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2015 Scion FR-S Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2015 Scion FR-S was new.


Performance: 9.2

According to test drivers, the 2015 Scion FR-S proves that sports cars don’t need a lot of power to provide an exciting driving experience. Critics say that the FR-S offers precise steering, and that a newly revised suspension system improves handling that was already impressively athletic.

  • "The FR-S is extremely entertaining to drive. It nimbly zips around turns, yet it's not intimidating to drive hard like a lot of high-horsepower, rear-drive coupes can be." -- Edmunds 
  • "The only way you can tell the difference between the 2015 Scion FR-S and last year's model is to go to a racetrack and push them to the limits. There, you'll discover what we did: while the 2014 is more playful, the 2015 FR-S is faster." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "For enthusiasts on a budget, the Scion FR-S is a dream come true, offering crisp, well-balanced rear-wheel-drive dynamics, precise steering and an affordable pricetag. It's also well-equipped and easy on gas." -- Left Lane News
  • "Having the fastest, most enjoyable car doesn't mean having the most powerful or the priciest. The FR-S is what budget-themed performance is all about." -- Motor Trend (2013) 

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Scion FR-S has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic transmission is optional. The 2015 Scion FR-S gets up to 25/34 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class.

Some test drivers note that the FR-S doesn’t offer particularly thrilling acceleration. Still, most agree that its four-cylinder engine is responsive, and the FR-S earns praise for being easier to drive than a number of more powerful rear-wheel drive sports cars. The FR-S’ manual transmission pleases critics with its smooth shift action, while the optional automatic also impresses with its exceptionally quick gear changes.

  • With its small and moderately powered engine, the 2015 Scion FR-S is not a car built for sizzling straight-line performance. Its 2.0-liter engine revs willingly and lets out a nice little snarl at high rpm, but we're still talking about outright acceleration that's no better than that of a modern V6 family sedan." -- Edmunds 
  • You don't buy this car because of the engine. You buy it because you don't mind the engine given the excellence of everything else." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "The smooth six-speed manual transmission's weighty feel invites accurate rev-matched shifts. The paddle-actuated automatic gearbox does it all for you with impressive hastiness, particularly in Sport mode (engineers wouldn't divulge actual shift times), and should easily appease the growing number of driving enthusiasts who toil through gridlock on a daily basis." -- Motor Trend (2013)
  • "We blipped the throttle and the engine response was instantaneous. Running through the gears, the manual transmission had a mechanical throw making it feel very connected to the gearbox." -- Autoblog (2013)

Handling and Braking

Test drivers say that a newly revised suspension makes the 2015 Scion FR-S feel more planted around turns than the outgoing model, and they praise its accurate steering and nimble handling, which make the FR-S remarkably fun to drive.

  • "The 2015 FR-S preserves its tail-happy character, but now it only breaks loose when you really want it to -- not when you're, say, in second gear and trying to concentrate while winding around the tricky, sweeping esses at the back of Streets of Willow, or after climbing the hill and braking hard for the tight, bumpy right-hander." -- AutoWeek  
  • "It's light and nimble, so you look for excuses to take it for a spin and drive it a little farther or harder than you need to because it's so entertaining. The FR-S defines what sports car driving is all about." -- Edmunds  
  • "The 2014 Scion FR-S loved oversteer, but the new model feels much more stable in corners, allowing the driver to get into the power earlier. Don't worry: A good driver can still make the car's rear end slide out, but it's the driver making the decision, not the car, and that's a huge difference." -- Kelley Blue Book 

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