2016 Scion FR-S Review

2016 Scion FR-S photo
  1. Original MSRP$25,305 - $30,610
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)22/30 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesCoupe

2016 Scion FR-S Review

  • Overview
  • Specs
  • Safety
2016 Scion FR-S photo
  1. Original MSRP$25,305 - $30,610
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)22/30 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesCoupe
CARFAX RatingsOverall Rating


By Matt Keegan (Last Updated 12/11/2017)

The 2016 Scion FR-S is a compact sports car and a collaboration of Toyota and Subaru that has also yielded the Subaru BRZ. This rear-wheel drive sport coupe is sold in one trim level.

The rear-wheel drive Scion FR-S is one of a handful of models sold by Toyota’s sub-brand. Built in partnership with Subaru, the compact FR-S and the similar Subaru BRZ bring a lightweight alternative to the market, a no-frills model sold in one trim level with package and accessory options available.


Place a sports coupe on a compact frame and keep the long hood and short deck and you have the starting point for the Scion FR-S. This model has a distinctive front fascia with teardrop-shaped headlamps and LED daytime running lights. The FR-S features a hexagonal lower grille opening flanked by rectangular incisions housing the fog lamps.

Every model comes equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels. Upswept character lines along the rocker panel neatly parallel the oblique roof line, and each point to the raised rear deck. At the rear, the Scion FR-S is embellished with sport tail lamps.

A pair of exhaust finishers are found on either side of the rear backup light and the third brake light.

Scion expects buyers to customize their rides and offers mudguards, paint protection film, a rear lip spoiler and striping packages as extras. Performance parts such as lowering springs, a performance air intake, a performance exhaust system, a sway bar kit and a quick shifter kit are available through Toyota Racing Development (TRD).


Frills are few in the 2016 FR-S’ interior. However, all models come with generously bolstered front seats with red trim and stitching. Both front seats are very comfortable and will keep you planted as you navigate the twistiest of roads.

The rear seat is essentially useless, offering no legroom with either the driver or front passenger seat pushed back. And that’s not hard to do with anyone who is 6 feet tall. Folding down the rear seat provides much needed storage room as the tiny trunk measures only 6.9 cubic feet.

The instrument panel is a simple design, featuring analog displays that include a 160-mph speedometer and a tachometer, in addition to fuel and oil pressure readouts. The tachometer also includes digital speedometer, odometer and gearing information. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is devoid of secondary controls.

Every model comes equipped with remote entry, aluminum scuff plates, push-button start, metal pedals, a tilt and telescopic steering column, air conditioning, power accessories, cup holders, in-door storage compartments with drink holders and an 8-speaker Pioneer audio system. A color display provides climate and media control information, however no navigation system is available. Between the seats is the transmission shifter and driving mode selector for Sport, Snow and VSC Sport.


Every Scion FR-S is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine. This engine is a powerhouse with the pistons that are horizontally opposed for better performance and reduced shudder. The engine uses Toyota’s DS4 fuel-injection system that combines direct injection with port injection for enhanced power.

The naturally aspirated Scion is rated at 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters is available. This model is EPA-rated as high as 25/34 mpg city/highway and takes premium grade gasoline.

As tested, the Scion FR-S equipped with the automatic transmission provided ample verve, except when operated in manual mode. The shift points seem more subdued in manual, but not so when operating as an automatic. The engine is noisy, but not unpleasantly so. The engine revs high, delivers power adequate to the body’s mass and handling on twisty roads is very good. Positive steering feedback and firm brake support are evident. Switching to the VSC Sport drive mode cancels stability control and provides enhanced shifting.


A basic color display controlling the climate and audio functions is included with the Scion FR-S. However, this model does not offer satellite radio or a navigation system, such as the Entune package common to the Toyota brand. A BeSpoke audio with navigation system is offered as a $900 dealer-installed item.

All models come with a backup camera and an eight-speaker Pioneer audio system. Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack are included.


The Scion FR-S is a Top Safety Pick award recipient from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). All models come equipped with traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist and a suite of air bags. No advanced safety features such as blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control or forward collision warning are available with this model.


The 2016 Scion FR-S is priced from $26,100 when equipped with the manual transmission and $27,200 with the automatic transmission. With striping and paint packages taken, this model comes in at just above $28,000.

The FR-S is similarly priced to the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, another rear-wheel drive option to the larger Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger. Its price is also slightly above the front-wheel drive Ford Focus ST and the rear-wheel drive Mazda MX-5 Miata.


Buyers desiring a rear-wheel drive sports car without the girth of a Camaro or a Mustang might find the Scion FR-S or the similar Subaru BRZ to their liking. Slow sales for the two may mean an eventual canceling of the pair, but with Toyota standing behind an overhauled Scion sub-brand, the FR-S may yet survive.

