2016 Scion FR-S

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

Updated on: May 7, 2021

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The 2016 Scion FR-S is an affordable compact sports car. It’s a daily car with looks that can make you a local celebrity. The FR-S has great handling, offers decent performance, and does this while maintaining good fuel efficiency. It’s a simple formula that has worked in the favor of this car: lightweight, rear-wheel drive, and excellent balancing characteristics. However, this beauty also has 3 main drawbacks, i.e., the trunk space is pretty much useless, the rear seats will make a child uncomfortable, and the performance lacks a substantial low-end.

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Pros

Excellent handling

Well balanced

Good fuel economy

Light Weight

Cons

Rear seat is non-existent

Low-end power is lacking

Trunk serves no major purpose as a trunk

What's New?

Rear-view camera, 7-inch touchscreen, and a silver interior trim present


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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

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

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

6.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.9 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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Videos
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Trims

Base $25,305 onwards

200 hp @ 7000 rpm | 2 L | Flat 4 | Premium unleaded

  • 17" Machined w/Painted Accents Aluminum Wheels
  • 1st Row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • AM/FM/HD, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote Keyless Entry
  • Manual Front Air Conditioning

Release Series 2.0 $29,510 onwards

200 hp @ 7000 rpm | 2 L | Flat 4 | Premium unleaded

  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Leather Seat trim
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Colors and Styles

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

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Ratings

Pricing And 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 Scion FR-S is available at a starting price of $25,305. The way the FR-S is, it gives the car a handful of direct rivals. The listed drawbacks of this car are something that are covered by its rivals, the 2011 Subaru BRZ and the MINI Cooper S Hardtop. The BRZ can deliver a slightly better low end, whereas the MINI is more practical, however, is a front-wheel drive.


9.0/10
Pricing and Features

6.5/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Interior

5.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2016 Scion FR-S Pricing and Features

9.0/10

The Scion FR-S comes in only one trim, but there is also a limited trim named Release Series 2.0, of which only 1,000 units were made. The base model is available with a price tag of $25,305, while the limited trim is available for $29,510. Standard fitment on all the trims includes air-conditioning, automatic headlights, cruise control, rear-view camera, power accessories, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The FR-S does not get any packages, but there are a lot of dealer-installed features like performance parts, fog lights, a premium sound system, and navigation. 

Trim

2dr Coupe

Release Series 2.0

MSRP (2.0L I-4)

$25,305

$29,510

Key Features

Cruise Control

Adds or replaces features from the 2dr Coupe

 

17-inch alloy wheels

HID Xenon headlights

 

Tilt-and-telescopic adjustable steering

Keyless ignition with push-button start

 

7-inch touchscreen

Front and rear spoilers

 

Full power accessories

Dual-zone air conditioning

 

Rear-view camera

Black microsuede-upholstered seats

We Recommend 

The Scion FR-S comes in two trims, although the second trim has only 1,000 units. Since it is hard to get a hand on the Release Series 2.0, we would advise you to go ahead with the base trim only. We recommend it with the dealer-installed performance parts like the foglights and the upgrades to the infotainment system. Yes, it will cost extra, but it’s a sweet addition to this car. Choose the manual or the automatic, it depends on your liking. Both the gearboxes offer the same levels of satisfaction.

2016 Scion FR-S Engine and Performance

6.5/10

The 2016 Scion FR-S is powered by a 2.0L H-4 engine (shared with the Subaru BRZ) that produces an output of 200 hp @7000 rpm and produces a torque of 151 lb.-ft @6400 rpm. The car gets an option between a 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The car gets a rear-wheel drive drivetrain as standard. Both the gearboxes are good, choice depends on whether you like to shift gears or not. Although the automatic does return better fuel efficiency numbers. The coupe touches the 60 mph mark in 7.1 seconds and completes the quarter-mile in 15.4 seconds.

Model

Scion FR-S

Subaru BRZ

MINI Cooper S Hardtop

MSRP

$25,305

$25,395

$24,100

Engine

2.0L H-4

2.0L H-4

2.0L I-4

Drivetrain

Rear-wheel drive

Rear-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Power (HP)

200@7000

200@7000

189@4700

Torque (lb.-ft)

151@6400

151@6400

207@1250

0-60 MPH (s)

7.1

6.8

7.5

Quarter mile (s)

15.4

15.3

15.2

Top Speed (mph)

136

139

131

The Scion and the Subaru cost nearly the same and have identical power and torque output. Even then, the mechanical differences between the two cars make the Subaru 0.3 seconds faster than the Scion in the 0-60 mph time. Subaru also beats the MINI by 0.7 seconds. The three cars come awfully close in the quarter-mile time, with differences of 0.1 seconds.

2016 Scion FR-S Fuel Economy

The Scion FR-S returns a good fuel economy as a sports car. The car with the manual transmission has a city economy of 22 mpg and a highway economy of 30 mpg. On the other hand, the automatic is better by 3-4 mpg and returns economy figures of 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. With 13.2 gallons of fuel tank capacity, the coupe offers a range of 290.3 miles in the city and 395.8 miles on the highway.

