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2015 Scion FR-S Review

The 2015 Scion FR-S earns a high ranking in the sports car class thanks to its thrilling handling, solid list of standard features, and good safety score.

Pros & Cons

  • Thrilling handling
  • Plenty of standard features
  • Solid safety scores


  • Miniscule back seat and trunk




Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 9.2
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.2
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2015 Scion FR-S Overview

Is the 2015 Scion FR-S a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Scion FR-S is a great used sports car if you're looking for vigorous performance in an affordable package. The FR-S handles with enthusiasm and comes with features like an infotainment system that make it easy to live with on a daily basis. However, it has an incredibly tiny rear seat and trunk.

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We’ve researched 25 Scion FR-S reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2015 Scion FR-S?

Based on roughly 200 listings for the 2015 FR-S on our site, the average price is around $18,000. Prices range from about $15,400 to around $21,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Scion FR-S Cost to Own?

The 2015 FR-S tends to be more affordable than many of its competitors when it comes to gas, insurance, repair, and maintenance costs. You can expect to pay around $27,700 over five years for these expenses. By comparison, the 2015 Subaru BRZ and 2015 Nissan 370Z have higher costs by about $1,750 and $5,600, respectively. The 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata's five-year costs are lower by roughly $1,200.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New FR-S?

After the 2016 model year, the Scion FR-S was renamed the Toyota 86, falling in line with how the car is known everywhere outside of North America. The 2017 86 received an interior and exterior design refresh, a bump in engine horsepower, and a retuning of the suspension.

Unlike the 2015 FR-S, the 2019 Toyota 86 has a standard rearview camera and a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system. Still, a used FR-S coupe will likely save you thousands of dollars over a new 86. Prices for the 2015 FR-S range from around $15,000 to roughly $21,000, while the 2019 86 costs between about $26,500 and $32,500.

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You won’t be able to buy a new sports cars for the same price of a used 2015 FR-S. However, you can extend your search to sporty variants of some new subcompact cars or compact cars.

The 2019 Ford Fiesta ST starts at $21,340, a little more than what you'd pay for a loaded FR-S. This hot hatchback comes with a 197-horsepower turbocharged engine, a sport-tuned suspension, performance brakes, and a user-friendly infotainment system that features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It is only available with a manual transmission.

The fully redesigned 2019 Hyundai Veloster is a relative bargain at $18,500, but the base model comes with an underwhelming engine. Prepare to spend about $23,000 for the more powerful Turbo R-Spec trim. The Veloster has sharp and engaging handling and a long list of standard features, including lots of driver assistance technology.  

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Which Model Year of the Scion FR-S Is Best?

Known as the Toyota 86 outside of North America, the 2015 Scion FR-S is part of the car’s only generation, which spanned the 2013 through 2016 model years. Toyota discontinued the Scion brand, refreshed the model, and renamed it the Toyota 86 for 2017. There were few major changes over the lifespan of the FR-S, so you can likely save money and get a similar vehicle by shopping for an older model.

The inaugural 2013 FR-S did not come standard with a touch screen but offered it as optional equipment (this feature became standard for the 2014 FR-S). Toyota also retuned the suspension for 2015, resulting in better handling. Notable changes made for the swan-song 2016 FR-S include the introduction of a rearview camera and the addition of a larger 7-inch touch screen. If those features are important to you, focus your search on a 2016 model.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Scion FR-S?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 Scion FR-S a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2015 Scion FR-S Recalls

At the time of this writing, three open recalls apply to the 2015 FR-S. Some dealer-installed accessories may be improperly attached, increasing the risk of them falling off and causing injury or a crash. The key may be removed from the ignition when the car isn't in park, increasing the risk of rollaway and injury or a crash. Finally, load capacity figures on a certain label may be incorrect. Be sure that a Toyota dealer has addressed these issues before buying a used 2015 FR-S.

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Which Used Scion FR-S Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Scion FR-S is available in two trims: a base model and a limited edition Release Series 1.0, which comes with a lower suspension, a quad-tip exhaust, a sport front bumper, a trunk lid spoiler, and a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) steering wheel. A limited number of these models were produced, however, so you'll likely only find base models for sale.

