The FR-S debuted for the 2013 model year after years of development and tantalizing concept cars. This vehicle is the result of Toyota’s attempt to develop a cheap RWD sports coupe and Subaru chipping in to develop a production version initially in the design of a 4-Cylinder engine. The car created jointly was dubbed affectionately the Toyobaru. It was sold by both Subaru –as the Subaru BRZ and Toyota’s Scion brand as the FR-S in the USA The vehicle quickly gained traction among driving enthusiasts who appreciated an entertaining, RWD car in an affordable 4-cylinder package. Even though were several such cars coming out of Japan in the 1990s, in recent years the only car comparable to the FR-S has been the Mazda Miata. The 2-seat convertible Miata, however, is a lot less practical than the 4-seat coupe that Scion sells. The FR-S is a performance car designed for fun rather than to put out impressive numbers on a spec sheet. It’s a direction that few carmakers take, but it’s one that appreciative buyers have responded to positively, and it has made the Toyobaru a sales success in the US. Powering the FR-S there is a 2.0-lite, 4-cylinder makes an impressive 200 hp, but torque is nothing more than adequate at 151 lb-ft, so you'll really have to keep the revolutions up to get much grunt. However, keeping it in the power band is all part of the fun. Although the 6-speed manual is a pleasure to operate, an automatic is also available. The FR-S will go from 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds, sure, it’s not setting any world records, but the car is about the thrill of driving. An FR-S is more at home on a road course than a drag strip. In recognition that the FR-S particularly appeals to tuners and track-day enthusiasts, Toyota has made several performance upgrades available through Scion dealerships. Some include lowered springs, a cold air intake, an upgraded exhaust system, anti-roll bars braces, and brake kits. As for gas mileage, although it takes premium fuel, the FR-S does very well with its small naturally aspirated 4-cylinder and makes 25/34 mpg. The FR-S is weights 2,800 lbs which is no featherweight, but for a modern car with 4 seats, it's quite lean. The interior isn’t sparse, and storage space is more adequate than it appears. Scion claims that the interior layout was intentionally designed to hold 4 wheels and tires, a toolbox, and a helmet so it would be perfect for a day at the track. The interior itself is basic but adequate enough and fairly attractive. A premium audio system is available, but navigation is an option that is noticeably missing. The FR-S’s sibling, the Subaru BRZ, does include navigation as standard. The FR-S is that affordable car that you can drive every day and that will accommodate luggage, haul the kids to school, get impressive fuel economy, and protect you in a crash. If you want a car that does all of these things but also has RWD and will thrill you to pieces on the back roads on the occasional track day, your only real choice is whether to go for the Scion FR-S or the Subaru BRZ.