2016 Scion FR-S

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Scion FR‑S. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2016 Scion FR-S

  • Backup camera standard
  • Front engine, rear-wheel drive
  • Six-speed manual or automatic transmission
  • Product of Subaru partnership

2016 Scion FR-S Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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

Latest 2016 FR-S Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(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

(5.0)

I love my 2016 FR-S

by Big boy toys from Sutter Creek CA on July 13, 2018

This is a very nice, reliable, well designed mid performance vehicle perfect commuter or first car. Small car with plenty of cargo space love it Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Scion FR-S currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Scion FR-S has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Scion

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, lease available, rental car, travel protection, vehicle history report and toll-free assistance line

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase. Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original date of first use. Roadside assistance: 1 year from date of purchase
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 160 point inspection and reconditioning.

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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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