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2016 Scion FR-S

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$15,042 — $23,186 USED
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Coupe
4 Seats
25 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Steering and handling
  • 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
2016 Scion FR-S exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Scion FR-S
  • Backup camera standard
  • Front engine, rear-wheel drive
  • Six-speed manual or automatic transmission
  • Product of Subaru partnership

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Our Take

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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. It was developed jointly with Subaru, which fields a similar model as the BRZ. This four-cylinder sports coupe is a spiritual successor to small performance cars offered by Toyota, Scion's parent company, in the 1980s.

The four-seat FR-S competes in the same space as the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Mazda MX-5 Miata.
New for 2016
A backup camera is a new standard feature. The standard audio system now has a 7-inch touch-screen, replacing one with a 6.1-inch screen.
Significant Standard Features

  • 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Aluminum hood
  • Dual exhaust 
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Center-mounted tachometer in instrument panel 
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Navigation system
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Fog lights
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. It was developed jointly with Subaru, which fields a similar model as the BRZ. This four-cylinder sports coupe is a spiritual successor to small performance cars offered by Toyota, Scion's parent company, in the 1980s.

The four-seat FR-S competes in the same space as the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Mazda MX-5 Miata.
New for 2016
A backup camera is a new standard feature. The standard audio system now has a 7-inch touch-screen, replacing one with a 6.1-inch screen.
Significant Standard Features

  • 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Aluminum hood
  • Dual exhaust 
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Center-mounted tachometer in instrument panel 
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Navigation system
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Fog lights

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
16 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Nice ride.

by SeattleCarGuy from Seattle on November 5, 2018

Im 6'1" so while I was comfortable someone riding in the backseat may not be. Very stable and safe. Reliable and long lasting I would think. Read full review

(5.0)

A real sports car for a moderate price.

by All In from Monterey, CA on August 1, 2018

A fun car to drive. Got lots of good comments. Drove like a dream. I would highly recommend it for reliable, low maintenance fun driving. It is recommended for two person driving. Lots of trunk space. ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Scion FR-S currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Scion FR-S has not been tested.

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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