Model

Scion FR-S

Subaru BRZ

MINI Cooper S Hardtop

MPG (city)

22

22

24

MPG (highway)

30

30

34

MPG (combined)

25

25

27

Fuel capacity (gallons)

13.2

13.2

11.6

Range (city/highway)

290.3/395.8

290.4/396

278.4/394.4

All three cars come very close in their ranges and their fuel capacities. The Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ are very much similar, and the MINI is ahead with its 27-mpg combined economy. However, the MINI has a smaller fuel tank, at 11.6 gallons, compared to the 13.2 fuel gallon tank of the Scion and Subaru. As a result, the Scion and the Subaru have a better range than the MINI, at 290 city miles and 395 highway miles. The MINI Cooper S has a range of 278 city miles and a very close 394 highway miles.

2016 Scion FR-S Interior

5.0/10

The FR-S’s interior is not exactly premium as it's more driver-focused and looks slightly pale in comparison with the rivals. The cabin follows a minimalistic design with hard molded hard plastic (in black), which makes up for most of the interior material. However, this does not look cheap and is on par with the segment. The silver trim helps add color to this black interior. Its well-built and quality levels are impressive. Overall, this interior will not disappoint.

Model

Scion FR-S

Subaru BRZ

MINI Cooper S Hardtop

Seating capacity

4

4

4

Front row

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.1/54.5/41.9

37.1/54.5/41.9

40.3/50.6/41.4

Second row

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

35/51.7/29.9

35/51.7/29.9

36.9/47.8/30.8

Trunk space

(Cubic ft)

6.9

6.9

8.7

Like any other coupe, the front row in the Scion offers excellent headroom and legroom, with enough support as well. The driver’s size is not an issue as the low-profile hood provides a great view of the road ahead. Sadly, the rear is the exact opposite, with minimal space for the legs and the head, and works best to keep some luggage. You can extract some extra legroom if you push the rear seats to their rearmost positions. The trunk space is tiny at 6.9 cubic feet, but if you fold the less purposeful rear seats, you can have a better chance at pushing more luggage inside. Major interior features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Power accessories
  • Fold-flat rear seats
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Adjustable 6-way driver seat and 4-way passenger seat

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

The infotainment system on the Scion FR-S offers standard fitment like a CD player, Aha radio, HD radio, voice commands, USB interface, auxiliary audio jack, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 7-inch touchscreen, and an 8-speaker sound system. As dealer-installed accessories, you can avail the Bespoke premium sound system with navigation, internet radio, and smartphone app integration. Some infotainment features include:

  • Aha radio
  • BeSpoke premium audio system
  • Internet radio
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Voice controls
  • HD Radio

2016 Scion FR-S Exterior

5.0/10

The Scion’s design is simple and sporty. The car has an old-school long hood and short deck proportion. The front of the car has a wide grille opening, with sharp and curved vents, and possesses curved lines that flow on the hood and the fenders. The side of the car is neat and very calm. The roof sweeps up and dives down again in an arc and meets the rear fenders and the short rear. Compared to the front, the rear is very sporty and shows it means business. The blacked-out exhaust setup at the rear enhances the sporty look.

Model

Scion FR-S

Subaru BRZ

MINI Cooper S Hardtop

Curb Weight (lbs)

2806

2764

2785

Length (in)

166.7

166.7

151.9

Width (in)

69.9

69.9

68

Height (in)

50.6

50.6

55.7

Ground clearance (in)

4.9

4.9

4.9

Wheelbase (in)

101.2

101.2

98.2

Comparatively, the Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ are very much identical to each other in terms of their proportions. These two cars differ in their weight, with the Subaru BRZ being 42 lbs lighter than the Scion FR-S. On the other hand, the MINI Cooper S is shorter by 14.8 inches, narrower by one inch, has a tight wheelbase but is taller than the other two cars by 5 inches. The weight of the MINI is 21 lbs lesser than the Scion FR-S’s weight. Some exterior features on the Scion FR-S are:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Fog Lamps
  • Dual exhausts
  • LED DRLS
  • Mudguards

2016 Scion FR-S Safety

6.0/10

The NHTSA rated the car with a 5-star crash test score, and the IIHS rated it ‘Good’ in all categories. Standard safety equipment includes antilock disc brakes with brake assist, traction control, stability control, rear-view camera, and six airbags. A limited-slip differential improves traction. Other important safety features available with the coupe are:

  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Traction control
  • Daytime running lights
  • Emergency braking assist
  • Tire Pressure monitoring

2016 Scion FR-S Final Verdict

The 2016 Scion FR-S is an appealing car. The design of the coupe tends to grow on you, just like the decent performance and the sharp handling. The car might be the BRZ with a different badging, but these two cars have a lot of mechanical differences as well. The car is lightweight and has the right setup to satisfy the enthusiast in you. It also offers a decent fuel economy. The area where the car is lacking is in the interior, which can be less engrossing to a few. The car also lacks the low-end and is missed. But overall, the car makes a bold statement, and it’s definitely worth it.

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