Except for picking from a group of possible options, there’s nothing to choose from at the Scion dealership, apart from requesting a manual or automatic transmission. Both units are six-speed. The FR-S comes in a single trim level, which can either be customized via that option list to suit the buyer, or left in unadorned base-model form.
Beneath the FR-S hood sits a 2-liter “boxer” (horizontally-opposed) four-cylinder engine provided by Subaru. It produces 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to propel this lightweight coupe with gusto. Fuel economy is estimated at 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway with manual shift, but 25/34 mpg with automatic.
The FR-S comes with fairly good selection of standard features, including aluminum pedals and scuff plates, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, tilt/telescopic steering column, keyless entry, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, and an eight-speaker 300-watt Pioneer Display Audio system with CD player and USB port.
Also standard are carpeted floor mats, automatic projector-beam headlights, LED taillights, power mirrors, power windows and door locks, cruise control, chrome exhaust tips, a rear-mounted shark-fin antenna, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Six airbags are standard, along with a rearview camera, front knee cushions, and accent stitching. For the customization crowd, options range from foglights, mudguards, a center armrest and a rear lip spoiler, to Bespoke audio with navigation and 18-inch TRD alloy wheels. Half a dozen TRD performance items also are available.
Base price of the 2016 FR-S with manual gearbox is $26,075 (including $770 destination charge), while the automatic-transmission edition has an MSRP of $27,175.
With no step-up model to consider, it may be tempting to check off a bunch of option boxes. But beware. Choose too many, and the tolerable base price could whip toward, or past, the $30,000 barrier. The automatic costs $1,100 extra but it slows down acceleration appreciably. Should you take the Scion or the so-similar Subaru BRZ? Subaru offers step-up models, rather than a list of options that could be chosen at an extra cost for each one.
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