2016 Scion FR-S: A Fun And Spirited Performance Vehicle

Highlight: The Scion FR-S shares a platform with the Subaru BRZ.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $27,200

Seating Capacity: 2+2

Standard Safety Features: airbags; daytime running lights; vehicle stability control system; traction control system; ABS; electronic brake force distribution; tire pressure monitoring system; First Aid Kit; automatic headlights; LED taillights; and a rear view back up camera.

Standard Equipment: 17-inch tires; a manual transmission; power exterior mirrors; manual adjusted front seats; cloth seats; air condition; aluminum sport pedals and scuff plates; a manual tilt/telescopic steering wheel; power windows; and power door locks.

Optional Features On Test Vehicle: none

Other Trim Level: none

Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: a 300-watt, 8-speaker AM/FM/HD

Bluetooth/iPod connectivity: Yes

Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles

Standard Engine/Horsepower: 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder/200-hp

Recommended Fuel: Premium

Standard Fuel Mileage:

25-city/34-hwy

What’s New: With the exception of a rear view camera and a 7-inch touchscreen, the vehicle is basically a carryover.

Pros: Besides an extremely limited premium–equipped special edition model, the rear-wheel drive Subaru-based FR-S is only available in one trim, with one option and one engine choice, a super-peppy 4-cylinder engine, which pumps out 200 horses from the chrome tip dual exhaust pipes. With the FR-S, one can opt for a manual or an automatic transmission. The automatic transmission is approximately $1,100 more than the fun-to-drive straight shift transmission.

Moreover, with the exception of the soon-to-be government mandated back-up camera, the FR-S lacks many of the driving aids and convenience features offered in many of today’s vehicles. Some of those features include a keyless ignition system, an automatic rear view mirror, a navigation system, an electronic blind spot system, and a forward collision braking system.