Apr 08, 2013
Reviewed By Brian Baker
Price as Tested $24,997: 2.0-liter 200-hp DOHC 4-cyl Boxer, 6-speed manual transmission, electric power steering, 17-inch alloy wheels, electronic brake force distribution, Smart Stop technology
Likes

The perfect blend of a track car and a daily driver. Stiff racing seats, but comfortable for a long drive. The tuned suspension makes it feel like the car is stuck on rails. Instrument cluster isn’t overloaded with information — just the crucial gauges. I didn’t feel overwhelmed with features that I am not going to use on a regular basis. The sporty suspension and short gears made all of my trips seem like a track day.

Dislikes

When parking in a parking lot, you have to snake your feet out of the door if you don’t want to kick the door panel. On longer trips it would be nice to have a place to rest my right elbow without it falling into the center storage compartments. The wheels are the only major exterior piece I dislike. A few things that didn’t bother me, but which might bother the average user, are the stiff suspension, audible road noise and the small rear seats.

Verdict

The FR-S is a gateway drug for corners. After you take your first corner in it, you will start hunting for more. Soon, then the speeds you’re taking them at won’t be enough, and you start pushing it to 45 mph around 25 mph corners. This is the revival of late ’80s and early ’90s Japanese tuner cars. Overall, Toyota/Scion and Subaru did a remarkable job combining each of their strengths to produce a reasonably priced sports car.

Fun to Drive
5.0 rating
Fun to Look at
5.0 rating
Overall Experience
5.0 rating
Stats
EPA Mileage 22city/30hwy