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.
The 2015 Scion FR-S delivers exciting driving dynamics at an appealing price according to test drivers, but they add that it isn't one of the more powerful affordable sports cars.
The 2015 Scion FR-S comes with a four-cylinder engine that most critics say isn't especially quick and has acceleration more like that found in affordable midsize cars, but they agree it feels responsive. Automotive journalists find the standard six-speed manual transmission delivers smooth shifting action, and they appreciate the exceptionally quick shifts the optional six-speed automatic provides. 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.
The cabin design of the Scion FR-S is driver-centric, reviewers say, but it is mostly constructed with plastics. Test drivers report that finding a good driving position is simple, and they say that even on lengthy drives the front seats are comfortable and supportive. A few critics point out that the FR-S' back seat and trunk are small for the class, but they note the space is more practical when the rear seats are collapsed. 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.