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2014 Scion FR-S

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2014 Scion FR-S Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.9

For reasons unknown, Toyota and Subaru joined forces to create a fun, fast and relatively affordable 2+2 sports coupe known collectively as the Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ. Although nearly identical, the Scion version puts less emphasis on features, helping to keep the price in the $25K neighborhood. The result is a playful, rear-drive sports coupe with neutral handling, decent power and a wicked-looking exterior treatment unlike anything Scion has produced in the past.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re all about driving dynamics, rowing your own gears and putting your skills behind the wheel to the test, there is no better car to prove yourself in than the 2014 Scion FR-S.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The FR-S is fun, but not terribly fast. If straight-line performance and brutal torque define driving fun for you, you’ll be much happier in a Chevy Camaro or Ford Mustang or even a Hyundai Genesis coupe.

What's New for 2014

Changes to the 2014 Scion FR-S are limited to the addition of a standard touch-screen radio and front-seat knee cushions added to the doors and center-console sides.

Driving the FR-S
Driving Impressions

The Scion FR-S for 2014 is built to excite the driving enthusiast who believes driving is more than just mashing an accelerator pedal and hurtling forward as fast as humanly...

... possible. In the FR-S, the driver gets to practice the lost art of driving, not just steering. Keep the rpm high and the throttle response is magical. A slight input to the steering wheel sends the FR-S exactly where you want it, and although the rear steps out slightly, it doesn’t require much correction to keep it in check. Those still gleaning their skills will find the FR-S is very forgiving, making it an excellent car to practice with on an enclosed track. Power from the 2.0-liter flat-4 isn’t bad, and the 6-speed manual is so good it could very well be the poster child that inspires a “shift-for-yourself” revolution.

TOUCH-SCREEN RADIO
We love that Scion has made this feature standard on the FR-S. Now if we could just get some steering-wheel audio controls to go along with it.

TORSEN LIMITED-SLIP DIFFERENTIAL
A must in any sports car worth its salt, the Torsen limited-slip differential in the FR-S evenly distributes power to the rear wheels in the turns, ensuring safe passage out of sharp curves and tempting the “Tokyo Drift” crowd to come play (on a proper track, of course).

2014 Scion FR-S Details
Interior

The interior of the 2014 Scion FR-S is as big as it needs to be but no bigger, resulting in a cabin that feels cozy but comfortable like a fitted T-shirt, at least it is for those sitting in the incredibly supportive front seats. In contrast, the rear seats offer very limited headroom and nearly nonexistent legroom, limiting their use to desperate situations. Flipping down the rear seatbacks expands the small 6.9-cubic-foot trunk creating a useful, flat cargo space. Though compact, the interior feels smartly designed, excluding the confusing audio system, with nice materials elevating it above typical Scion fare.

Exterior
2014 Scion FR-S photo

Pictures of the Scion FR-S can be deceiving. In person, Scion’s sports coupe is smaller than one might expect – 15.6 inches shorter than the not-particularly-large Hyundai Genesis Coupe. In person, those tidy dimensions serve to enhance the visual charm of the FR-S’s shapely exterior. With pronounced fenders, a planted stance and a sleek profile, the Scion FR-S for 2014 projects an appropriately sporty image without looking overdone. Helping distinguish the FR-S from its nearly identical Subaru BRZ sibling are a revised front fascia, unique fender adornment and, of course, Scion badging.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Headlining the standard-equipment roster are air conditioning, cruise control, 1-touch power windows, power mirrors and door locks, 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth and an 8-speaker audio system with auxiliary and USB inputs. On the safety front, all FR-S’s feature stability control, traction control, six airbags and Smart Stop, a feature that cuts engine power if the brake and throttle pedals are pressed at the same time.

Optional Equipment

The Scion FR-S is sold as a single trim, meaning factory-installed options are limited to an automatic transmission and the buyer’s choice of exterior color. All other add-ons come in the form of dealer-installed accessories including a rear spoiler, 18-inch wheels, upgraded brakes, lowering springs and a sporty body kit. Buyers can also add a 340-watt Pioneer BeSpoke Premium audio system that includes navigation, a 5.8-inch touch screen and Zypr, a feature that lets users access iPhone app functionality with voice commands. Get it, it’s worth the money.

Under the Hood

A 2.0-liter horizontally opposed 4-cylinder is the lone engine offered in the 2014 Scion FR-S. Due in large part to the “flat” layout of its engine the FR-S boasts an extremely low center of gravity, a feature that helps enhance handling. Transmission choices include an excellent-shifting 6-speed manual and a similarly charming 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters, although the latter’s hesitance to downshift in manual mode can be annoying during spirited driving. Interestingly, buyers looking for the best fuel economy should choose the substantially more efficient 6-speed automatic, which returns up to 34 mpg on the freeway.

