CarCorner Review: 2012 Toyota Scion FR-S

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By Cathy Droz and Bill Zervakos –

Those who know the auto industry know that Scion is Toyota’s attempt to reach new, younger buyers with what Toyota hopes to be “hip” vehicles. In the beginning, there was the original xB and the xA. The xB was described by unknown numbers of people as the Scion Toaster or Box. The xA has been described as being akin to rubber door stop.

A quick Scion synopsis…fast forward a couple years and Scion introduced the tC, a 2-door coupe that was loaded to the gills with features that seemed beyond its sticker. Fast forward a couple more years and Scion cut the lackluster xA and introduced a new xD and redesigned xB. A couple years later, a second-gen tC was launched.

Then…THEN…Toyota teamed up with the gearheads at Subaru to design a new rear wheel drive (all to date have been front wheel drive) car that many said could be the new Celica…the Scion FR-S. The FR-S uses a 2.0 liter Subaru Boxer engine that features Toyota’s DS-4 injection system featuring both direct and port injunction…a technology adopted from the Lexus IS-F. A 53 to 47 front to rear weight ratio enhances what Scion calls a “dynamically favorable ration.”

Moving to the interior, the FR-S features aggressively bolstered seats in the front. Cathy sat “front” because the 2 rear seats are not really seats but more along the lines of a package shelf. Buyers can get the FR-S in a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed auto featuring paddle shifter mounted on the steering wheel.

Scion had us drive the cars from Las Vegas to Pahrump…the cars were fine but unimpressive on the highway. Then we got to Spring Mountain Raceway in Pahrump and got to drive the cars on the track. On the track, the FR-S shines and since the engine comes from Subaru, we can only imagine the aftermarket options that will soon be available. Boy racers everywhere will be über-happy.

At first we thought we were too old school for the Scion, but after spending time in it, we felt we fit right in. You must check out this Scion at a dealership… the Scion showroom of Toyota is worth the drive.

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