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2013 Scion FR-S

$24,500 to $28,675
22 City - 30 Hwy

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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.

Model Lineup:

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.

Safety Ratings:

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.

Technology Highlights:

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.