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2008 Scion tC

by mary on 11-13-2012
Scion 2008
Had this vehicle - and absolutely loved it. Phenomenal pick up and go..sound system was fanastic. and great on gas..
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2012 Scion FR-S

by Jonlajoiei on 11-13-2012
Scion Frs
This car is a great vehicle, I previously owned a corolla and boy is this an upgrade from that. It handles well and is like a mini sports car that is a good package for the price. I would recommend this product to all who like sports cars but can't afford the luxury of an expensive one to buy it.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
4/5
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2013 Scion FR-S

by Norman on 10-27-2012
It's so much fun to drive!
It's easy spot the trade-offs the designers had to make in order price the FR-S at $26K.

The interior is pretty ghetto, with HVAC controls and an audio head unit from the early 90s. There are features missing that you would find standard in an Elantra, like heated seats, auto-dimming mirror, and rear view camera. There's very little sound deadening and the ride is choppy. The engine also drones and revs quite high (3000 rpm at 110kph) - it's not a car you would want to take a long road trip in.

However, it does have most of the things that are essential to me: excellent seats with very good lateral support around the shoulders, short-throw and direct shifter, LSD, RWD, minimal body roll, and the ability to turn the car with the throttle. Although it's slower than a lot of SUVs and V6 minivans, it's fast enough for me.

Before taking delivery I test-drove a few competitors:

Mazda MX-5 GT

The FR-S rolls less, is faster, and shifts just as well. The Miata has a better ride and the engine sounds much better. Although different, they both handle great and are very fun to drive.

Hyundai Genesis 2.0 GT Premium

The FR-S is more nimble, with less body roll and understeer. The Genesis is much faster once it hits 4000rpm, very comfortable, much better equipped and more luxurious.

Mustang V-6 with Performance Package

The FR-S rolls a lot less (it feels like its center of gravity is many inches lower) and handles much better - the Mustang's rear was quite skiddish on bumpy roads. The Mustang's shifter is excellent, with extremely short throws. It's also much faster with a great engine note.

The only downside for me with the FR-S - I told my wife I was buying it to replace her 2005 Mazda 3, since my car is newer and in better condition. I thought she wouldn't mind driving my car and I would get to drive the FR-S a lot more. Unfortunately, that hasn't worked out - she loves driving it and is reluctant to trade :(
Overall
4.0
Comfort
3/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
4/5
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