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2016 Scion FR-S Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Scion FR-S was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.6

The 2016 Scion FR-S features a driver-oriented cabin, according to automotive writers. They say the interior uses adequate materials but contains few upscale features. Critics say the audio system is intuitive and the front seats are comfortable and supportive, but they note that the rear seats and trunk are tiny.

  • "The 2016 Scion FR-S looks inside to find room for improvement, and finds some. The dash gets a few tasteful upgrades that improve the appearance, and the audio system sports an all-new interface that greatly improves on the old one, and a standard rearview camera." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Scion has made few concessions to style or luxury in the 2016 FR-S cabin. It's an environment that emphasizes driving, punctuated only by a blend of Toyota and Subaru switchgear and materials. The FR-S's cockpit looks a little bare compared with other compact sports cars in its price range, yet it also feels like a genuine back-to-basics driver's car." -- Edmunds
  • "The cabin of the FR-S isn't opulent, but it is a comfortable fit." -- Autoblog (2013)
  • "The FR-S' cabin is a highly commendable driver's domain that's all about athletic ergonomics. It's plain and simple, with black plastic trim and leather and a few red inserts on nearly all surfaces." -- Motor Trend (2013)

Seating

The 2016 FR-S seats four and features cloth upholstery. Test drivers say the front seats are supportive and comfortable, even on long drives. They add that finding a relaxed driving position is easy and that forward visibility is great. Critics agree that the back seats are too cramped for adults, which is a common complaint of rear seats in this class.

  • "The FR-S's front seats are comfortable for long-distance trips while providing firm support for hard driving. Drivers of just about any size can find a suitable driving position, and the low-profile hood allows an expansive view of the road ahead." -- Edmunds
  • "There's no denying that there's not a huge amount of room inside a 2016 FR-S, but it's only the tallest drivers who would call it cramped. Not only is there good headroom and legroom, but Scion has cleverly carved out space for just about everything you'll want to have with you." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • To Toyota's credit, the rear seat back folds flat to increase utility, but the space provided for humans is marginal at best." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "The Recaro lookalike bucket seats are mounted low, and they offer plenty of torso-friendly bolstering and support. The cloth seats are manually adjustable for height, seatback rake and distance from the wheel, so we didn't have any problem getting comfortable." -- Autoblog (2013)
  • "Slide behind the wheel of the first-ever rear-wheel-drive Scion and settle into the Recaro-style seats. Severely sculpted, with black fabric, red stitching, and prominent bolsters, they immediately telegraph the performance intentions of this 2+2-seat coupe." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the FR-S include Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, a rearview camera and an eight-speaker Pioneer audio system with a 7-inch touch screen. Scion’s voice-activated BeSpoke audio system with navigation and smartphone integration is available.

The FR-S’ updated touch-screen audio system, which has a new interface and larger screen than in previous years, earns praise from reviewers, who note that it now resembles the user-friendly infotainment systems found in other Toyota vehicles.

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  • "The 2016 Scion FR-S comes standard with a touch-screen audio system, and has since its introduction. However, this year it borrows the interface we've been enjoying on many of its Toyota siblings, and it's a huge improvement." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Scion has updated the touchscreen-based audio system this year, so there's probably less of a reason this year to go for the upgraded BeSpoke system unless you really want navigation and smartphone app integration." -- Edmunds
  • "A white-faced analog tachometer, with a 7,500 rpm redline, takes center stage in the primary instrument cluster. There is a 160-mph analog speedometer to its left and a coolant temperature and fuel level gauge to the right. All are easy to read." -- Autoblog (2013)

Cargo

The 2016 FR-S has below-average trunk space for the class, at 6.9 cubic feet. Automotive writers point out that folding down the rear seats can expand the FR-S’ cargo capacity by a significant margin.

  • Trunk space is minuscule at 6.9 cubic feet, although folding down the mostly useless rear seat expands cargo-carrying abilities considerably." -- Edmunds
  • And with the admittedly marginal rear seats folded, you have enough trunk and stowage area for the set of racing rubber you want to use on track days." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • With the rear seat folded, there's enough room in its trunk for a full set of mounted wheels and tires, a gas can, tools, and a helmet. Take all that out … and you'll have space for two golf bags." -- Motor Trend (2013)

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