2013 Scion FR-S
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How to feel 20-something again for just $26,085!
Yes…Toyota’s new Scion FR-S can make you feel years younger…if not decades!
Just get used to having people wave…give you the “thumbs-up…and come over for a closer look whenever you’re parked.
In short, everybody who saw this car loved it…and for good reason. It’s truly a sexy-looking little thing.
Scion’s FR-S is their new 2+2 rear-wheel-drive sports car, jointly developed with Subaru, who has their own version. Save for a few trim pieces, options, interior, and a suspension tweak or two, they’re virtual twins.
Let’s start with the size…and explain the 2+2. The FR-S is small….between a Mazda Miata and Honda Civic S in size. You’re going to be looking up at almost every other vehicle on the road. And while the FR-S does have two rear seats, they’re best used for throwing gear / luggage / laptops…as there’s virtually no actual useable legroom unless the front seats are at their most forward position.
And that’s OK…because the FR-S is really meant for one or two people to hit the road and just have fun.
And “fun” where this car shines! The FR-S is a real drivers’ car. Light, lithe and agile. Powered by a 2.0 liter, 200 HP, 4-cylinder “boxer” engine ( from Subaru ), the FR-S doesn’t exactly sound like a powerful design, but due to it’s light weight and nimble size, the FR-S delivers just fine, thank you, when you put your foot into it.
And here’s a happy surprise. Due to that light weight and efficient packaging, Scion’s FR-S has two distinct personalities. Drive it “normal” ( if you can ) and the FR-S will deliver you mileage in the low to mid 30’s….giving you a fashion-forward economy car. Hit it hard and you’ll have a feisty performer…and you’ll still get mileage in the mid-to-high 20’s. It’s rated at 25 city and 34 highway. We averaged a little over 31.
The FR-S comes standard with air, traction control, an 8-speaker sound system, and an old fashioned six-speed manual. Ours had a six-speed automatic with excellent paddle-shifters and both power and snow settings for the transmission….and listed for $26,085. If you go with the stick, you’ll save $1,100.
Don’t even think about texting and driving this car. With its’ fast and communicative steering, you’ can move over a lane with just a twitch of the wheel. Just put the phone down…drive the FR-S with two hands…and enjoy!