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What Does Scion's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for Scion vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all Scion certified pre-owned vehicles, and Toyota extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date 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. 

Toyota manages Scion's CPO program, and it's about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Mazda, Honda, and Hyundai all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the FR-S?

The 2015 FR-S earned five out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with five stars in the side crash and rollover tests and four stars in the frontal crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the FR-S a 2015 Top Safety Pick. The car received the highest rating of Good in four tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the small overlap front test.

There are no driver assistance or advanced safety features available in the 2015 FR-S.

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2015 Scion FR-S Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Scion FR-S or 2015 Subaru BRZ?

Toyota developed the 2015 FR-S alongside the very similar 2015 Subaru BRZ. Both vehicles share the same 200-horsepower engine and crisp steering, resulting in comparable overall performance. The BRZ is available with amenities that you can't get in the FR-S, such as leather upholstery, heated front seats, automatic climate control, and proximity keyless entry. However, the FR-S has a lower average list price, lower five-year ownership costs, and a better reliability rating than the BRZ, making it a better choice overall than its Subaru look-alike.

Which Is Better: 2015 Scion FR-S or 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

Both the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata and FR-S have outstanding driving dynamics, highlighted by razor-sharp handling and communicative steering. Both are rear-wheel-drive sports cars with humble engine power, but each still manages to zip around with gumption. However, the Mazda has a plain and plastic-heavy interior, and it doesn't offer modern features like an infotainment system or navigation. If you're looking for a no-frills, sporty two-seat roadster, the Miata is usually the default choice. If you want a more complete sports car, go with the Scion.

Which Is Better: 2015 Scion FR-S or 2015 Nissan 370Z?

One of the few advantages the 2015 Nissan 370Z boasts over the FR-S is an authoritative V6 engine that delivers an impressive 332 horsepower. The Z handles with balance and precision, but the FR-S still emerges with more engaging driving dynamics. The Nissan's reliability is slightly better than the Scion's, but you can expect to pay thousands more to buy and own a Z, especially if you opt for a higher trim or a high-performance NISMO model. The 370Z's cabin has an abundance of hard plastics and a generally lackluster interior quality in contrast to the FR-S' simple refinement. You're likely better off going with the FR-S.

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2015 FR-S Performance

How Does the 2015 Scion FR-S Drive?

The rear-wheel-drive 2015 Scion FR-S is powered by a four-cylinder boxer engine that puts out 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, and a Torsen limited-slip differential is standard.

The FR-S isn't the fastest car, but its peppy flat-four engine helps it zip along nicely at high revs. The automatic transmission shifts efficiently and makes the most of the engine power. However, you’ll want to opt for the precise and smooth-shifting manual transmission for a sportier experience.

What this coupe lacks in muscle, it makes up for with fun and engaging handling. The suspension was retuned for 2015, resulting in more athletic corner carving and stable, responsive steering.   

Does the 2015 Scion FR-S Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 FR-S gets good fuel economy numbers for the class. The EPA estimates gas mileage at 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway for models with the automatic transmission. FR-S models with the manual gearbox return 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

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2015 FR-S Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 FR-S Seat?

The 2015 FR-S coupe seats four, though the rear seats are not suitable for adults. The front seats have ample support and remain comfortable enough for long drives. They also have good side bolstering to keep you in place around sharp turns. All models come with fabric upholstery and manually adjustable front seats, along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.  

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Scion FR-S?

The FR-S has two complete sets of rear LATCH child-seat connections. Some professional reviewers advised against using car seats in the FR-S because of how cramped the rear seats are, making it nearly impossible to fit certain types of car seats in. 

2015 Scion FR-S Features

The standard infotainment system in the FR-S comes with a 6.1-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker Pioneer stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, and HD Radio. Some models may have additional features such as navigation and voice command activation.

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2015 Scion FR-S Dimensions

Scion FR-S Cargo Space

The 2015 Scion FR-S has 6.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is low even for the sports car class. The second row folds down in one piece to facilitate carrying longer items.

2015 FR-S Length and Weight

The Scion FR-S is 13.9 feet long. It has a curb weight of 2,758 pounds with the manual transmission, or 2,806 pounds with the automatic.

Where Was the 2015 Scion FR-S Built?

The 2015 Scion FR-S was built in Japan.

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