Scion FR-S Named 2014 Best Sports Car for the Money
If you read the recently released U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best Cars for the Money list, you may have noticed a familiar face (or fascia). Some call it the Subaru BRZ; some call it the Toyota GT86; some call it the Toyota FT86; some call it the Toyota 86; though we in the United States call it the Scion FR-S. Regardless of the name by which you choose to refer to the 2014 Best Sports Car for the Money, it no doubt smells sweeter after following up last year’s title with yet another win.
“The 2014 FR-S ‘Best Sports Car for the Money’ award from U.S. News and World Report underscores what our drivers have already discovered – thrilling performance doesn’t have to break the budget,” said Scion Vice President, Doug Murtha, in a statement. “The FR-S continues to bring together affordability, experience and safety in a way that excites drivers and the industry alike.”
The U.S. News and World Report honors are determined based upon factors including the TrueCar.com average price and five-year cost to own figures gathered by Vincentric, which is coupled with U.S. News vehicle rankings.
What’s more, the FR-S’ fundamental equal—the Subaru BRZ—took third behind the 2014 Miata. What sets the FR-S apart is a lower starting price point ($24,700 for a six-speed manual and $25,800 for a six-speed auto). The BRZ and FR-S share a platform, engine, and design aspects thanks to a partnership between Scion-owner Toyota and Subaru.
You know the FR-S is doing something right when it manages to outpace a vehicle that is more or less its twin brother with a different haircut on the way to becoming 2014 Best Sports Car for the Money. So what do you think: did U.S. News & World Report get it right, or is there another unheralded contender more deserving of the title?