Specs & Features


  • Available colors

  • Raven
  • Asphalt
  • Steel
  • Halo
  • Hot Lava
  • Oceanic
  • Ablaze
  • Body style

  • Coupe
  • Available exterior features

  • Rear Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Mirror Color: Body-color
  • Exhaust Tip Color: Chrome
  • Exhaust: Dual Tip
  • Grille Color: Black
  • Window Trim: Black
  • Front Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Door Handle Color: Body-color
  • Wheel and tire type

  • Wheel Diameter: 17.0 X 7.0 Inches
  • Tire Type: 215/45r17
  • Dimensions

  • Width Without Mirrors: 69.9 Inches
  • Ground Clearance: 4.9 Inches
  • Width: 69.9 Inches
  • Length: 166.7 Inches
  • Height: 50.6 Inches
  • Wheelbase: 101.2 Inches
  • Rear Track Width: 60.6 Inches
  • Curb Weight: 2758 Pounds
  • Front Track Width: 59.8 Inches


  • Comfort/convenience features

  • Air Filtration
  • Floor Mats: Front/Rear
  • Power Locks
  • Shift Knob Trim: Leather
  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Steering Wheel Trim: Leather
  • Interior Accents: Metallic-tone
  • Foot Pedal Trim: Aluminum
  • Door Sill Trim: Aluminum/Scuff Plate
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones: Single
  • Floor Material: Carpet
  • Floor Mat Material: Carpet
  • Telematics systems

  • Wireless Data Link: Bluetooth
  • Entertainment

  • Antenna Type: Mast
  • Auxiliary Audio Input: Bluetooth/USB/IPod/iPhone/Jack
  • Premium Brand: Pioneer
  • Radio: AM/FM/HD Radio/Touch Screen Display
  • Radio Data System
  • Total Speakers: 8
  • Watts: 300
  • Seats

  • 6-Way Manual Driver Seat Adjustments
  • Sport Bucket Front Seats
  • 4-Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustments
  • One-piece-Folding Rear Seat
  • Rear Seat
  • Upholstery: Cloth
  • Dimensions

  • Passenger Volume: 76.5 Cubic Feet
  • Max Seating: 4
  • Front Hip Room: 53.1 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room: 54.5 Inches
  • Rear Hip Room: 45.3 Inches
  • Rear Legroom: 29.9 Inches
  • Front Legroom: 41.9 Inches
  • Front Headroom: 37.1 Inches
  • Rear Headroom: 35 Inches
  • Standard Seating: 4
  • Seating Rows: 2
  • Cargo Volume: 6.9 Cubic Feet
  • Rear Shoulder Room: 51.7 Inches


  • Drivetrain

  • Axle Ratio: 4.10
  • Fuel Economy

  • Fuel Type: Gasoline
  • City (MPG): 22
  • Highway (MPG): 30
  • Combined (MPG): 25
  • Engine

  • Engine Type: 4 Cylinders
  • Displacement(liters): 2.0
  • Horsepower: 200
  • Torque: 151
  • Transmission

  • Transmission Type: 6-speed Manual
  • Type: M
  • Gears: 6
  • Performance Specifications

  • Aerodynamic Drag: 0.27
  • Turning Circle: 36.1
  • Suspension

  • Rear Suspension Type: Multi-link
  • Front Suspension Type: Lower Control Arms
  • Rear Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar: Diameter 18 mm
  • Front Shock Type: Gas
  • Rear Spring Type: Coil
  • Tuned Suspension: Sport
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar: Diameter 14 mm
  • Front Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Rear Shock Type: Gas
  • Front Strut Tower Bar
  • Front Spring Type: Coil
  • Front Struts: MacPherson


  • Warranty information

  • New Car Basic Warranty: 36 Months/36,000 Miles
  • Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 60 Months/60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion Perforation: Rust: 60 Months


NHTSA Ratings

  1. Overall Rating

  2. Frontal Crash

  3. Side Crash

  4. Rollover

Safety Features

  1. First Aid Kit
  2. Electronic Stability Control: Standard
  3. Energy Absorbing Steering Column
  4. Rearview Monitor: in Dash
  5. Side Impact Airbags: Standard
  6. Child Seat Anchors: LATCH System
  7. Crumple Zones: Front/rear
  8. Camera System: Rearview
  9. Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams
  10. Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
  11. Front Driver Airbags: Standard
  12. Daytime Running Lights: Standard
  13. Rollover Stability Control: Not Available
  14. Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
  15. Safety Brake Pedal System
  16. Anti-lock Brakes Two Wheel: Not Available
  17. Emergency Interior Trunk Release
  18. Brake Assist: Standard
  19. Side Curtain Airbags: Standard

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