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Used 2016 Scion FR-S

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Combined Fuel Economy
25 MPG
Horsepower
200 HP
KBB Expert Rating
4.7 
KBB Consumer Rating
4.6 
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Pros

The 2016 Scion FR-S has one job, and it does it well: It's fun to drive. Designed to be driven to the track, at the track, and home again, the Scion FR-S is almost without equal, save for the mechanically identical Subaru BRZ.

Cons

While nimble and quick, the 2016 FR-S isn't fast in a straight line, so muscle-car enthusiasts should skip it. Similarly, if you're not a driving enthusiast but love the sharp looks of the FR-S, you might not like the stiff ride, highway noise or cramped interior.

What's New For 2016

The 2016 Scion FR-S gets subtle refinements to the interior, with different silver trim, new stitching on the dash, and a new audio system interface that greatly improves the listening experience. The 2016 FR-S also gets a new rearview camera, a welcome improvement considering the poor view when backing up.

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Used 2016 Scion FR-S Expert Review

The 2016 Scion FR-S looks inside to find room for improvement, and finds some. The dash gets a few tasteful upgrades that improve the appearance, and the audio system sports an all-new interface that greatly improves on the old one, and a standard rearview camera. Luckily, Scion knows to leave the good parts alone, so the 200-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, crisp-shifting 6-speed manual, and sport-tuned suspension remain. With a starting price of about $27,000 with destination charges included, the 2016 FR-S is a strong competitor for the fun-while-driving crowd, combining the light weight and affordability of the all-new Mazda MX-5 Miata and the hardtop feel of 6-cylinder versions of the new Ford Mustang, all wrapped in sheet metal that's the most aggressive ever from Scion.

Driving the Used 2016 Scion FR-S

Last year's suspension improvements to the Scion FR-S carry over to this year, and we couldn't be happier. More stable in corners but no less quick or fun around a track, the suspension improvements help improve driver confidence. But make no mistake, this is still a driver's car, and while it's easier for an amateur to have fun, it's still especially rewarding for an experienced driver. Flick the slick-shifting 6-speed manual into gear, keep the engine revving high, and you'll find the 2.0-liter flat-4 provides plenty of thrust. The suspension lost its tail-happy tendencies last year, and while the drift-kids may complain, it makes for an easier-to-drive and quicker car all around. However, Scion’s FR-S sports car is a hassle in town. The stiff suspension is unforgiving over broken pavement, it's pretty loud inside on the highway, and the tight interior is a squeeze for taller drivers.

Favorite Features

TOUCH-SCREEN RADIO
The 2016 Scion FR-S comes standard with a touch-screen audio system, and has since its introduction. However, this year it borrows the interface we've been enjoying on many of its Toyota siblings, and it's a huge improvement. We hope that steering-wheel-mounted controls are next on the agenda.

TORSEN LIMITED-SLIP DIFFERENTIAL
Some of the credit for the excellent handling you get in a Scion FR-S must go to the Torsen limited-slip differential. It operates to send power to the rear wheel that needs it most in turns, ensuring extra grip and safe passage through sharp corners.

Used 2016 Scion FR-S Interior

There's no denying that there's not a huge amount of room inside a 2016 FR-S, but it's only the tallest drivers who would call it cramped. Not only is there good headroom and legroom, but Scion has cleverly carved out space for just about everything you'll want to have with you. The cruise-control and air-conditioning controls are all easy to use, and the new touch-screen audio system is easier to use than its predecessor. The rear seat is mostly decorative, and we suggest just folding it down to augment the meager cargo space in the trunk.

Used 2016 Scion FR-S Exterior

Calling the 2016 Scion FR-S “small” isn't quite right. Instead, it's just really space-efficient, being exactly as big as it needs to be, and no larger. The design is also undeniably cool, with a low-slung stance, wide fenders, sleek headlights, and sporty taillights that look like it doesn't want to stand still for long. But there's nothing overwrought about the styling, no obtuse flares or outsized wings on the trunk, although an active aftermarket can supply those accessories if you're so inclined.

