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MSRP: $24,700 - $25,800
Invoice: $23,465 - $24,510
MPG: 28.3 City / 36.2 Hwy
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Scion FR-S Interior

Test drivers say the interior of the 2014 Scion FR-S isn’t fancy, but its simple design complements the car’s emphasis on sporty driving dynamics. One reviewer notes that road noise is audible in the cabin, but this is a common complaint of cars in this class. The front seats are extremely supportive and comfortable, auto writers say, while the back seat is a mere formality with very little room for passengers. There aren’t a ton of tech features, test drivers note, but they say that’s appropriate given the car’s focus on performance. The gauges and controls are clearly marked and easy to interpret, they add, and the no-nonsense layout limits driver distraction.

  • "The interior of the 2014 Scion FR-S is as big as it needs to be but no bigger, resulting in a cabin that feels cozy but comfortable like a fitted T-shirt, at least it is for those sitting in the incredibly supportive front seats.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “There is, however, a fair amount of road noise transmitted through the cabin, especially on concrete-surfaced freeways." -- Edmunds
  • "The FR-S' cabin is a highly commendable driver's domain that's all about athletic ergonomics. It's plain and simple, with black plastic trim and leather and a few red inserts on nearly all surfaces." -- Motor Trend (2013)
  • "The cabin of the FR-S isn't opulent, but it is a comfortable fit." -- Autoblog (2013)

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Seating

The FR-S seats four and comes with cloth upholstery and a leather-trimmed steering wheel that tilts and telescopes. Reviewers say the front seats are quite comfortable and well-bolstered. Visibility is good, they note, and it’s easy to find a suitable driving position thanks to the adjustable seat. However, like many sports cars, reviewers say that the back seat is extremely cramped and barely usable.

  • "The FR-S's front seats offer firm support for hard driving, but remain comfortable over long-distance travel as well. Drivers of just about any size can find a suitable driving position, and the low-profile hood allows an expansive view of the road ahead." -- Edmunds
  • "In contrast, the rear seats offer very limited headroom and nearly nonexistent legroom, limiting their use to desperate situations." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Slide behind the wheel of the first-ever rear-wheel-drive Scion and settle into the Recaro-style seats. Severely sculpted, with black fabric, red stitching, and prominent bolsters, they immediately telegraph the performance intentions of this 2+2-seat coupe." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • "Steering wheel placement, pedal spacing, and bucket seat location are ideally attuned to the driving enthusiast." -- Motor Trend (2013)
  • "The Recaro lookalike bucket seats are mounted low, and they offer plenty of torso-friendly bolstering and support. The cloth seats are manually adjustable for height, seatback rake and distance from the wheel, so we didn't have any problem getting comfortable." -- Autoblog (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 Scion FR-S comes standard with an eight-speaker Pioneer audio system, which includes a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, a USB port, Bluetooth, HD Radio and an auxiliary input. Also standard are cruise control, keyless entry and power locks and windows. A premium BeSpoke audio system with navigation is available.

Reviewers say that the gauges are centrally located and easy to read. While test drivers point out that there aren’t a ton of tech features compared to rivals like Ford Focus ST, they like the FR-S’ functional interior design. Still, a few reviewers point out that the audio system is confusing to operate.

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  • “The FR-S's cockpit looks a little bare compared with other compact sport cars in its price range (like the feature-laden Ford Focus ST), yet it also feels like a genuine back-to-basics driver's car. A standard touchscreen-based sound system interface is new this year, but opting for the upgraded BeSpoke system is still the way to get navigation functionality and smartphone app integration." -- Edmunds
  • “Though compact, the interior feels smartly designed, excluding the confusing audio system, with nice materials elevating it above typical Scion fare." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "A white-faced analog tachometer, with a 7,500 rpm redline, takes center stage in the primary instrument cluster. There is a 160-mph analog speedometer to its left and a coolant temperature and fuel level gauge to the right. All are easy to read." -- Autoblog (2013)

Cargo

The Scion FR-S has 6.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up, which is more than the Mazda Miata offers, but less than you’ll find in the Ford Mustang. While test drivers note that the FR-S’ trunk is on the small side, some say that with the rear seats folded, there’s enough room for two golf bags.

  • "Trunk space is also small at 6.9 cubic feet, although folding down the mostly useless backseat expands cargo-carrying abilities considerably." -- Edmunds
  • "Flipping down the rear seatbacks expands the small 6.9-cubic-foot trunk creating a useful, flat cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “With the rear seat folded, there's enough room in its trunk for a full set of mounted wheels and tires, a gas can, tools, and a helmet. Take all that out … and you'll have space for two golf bags.” -- Motor Trend (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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