Thanks to comfortable front seats, outstanding steering, impressive fuel efficiency, and a well-balanced chassis, the new 2017 Scion FR-S is perhaps one of the most thrilling and attainable small performance cars. The Scion FR-S release date should be expected sometime in the second quarter of 2017.
The small cars segment is a small niche in the U.S car market, but for those who find mainstays to be bigger of pricey, the new Scion FR-S 2017 is undoubtedly a compelling choice. These vehicles offer lots of value for the money in terms of technologies and performance. This is particularly true for the 2017 Scion FR-S which, in addition to offering value to its users, also offers good looks, peppy performance, nimble handling, and comfortable cabin.
Driving characteristics are the main draw for the back-to-basics 2017 Scion FR-S. It turns and zips with relative ease even at corners, and yet it’s not intimidating to drive as some rear-wheel drive and high-horsepower coupes can be.
Fuel efficiency figures are impressive and the six-speed manual is rated at 25 mpg while the six-speed automatic at 28 mpg. However, the new 2017 Scion FR-S specs come a bit short in terms of performance especially considering its four-cylinder engine that generates 200 horsepower. The power may be decent but the ride quality lacks the low-end oomph relative to its bigger competitors.
It’s sluggish in terms of the way it responds to road impacts, and there are lots of tire, wind, and road noise transmitted into the cabin. Practicality is almost non-existent, the rear seats are pretty much useless, even for small children and the cargo volume is very modest. You will feel much better to refer to the FR-S as a functional two-seater.
Very few direct rivals are available thanks to the four-passenger layout, two-door body, a relatively low price, and a rear-wheel drive dynamics. Some of them include the Subaru BRZ, the Ford Focus ST, and the Nissan 370Z.
2017 Scion FR-S Review of Trims
Only one well-equipped trim level is offered for the FR-S sport coupe. The 2017 Scion FR-S convertible offers plenty of upscale specs and features relative to the regular FR-S, however, it is separately reviewed, as is the 2017 Scion FR-S sedan.
2017 Scion FR-S Changes in Interior & Exterior
Recent FR-S news indicate the new sport coupe will come standard with a height-adjustable driver seat, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, an auxiliary audio jack, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, full power accessories, automatic headlights, Aha radio, voice commands, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker sound system, a seven-inch touchscreen display, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, HD radio, an eight-speaker sound system, a USB interface, and a rearview camera.
Dealer-installed accessories offered include a navigation system, premium BeSpoke sound system, Internet and HD radio, smartphone app connectivity, foglights, and xenon headlights.
Exterior 2017 Scion FR-S colors include Halo, Raven, Ablaze, Oceanic, Steel, Hot Lava, and Asphalt.
2017 Scion FR-S Engine Specs & Fuel Economy
Under the hood of the Scion FR-S 2017 is a 2.0L horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic with paddle shifters and rev-matched downshifts. The power generated is rated at 200 hp and 151 pounds-ft. of torque and is routed to the wheels via the transmission systems mentioned above.
Unfortunately, the automatic-equipped 2017 Scion FR-S has been tested yet, but the manual-equipped version sprints from 0-60 mph in a blistering 6.5 seconds – a quicker time relative to other vehicles in its class such as the Subaru BRZ which clocks a time of 7.9 seconds.
The automatic version, according to EPA estimates, should be able to check in at 25/34/28 mpg in the city/highway/combined while the manual should do so at 22/30/25 mpg.
2017 Scion FR-S Release Date & Price
According to various sources in the market, the new vehicle should go for sale sometime in the second quarter of 2017.
The FR-S coupe price starts from an MSRP of $25,305. Rumors of a 2017 Scion FR-S Turbo have been circulating in the market for some time now, but Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has downplayed them saying, “I think Turbo is a really easy solution. I always say that we try to show something new and challenging.”
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