2016 Scion FR-S

MSRP $25,305

Ranked #7 in Coupe

5.9

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2016 Scion FR-S Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 15, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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There are few cars that offer a true fun-to-drive experience on a tight budget without compromising much in other aspects, one of which is the Scion FR-S. It offers sleek coupe styling with 2+2 seating, a punchy engine, and a rear-wheel-drive drivetrain and has enough modern conveniences to make it worth using for the daily commute. Its basic yet functional cabin, lightweight and well-balanced chassis, and appealing exterior design are what attract most buyers.

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Pros

Well balanced chassis and nimble handling

Sharp steering responses

Fun to drive 

Comfortable front seats

Cons

Tiny trunk capacity

The back seat is too tight even for kids

Not the quickest off the mark

What's New?

A new 7-inch touchscreen is now offered as standard

Inclusion of a rearview camera

Silver interior trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25305

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

143 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

200 hp @ 7000 rpm

torque

151 lb.-ft. @ 6600 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

101.2 in.

length

166.7 in.

width

69.9 in.

height

50.6 in.

curb weight

2758 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

76.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

6.9 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/30 mpg

highway range

506.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$25,305 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Scion FR-S in Satin Steel Gray Metallic color
Satin Steel Gray Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

6.5

Interior

5.0

Exterior

5.0

Safety

6.0

5.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

5.9

Overall Rating


The 2016 model year sees very few changes which include a larger 7-inch infotainment system, a rearview camera, and lighter silver tone interior trim apart from a couple of more paint schemes. Developed together with the Subaru, it is priced a tad bit lower than its Subaru cousin and starts at an MSRP of $26,100. It faces competition in the niche compact coupe segment from Mazda MX-5 Miata hardtop and Mini Cooper S Hardtop apart from its corporate cousin, the Subaru BRZ


9.0/10
Features

6.5/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Interior

5.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2016 Scion FR-S Features

9.0/10

Scion or rather Toyota, which is its parent company, has kept things very simple as they offer the FR-S coupe in only two trims. The base trim features most of the features that one would need from their sporty budget coupe while the higher Release Series 2.0 add-on more amenities like leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, HID headlights, and heated front seats and steering wheel. Both the trims are offered with a manual and an automatic transmission. 

Trims

FR-S Base

FR-S Release Series 2.0

MSRP (Manual)

$26,100

$27,200

MSRP (Auto)

$30,305

$31,405

Key Features

Dusk Sensing Headlamps

Xenon High-Intensity Discharge Headlamp

 

Leather And Simulated Alloy Steering Wheel

Dual Zone Front Climate Control

 

Heated Mirrors

Hands-Free Entry

 

8-speaker 300W Pioneer Premium Brand Stereo System

Leather And Simulated Alloy Steering Wheel

 

Tire Pressure Monitoring

Emergency Braking Assist

 

Rear View Camera

Heated Bucket Front Seats

 

Cloth Upholstery

Leather/Suede Upholstery

 

17-inch Alloy Wheels

 

We Recommend

Since there is not much of a price difference between the two trims, we would recommend going all the way and opting for the Release Series 2.0 trim for the added creature comfort. Also, the manual transmission is the way to go as that is where most of the fun elements of this car lie. 

2016 Scion FR-S Engine and Performance

6.5/10

The Scion FR-S is powered by a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated horizontally-aligned four-cylinder engine that is sourced from Subaru. It produces 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque, all of which are sent to the rear wheels only through a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission. The automatic transmission also features paddle-shifters which can rev-match the downshifts for smoother and quicker gear shifts.

Although the power and torque output may not invoke much emotion, the performance from this flat-4 engine is pretty swift, needing just under 6.5 seconds for the 0-60 mph sprint while the quarter-mile is covered in 14.6 seconds. That being said, these timings are for the manual gearbox and the automatic transmission adds over a second to reach 60 mph from a standstill. 

Model

2016 Scion FR-S Base

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club Hardtop

2016 Mini Cooper S Hardtop 2-door

2016 Subaru BRZ Premium

MSRP

$26,100

$25,750

$24,950

$26,190

Engine

2.0L, Naturally Aspirated Flat-4

2.0L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L, Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L, Naturally Aspirated Flat-4

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

FWD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Power

200 hp @ 7,000 rpm

155 hp @ 6,000 rpm

189 hp @ 4,700 rpm

200 hp @ 7,000 rpm

Torque

151 lb-ft @ 6,400 rpm

148 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm

207 lb-ft @ 1,250 rpm

151 lb-ft @ 6,400 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

6.4

6.0

6.1

6.3

Quarter Mile (sec)

14.6

14.4

14.7

14.9

Top Speed (mph)

136

125

128

143

The almost identical twin to the FR-S, the Subaru BRZ costs slightly more but has an almost identical performance to offer. The Mini Cooper Hardtop S features a turbocharged engine underneath its small hoof and has considerably more power and torque to offer. That being said, the Mazda MX-5 with its ultra-lightweight chassis and lowest engine output, is the quickest off the mark amongst the cars present here.

2016 Scion FR-S Fuel Economy

The 2016 Scion FR-S isn’t a gas guzzler in any way and in fact, is pretty practical to be used as a daily commuter car with its 30 mpg highway rating and 25 mpg of combined city and highway ratings as per the EPA. The 13.2-gallon fuel tank may not sound that huge but is pretty large for such a compact car. It aids in offering a driving range of well over 300 miles of combined driving, which means it will still need to be taken to the gas station much more often. 

