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2015 Scion FR-S

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/12/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Scion FR-S is unchanged except for the addition of a shark-fin antenna.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Scion FR-S is a rear-drive sports coupe that Toyota co-developed with Subaru. Related to the Subaru BRZ, it offers more customization options thanks to the long list of accessories offered by Scion. The only engine available is a high-revving 2.0-liter flat-four rated at 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque, paired to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Fuel economy is surprisingly good for a performance car, at 25/34 mpg city/highway with the automatic and 22/30 mpg with the manual.


Handling and balance are the 2015 Scion FR-S’ strongest suits thanks to its well-tuned chassis, light weight, low center of gravity, connected steering, and excellent stability. The car responds well to the driver and turns into corners extremely well; however, its tail-happy nature means it’s easy to drift the FR-S through corners. While it isn’t a powerful car, the FR-S’ high-revving flat-four makes it easy to drive with much of its torque available throughout the rev range. Its top-notch steering is quick and light, allowing the driver to toss the car around with ease.

Like all Scions, customizability remains a key feature in the 2015 FR-S. Options include BeSpoke audio with navigation as well as performance upgrades from TRD such as a performance air intake and exhaust, lowering springs, sway bar kit, and 19-inch wheels. Trunk space is minimal, with only 6.9 cubic feet of volume, which can be increased by folding the down the rear seat. Passenger space is only good for two since there is little in terms of head- and legroom in the back.

The NHTSA gave the 2015 Scion FR-S a five-star overall safety rating (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS evaluations, the car earned a good score on four categories and acceptable in the small overlap front test (good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

Among affordable sports cars, the Scion FR-S remains a good buy because it offers excellent driving dynamics in compact rear-drive package that starts at around $26,000. In 2013 First Drive review, we said that the car stays planted through corners, has “extraordinarily precise turn-ins,” and is built around the driver. However, the car comes with less standard features than its twin, the Subaru BRZ, and rides much firmer. In a comparison test between six affordable two-door sports cars, the FR-S placed second due to its less comfortable ride and lack of standard features when compared to the BRZ. Additionally, the car’s tail-happy natures means that it drifts easily, making it harder to take turns smoothly through canyon roads or at a race track.

You’ll Like

  • Excellent driving dynamics
  • Customizable
  • Surprisingly good fuel economy

You Won’t Like

  • Useless rear seats
  • Small trunk
  • Has fewer standard features than its twin, the Subaru BRZ

Key Competitors

  • Subaru BRZ
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • Ford Mustang
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI


4 star


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