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2015 Scion FR-S

$14,025 — $21,917 USED
Coupe
4 Seats
25 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Lightweight (roughly 2,700 pounds)
  • Driver-focused gauges, interior
  • Rear-wheel drive, manual transmission

The Bad

  • Fender badges
  • Cramped backseat
  • Not distinct enough from Subaru BRZ
2015 Scion FR-S exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2015 Scion FR-S
  • Revised suspension for 2015
  • Front engine, rear-wheel drive
  • Six-speed manual or automatic transmission
  • Product of Subaru partnership

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The FR-S is the sportiest vehicle in the Scion lineup. It's a lightweight, rear-wheel-drive coupe built with balance and maneuverability in mind. The four-cylinder sports coupe is a spiritual successor to small performance cars offered by Toyota, Scion's parent company, in the 1980s. The FR-S competes in the same space as the Hyundai Genesis coupe, Mazda MX-5 Miata and the FR-S' nearly identical twin, the Subaru BRZ.

New for 2015

Scion has made the front suspension more rigid and retuned the rear shocks in an effort to reduce body roll. The pole antenna has been replaced by a "shark fin" antenna, and larger exhaust tips are flusher with the bumper.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.


Exterior Highlights

  • Coupe only
  • Aluminum hood
  • Dual exhaust 
  • Available spoiler
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Available fog lights

 Interior Highlights

  • Seats four
  • Center-mounted tachometer in instrument panel 
  • Folding rear seats
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Air conditioning
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood 

  • 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Available six-speed automatic with shift paddles
  • Rear-wheel drive

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags

 

Vehicle Overview

The FR-S is the sportiest vehicle in the Scion lineup. It's a lightweight, rear-wheel-drive coupe built with balance and maneuverability in mind. The four-cylinder sports coupe is a spiritual successor to small performance cars offered by Toyota, Scion's parent company, in the 1980s. The FR-S competes in the same space as the Hyundai Genesis coupe, Mazda MX-5 Miata and the FR-S' nearly identical twin, the Subaru BRZ.

New for 2015

Scion has made the front suspension more rigid and retuned the rear shocks in an effort to reduce body roll. The pole antenna has been replaced by a "shark fin" antenna, and larger exhaust tips are flusher with the bumper.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.


Exterior Highlights

  • Coupe only
  • Aluminum hood
  • Dual exhaust 
  • Available spoiler
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Available fog lights

 Interior Highlights

  • Seats four
  • Center-mounted tachometer in instrument panel 
  • Folding rear seats
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Air conditioning
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood 

  • 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Available six-speed automatic with shift paddles
  • Rear-wheel drive

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
18 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(3.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Exceeds expectations

by Ponderosa1 from Roanoke, VA on October 19, 2018

This car makes me smile every time I drive it. It is responsive to any road condition and while in traffic, it prompts many to turn their heads too. The car could use more power in one sense, but in ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great car

by Mts01 from East Windsor, Nj on September 13, 2018

This is such a great car, it would've been better if it had a turbo on it. I like the out styling of the car, and the interior makes it look a racy car. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2015 Scion FR-S currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Scion FR-S Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
acceptable
Overall evaluation
acceptable
Retraints and dummy kinematics
acceptable
Structure and safety cage
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Scion

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 85,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12, 000 miles

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The FR-S received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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