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2013 Scion FR-S KBB Expert Review

The Fair Market Range for this car in your area is $22,793 - $23,530.

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MSRP $25,255

Fair Purchase Price $22,961
Fair Market Range ($22,793 - $23,530)

Invoice $24,030
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Micah Muzio - Updated Date: 5/17/2012

A few years ago, Toyota and Subaru joined forces to develop a fun, affordable sports coupe. Known abroad as the Toyota 86 and GT86, the fruit of that union comes to America as both the somewhat-more-premium Subaru BRZ and the value-focused 2013 Scion FR-S. With a sub-$25,000 base price the 2013 FR-S gives budget-minded sports car enthusiasts all the essentials – sporting style, solid straight-line performance and nicely balanced rear-drive handling dynamics.

You'll Like This Car If...

You'll like the 2013 Scion FR-S if you want a reasonably-priced, excellent handling car that rewards and satisfies advanced drivers without posing a hazard to those with less experience.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If lofty horsepower figures float your boat the 305-horsepower Ford Mustang V6 and 274-horsepower Hyundai Genesis Coupe each offer more ponies per dollar than the Scion FR-S. Also, while it's technically a 4-seater, humans with thoughts and feelings shouldn't be subjected to the Scion's cramped rear quarters.

What's New for 2013

All-new and channeling the spirit of performance icons like the Toyota AE86 and 2000GT, the 2013 FR-S is undoubtedly the most thrilling product to enter Toyota's portfolio in some time (even if it does technically wear a Scion badge).

Driving It Driving Impressions

Above all else the Scion FR-S is built for driving pleasure, and in that mission, it is an unabashed success. Every movement of the steering wheel and minute adjustments of the throttle are met with an immediate response from the vehicle. The FR-S isn't just an excellent handling coupe, it's the kind of car that makes its abilities readily accessible to drivers of varying skill levels. Less experienced drivers can explore the FR-S's handling limits without major repercussions, while advanced drivers will find the Scion a willing high-speed accomplice. Balanced handling is the big draw but the Scion FR-S also delivers good, if not earth-scorching, acceleration and firm, confident brakes. Though engineered for aggressive driving, the FR-S remains civilized enough for daily commutes with a ride that is undeniably firm but not punishing.

Favorite Features

Hidden Subaru Logos
Rich in dynamic thrills, the 2013 Scion FR-S is also fun when motionless thanks to numerous Subaru logos hidden throughout the vehicle. Searching for them is like an Easter egg hunt for car nerds.

Torsen Limited-Slip Differential
What good is power if you can't exploit it? Enter the FR-S's standard Torsen limited-slip differential (LSD). This little device distributes power to rear wheels in turns, ensuring proper acceleration out of corners. The LSD also means the FR-S is equipped from the factory to go "drifting" (on a closed-track environment of course).

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