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2013 Scion FR-S Review

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/31/2013

Sum Up

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When Scion entered the United States market in 2004, its goal was to attract a youthful demographic, with futuristic-looking vehicles that were directed toward a niche of young buyers. With the arrival of the 2013 Scion FR-S, it appears as though Scion is finally starting to broaden its horizons, as the car has the good looks and strong performance to match up with the top sports cars in its category.

New For 2013

After years of teasing, the Toyota side of the Subaru/Toyota collaboration finally arrives in the U.S. as the Scion FR-S. The spiritual successor to the AE86 Corolla, the FR-S is an affordable, lightweight rear-drive 2+2 coupe, tipping the scales at just over 2700 pounds. Although it shares its 2.0L boxer flat-four engine with the Subaru BRZ, each car has unique suspension tuning.

Exterior

The exterior of the 2013 Scion FR-S is remarkable for its bold appearance. A striking exterior is nothing new for Scion, but the FR-S looks far more confident than some of the company’s more eclectic designs. With a long nose, and curved sides, the car is almost the polar opposite of the cars manufactured by Scion in past years. The car has a ground clearance of just 4.9 inches, as well as 17-inch wheels. These give the 2013 Scion FR-S a low-to-the-ground look that should appeal to the performance-oriented customer base. Prospective buyers can choose from seven different color options, including bold ones like hot lava and firestorm.

Interior & Cargo

The 2013 Scion FR-S is unlikely to attract buyers for its cargo capacity, as there is very little room for either passengers or cargo. Technically, the vehicle seats four, although the leg room in the rear is so small that only the smallest infant children will be comfortable. Those in the front seats will be in for a comfortable ride, with an adequate 41.9 inches of legroom. However, rear passengers will have to deal with a scant 29.9 inches. Luggage and cargo capacity total just 6.9 cubic feet.

Safety

The safety features of the 2013 Scion FR-S include a panic alarm, first-aid kit, and occupancy sensor. Scion has also included traction control, stability control, and anti-lock brakes. There are also front, side, and side curtain airbags.

2013 Scion FR-S© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 Scion FR-S

Driving Experience

The 2013 Scion FR-S offers an exceptional driving experience, particularly when compared with other cars in the entry-level sports car category. The car is available in either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic, with the manual likely to appeal to the more traditional sports car clientele. The front-engine, rear-wheel drive comes with one available engine. It is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. The car gets 200 horsepower, as well as 151 lb-ft of torque.

Handling is responsive and the car accelerates quite well. Although it has less horsepower than other sports cars, the FR-S manages to succeed in performance situations. In fact, from a standing still, it is estimated that the 2013 Scion FR-S can go from zero to 60 in an adequate 6.2-6.8 seconds. Those who conduct large amounts of highway driving should be pleased with the standard cruise control. The 2013 Scion FR-S is also a very drivable sports car, and the ride is surprisingly smooth. The steering radius is 17.7 feet, making the 2013 Scion FR-S a capable vehicle for city driving. For a sports car, the FR-S offers better gas mileage than one might expect, with estimates of 22-25/30-34 mpg city/highway. Because of the strong fuel economy figures, the 2013 Scion FR-S is a great choice for youthful buyers who are looking for a car that they can commute in while still having a good time.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Scion FR-S

  • Honda Civic Si
  • Hyundai Genesis
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata

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