The age of the affordable sports car is upon us, and with so many quality options flooding the market it's particularly impressive that a model like the 2014 Scion FR-S still stands out one year after its introduction. Having fallen in love last year with the Subaru BRZ, the two-door compact coupe that was co-developed alongside Toyota's Scion entry, I was eager to spend time with the FR-S and discover how it might differ from its countryman.
Past that simple one-to-one comparison, however, I was also curious to find out what it was like to drive the 2014 Scion FR-S not on the road courses and back roads that it was designed to handle, but rather the daily winter slog that half the country finds itself dealing with for four to six months of the year. Would the tedium of navigating a rear-wheel drive coupe across a slippery, snowy landscape temper its promise of fun? Are other, alternative compact sports car options from Subaru (the WRX), Ford (the Focus ST), Hyundai (the Genesis Coupe), and Honda (the Civic Si) better four-season options for northern drivers? A week spent with the FR-S delivered exactly the answers I was looking for.