During test week, the six-speed manual version was pure adventure with every turn. It was also a head turner as passers-by would catch a glimpse and strike up a conversation wanting to know more about the Scion.
Keep in mind the FR-S runs like a deer and not so much in the muscle car category of Mustangs and Camaros that are priced much higher. It maneuvers corners, freeway ramps and the open road with precision, agility and the sure-footedness of a nimble racer. In the sprint to 60 miles per hour, the FR-S clocked a respectable 6.8 seconds.
I found the rear seat on the 2+2 coupe is best used folded down for cargo since the hatchback provides a mere 7 cubic feet of load space. The single piece seat back folds easily providing extra storage.
In case you are wondering about the FR-S nameplate, it is derived from the Front engine, Rear wheel drive, Sport according to Toyota. Marketing people at Toyota and Scion hope it will be a big hit for the young, and young at heart enthusiasts looking for a sporty car that won’t break the bank.
Len Ingrassia is an automotive columnist for CNHI News Service. Contact him at email@example.com.