The rear-drive FR-S is powered by a 2-liter four-cylinder engine good for 200 horsepower. That's not a lot by today's standards, but the engineers have kept weight to a minimum, allowing the FR-S to hit 60 mph in a reasonably quick 6.8 seconds.
Performance highlights include:
- Transmissions: The standard six-speed manual certainly enhances the fun factor, but we enjoyed driving the automatic model nearly as much. Both are well-suited to the car's energetic character.
- Steering/Handling: We found the FR-S to be incredibly quick on its feet and easy to toss about without getting into trouble. It's a refreshing departure from full-blown performance cars that require more skill to control.
- Fuel Efficiency: The automatic is the clearly the choice for economy, delivering an impressive 34 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg in combined driving. With the manual, you can expect 25 mpg combined, merely average for a car of this size and weight.