Scion FR-S Review
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The 2016 Scion FR-S delivers composed handling and an engaging driving experience, according to test drivers, but it lacks the power of rival sports cars and has a rough ride over uneven roads.
The 2016 Scion FR-S is ranked:
Test drivers find that the Scion FR-S four-cylinder engine lacks the overall power and eager acceleration that many people associate with sports cars, although they still find the engine responsive. The standard six-speed manual transmission draws reviewer praise for its smoothness, and critics say the available six-speed automatic has timely shifts. The FR-S gets an EPA-estimated 22/30 mpg city/highway, which is above average for the class. Critics report that the FR-S handles curvy roads well, with reactive steering and nimble handling that make for a fun driving experience. Some complain that the suspension delivers a rough ride over uneven road surfaces.
The 2016 FR-S has a driver-oriented cabin that features mostly hard plastics throughout, according to automotive writers. They praise the front seats for their comfort and supportiveness, even during long drives. Many critics call the trunk and back seats undersized, although they note that cargo space is better with the rear seats folded down. Standard features include a rearview camera, a USB port, HD Radio, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker Pioneer audio system with a 7-inch touch screen. Scion s voice-activated BeSpoke audio system with navigation and smartphone integration is available. Reviewers praise the audio system s interface, noting that it now resembles the user-friendly infotainment systems found in other Toyota vehicles.
- ” the 2016 FR-S is a strong competitor for the fun-while-driving crowd, combining the light weight and affordability of the all-new Mazda MX-5 Miata and the hardtop feel of 6-cylinder versions of the new Ford Mustang, all wrapped in sheet metal that’s the most aggressive ever from Scion.” — Kelley Blue Book “The small sport coupe is a small niche in the U.S. car market, but for shoppers who want nimble handling, peppy performance and good looks in a small package — and can’t abide the thought of four doors — Scion’s updated 2016 FR-S remains one of the best choices available. It’s a back-to-basics, lightweight sports car with rear-wheel drive, excellent balance and an affordable price.” — Edmunds “The typical sports car drawbacks apply, including a firm ride and limited space, but they’re a small price to pay for the FR-S’ seriously fun driving experience.” — Left Lane News “The Scion FR-S is almost in a class by itself. It has respectable performance credentials, a fun-to-drive personality, and surprisingly modest pricing.” — Consumer Guide (2014) “This car is for those who find more thrills in corners than on straightaways, and it’s refreshing indeed to find a reasonably priced modern-day sports car with such a focused mission.” — AutoTrader (2014)
Other Cars to Consider
The Nissan 370Z delivers ample power and athletic handling while still providing a supple ride, according to test drivers. They note that the cabin is quiet, and the 370Z s available features are easy to operate. The 370Z is also available as a convertible.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a soft-top convertible and gets great fuel economy. Automotive writers say that what the Miata lacks in power, it more than makes up for with agile handling and precise steering, as well as a comfortable ride.
Details: 2016 Scion FR-S
The four-seat 2016 Scion FR-S features standard rear-wheel drive, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission is available. The FR-S comes in one trim and only sees minor changes for the 2016 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable reviews and research from the 2013 through 2016 model years.