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2014 Scion FR-S Coupe - Rating Details

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2013 Scion FR-S Coupe Base (2.0L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual)

Driven On 4/17/2012

Ratings Summary

This rating has been carried forward from a prior year because the newer model has no substantial differences.

Given the fun-to-drive and performance-oriented nature of this segment, the FR-S deserves our highest mark. It's simply really good at being fun despite lower marks in less important categories.
B
Comfort Comfort is good in the FR-S. There's little high-frequency movement unless the road surface is wildly uneven. And even then, thanks to independent rear suspension, the ride is better than a Mustang.
Seating Comfort
B
These are the best seats in any car at this price. Soft enough to for long journeys, firm enough to not feel soggy.
Ride Comfort
C
With undeinably firm suspension tuning, there's a certain purposefulness to the FR-S's ride quality. But it's not so stiff as to be a hassle.
Quietness
B
The FR-S's interior is sufficiently quiet. There's a subtle and intentional intake note during wide throttle openings, but it's a good sound.
B
Interior The FR-S's interior is spartan but adequately detailed for a focused sports car. Material qaulity is sufficient and switchgear operates with adequate precision. Nothing feels overly expensive or cheap.
Ergonomics
B
Good gauge placement with the tachometer in the middle. All major controls fall readily at hand.
Ingress/Egress
C
The FR-S is low and getting in and out is more difficult than in taller vehicles. It's a small price to pay for this coupe's abilities.
Space/Room
B
If you're a really, really big driver then there will be challenges. Still, you'll have to be taller than 6 feet 4. Otherwise, no worries.
Visibility
C
Even with the low hood line, visbility isn't as good as it could be out of the FR-S.
Cargo/Storage
B
Folding rear seats help, but there's ample room in the trunk for more than just a weekend's worth of bags. The trunk opening is tiny, though.
A
Performance The FR-S isn't going to wow you getting on the freeway, but drive it in its element and you're going to have loads of fun -- more so than any other car at this price.
Acceleration
C
This car isn't a drag racer so keep your expectations aligned with its modest power.
Braking
B
The brake system is sufficient providing repeatable, fade-free stoping power after miles of aggressive driving.
Steering
A
Among the car's best traits, its steering is quick and communicative.
Handling
A
Spectacular balance, communciation and control. Handling is the FR-S's specialty. It's hugely fun despite modest grip limits.
Driveability
B
There's a good torque hit down low which provides adequate acceleration early in the rev range.
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B
Value There's nothing quite like the FR-S at this price, which makes it a solid value. No other car offers its combinatiion of rear-drive handling and entertaining power. Fun-per-dollar trumps the logical factors.
Build Quality (vs. $)
B
Material and assembly quality are average.
Features(vs. $)
B
Standard Bluetooth is nice, but there are few extravegences in the base model.
Cost
B
This car could cost less, but we suspect pent-up demand has brought it to market at a price that's somewhat profit padded.
MPG
B
At 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway the FR-S's EPA numbers are good, but not great.
Warranty
C
These days the Scion/Toyota warranty package (3yrs/36,000 miles basic, 5yrs/60,000 miles powertrain, 5 yrs corrosion) is middle of the road.
Ownership
B
Nothing about this car is exotic or delicate from a maintenance standpoint, and Scion provides two years of oil changes. You may chew through some tires, though, but you knew that.
A
Fun To Drive The FR-S defines fun to drive without going broke. That last part should always be part of the equation.
Driving Experience
A
This is a car that needs to be driven hard in the right environment to be fully appreciated. Drive it there and you'll understand.
Personality
A
There are no quirks here -- just honest, textbook rear-drive fun. And if that gives it personality then it has plenty.
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