2013 Scion FR-S Long Term Road Test


2013 Scion FR-S: Two Coupes Enter...

January 24, 2013

2013 Scion FR-S

But does one coupe have to leave?

Scion has these two coupes. One, the tC, is essentially a two door Corolla with a flash interior. It's front-wheel drive and seems more likely to be turned into a mobile disco than a canyon carver. The FR-S however, is a coupe that seems to be at the forefront of saving not only Toyota's image but the idea of an affordable rear-drive car altogether.

Can Scion afford to have these two diametrically opposed coupes sitting side by side in a showroom? Does the existence of one take away from the purpose of the other?

If you were Scion, what would you do?

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 12,512 miles

Comments

  • aznraptor aznraptor Posts:

    Keep them both. Keep the tC a practical sporty hatchback, keep the FRS a cheap, focused sports car. I think the audience for those two cars is separate enough to warrant both. Kind of like the focus st and the mustang.

  • bassracerx bassracerx Posts:

    i hope not. the TC is atractively priced and the FRS is OVERpriced!

  • jpnpower jpnpower Posts:

    Update the tC, but that aside. The tC is an awesome practical coupe with a roomy comfy interior, and sporty nature. The FR-S is an awesome sports car with a dreadful interior. If I were Scion I'd keep both, but if budgets were tight, I'd kill the FR-S, and let the BRZ do the rest.

  • ed124c ed124c Posts:

    "a two door Corolla with a flash interior. That's not fair. I have driven a TC, and I like it. Also, it is 5 or 6 grand cheaper than the FRS. I really don't fit well into the Toyobarus. The seats are too tight around the shoulders. Wouldn't make for a nice road trip. The TC has its problems also. The inside is way too black for me, and the instrumentation and center stack are probably a decade old.

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    The FRS is a stretch for people buying a first car, where the TC is actually a compelling option at its price.

  • nse nse Posts:

    I'd keep both, their price point is different enough that one should not eat the profits of the other.

  • juicysushi juicysushi Posts:

    In a purely business mindset, so long as the TC remains profitable, keep it. From an enthusiast stand point, it needed to die yesterday.

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