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Scion FR-S VS Subaru BRZ

Updated on March 20, 2015

If you were stuck choosing between the Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ, the choice is actually a tough one! While they look almost alike and share similar driving experiences, you have to get down to the nitty gritty and the smallest details to pick out which features are most important to you. While the Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ is part of a trio that also includes the Toyota 86, the Toyota 86 is not available in the United States. Imagine how much more difficult it would be if a driver had to pick among those three choices. It's already hard enough picking between two, let alone three. There's actually quite a bit of detail to consider if you're stuck between either car.

So how are the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ similar? They do share the same platform and the same engine to give you a very similar driving experience. You will notice that there are more Scion FR-S than Subaru BRZ out on the road. That's not because most overwhelmingly prefer the FR-S over the BRZ, but rather because there are just more FR-S available for buyers than the BRZ. Some people even search through the entire United States to find a specific color, trim, and features on the BRZ and are willing to drive across state lines to acquire that car. The first thing you can consider is the price. The Scion FR-S is a bit cheaper than the BRZ so if you have a budget, then that should be one of your main concerns. If you're willing to splurge a little bit for more features, there are several optional trims and packages that are available on both vehicles.

The Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ both come in 6 speed manual or automatic transmission. The conventional automatic comes with a torque converter that gives a pretty good driving experience for its price. The Scion FR-S does have a more aggressive suspension tuning that tends to more over steer as the driver approaches limits with sharper tuning while the Subaru BRZ has a more stable turning. If performance is at the top of your list, then this is very important to consider. While they are still very similar, a well-seasoned driver will be able to notice these driving differences and develop a distinct preference. Both cars do have the optional spoiler, but these spoilers do have a different appearance. Nevertheless, the option is there for the driver who requires a rear spoiler.

If you are partial to lighting, you actually have three lighting choices, but two of them are from the Scion FR-S. The Subaru BRZ actually has more superior lighting with HID projectors and LED daytime running lights. The upper trim even has fog lamps for a much better lighting look. The Scion FR-S has a basic projection system with halogen lights, but you can opt for the 10 series version that gets GT86 headlamps from Japan that are HID equipped. So while the FR-S does give you that extra available option, the BRZ is more cut and dry.

When we move to the interior, you will notice that there are actually more details to consider. Both cars have different instrument panels with different looking dashboards, for starters. The Subaru BRZ has an available upper trim with heated seats and navigation, along with the popular leather Alcantara seating. If you must have the Alcantara seating, then the Subaru BRZ is the clear choice for you. The Scion FR-S does not have heated seats and has plain cloth seating, but it does have a silver seat belt and a frameless mirror. There's even an option for glowing badges if you wanted to show off a little as well. The FR-S does have some pretty cool red stitched steering wheel, while the BRZ does not.

As we move to the trunk, the Subaru BRZ has a higher end trunk than the Scion FR-S. It may seem like we're getting into the bare bone details of the two cars, but the BRZ does have a trunk liner, while the FR-S does not. The FR-S has a much more basic trunk, but if you're not transporting anything important, then the trunk shouldn't really be a deciding factor when you have to choose either or.

Either way, you cannot go wrong with either the Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ. These cars are highly performance based and it's no surprised that they are extremely popular on the road today. Both cars have a whole list of available aftermarket options so that the owner can customize and tune is to something that's a one of a kind. Whichever car you choose is a great decision and you won't regret getting either the FR-S or the BRZ. Get ready for a great performance car for an unbeatable price.


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