Used Car: 2013 Scion FR-S Review
According to the automotive press, the 2013 Scion FR-S has nimble handling, communicative steering and a precise shifter, which make it incredibly fun to drive.
Test drivers wrote that the 2013 FR-S' four-cylinder engine makes plenty of power and that acceleration in the lightweight FR-S is reasonably quick. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, which reviewers enjoyed for its sharp, short-throw shifter. A six-speed automatic is available. The 2013 FR-S achieves an EPA-estimated 22/30 mpg city/highway, which is on par with the fuel economy of other four-cylinder sports cars. Auto journalists were impressed with the athletic handling on the Scion FR-S, as well as its precise steering, strong brakes and overall extremely fun driving demeanor.
Reviewers largely liked the simplicity of the 2013 Scion FR-S' cabin, and they noted that while it doesn't look very fancy, everything is straightforward and simple. They reported that the front seats offer lots of support and that forward visibility is very good. There are two rear seats as well, which some critics noted can be folded down to add to the 6.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is fairly small for an affordable sports car. An eight-speaker Pioneer audio system, Bluetooth, HD Radio and a USB port are standard. A BeSpoke premium audio system is available.
The 2013 Scion FR-S was named our 2013 Best Sports Car for the Money when it was new.
Other Cars to Consider
The 2013 Mazda Miata earned praise for its nimble handling, communicative steering and precise manual gearbox. Like the FR-S, reviewers said the Miata's light weight means that its four-cylinder engine provides plenty of power, and that overall, the Miata is an absolute joy to drive.
Reviewers were impressed the 2013 Mini Cooper Coupe's razor-sharp handling, responsive steering and ample road grip. They added that models equipped with turbocharged engines feel potent and are incredibly fun to drive, and the two-seat Mini Coupe has a bit more trunk space than the FR-S.