With its fun to drive character, comfortable front seats, good fuel efficiency, a well-balanced chassis, and an outstanding steering, the new 2021 Scion FR-S is one the most appealing and attainable small performance cars sold today. Its release date should be expected mid-next year.
Although the small sport coupe is a small niche in the United States, shoppers looking for a peppy performance, nimble handling, and good looks in a small package should find time to check out the 2021 FR-S. The two-door FR-S is a back-to-basics, lightweight, sports cars that offers plenty of value for any serious buyer.
One compelling attribute that we have found on the FR-S vs. Subaru BRZ, which seems to be its only direct rival, is in its driving dynamics. It zips and turns nimbly with minimum effort. And yet it’s not as intimidating as rear-wheel, high-horsepower coupes. Throw in a combined fuel consumption rating of 25 mpg with the six-speed manual or 28 mpg combined with the six-speed automatic transmission and you get yourself one of the best sports coupes ever created.
Although it is undoubtedly a supercar with a performance worth coveting, there are some drawbacks to owning an FR-S. For instance, the base engine lacks the low-end oomph that you’ll probably get with rivals with larger engines. Also, the FR-S seems to suffer from wind, tire, and road noise at relative top speeds, and the way it responds to road impacts is a bit insubstantial.
Therefore, it would be considered wise to look at other alternatives first before committing to the FR-S. Some of the direct rivals include the 2021 Subaru BRZ Roadster. The BRZ, relative to the FR-S, offers a brisker acceleration but compares similarly in other respects.
Another solid option would be the 2021 Nissan 370Z. It is fun to drive and steers with precision, but its window sticker might prove daunting. Others in the same league include the 2021 Mini Cooper S, the 2021 VW GTI, and the 2021 Ford Focus ST sedan.
By offering a two-door body, a competitive price tag, a 2+2 seating layout, and sporty, RWD driving dynamics, the new 2021 Scion FR-S plunks itself into a segment it is almost guaranteed to triumph over. It’s an elemental and stylish standout that gives you a great driving experience. It’s a worthy buy!
Offered Trims – Scion FR-S
The new sport coupe is only available in a single well-equipped trim level.
Interior Changes & Exterior 2021 Scion FR-S Review
Standard accessories and features available on the 2021 Scion FR-S include full power accessories, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, automatic headlights, automatic four-zone climate control, 17” alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, a USB interface, Aha and Pandora Internet radios, a height-adjustable driver seat, adaptive cruise control, voice commands, an auxiliary audio jack, a rearview camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and adaptive xenon headlights.
There are no other factory options available for the 2021 Scion FR-S except transmission choices and exterior colors. Instead, there are tons of dealer-installed equipment such as premium BeSpoke sound system, foglights, smartphone app integration, a navigation system and Internet radio.
2021 Scion FR-S Engine Specifications
Under the hood of the redesigned 2021 Scion FR-S is a horizontally opposed four-cylinder 2.0L engine rated at 200 horsepower and 151 lbs. ft. of torque. The engine can be mated to either the optional six-speed automatic with paddle shifters and rev-matched downshifts or the standard six-speed manual transmission system.
We haven’t tested the automatic-equipped 2021 Scion FR-S, but the manual-equipped version sprinted from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds. That is faster vs. the Subaru BRZ with an automatic transmission, which accelerates from 0-60 mph in 7.9 seconds.
EPA says the six-speed manual 2021 Scion FR-S should be expected to return 22/30/25 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 25/34/28 mpg with the automatic.
Price & 2021 Scion FR-S Release Date
The new 2021 Scion FR-S should be expected in the middle of 2021. As for the price, buyers should expect a based MSRP starting from $25,305.
In overall, the FR-S does a decent job in long distance highway cruising from a practical standpoint. It certainly isn’t serene at higher cruising speeds, but it is also not loud, exactly.