The 2013 Scion FR-S aims to pack the fun of a sports car into something that the average human can actually afford and it delivers. Starting at just over $25,000, it’s got exterior styling that demands a second look and a 200hp 2.0 liter boxer 4-cylinder engine that makes sure its performance matches up to what you see on the outside.
In the looks department, the 2013 Scion FR-S easily outshines its more expensive counterparts. The car has a low stance with big, rounded front fenders that look ready to chew up the road. The rear sports dual exhausts and some of the sexiest tail lights you’ll find on any car.
Open the door and the car still looks fantastic, but is clearly ready for the business of driving. Low, comfortable seats will make sure you stay put on tight corners and all the controls are clear, within easy reach and uncomplicated. There’s something simplistic about the styling and it reinforces the idea that this is a car for someone who wants to drive.
There is a backseat, but unless you’ve got the front seats pulled forward to a ridiculously uncomfortable position, no one is going to fit back there and even then, you’re pushing your luck. It was barely large enough for my nine-year-old to squeeze in, but that’s okay. This isn’t a family car. It’s a sports car.
The 2013 Scion FR-S has a low, balanced center of gravity that you’ll feel the minute you start driving. Steering is tight and responsive although a somewhat stiff suspension is a little tiring on rougher roads. My only true complaint about this otherwise fantastic little sports car is the road noise.
The engine sound is rich and deep and it’s a joy to hear it purr when you hit the gas, but the road noise is not so welcome. This might be fun on a track, but on a daily commute it’s not going to be something you’ll enjoy.
Overall, the 2013 Scion FR-S is a fast, fun and affordable sports car that will make heads turn and your pulse race.
Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.