Scion FR-S Review
The 2015 Scion FR-S ranks 3 out of 11 Affordable Sports Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Scion FR-S, as well as reliability and safety data.
While it may not be the most powerful affordable sports car, reviewers say that the 2015 Scion FR-S offers thrilling driving dynamics at an attractive price.
Most reviewers agree that the 2015 Scion FR-S’ four-cylinder engine feels responsive, but they note that the FR-S isn’t particularly quick, with acceleration that’s comparable to an affordable midsize car’s. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and test drivers praise its smooth shift action, while an optional six-speed automatic earns praise for its extremely quick shifts. The EPA reports that the 2015 FR-S gets up to 25/34 mpg city/highway, which is good for an affordable sports car. Reviewers say that the FR-S really shines on a twisty road, where its lithe handling and communicative steering make it truly exciting to drive. The suspension system is revised for 2015, and some auto writers comment that it makes the FR-S feel even more planted than the 2014 model.
Test drivers report that the Scion FR-S has a driver-focused interior design and a cabin that’s built primarily with plastics. They write that it’s easy to find a good driving position, and that the front seats are supportive and comfortable, even on longer drives. Though some critics report that the FR-S’ back seat and trunk are fairly small for the class, a few mention that the rear seats fold down to offer a more useful amount of space. The 2015 Scion FR-S comes standard with a USB port, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker Pioneer audio system with a 6.1-inch touch-screen display. A voice-activated BeSpoke audio system with navigation and smartphone app integration is available as a dealer-installed option.
- "Whatever you compare it to, though, the 2015 Scion FR-S stands out as a stylish and elemental small sports car that gives you a great driving experience. It's definitely worth a look." -- 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
- "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)
- "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)
Other Cars to Consider
The Mini Cooper Coupe earns some of the best fuel economy estimates in the class, and it has more trunk space than the FR-S. Additionally, reviewers say that athletic handling and responsive turbocharged engine options make the Mini Coupe particularly fun to drive.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata also gets good fuel economy, and it’s available with a soft top or a power-retractable hardtop. Like the FR-S, critics report that the Miata delivers a thrilling driving experience with accurate steering and poised handling.
Details: 2015 Scion FR-S
The 2015 Scion FR-S seats four and has rear-wheel drive. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission are standard, while a six-speed automatic transmission is optional. The FR-S comes in one trim and sees minor changes for the 2015 model year, which include a revised suspension and standard automatic headlights. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2013, 2014 and 2015 model years.