Used 2016 Scion FR-S Standard Features

Scion certainly makes buying a 2016 FR-S easy. There's only one well-equipped trim level that includes air conditioning, cruise control, one-touch power windows, power mirrors and door locks. It also comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth and the new touch-screen audio system that includes auxiliary and USB inputs. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard. 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.

Used 2016 Scion FR-S Options

Factory options for the 2016 Scion FR-S sports car are slim. There's a 6-speed automatic transmission that includes steering wheel-mounted paddles for rev-matching downshifts, but seriously, this car deserves a manual transmission. The other factory option is a BeSpoke audio system that includes navigation. Other than that, there are color choices and a host of dealer-installed extras that include 18-inch wheels, upgraded brakes, lowering springs, a rear spoiler and other items.

Used 2016 Scion FR-S Engine

The 200-horsepower horizontally opposed 4-cylinder engine in the 2016 Scion FR-S is part of the reason this sports coupe feels so nimble. The unusual design puts more weight lower to the ground, reducing body roll and contributing to the flat stance the FR-S has in corners. The engine comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, which is the clear choice for enthusiasts looking to wring the most out of the FR-S on track day. However, we'd suggest skipping the TRD short-shift kit, which ruins the feel of gear changes. A 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters is also available, but aside from getting better fuel economy – up to 34 mpg on the highway – we don't think it offers any advantage over the manual.

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)

How Much Does the Used 2016 Scion FR-S Cost?

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a 2016 Scion FR-S starts at $26,100 including the $770 destination charge. Add $1,200 if you want the BeSpoke audio system. Unless you're really looking to save fuel, we'd recommend skipping the $1,100 automatic transmission. That makes the 2016 FR-S pretty competitive against sports-car rivals like the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and the new Mazda MX-5 Miata. However, you'll spend less on a base-level Ford Mustang and get a roomier package in the process, albeit at the expense of driving fun. Be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area paid for their new Scion FR-S. Generally speaking, Scion cars have held their value, and the 2016 Scion FR-S should be more of the same.

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Used 2016 Scion FR-S Consumer Reviews

4.6 

Overall Rating

5 star

69%

4 star

21%

3 star

10%

2 star

0%

1 star

0%

Value
4.6 
Performance
4.9 
Quality
4.5 
Comfort
4.3 
Reliability
4.8 
Styling
4.7 

Bobster
06/08/2019
2015 Scion FR-S

"A+ Handling, Well Thought-Out Interior, Cockpit"

Fun to drive, good-looking, economical, well made
Decent power, but boxer engine just okay for sport
Very pleased with this car's excellent capabilities! Handling is great and power for its class is quite decent (200hp). I expect to see these supplanting Miatas as favorite entry-level track cars due to the wonderful chassis and balanced, predictable handling. Cockpit is simple and very well laid out - as a driver's car should be - and surprisingly roomy for a car this size; Even has a back seat and decent trunk! I bought this car for my teen son, but I truly savor the times I drive it and marvel (every time I get behind the wheel) at the kind of driver's car Toyota/Subaru have put together. I may end up getting one of these for myself to be a track day car or just a great runabout - or both!Read less
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Nonamemairihzitro.
04/17/2019
2013 Scion FR-S

"Less than acceptable"

No comment
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Many issues with the paint, door seal, dash issue in the a/c area. Engine noise. Differential noise. Weird smell coming from the engine, front suspension is expensive to repair., and hard to get the parts. The waranty is a nightmare. Tail light with condensed water
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Joe
03/20/2019
2015 Scion FR-S

"Fun daily drive car"

Very reliable
Price Tag
This is very lightweight car and it does not need too much power to give you smiles on the road. I haven't got any complaints so far and for personal taste I drive a manual car and it makes it even better.
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El Jefe
07/20/2017
2015 Scion FR-S

"A drivers car"

