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2016 Scion FR-S

2016 Scion FR-S

Test Drive2016 Scion FR-S Automatic

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Dates tested: 9/09/2015 – 9/24/2015

Miles Driven: 419

Fuel Used: 16.2 gallons

2015 Subaru BRZ

2015 Subaru BRZ

Mick Jagger's Car by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the August 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

During summer 2012, Toyota and Subaru sprung jointly developed affordable rear-drive sports coupes on the American market as 2013 models. Toyota sold the car through its youth-oriented Scion brand as the FR-S; Subaru’s version was dubbed BRZ. 

2014 Scion FR-S

Consumer Guide’s test 2014 Scion FR-S arrived modestly equipped, listing for $27,534 including options and destination charge.

2014 Scion FR-S

Miles Driven: 296

Fuel Used: 9.3 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 31.8 mpg


2014 Jaguar XFR-S

Jaguar took the wraps off its most powerful sedan ever at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Corvette versus Scion

What happens when a 2013 Scion FR-S takes on a 1984 Corvette?

Auto journalists and message-board fan boys are a whiny lot. Seriously. Spoiled, too. Poke around online and read a couple of reviews of the all-new 2013 Scion FR-S. Go ahead, I’ll wait. When you get back, tell me how many reviews made note of the FR-S’s lack of torque and “mere” 200 horsepower. A few did, right?


Scion FR-S drifting in a skid

Scion’s professional drift racer, Ken Gushi, was on hand during the Scion FR-S press preview to show us the capabilities of the company’s new rear-wheel-drive performance car. As part of the program, journalists were put in the passenger seat for a lesson in drifting as Gushi gracefully flung the car around a wet skidpad. I gotta tell you, Ken makes it look easy. Under his care, the FR-S carved wide arcs and made smooth transitions from one opposite-lock drift to the next as if it were grasped by the hand of God. During his slides, he made constant minor adjustments to the steering, accelerator, and brakes to keep the car on its magical sideways trajectory.

2022 Toyota GR 86

2022 Toyota GR 86

Consumer Guide Automotive As American new-vehicle buyers continue to choose SUVs in significantly greater numbers than traditional passenger cars, affordable cars of any type are less prevalent than they were as recently as five years ago. Enthusiast-friendly examples are a rarer breed still. When you sharpen the search to affordable, track-ready, rear-wheel-drive sports cars, you quickly determine they are approaching unicorn status.

2004 Scion xB

2004 Scion xB

As an upstart automotive brand aimed squarely at young buyers, Scion was full of promise. Toyota launched the Scion nameplate in 2003, in an attempt to engage automobile customers earlier in life and bring a little spark into the somewhat stodgy environs of the typical American Toyota dealership. The first Scion vehicles started showing up in select California Toyota dealerships in summer 2003, and the brand expanded nationwide in early 2004.

2020 Toyota 86 GT

2020 Toyota 86 GT in “Hako” pearl white (a $425 option)

2015 Audi Q52020 Toyota 86 GT

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 227

Fuel used: 9.6 gallons

2019 Toyota 86 GT

2019 Toyota 86 GT in “Oceanic” metallic dark blue

2015 Audi Q52019 Toyota 86 GT

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 593

Fuel used: 22.1 gallons