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2013 Scion FR-S Review
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Scion is known for its boxy designs, but it breaks the mold with its 2013 Scion FR-S. This high-performance sports car is all new for 2013 and it's causing quite a stir. It's gorgeous design, unique engine, and unmatched driving experience is putting the FR-S at the top of the list for performance cars this year.
The Scion FR-S was designed in cooperation with Subaru, making the Subaru BRZ its twin. This four-seater, rear-wheel-drive sports coupe comes in just one trim, and with a short list of options. Most of the exciting features on the FR-S come standard. For a high-performance sports car, this is an affordable option. For anyone who wants performance and style at a reasonable price, Scion has come up with a very attractive option.
New For 2013
The 2013 Scion FR-S is all new this year. Some highlights include:
- High-performance, four-cylinder BOXER engine
- Wide base and low center of gravity improve handling
- Distinctive styling
- Voice-activated GPS Navigation
At first glance, the most noticeable feature of the 2013 Scion FR-S is its exterior design. The design of this coupe is sleek and stylish, with curved lines and a wide grille that sits close to the ground. The body is available in shiny, striking colors, including Raven, Asphalt, Ultramarine, Firestorm, Hot Lava, Aregento, and Whiteout.
Standard features include power outside mirrors, folding side mirrors, variable intermittent front windshield wipers, dual exhaust, projector beam headlamps with auto-off, daytime running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, and Michelin Primacy HP summer tires. Options include mudguards, paint protection film, alloy wheel locks, rear bumper applique, and all-season tires.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the 2013 Scion FR-S is relatively basic, without all of the bells and whistles that Scion drivers have become accustomed to. Instead, the FR-S focuses its efforts on performance. That being said, just about everything it does have comes standard, including power door locks, air conditioning, one-touch power windows, rear window defogger, leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel, 12V power outlets, interior air filtration, aluminum scuff plates, carpet floor mats, sport pedals, and a fold-flat rear seat. The seats are black cloth with red stitching and red accents. The short list of options includes only a carpet trunk mat and cargo tote.
The front seats are comfortable and offer plenty of room. In the rear, however, are the typical sports car back seats. They are basically for looks and the occasional ten-year old passenger. You won't find many adults willing to climb back there.
The dash sports a Pioneer standard audio system with eight speakers, Bluetooth, HD radio, USB port, iPod connectivity, and auxiliary audio jack. The only upgrade here is a BeSpoke Premium Audio system.
As one would expect with a sports car, the cargo space is limited at just 6.9 cubic feet; just about enough room for a small suitcase or a couple bags of groceries.
The 2013 Scion FR-S is equipped with the Star Safety System, which includes Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology. The FR-S also comes standard with driver and front passenger advanced airbag system, side curtain airbags, three-point seatbelts, child seat anchors, first aid kit, and tire pressure monitoring system.
The driving experience is where the 2013 Scion FR-S really shines. First, the rear-wheel drive is a pleasant surprise in this price range. The FR-S also sports a unique 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, direct and port-injected Boxer engine paired with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and dynamic rev management. This powertrain delivers 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque at 6600 rpm. Although there are more powerful engines out there, you won't be disappointed when it takes just 6.6 seconds to reach 60 mph.
As a true sports car, the steering handling is quick and precise, and with independent MacPherson struts in the front and independent double wishbone suspension in the back, the FR-S handles like a dream. The engineers even placed the engine farther back and lower, which results in a balanced car with a low center of gravity. It even has decent fuel economy, considering the powerful engine. The automatic transmission gets 25/34 mpg city/highway, while the manual comes in at 22/30 mpg city/highway. Any way you look at it, the 2013 Scion FR-S is an amazing car for the price.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Scion FR-S
- Ford Mustang
- Subaru BRZ
- Hyundai Genesis Coupe
- Mazda MX-5