiast drivers will wish for more power; low-slung body and long doors make for tricky entry and exit; barely usable back seat

CG Says: The 2016 Scion FR-S is little changed. A rearview camera is now standard and there is a new audio system with a 7-inch screen. Save for its near twin, the Subaru BRZ, the FR-S is almost in a class by itself. It has respectable performance credentials, a fun-to-drive personality, and surprisingly modest pricing. Other relatively affordable 4-cylinder sporty/performance cars include the Mazda MX-5 Miata and the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. The Mazda is great fun to drive and it is a convertible body style, but it lacks a back seat and can’t match the FR-S’ greater practicality. Though the Genesis Coupe base model costs less than the FR-S, it weighs more and lacks the FR-S’ level of standard equipment. Also, neither of those cars offer an array of stand-alone accessories, and certain features can be found only in option packages or higher trim levels. Driving enthusiasts should add the FR-S to their shopping list. Despite the standard sports-car vices of a somewhat firm ride, barely habitable back seats, and somewhat poor rear-corner visibility, the FR-S makes up for those demerits with lively performance, decent fuel economy, and unusual-for-the-class levels of comfort and daily drivability.

The Facts
Class Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door coupe
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive
Manufacturer Scion
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices Base, manual: $25,305
Base, automatic: $26,405
Release Series 2.0, manual: $29,510
Release Series 2.0, automatic: $30,610

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
200
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-34

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2016 Scion FR-S