Fun to drive, looks razor sharp, handling
horsepower
If youve been shopping for the FRS or now GT86 youve surely heard it referred to as a drivers car before. So true! It is the most fun car Ive ever owned and what it lacks in features it makes up for in experience. This isnt a Lexus so dont expect heated seats and 50 steering wheel controls. In fact expect no steering wheel controls. Everything is bare bones but to be perfectly honest, no big deal. My only actual complaint is in horsepower. It could do with a little extra kick but for the most part it is plenty for day to day driving. The handling is superb. Tearing through curves and corners is what its made for and it delivers. Very happy with my FRS. I wish Id have held out for Scion to fade so mine would have the Toyota badges but oh well.Read less
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chino
04/03/2017
2013 Scion FR-S

"one of the best vechicals out there today i think"

runs great drives great looks great
not enough room in the back
i drove one were my dad work and if was so smooth and nice
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2016 Scion FR-S Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.

Technology

  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Navigation System
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Internet Access
  • Proximity Sensing Keyless Entry
  • Push-Button Engine Start
  • Smartphone Interface
  • Touch Screen Monitor
  • USB Port
  • Voice Recognition System

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Radio
  • iPod Connector
  • Premium Radio
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio
  • HD Radio

Seating

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather Seats

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Air Conditioning

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 25 mpg
  • EPA Class - Mini Compact Cars
  • EPA Hwy - 34 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 28 mpg

Performance

  • Horsepower - 200 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 7000 rpm
  • Stroke - 3.39 inches
  • Torque - 151 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 6400 rpm

Interior

  • Cup Holder
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel

Exterior

  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Headlights
  • HID Headlights
  • Limited Use Spare
  • Number of Doors - 2 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Spare Tire Type - Limited Use
  • Tires / Wheel Size - 18"
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P215/45R17
  • Upgraded Wheels
  • Wheel Type - Alloy
  • Tire Type - All Season
  • Tire Type - High Performance
  • Fog Lights
  • Front Spoiler
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • LED Tail Lights
  • Rear Spoiler

Warranty

  • Basic Miles - 36000 miles
  • Basic Years - 3 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 5 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 60000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 5 years
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 2 years
  • Scheduled Maintenance Miles - 25000 miles
  • Scheduled Maintenance Years - 2 years

Mechanical

  • Axle Ratio - 4.10
  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Disc
  • Braking System - Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - RWD
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Engine Type - Gas
  • Power Steering
  • Tachometer
  • Transmission Type - Automatic
  • Cylinders - 4 cylinders
  • Displacement - 2.0 liter
  • Bore - 3.39 inches
  • Compression Ratio - 12.5
  • Fuel Induction - Direct Injection
  • Total no. valves - 16 valves
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Configuration - Inline
  • # of Speeds - 6 speed
  • CID - 122 cubic inches
  • Recommended Fuel - Premium
  • Manual Mode - Paddle Shift
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Paddle Shifters
  • Performance Exhaust System

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 2806 pounds
  • EPA Passenger - 76.5 cubic feet
  • Fuel Capacity - 13.2 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 37.1 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 35.0 inches
  • Height - 50.6 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 41.9 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 29.9 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 4
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 4.9 inches
  • Overall Length - 166.7 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 54.5 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 51.7 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 4 passenger
  • Towing Capacity, Maximum - Not Recommended
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 6.9 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 36.1 feet
  • Wheel Base - 101.2 inches
  • Width without mirrors - 69.9 inches
  • Hip Room: Front - 53.1 inches
  • Hip Room: Rear - 45.3 inches
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2016 Scion FR-S Safety

5.0
Crash Test Rating
Frontal Crash
4 
Side Barrier
5 
Rollover Rating
5 
Side Crash
5 
Provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
2016 Scion FR-S Safety Technology
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Front Head Curtain Airbag
  • Front Side Airbag
  • Rear Head Curtain Airbag
  • Rear View Camera

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2016 Scion FR-S Rankings

Horsepower
200 HP
MPG Combined
25 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.6 Rating
Rank
Vehicle
HP
#4
2016 Scion FR-S
200 HP

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