2016 Mazda MX-5 vs 2016 Scion FR-S 0-60 MPH Review: Which Car is Faster? [Video]

2016 scion fr-s vs. 2016 mazda mx-5 miata

The Mazda MX-5 is a true driver’s enthusiast sports car that is lean, keen, and downright fun to drive. One could argue that the Scion FR-S, which received a bevy of suspension and handling improvements for the 2015 model year, is also an affordable sports car that proves a lot can be done with a moderate amount of power.

2016 Mazda MX-5 2016 Scion FR-S
Engine 2.0L SKYACTIVE I-4 2.0L 4U-GSE 4-cylinder Boxer
Horsepower 155 hp 200 hp
Torque 148 lb-ft 151 lb-ft
Transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
Drivetrain Layout RWD RWD
Curb Weight 2,332 lbs. 2,758 lbs.
Power/Weight Ratio .066 .073

 
Both of these cars have great engines. The 2.0-liter SKYACTIVE four-pot motor has linear power delivery. It has good mid-range power and pulls nicely all the way to the 6,800 rpm redline. The 4-cylinder Boxer engine in the FR-S is high strung and loves to scream at high revs. It has respectable torque before 4000 rpm, but the torque curve dips noticeably roughly between 4,000 – 5,000 rpm. Once the engine gets back into its power band, it pulls hard all the way to its 7,500 rpm redline.

Side-by-side, the two affable sports cars are quite similar. Both are front engine/rear-wheel drive cars, both have 6-speed manual transmissions, and both are powered naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engines. The TFL Car team could not do a head-to-head test at the track because track conditions weren’t suitable, but they were able to perform a 0-60 mph test on a dry day.

Watch this video to find out which is faster. Is it the 2016 Mazda MX-5 or the 2016 Scion FR-S?

Derek Mau
Before becoming an automotive journalist, Derek was diving into engine bays and wiring car audio systems for competitions since high school. Granted, there were a few extra bits and pieces after reassembling everything but nothing ever fell apart on the road. Today Derek applies his enthusiasm and gearhead knowledge into the latest cars, unraveling today's complex automotive technology, and learning the rich history of classic cars.