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The 2015 Scion FR-S Is Popular for a Reason

Published on October 17 2014

The light, quick, and relatively affordable little rear-wheel drive coupe known as the 2015 Scion FR-S may remind buyers of Mazda’s RX-7. The FR-S coupe was developed in collaboration with Subaru (their model is known as the BRZ), and although both offer sharp handling, sleek-styling, and an overall “raw” driving experience, the FR-S is the more affordable alternative.

A sub-brand of Toyota Motor Corporation, Scion vehicles are built in large part to appeal to Generation-Y consumers. The Scion FR-S can be considered as this generation’s Datsun 240Z, is notably fun to drive, and offers good fuel economy ratings considering its nature. For the 2015 model year, the sporty 2+2 coupe gets a retuned suspension, along with a few styling updates.  

Under the hood of the 2015 Scion FR-S, buyers will find a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine generating 200 horsepower at 7,000 rpm, and 151 pound-feet of torque between 6,400-6,600 rpm. The vehicle, as mentioned earlier, is RWD, and includes stability and traction control, and a limited slip differential. The engine is coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission, and a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters is optional. 

What can you expect from Scion’s sporty coupe? It is not an overly powerful vehicle, however the pleasure of driving the FR-S is more related to the details: the snarl-like sound as you rev the engine at a high rpm, its nimble movements, and due to a retuned suspension the vehicle is more stable in corners. 

Fuel economy ratings for the sporty coupe equipped with the manual transmission are 10.9/7.9 litres per 100 kilometres when driving in the city and on the highway respectively. The combined rating (city/highway) is 9.6 L/100km, and with the automatic, ratings are slightly lower, with a combined 8.4 L/100km. 

In terms of safety, the coupe has received the TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and the top 5-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

Inside the vehicle, although not incredibly spacious, the driver is likely to find it quite cozy. Owners should slip right into the sport bucket seats without an issue, and the low seating arrangement, (after all, the coupe has a ground clearance of 4.9 inches), adds to the overall sporty vibe. Seating is also comfortable, and there is sufficient legroom for taller drivers. The rear seats, on the other hand, are best saved for children, or as additional cargo space (by folding them). 

As for features, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, keyless entry, power windows, cruise control and a 6.1-inch audio display are standard, among other elements. 

The 2015 Scion FR-S is a vehicle worth testing. In fact, for consumers that enjoy these types of sporty little RWD cars, the FR-S practically demands to be driven. It’s simplistic nature and “raw” vibe alone are enough to charm, and do expect to get more than just a few looks and nods of approval from passersbys.

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