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2014 Scion FR-S Review

The 2014 Scion FR-S maintains one of the highest spots in our rankings, thanks to its sharp handling, well-equipped cabin, and impressive fuel economy. Still, it’s not the roomiest or most powerful car in its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Deft handling and precise steering
  • Good fuel economy
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Most features come standard
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Not as powerful as rivals




Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 9.2
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.2
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2014 Scion FR-S Overview

Is the 2014 Scion FR-S a Good Used Car?

The FR-S is a great corner-carving sports car with fuel costs that won’t eat into your wallet. The front seats are especially comfortable, but rear-seat legroom is almost nonexistent – as with many coupes. There are plenty of features to keep you and your ride-along comfortable up front. Don’t expect to win any speed contests with the FR-S, though.

Used 2014 Scion FR-S Performance and Interior

The only engine option for the FR-S is a 200-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder. It’s available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission. Although the FR-S’ acceleration is brisk, it can’t match other sports cars. The rear-wheel-drive FR-S has a low center of gravity, which contributes to its jackrabbit handling. It also boasts accurate power steering and strong brakes, making it an enjoyable car to drive on twisting back roads. Fuel economy is very good for the class, at 22-24 mpg in the city and 30-33 mpg on the highway.

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Available only as a coupe, the Scion FR-S seats four, with standard cloth upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The limited-edition Monogram trim level comes with leather seats, heated front seats, and a rear-seat armrest. The front seats are on the firm side, but they are supportive on long trips. Expectedly, the rear seats offer little in the way of legroom, making them better for storage than seating. The FR-S has a 6.9-cubic-foot trunk, which is enough space for a large suitcase and a carry-on bag.

Standard features include an eight-speaker audio system, a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary audio inputs, HD Radio, keyless entry, cruise control, and air conditioning. A BeSpoke audio system is available with the Scion FR-S base trim, and it features a navigation system and smartphone integration. Monogram models add a proximity key, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and the BeSpoke audio system. In all models, instruments are legible and easy to work with, but audio controls are not as user-friendly.

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Used 2014 Scion FR-S Prices

A base Scion FR-S with a manual transmission has an average price of about $17,400. Add an automatic transmission, and you’re looking at around $18,100. Prices change with demand and vary depending on the vehicle's location, condition, and mileage.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Scion FR-S?

The 2014 Scion FR-S has a reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power, which is just below the class average. Three is considered an average score among all vehicles.

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How Safe Is the FR-S?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2014 Scion FR-S a Top Safety Pick, giving it a score of Good in all tests except the small overlap front test, in which it scored an Acceptable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the FR-S a five-star overall rating.

The FR-S comes standard with traction control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and stability control. It also has a Torsen limited-slip differential, which helps it maintain control around turns. The FR-S lacks a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and other driver assistance features.

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Should I Consider Another Used FR-S?

Scion introduced the FR-S for the 2013 model year. After the 2016 model year, the FR-S was absorbed into its parent company, Toyota. For 2014, a touch-screen display became standard. The 2015 model year brought suspension adjustments, automatic headlights, and minor cosmetic updates. If these are important upgrades for you, go for the 2015 FR-S. Otherwise, a 2013 or 2014 model offers more bang for the buck.

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Which Used Scion FR-S Is Right for Me?

The Scion FR-S was mainly sold in the base trim. It offers plenty of standard features and an available BeSpoke audio system with navigation and smartphone integration. A limited edition model, called the Scion FR-S Monogram, comes with the BeSpoke system. It’s also equipped with a proximity key, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Monogram models are rare, so if you can find one, go for it. Otherwise, the Scion FR-S base trim will suit most needs.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned FR-S. Scion provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all CPO vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Scion must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Scion warranty page carefully.

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2014 Scion FR-S and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Scion FR-S or 2014 Subaru   BRZ?

There are few differences between the FR-S and its doppelganger, the Subaru BRZ. The sports car twins are the result of a joint venture between Scion’s parent company – Toyota – and Subaru. Both models have the same powertrain and identical interior dimensions. If you’re looking to save money, consider the FR-S for its lower average price. However, the BR-Z comes standard with more features, including navigation and smartphone app integration.

Which Is Better: 2014 Scion FR-S or 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

The rear-wheel-drive Mazda MX-5 Miata is a spunky two-seater convertible. Its spry acceleration and sharp handling are comparable to those of the FR-S. The Scion is a little more practical, with slightly more cargo space and two rear seats (which the Miata doesn’t have). The base MX-5 Miata comes with power windows but not power door locks. Other features that you’ll get with the FR-S but not the Miata include Bluetooth, cruise control, and keyless entry. Still, the FR-S is not available as a drop top, which is reason enough for some buyers to go with the Miata.

Which Is Better: 2014 Scion FR-S or 2014 Chevrolet Camaro?

The FR-S and Chevy Camaro are two different kinds of sports cars. The Camaro is a larger coupe with more of a focus on power than handling. As a result, you may find it feels less athletic than the FR-S. The Camaro gives you plenty of power, especially with its available V8 engines. It also has higher safety and reliability ratings, as well as a larger trunk. Still, the FR-S is the better choice overall. It delivers superior fuel economy and more standard features, including a USB port and a touch-screen display. With the Camaro, you’ll have to search out a higher trim to get those features.

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