Model

Scion FR-S

Mazda MX-5 Miata Hardtop

Mini Cooper S Hardtop 2-door

Subaru BRZ

MPG (City)

22

27

23

22

MPG (Highway)

30

34

33

30

MPG (Combined)

25

30

27

25

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)

13.2

11.9

11.6

13.2

Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)

290 / 396 / 330

321 / 405 / 357

267 / 383 / 313

290 / 396 / 330

The lightweight and bare-bones Mazda MX-5 Miata returns the best fuel efficiency figures in this comparison, which is much higher than what the FR-S has to offer. The Mini Cooper with its forced-induction four-cylinder motor also sips less fuel than the Scion while the Subaru BRZ shares its chassis and powertrain with the FR-S and hence identical figures in this section.

2016 Scion FR-S Interior

5.0/10

The cabin of the FR-S is basically a blend of Toyota and Subaru elements as even the switchgear that can be recognized from other Toyota and Subaru cars. Apart from that, the cabin is pretty basic and bare minimum in nature and that is on purpose, to offer the most fun while driving. The new silver-tone interior scheme looks much better than the all-black theme of the previous 2015 model year. 

The seats are very comfortable and supportive and hence are great for both long highway cruising and when driving enthusiastically. The low-profile hood and slim pillars offer good outward visibility while the seat upfront offers a comfortable seating position for people of most sizes. That being said, the rear seat is best doubled up as cargo space as the 6.9 cu-ft of trunk space is hardly ever going to suffice any needs.

Model

Scion FR-S

Mazda MX-5 Miata Hardtop

Mini Cooper S Hardtop 2-door

Subaru BRZ

Seating Capacity

4

2

4

4

Front Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

37.1 / 54.5 / 41.9

37.4 / 52.2 / 43.1

40.3 / 50.6 / 41.4

37.1 / 54.5 / 41.9

Rear Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

35.0 / 51.7 / 29.9

N/A

36.9 / 47.8 / 30.8

35.0 / 51.7 / 29.9

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

6.9

4.6

8.7

6.9

The Mini Cooper S feels the most spacious in this comparison as it has the best front and rear-seat space and also has the largest trunk on offer. That being said, the rear seat here too isn’t made for adults and is on par with the Scion and Subaru. The MX-5 on the other hand offers seating for only two occupants with no rear seat and hence has a pretty spacious front seat, though the trunk capacity is practically a joke. Some of the interior features in the 2016 Scion FR-S are:

  • 6-way adjustable driver seat and 4-way front-passenger seat
  • Front Heated Bucket Seats
  • Full Folding Bench Rear Seat
  • Fabric Upholstery w/T-Pattern
  • Tilt/Telescoping Sport Leather Steering Wheel
  • Leatherette Door Trim Insert and Leather Gear Shifter Material
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning

How intuitive is the 2016 Scion FR-S Coupe’s infotainment unit?

Scion has updated the infotainment system this year and it now offers a 7-inch display over the 6.1-inch screen available before. There is also a 300W Pioneer audio system that sounds amazing and feels worth the money. Apart from HD radio, Bluetooth, an iPod interface, there aren’t many other technologies on offer. Some of the infotainment features include:

  • A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • 8-speaker Pioneer audio system with 300-watt amplifier
  • HD Radio
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • iPod connectivity

2016 Scion FR-S Exterior

5.0/10

The Scion FR-S feels like a modern and updated version of a classic Japanese sports car with the sleek, curvy, and low design of its old-school long hood/short deck proportions that has in a way defined the sports car look for many of us. The bonnet has a sculpted look to it while the wide opening front grille looks aggressive. The slightly flared wheel arches and the sloping roofline complete the stylish and appealing design of the FR-S. 

Model

Scion FR-S

Mazda MX-5 Miata Hardtop

Mini Cooper S Hardtop 2-door

Subaru BRZ

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,758

2,332

2,760

2,764

Length (in)

166.7

154.1

151.9

166.7

Width (in)

69.9

68.3

68.0

69.9

Height (in)

50.6

48.6

55.7

50.6

Ground Clearance (in)

4.9

4.9

4.9

4.9

Wheelbase (in)

101.2

90.9

98.2

101.2

The MX-5 is a much shorter and narrow car as compared to others, and with the plastic hardtop roof, it also weighs significantly less. Both the BRZ and FR-S are the largest of them all as the Mini Cooper is the shortest car in this comparison. Apart from the Mazda, they all weigh very similar to one another and all of them coincidently have the similar ground clearance to offer as well. Some of the exterior features in the 2016 Scion FR-S are:

  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam High-Intensity Low/High Beam Daytime Running Headlamps
  • LED Brakelights
  • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Black Grille and Side Windows Trim
  • Rocker Panel Extensions
  • 17-inch Forged Machined-Aluminum Wheels w/Painted Accents

2016 Scion FR-S Safety

6.0/10

The 2016 Scion FR-S has not been crash-tested by the NHTSA, but the almost identical BRZ received a perfect 5-star overall rating in the test. The IIHS has also rated the FR-S with ‘Good’ ratings in almost every aspect of the test for the 2016 model year. Again, there are not many safety features or driver aids on offer to maintain the car’s old-school vibe, but it does cover all the necessary safety aspects rather well. Some of the safety features include:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Driveline Traction Control
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front and Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Back-Up Camera

2016 Scion FR-S Final Verdict

The Scion FR-S is a car that can never be bought with a practical mind, as it does not have a spacious and feature-loaded cabin, a large trunk, a fuel-efficient engine, and a long list of safety features. But what it offers is the entertaining drive with its compact and well-tuned chassis that is perfectly matched by its potent performance and low asking price. If these attributes fit in your checkbox list, the 2016 Scion FR-S could very well be the perfect coupe for you. 

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