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Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 9.2
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Scion FR-S Review

The 2015 Scion FR-S earns a high ranking thanks to its excellent overall performance – specifically, its thrilling handling. This coupe is also on the low end of the class for ownership costs, boasts a solid list of standard features, and has good safety scores. 

Pros & Cons

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


  • Miniscule back seat

2015 Scion FR-S Overview

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

A used 2015 Scion FR-S is a great sports car if you're looking for vigorous performance in an affordable package. The FR-S handles with enthusiasm and comes with features that make it easy to live with day to day, like an infotainment system.

Used 2015 Scion FR-S Performance and Interior

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. A six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission are available, along with a standard Torsen limited-slip differential. Fuel economy estimates are good for the class, at 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway with the automatic transmission and 21/29 mpg city/highway with the manual.

The FR-S isn't the fastest car, but the peppy flat-four zips along nicely at high revs. For a sportier experience, find a manual FR-S and enjoy its precise, smooth shifts. Even the automatic shifts efficiently and makes the most of the engine power. What the FR-S lacks in outright hustle, it makes up for in fun and engaging handling. The suspension was retuned for 2015, resulting in more athletic corner carving and stable, responsive steering.   

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The 2015 FR-S seats four, though the rear seats are best left to children. The front seats have good side bolstering for ample support when cornering hard, but they remain comfortable enough for long drives. The second row has two complete LATCH child-seat attachments.

Nearly all features in the FR-S come standard, including keyless entry, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, and a touch-screen infotainment system. Some models may have an available BeSpoke audio system with voice command and navigation.

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Used 2015 Scion FR-S Prices

Average prices for a 2015 FR-S range from around $19,000 for a base model to about $22,500 for an automatic Release Series 1.0 model. What you end up paying will depend on the car’s mileage, condition, features, and location. Prices can also fluctuate with demand.

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We Did the Research for You: 25 Reviews Analyzed

To help you decide if a used Scion FR-S is right for you, we analyzed more than two dozen professional testimonies and compiled them into one Scion FR-S 2015 review. Our research and data also includes safety scores, reliability ratings, and ownership cost estimates.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs for 10 years, and our editorial staff has decades of combined experience in the automotive industry. We don’t accept expensive gifts or incentives from car companies, so you can trust that our reviews are impartial. Additionally, an outside team handles all the ad placement on our site.

How Reliable Is the 2015 Scion FR-S?

J.D. Power and Associates gives the 2015 FR-S a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is considered average for all cars on the road.

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How Safe Is the FR-S?

The 2015 FR-S earns 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 FR-S was also named a 2015 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It received the highest rating of Good in four tests and a score of Acceptable in the small overlap front test.

There are no driver assistance or advanced safety features, like parking sensors, a rearview camera, or adaptive cruise control, available in the 2015 FR-S.

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Should I Consider Another Used FR-S?

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 and refreshed the FR-S as the 86 for 2017. There were few changes over the first few years of the FR-S, so you can likely save money and get a similar vehicle by shopping for an older model. However, the inaugural 2013 version only had an optional touch screen. This was made standard for the 2014 model year. Toyota also retuned the suspension for 2015, resulting in better handling.

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Which Used Scion FR-S 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. Only 1,500 of these models were produced, so you'll likely only find Scion FR-S base models.

For extra peace of mind, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned FR-S. Scion provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all certified pre-owned 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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2015 Scion FR-S and Other Cars to Consider

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

Toyota developed the FR-S alongside Subaru, which released the very similar BRZ model. Both vehicles share the same 200-horsepower engine and crisp steering, resulting in comparable overall performance. The 2015 Subaru BRZ is available with amenities that you can't get in the FR-S, such as leather seats, heated seats, automatic climate control, and proximity-key entry. The Subaru will likely cost more, though. A below-average reliability rating also hurts the BRZ, making the Scion the overall better car. 

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

One of the few advantages the 2015 Nissan 370Z offers over the FR-S is an authoritative V6 engine that delivers impressive power. The Z handles with balance and precision, but the FR-S still emerges with better overall performance. Though the Nissan boasts above-average reliability, you can expect to pay thousands more to buy and own one – especially if you opt for a higher trim or a performance NISMO model. Inside, the 370Z has an abundance of hard plastics and a generally lackluster quality in contrast to the FR-S' simple refinement.

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

The 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata continues the car's tradition of razor-sharp handling and communicative steering. However, it's nearly matched in all those areas by the FR-S. Both cars have humble engine power and rear-wheel drive that still manages to zip them around with gumption. However, the Miata 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. However, if you want a more complete sports car, go with the Scion.

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