2016 Scion FR-S

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$25,305-$30,610
$24,040-$29,079
23 CITY / 32 HWY
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Scion's emphasis when it designed the FR-S was affordability and handling performance. The car's rear-wheel drive orientation and compact, lightweight platform and a torquey efficient powertrain that presents a very fun to drive package. Scion started by building the FR-S as a rear-wheel-drive platform from the ground up. The performance benefits of rear-wheel-drive are numerous but can most easily be summed up by the word "balance." Like much more expensive performance cars, the FR-S' "tossable" nature allows the driver to play with the limits of grip. Rear-wheel drive on its own though is not enough to create a car with world-class handling. Thankfully, the FR-S has the rest of the package as well. Weighing around 2,800 pounds, the car is extremely light. This lightness is aided by 4-wheel independent suspension and 17-inch wheels. In fact, the FR-S has been bestowed a kind of agility that is rare for performance cars costing two to three times as much. Though there was an obvious bias toward developing handling in the creation of the FR-S, that does not mean it's slow in a straight line. The 2.0L horizontally opposed engine was designed by Subaru, makes 200 horsepower and is capable of revving all the way to 7,500 RPM. Coupled with the car's light weight and a precise 6-speed manual or automatic transmission with rev-matching and paddle shifters, this engine is enough to give the Scion more than adequate straight-line thrust while still returning a combined 25 mpg when equipped with the manual and 28 mpg with the automatic. While the exterior of the FR-S is swoopy, low and evocative of classic sports cars, the interior features four seats. The rear seats can be folded forward to create more trunk room and a fairly usable interior for a car of its size. Though the car may at first seem slightly spartan, it is not devoid of amenities. A premium sound system with USB input and voice recognition is standard, as is air-conditioning, a 7-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, power windows and door locks and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. From a safety standpoint, the FR-S has plenty of electronic assistance. Anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control are all standard, though traction and stability control can be switched off for serious track work. The FR-S also comes standard with six airbags, including side curtain airbags and dual-stage advanced driver and passenger airbags.
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The Latest Scion Articles:

After 13 years, Toyota Motor announced today that it will discontinue its Scion youth nameplate and fold existing models into the Toyota brand, beginning in August with 2017 model-year vehicles.
Toyota Motor’s Scion youth brand unveiled the C-HR compact crossover concept this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Initially imagined as a youth-oriented sub-brand for Toyota Motor Corp., Scion has instead drawn the relatively limited interest of buyers young and not-so-young with products ranging from the fairly sporty tC to the funky yet utilitarian xB.
For 2015, the familiar xB returns with a new rearview camera, the tC coupe now offers paddle shifters and a bright orange/black limited-edition variant, and the tiny iQ carries over unchanged. The xD hatchback has been discontinued. Find out what's new for all of the 2015 Scion models...
Dubbed a so-called "youth" brand with models that actually appeal to a much broader demographic, Scion returns for 2014 with key new features across its lineup.
For the second consecutive year, Scion adds a new model to its lineup, and this one represents the polar opposite of the fuel-efficient Scion iQ that arrived for the 2012 model year. Find out what else is new for the entire 2013 Scion model lineup...
Critical Knowledge: "Hako" is Japanese for "box" Buyers may be able to customize roof displaysDashboard display reflects iPod, video-game lifestyleExterior cameras allow travel to be shared via InternetCar could accept standard or hybrid powertrainsIntroductionThe Scion Hako coup_ is only a concept for now, but appears imminently produceable and would give the brand a model to compete with the forthcoming Nissan Cube. It is no coincidence that Scion calls this coup_ the Hako, which is Japanese for "box.
Scion introduces its redesigned tC An all-new subcompact model, called the iQ, is just around the cornerHistoryScion, a Japanese brand, is a division of Toyota Motor Corporation. The brand was launched in 2002 as the automaker made changes to its product lineup in order to capture a larger share of younger buyers. Unlike the automaker's Toyota or Lexus brands, both marketed and sold through traditional methods, Scion took a different approach. Consumers were targeted through non-traditional marketing. In addition, each automotive model would have just one standard trim level (but there would be a long list of available accessories for customers to personalize their vehicles). Lastly, Scion models would be sold with a fixed price.
Critical Knowledge:2010 tC: With the exception of one new exterior color for 2010, the tC is essentially the same car it was in 2005 when it debuted.2010 xB: A new limited-edition model called the Release Series 7.0 makes its debut while the rest of the lineup receives only minor changes. These include improvements to the audio system and a new exterior color.2010 xD: Standard vehicle stability control and a newly standard 160-watt audio system with iPod connectivity round out the changes for 2010.
Critical Knowledge:Few if any changes are anticipated for Scion for 2009The 2009 Scion xB and tC models arrived in dealerships early, with sales beginning in May 2008The tC gets updated interior fabric2009 Scion xB:The xB, Toyota's so-called "party in a box" vehicle, launched its second generation for the 2008 model year with a new body, interior and engine. The car is unchanged for 2009; indeed, sales began in May with the only change being Stingray Metallic paint available instead of the former Nautical Blue Metallic color. The 2008 model year brought a new flair to the xB's boxy design, as well as the added punch from a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine with 158 hp, or a third more power than was available for the first-generation "xBox." The new engine provides 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway mileage ratings.