2.0-liter flat-4
200 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm
151 lb-ft of torque @ 6,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30 mpg (manual), 25/34 mpg (automatic)

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2014 Scion FR-S Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 34 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Scion FR-S Release Series 2.0, manual transmission

By on Saturday, April 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,200

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Handling is amazing"

Cons: "Reliability for me, is a concern"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"With 1,200 miles on the odometer, the transmission on my Scion FR-S Release Series 2.0 failed. Wish the fun had lasted a little longer. Interior cabin is loud, suspension is stiff, but who cares, it is fun to drive! With the Michelin Primacy tires, the Scion FR-S will find any excuse to kick out its rear end. On our long, winding country roads I discovered what this car is all about. Takes corners like a champ, throws its tail out at near every corner, and always recovers quickly. On sharper corners it can feel as if the car is riding on a turntable. When encountering a series of moderate to sharp turns, the experience is bobsledding as much as driving. Enjoy the keyless entry, and the Alcantara faux leather seats with genuine leather trim. The color of the Scion FR-S Release Series 2.0, desert khaki (apparently rebranded as lunar storm) contrasts nicely with the car's black and camel interior. With its Michelin Primacy tires laced tight, driving my Scion FR-S is a slippery experience. Traction during wet weather might be best described as crossing ice, while wearing roller skates. The kind of thrill you do not need."

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Great Value

By on Thursday, January 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great driving experience with out sacrifice"

Cons: "Slightly rougher ride as a daily driver"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Fun to drive, looks good, comes with expected level of tech in a new car. This car is obviously targeted to a certain buyer, If your reading reviews about it, your it.. and you'll love it. So stop reading and go get one. I really cant think of many complaints, like all others id like it to be a bit faster but its still a lot of fun to drive as is. It also does suprisingly well in the snow if you slap some winter tires on it, the traction control system is excellent."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Its reliable, looks great and eco friendly

By on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Looks, MPG, Character, Sound, Feel."

Cons: "Interior is okay, doesn't kill mustangs."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I owned a FJ before this car, when i first saw one in the lot I couldnt keep my eyes off of it. within a week I traded in my truck and got me my FRS. I love it and a week doesnt go buy that someone I dont know comes up to me to look at it and tell me how nice my car is. Its not a drag burner and I am okay with that. 0-60 is fine and seriously in the real world those things dont matter what does is your experience. I have owned mine for a year and even now when I get out of my car i cant help but look at it and smile. Dont get me wrong, the dash center vent padding started to peel up and the dealer took care of it under warranty. The fuel pump chirps if you buy cheap fuel. The back seat, what back seats? I have taken road trips in my car and they went great. As long as you understand that this car is small, noisy and not a drag strip burner then you will be very happy."

21 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Own S2000 and FR-S. Both Are Wonderful Cars

By on Tuesday, August 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Handling, comfort, gas mileage, smooth shifter"

Cons: "Wish it had another 50 horsepower"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"FR-S is all about corners. The FR-S is a much more comfortable car than the S2000. Both handle excellently and both are cornering fools. Both are rock solid reliable. S2000 is faster, but FR-S handles better when pushed very hard in corners on a track. I have driven both cars on long distance road trips. The FR-S is infinitely more comfortable, but the S2000 shines when you need high altitude horsepower. Both get very good gas mileage, though the FR-S consistently got 32 on the interstate, with the S2000 getting around 28."

17 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Good car, but under-powered

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Planted handling; great after tuning"

Cons: "Traction control is a nanny in slides; crickets"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I really like my Scion FR-S. The 2014 model didn't have any real differenciating factor between it and the BRZ so I got the FR-S since it was about $500 cheaper. The car handles really well, particularly after installing TRD sway bars. Cornering is planted and you get plenty of warning before you lose grip in the corners. Not enough power to write home about - you notice that it is slow compared to other cars in the same price bracket (Miata, Camaro). However, if you're getting a Toyobaru FR-S, you're probably already committed to drifting or tuning, which is what this car excels at. Stock tires are a bit of an overkill spec-wise for what the car is capable of, but I enjoy them because traction control can be a bit of a nanny if you want to intentionally enter a power-slide. On the mechanical side, ALL the 2013,2014,and 2015 FR-S's are currently suffering from a mechanical issue known as 'crickets'. Basically, once the engine warms up and switches to direct injection, the fuel pump squeaks and sounds like a cricket or slipping belt. There *is* a supposedly _new_ pump that makes the issue go away. I just had it installed and can confirm that it does not resolve the issue, but definitely makes it quieter. Overall, I really like this car and recommend it strongly to anyone who is planning on dropping a supercharger in after the factory warranty runs out."

5 people out of 20 found this review helpful

nice sports car,great MPG but could be better

By on Thursday, July 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"first thing I didn't like was the windows, they couldn't design the doors to close with the windows up so they go down a little every time you open the door.(how long will that last before they break?) 2nd no back up cam. they have been on cars for years now, Toyota could of made them standard for pennies! other than that its fun to drive and unlike some sports cars it gets about 35 mpg."

10 people out of 23 found this review helpful

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