Consumer Reviews Summary
31 of 35 (88%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Scion FR-S Overview
Probably the most anticipated car to join the Toyota/Scion ranks in the last 20 years, the 2013 Scion FR-S has enthusiasts and general car buyers alike excited for its blend of fun and excitement at an accessible price.
When word first came out that Toyota was looking to build an affordable, rear-wheel drive sports car that harkened back to its motoring tradition of the 80’s and 90’s and cars like the AE86 and MR2, it was easy to be skeptical. Yet here we are… and here it (thankfully) is. The FR-S was developed in conjunction with Subaru which produces a version of the car called the BRZ. The two cars are very similar mechanically, but there are a few differences which we will cover, starting with a different philosophy when it comes to the exterior.
It was revealed sometime last year that the FR-S would be coming out as a Scion and not a Toyota which came as a surprise. But take one look at the 2013 FR-S and you can see why it fits in better amongst the younger-slanted Scion brand with its aggressive, busy styling. From the side, the FR-S has a traditional sports car profile with a long hood, aggressively raked windscreen, and an abbreviated coupe cabin. The hood is made from aluminum to save weight (more on this later) and two distinct badges that read “86” and show two opposed pistons in tribute to the engine configuration sit in inlets right behind and above the front fenders. In the rear, the dual exhausts are integrated into the mild rear diffuser and the FR-S also features a unique triangular rear brake light.
Under the hood, the 2013 FR-S gets an engine that combines Subaru’s boxer engine technology with a Toyota direct-injection fuel system. The 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit also makes 151 pounds-feet of torque and comes mated to a quick-throw six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Fuel economy ratings are 22/30 mpg city/highway for the manual, and 25/34 mpg with the automatic.
At first glance that doesn’t seem like much power, especially for a vehicle that is supposed to be the first really desirable, affordable sports car (Mazda MX-5 Miata excluded) in a long while. But one thing that the engineers from Toyota and Subaru realized is that straight-line power isn’t necessarily the only thing that makes a sports car… for lack of a better word, sporty. And that’s truly where the FR-S delivers; it’s light, it’s got a lower center of gravity then a Ferrari 458, and a 53/47 front/rear weight distribution, all of which add up to make a car that’s nimble and connected.
Inside, there is seating for four (although we’d be reticent to put adult-sized individuals in the backseat unless they wronged us in some way) and standard features include air conditioning, remote keyless entry, power windows/locks, a tilt/telescoping leather-trimmed steering wheel, Bluetooth® connectivity, and a USB port for your iPod.
Safety features on the 2013 FR-S include vehicle stability and traction control, ABS, six airbags, and smart stop technology all standard.
The 2013 Scion FR-S delivers on its promises: it’s attractive, affordable, lightweight, and most importantly, it’s a blast to drive.