About the 2013 Scion FR-S:
Developed in partnership with Subaru, which sells its version of the car as the BRZ, the 2013 Scion FR-S is a 2+2 sports car with rear-wheel drive. According to Scion, the FR-S model’s name is derived from Front-engine, Rear-drive, Sport.
The Scion FR-S is sold in a single level of trim that can be upgraded with individual options. Highlights from the standard equipment list include air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, cruise control, and a height-adjustable driver’s seat. Bluetooth connectivity with music streaming capability is standard, and the sound system includes HD Radio, a USB port, an iPod connection, an auxiliary input jack, and RCA output jacks. The FR-S rides on 17-inch aluminum wheels and performance tires.
Engines and Transmissions:
Every Scion FR-S is equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, engineered by Subaru and employing horizontally opposed cylinders in a Boxer engine configuration. The engine generates 200 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 151 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,400 rpm. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard, delivering power to the car’s rear wheels. The optional 6-speed automatic transmission includes paddle shifters and Dynamic Rev Management technology.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
According to the EPA, the 2013 Scion FR-S is expected to get 25 mpg in combined driving when equipped with the manual transmission. The optional automatic improves fuel economy to 28 mpg in combined driving.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) calls the Scion FR-S a “Top Safety Pick” for its top-rated performance in frontal-impact, side-impact, rear-impact, and roof crush strength tests. The NHTSA had not performed crash tests on the FR-S as this overview was written.
Offered as an option, the FR-S model’s BeSpoke premium audio system includes a 5.8-inch color LCD touchscreen display, HD Radio, and the ability to run Pandora Internet radio or Slacker Internet radio through a paired smartphone. The also provides access to Facebook and Twitter, and includes iTunes tagging capability, allowing a song to be tagged for future download through the Apple music service. Note that BeSpoke technology is not compatible with the iPhone 5 as this overview is written.