Lucky for us, Toyota put this under the Scion brand so dealers cannot mark it up.
I live in the Los Angeles area and cars still disappear from some dealers lots in a matter of a day or two. I did accept the fact that the dealer installed Lojack. Got mine in Asphalt Black (dark grey metallic, really) with the rear wing and TRD exhaust installed from the factory. I had test driven a car with the stock exhaust.
While the TRD exhaust has a beautiful note, it makes it difficult to have a conversation with a passenger. Still, I would take the exhaust over stock. Seats are supportive and instrument gauges are perfect (very much like Porsche). Car reminds me of a Lotus - light, small, minimalist.
Don't listen to everybody who berates this car.
Those are the people who don't understand its purpose.
After 10,000 miles through 6 states and Canada, I can tell you this car is great in every single circumstance.
City, highway, straight road, twisty road, road course, etc.
I can get 34mpg on the highway, and average 31mpg even with some autocrosses and track days sprinkled in.
You can fit a 6' person in the back as long as the front passenger is willing to give up some leg room.
I honestly test drove every single new car with a manual transmission under $25k and this was by far my favorite.
Purchased my Asphalt Grey FR-S 6-speed manual in June of 2012.
Traded up from a 2002 WRx (original owner), and while I miss the all-wheel drive and turbo rush, my FR-S just makes me smile every time I'm behind the wheel.
Mine is primarily used as a weekend fun car, and I argue that there is nothing out on the road today that is even close in price that makes you feel as connected to the pure, visceral driving experience as this $24K gem.
The steering is easily controlled, the shifter is perfect and the engine grumble is nice (I'm a sucker for boxster engines).
I would not use this as a daily driver, but as a second car, it is just perfect.
I had for a very long time an old porsche 928 s4.
It was a amazing car, and I thrashed the crap out of it. It died a terrible death...
The new Scion replaced it.
The Sion is not nearly as fast, nor as flashy. But it is WAAAAY more fun. At every red light the little 4 gives it a mighty big BRAAAPPPP and off we go. The shift points are just pure joy.
This is not a car that will set a new land speed record, or corner at speeds that make your brains turn to mush. BUT----It is a very fun car that is amazingly responsive.
It puts a smile on your face driving in city traffic as its sure is a little street fighter.
Its great on the highway and its MPG is amazing.
The car has a real soul.
If you love to drive and your not carrying more than a passenger next to you then this is a superb handling ride at a great price.
I could not get out of this car the first two days of ownership. Limited availability but if you find one you like and aren't so concerned about color then buy it. They go fast out the door. I traded my lumbering gas guzzler Tacoma 4X4 and don't have any regrets. took two trips. One to Tucson from Phoenix mostly highway some city and got 33.4 mpg. Then on the second day I got 35.5 mostly highway with a/c on the whole time. That's better than my Yaris! I suppose the aerodynamics help. The seats a snug but comfortable. The pioneer stereo cranks.